Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash and October Bean Soup

This is the time of year for soups as the weather cools down and the abundance of winter squash makes them so easy to make. Nutrient dense and flavorful winter squash makes the perfect addition to soups. In North Carolina you see October beans this time of year, these pinto like beans are also great  in soups rich in protein and fiber.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Smokey Pork Tenderloin with seasonal vegetables

This was my first time making pork tenderloin in the summer when we flew to England we took a sweet lady Jean with us and she had made some and was snacking on it at the airport, hubby and the kids liked it. Later she brought some over to the house for me to cook. I had purchased some peat smoked salt in Scotland and figured it would go well with this. Its a nice cut of meat very moist and paired well with rice and sautéed vegetables. I added some tomatoes to make a little of a sauce. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Spicy Chickpea Sandwich

We eat a lot of sandwiches at our house and sometimes you feel like a change, channa masala makes a fun vegetarian and super healthy filling. It's nice and spicy and pairs wonderfully with cucumber and tomato or any in season vegetables.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bulgur Wheat and Carrot Salad

I made this salad recently its based on Tabouleh a Middle Eastern salad loaded with fresh parsley and using bulgur wheat interestingly when I added to vine I labeled as tabouleh and it created lots of unpleasant comments about how unauthentic it was. This got me thinking its great to seek out authentic foods, try new cuisines in local restaurants and travel but why not change up a traditional dish. Food evolves over time and in some cases many countries claim to have created a certain dish. The most important thing I feel is having fun in the kitchen being brave and creating tasty and nourishing dishes if its not textbook authentic thats ok go ahead and enjoy. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Lavenham, Suffolk: Photo Series

On our recent trip to the UK we stayed in a village in Suffolk, I love this part of England, beautiful farmland and picture perfect villages. One day we took a drive to the village of Lavenham, I had read that it boosted some of the most medieval building's in England. The village first obtained a market charter in 1257, most of its buildings date from the 1500 and 1600's when it thrived as a center for the wool trade. In fact its famous and prestigious purple wool was exported all over the world. 

The Lavenham guildhall built in 1530 is a wonderful museum that goes through the history of the area, the kids really enjoyed the dressing up clothes here. 

The village is well worth a visit it has wonderful little tea rooms and first class antique shops and if you enjoy history and amazing architecture you won't be disappointed. 


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