Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cure-All Lentil Dahl


I've been fighting off a cold for a while now, but officially lost the battle a few days ago. As such I've spent most of my time curled up in bed, subsisting off leftovers. Luckily, I have Will, who has been taking ridiculously good care of me. We've decided we're the second coming of John and Yoko, which is working out really well so far.

Last night Will made me this incredibly delicious lentil dahl, which was so satisfying and comforting, he made a double batch this afternoon so we had more for lunch, and will probably have more for dinner. Yes, it's that good. It is loaded with flavour (ease up off the cayenne if spicy isn't your thing), and contains lots of garlic, ginger, and onion- all nutritious powerhouses that are boosting my immune system and telling this stupid cold to 'eff right off. Dahl soup is my all-time favourite soup, and this recipe is the best one I've ever had. He modified it from the first result we found after googling "easy lentil dahl", and the original is here. Note, the recipe I'm posting below is for a double batch, which will make lots of soup- enough for at least 6 servings. You can halve it if you want, but once you try it, you'll wish you hadn't.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Feast

Lentil stuffed squash, garlic mashed potatoes, and gravy. My gut is pleased.

The season has changed fast and hard in Vancouver, with summer transitioning into fall seemingly overnight. I'm definitely a summer kinda girl, but I've been surprisingly pleased with the cool weather, shorter days, and even the rain. With the new season I've noticed a definite shift in what my body wants. These days, I'm all about warm comfort foods. And afternoon naps...

Last night, after a very rainy day, I cooked up a few simple dishes that really hit the spot for both Will and I. Stuffed spaghetti squash, garlic mashed potatoes, and a very yummy recipe for homemade vegan gravy. We reheated the leftovers in the oven and stovetop for lunch today, and it was just as tasty the second time around.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Falafel Party!

So, it's been an incredibly long time since my last post. Sometime around the end of July, summer finally decided to make an appearance in Vancouver and I've been basking in it's glory since. Yoga, camping, hiking, beach picnics, biking, and playing with puppies have taken priority over making food and crafting, nevermind blogging ... but I'm back!

I'm kicking off my return to the interwebs with two tasty raw falafel recipes. I'm a huge fan of Mediterranean/Greek food, and falafels are a great meat-free main dish. I've been making a cooked falafel for a while, but wanted to give a raw version a go, and tried out two recipes.

The first is adaptation of a recipe by Russel James, and it's my favourite of the two. Check it: