Posted on | October 30, 2013 | 4 Comments
I have an empty, sad, barren wall in my living room and it needs some love and attention. I think I want one simple, over-sized wall hanging and Three Potato Four has just what I want. But then again, don’t they always?
Posted on | October 29, 2013 | No Comments
This is the second installment of the Theirs/Mine project. The first time I made a crumble, and now I want to tell you about a delicious stew I made. A stew of the lentil and sweet potato variety. Said stew recipe came from Whole Living, which in my experience is a solid recipe source. Especially if you like to keep it healthy, which I usually do.
This stew is delicious. It was relatively easy to pull together. As is the case with most of the chunky stews that I prefer, there was lots of chopping required. I had some work to do that night so I employed a very cute sous chef to do most of the chopping for me. That worked out well. I doubled this recipe and froze the leftovers so I would have some easy dinners ready to go because I’m just a really smart person. Additionally, I added collards because I never miss an opportunity to add greens to my life. Even without the greens though this is a perfect healthy stew to make as the weather gets colder. It’s full of wholesome, good-for-you flavor and it’s nice and filling. Plus you can have an extra bowl or two and not feel bad because let’s be honest, you probably will. If you like curry and you’re a fan of the almighty lentil, I think you should make this soup at once. Not trying to be bossy y’all, it’s just I know what’s good for you. And this soup is it.
Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew (adapted from Whole Living)
Yield Serves 4
2 Tbsp coconut or extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp cayenne (omit or use less if you’re not a fan of heat)
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 diced large onion
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 minced cloves garlic
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 peeled and diced sweet potatoes
1 diced (stemmed, seeded) red bell pepper
1 1/2 cups rinsed red lentils
6 cups Broth (this recipe calls for homemade broth but I ain’t got time for that nonsense. I used a combo of vegetable and chicken but anything would work.)
1 bunch collard greens, chopped
Toppings: fresh cilantro (I like a shit ton – see picture), Siracha (if you’re My Man). p.s. chopped peanuts and scallions would be good too.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook cumin, turmeric and curry powder until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion with a few pinches salt, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and bell pepper and cook 1 minute.
Add lentils and Cleansing Broth. Bring to a boil and then then reduce heat to a simmer. Add chopped collards and cook until lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Top with cilantro and Siracha before serving.
p.s. If you’re so inclined, follow my soup only pinterest board for a whole slew of healthy (mostly vegetarian) soups and stews.
Posted on | October 28, 2013 | 1 Comment
Oh, Camp Mighty, you magnificent bastard. How can I ever convey how amazing and rewarding you are in one post? Well, the truth is I probably can’t but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna give a go.
First of all…for those who don’t live in this world: what in the hell is Camp Mighty, anyways?
Camp Mighty is an annual retreat for bloggers and other creative folks (mostly women) where among other things, you work on your life list which is all the things you’d like to accompany in your lifetime. It lasts for a few days and the entire thing takes place at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs which is the perfect, most amazing location for such an event. Over the course of camp you listen to inspiring speakers, trade ideas and get motivation to get things done. This was my first year at Camp Mighty and I must you I loved it. I met some a couple of amazing new people (Nicole + Delilah, Meredith, Chelsea and Moorea, to name but a few). I heard some stimulating talks. I spent some quality time in the sun. I saw some of my favorite internet pals. And I came back with not only lots to think about but a fire in my belly to start accomplishing some of the things on my life list.
Posted on | October 21, 2013 | 19 Comments
I have mentioned that I had an older sister, Michelle. She committed suicide almost 13 years ago. Losing her was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure. The constant dull ache of her being gone is something I’ve accepted as a part of my life. Like breathing. But there are times the pain of her absence hits me in the gut, and I’m doubled over in pain with how much I miss her. Like when “I Sing the Body Electric” comes on my iTunes, or I catch a rerun of one of her favorite Seinfelds. Or I’ll wonder if she would like Mumford & Sons or It’s Always Sunny (for the record I think yes to both). Or maybe we’ll be sitting around the kitchen table at my mom’s being superstitious about the Braves, or playing a game or just laughing really, really hard and I’ll stop breathing for a second because it’s so unfair that she’s not with us. She doesn’t know that Margaret’s married or that I live in New York City or that her son plays football and has somehow inexplicably turned into a teenager. I don’t believe she’s in heaven or that she is watching us but I do feel her sometimes because I believe that people live on through those they left behind. And my goodness she left behind a lot of people who loved her to the moon and back. Myself included.
In two weeks I’ll be joined by family and friends in a walk to honor Michelle and to raise money for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you’d like to donate it would mean the world to me but positive thoughts and virtual hugs are also welcome.
And as always, thanks for reading my friends.
Posted on | October 16, 2013 | 2 Comments
Guess what? I’m in Palm Springs for the rest of the week atttening Camp Mighty. I’ll be busy getting inspired, hanging out with creative pals and drinking cocktails hopefully in the hot tub. It’s a rough life, y’all.
I’ll check back in next week and give you a play by play of sorts. Until then, all the hugs. xo
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