I seem to be doing an awful lot of posting at the moment, my creativity is at a peak and the fact that I’m making little things, so churning them out a lot faster, than say…. a giant cushion (!) means I have a lot to say for myself! Plus, I’m not going to classes right now as we are on holiday, so am spending much more time at home writing essays and taking nice long craft breaks!
Do you know, I’ve been getting a lot of lovely, sweet messages over at Ravelry from some total darlings who tell me they love my blog… it’s always a bit of a surprise to me that people are interested enough to come back to visit, but then I suppose I can understand that, because I love to visit my favourite blogs and catch up on my blog friend’s news….. I think I get surprised that anyone and everyone can see what I’m putting out there, I forget that as I sit here in my rocker in my flat, that I’m broadcasting my life um, to the whole population! When I started this blog, I was a bit freaked out about that, so I decided that I wouldn’t put anything personal on it, no pictures of myself, none of my family or anything, just crochet, and of course, Raymond! But then things started to change, and I think that’s natural as we start to develop very impersonal long distance friendships with each other! It’s nice to see the odd picture of a blog friend and hear what made them happy today, or what inspired them, or what their kids (or cats) have been up to. So because I enjoy that in others, I think I’m more relaxed about the sharing side of things now too…. although I still don’t like putting pictures of myself on unless absolutely necessary!!!
Last week, the lovely Louise from Lally Lou-Lou did a great curry post and said that she had heard on the news that the average family has about seven meals they swap around each night. That was funny, I thought, and indeed commented to Louise… I think I have gotten so lazy over winter, that I have about four recipes I’ve been using! I think I need to shake up my skills in the kitchen!
I love cooking…. being a strict vegetarian, it’s totally vital to make sure that KB and I are getting all the proteins, nutrients and fats to keep us healthy, so every meal involves some kind of chick-pea or lentil goodness. As spring is happening, new season potatoes are just coming into the vege market and the other night I made a to-die-for potato salad and I’m going to share my recipe with you right now! I hope you try it… it’s the best ever…..
This recipe should feed a whole family as the main part of the meal, but adjust it to fit yours! Leftovers are always welcome in our house, so I make heaps.
So take some new season potatoes… or if not, agria are my favourite… do you have agria potatoes where you live?
Chop them into nice big chunks, skins on people! That’s where all the vitamin C is….
And boil them up until they’re nice and cooked. While you’re doing this, get your frying pan and fry up some mushrooms for an iron hit! I’m into really healthy food, I like to flavour things with natural goodness, and one of my favourite things to sweeten food with is onion and garlic, I use heaps, don’t be shy! So pop in a frying pan about 5 chopped mushrooms, one chopped red onion, a nice big teaspoon (or two or three!) of crushed garlic and a slosh of olive/ rice bran oil.
These smelled amazing today… when cooked, add to the cooked potato.
Add some chickpeas… maybe a can if you use a can, I boiled some up this morning and put in two cups of them. Also, finely chop whatever you have handy, I’m putting in celery, spinach and a nice big handful of chopped corriander, but would usually put in capsicum, cucumber, tomato… anything really!
I also added to this one, some lentils I had in my sprouter to add an extra healthy punch… then stir it all up!
Now for the dressing, I use unsweetened yoghurt- make sure you read the label and make sure there is no gelatin in it! I have noticed lately gelatin sneaking into my usual yoghurt and that is just wrong! Why do companies make food non-vegetarian and then not advertise it?
So if you look in this little bowl, you’ll see how much yoghurt I’ve put in, then a big tablespoon of wholegrain mustard, yum! I actually added another teaspoon afterwards to this….
And stir it all up! Oh yeah… it’s a good time to season the salad with salt and pepper here too!
Pour it in and stir!
And serve beautifully on a nice plate! I garnished this with toasted sesame and sunflower seeds and some avocado. Serve with green salad and feel a virtuous glow spread through you!!!!!
Wow, just looking at that is making me hungry… how about you?
As well as food, I finished off a set of bunting to sell at my exhibition which I’m planning for November! I had to make it in the colours of my favourite cushion just in case someone wanted to buy the cushion… maybe they will be diverted by the bunting as I love the cushion too much to let go of it!!!
And I’ve been working on a new bunting pattern which I happen to love very deeply! I made a set all in white believe it or not and it’s stunning… just heavenly and angelic… I can’t wait to show you and share the pattern which I’m just loving.
OK lovelies! I hope you enjoyed your visit today and are inspired to go and eat something delicious!
have a beautiful day wherever you are,
Love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX