I am a self-declared foodista. You may know that food is one of my first passion. I started cooking school before discovering we were pregnant with our first daughter and had to withdraw from it before graduating, but it all happens for a reason.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am sharing pictures of my lunches on a regular basis. I know it is weird to some. I do it because it sometimes forces me to actually eat some lunch.
Last Summer, I discovered Trader Joe’s vegetarian chorizo. It is made out of tofu and spices. I had no clue what to expect but I try to find vegetarian options of meat things I like when I can so decided to try (come on, it is less than 2 bucks !). Oh my… this is good stuff ! and makes two to three different meals out of it, so it’s very nice. (and yes, we do cross the border to do most of our grocery shopping in the US. we live closer to Bellingham, WA than to Downtown Vancouver *to give you an idea*. So we can enjoy TJ’s).
I’ve always loved lentils but find them quite challenging to cook (I am known for me either hard lentils or mushy lentils).
When you are vegetarian, you need to find other food that will give you the proteins you need. Lentils and legumes in general fall into this category (which makes me very happy).
I rarely measure anything so I apologize for those of you who do, this is more of a general guideline than a real recipe.
- One package of steamed lentils
- About half a soy chorizo
- Mushrooms (white or cremini), sliced
- Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- Bell pepper, diced
- Red or green cabbage, finely sliced
- Vegenaise to taste
Reheat the lentils according to the package (you may simply have left over you cooked yourself, it is totally fine).
Remove the casing from the chorizo, be careful the paprika stains so protect your cooking aread ;) Scramble it in a heated pan, just to get it warm.
Blend the lentils and the chorizo, add your veggies, a bit of vegenaise (or mayo). It is just there to bring everything together so don’t go overboard with it. It is always easier to start with a little and adjust than the contrary.
* I vary my veggies so it does not get boring (even if, to be honest, I sometimes eat the same lunch after lunch and I’m okay with it). You can switch the spinach for lettuce (my fav. is butter lettuce). Add sliced avocado. And really get creative with what you like and go from there.
(inspired by Liz Lamoreux).
On this day…
I want to remember the joy of baking French Toasts for the family, the way Mom used to make some for me when I was a kid. The «hmmm this is so good» from the girls, and from Chéridoo. The pleasure of making something instead of going for the easy way.
I want to remember that first, there was my husband and I as a couple, then we created a family. I want to remember the joy of staying a bit longer than usual in bed on a weekend, just to cuddle with that part of my Soul living in his body. The whispers. The «I love you-s».
I want to remember the joy the girls have when they play together. This is when I am happy we decided to have two babies, close in age.
I want to remember that it’s okay not to work every single day or every single hour I am supposed to.
I want to remember the joy of being inside when it is pouring rain outside. Doing board games, watching a movie, and baking some sweet treats as a family. Remember that I do love the sound of the drops on our roof.
I want to remember that everything will come to me once ripe, that pushing it too much will just slow things down.
I want to remember that sometimes, all you can do is try your best. And it’s okay.
I want to remember that no matter what, Love will win.
What do you want to remember today ?
Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.
Hello, it’s Friday !
This week… well, I am glad it is almost over. Was not an extra good one, I scared myself, some very old feelings rushed over and invited themselves when I surely was not expected them to show up. However, taking the time to sit and write and share is what is important to me today, no matter how long my to-do list seems to be.
This week, I am thankful for:
- The Darkness. As it reminds me there is also the Light.
- The latest album of Katy Perry is really good. And I love how the song «Spiritual» follows the one «By The Grace Of God».
- Creepy heavy feelings from the Past. They show me from how far I am coming from, and the path I’ve walked on since these days.
- Monday night’s invitation at our neighbors’. Was nice to catch up.
- My husband, never afraid to tell me things as they are.
- Sending love packages to people.
- Laptop computer so I can work from anywhere in the house.
- Words spoken. Spilled.
- Old school rap. B.I.G., 2Pac, Missy…
- The excitement that my girls had all week for today: pyjama day at school !
- Preparing Christmas. Trying to let go of the sadness to fill myself with the anticipation.
You know what they say… when in doubt, begin. This is why I’m going in the Studio as soon as I hit «publish» to finish Rae’Ven. (PS: follow me on Instagram for daily shots from my Teal Studio).
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You may know that I have two daughters: Grenouille (8yo) and Koala (6 ½ yo) that are both very creative in their own unique ways. Koala draws all the time, from memory.
Last Monday she was invited at the birthday party of one of her besties, so we quickly created a card and envelope to go with the gift. All the girls were asked to come dressed as their favorite princess (Koala was Tiana).
We used Lindy Stamp Gang’s sprays and embossing powder. Stencil. Paint from her wooden artist box.
I really love how fearless she is, confident that no matter what the result will be what she was looking for (if not, she will go for it and modify until it meets her expectation).
I am planning on a little something special with her, so stay tuned ;)
I hope you'll enjoy watching her:
I am so happy to have the opportunity to dream and write it all out again. If you don’t remember what this monthly ritual is about, I invite you to read that first blogpost that will explain it all to you: just click here.
You can read my friend’s post for this month on her blog.
You are blessing me with so much goodness right now, but I am sometimes overwhelmed with what feels like unbearable challenges.
November leads to December, which is a difficult month emotionally despite all the celebrations it holds. Please, wrap us with Love and laughter, both are definitely needed.
Please, help me to achieve my goals for Inner Voices/Inner Worlds. I am struggling too much to get them done; because I deeply believe in them.
Please, make November the month Chéridoo will get what he desires at work. He deserves to find his Happy again, he is doing so much for the girls and me.
I beg you to please please, Help Mom overcome her smoking addiction. She needs strength. And determination. She can do it, but a little Spiritual push would be appreciated (thank you).
Thank you thank you. thank you.