Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eat Well: Quinoa Base that's Ace

The following post was written by my mom, WWW, who is currently at my house taking care of me because I am now home from DC/dead with sickness. Thank you x 798789789, Mom. 
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I know Rebecca and I have worn out our welcome in the quinoa department, but I hope you don’t mind if I share with you one more SIMPLE and delicious quinoa recipe that is adaptable as a base for whatever you want to add.  Quinoa is such an amazing complete protein for those of us who don’t eat meat and it isn’t a grain for those of you who like to limit your grain intake.
I personally like it better than rice or couscous as a side dish.  The other thing I want to give a shout-out to this week is Better Than Bouillon Vegetable base for both its economy as well as its wonderful flavor as a substitute for boxed vegetable broth.  
It is vegan, gluten free, and has less sodium than conventional bouillon.  I also love the mushroom one for making mushroom gravy. They have many other flavors, too, including No Chicken Base, No Beef Base, Lobster Base, Clam Base, and lots more.  (Some are organic and some aren’t.) I have stopped buying the boxed broths as they are much more expensive and don’t have nearly the flavor. (One jar of Better Than Bouillon makes the same amount of broth as 9 ½ quart boxes of vegetable broth—all for about  $5.00-$8.00 a jar, depending on whether or not it is organic.) That said, quinoa and Better Than Bouillon make a perfect pair. Just add some browned onions and whatever vegetables you want and you have a complete meal. I like adding my sprouted lentils and beans for added protein and texture.  I add them at the end of the cooking time so they stay a little crunchy. I use a little less water than is usually called for because I don’t like my quinoa too wet and clumpy.

Scrumptious Quinoa Base
1 ½ cups quinoa, rinsed well and drained well
2 ¾ cups filtered water
2 ½ teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
1 large onion, cut into wedges from pole to pole
Olive oil

1.  Put oil in a heavy pan on high until hot.  Add onion wedges and cook until brown around the edges and flavorful, stirring frequently.  Set aside. 
2.  Combine water and quinoa and bring to a boil.  Add bouillon and stir well to dissolve. Turn down heat to low and cover for 12 minutes.
3.  Uncover pot of quinoa and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until all water has been absorbed and quinoa is fluffy and translucent.  Stir in the browned onions.

This is the base.  For sprouted lentils, add 1 cup after 12 minutes when you uncover the quinoa. 

For vegetables, roast, stir fry, or steam cauliflower, carrots, spinach, peas, cabbage, or other veggies and add at end with browned onions.
In other news, I wasn’t aware that you could eat the WHOLE fava bean, pod and all, until recently. 

They are delicious roasted at 425 until brown (about 15 minutes) and seasoned with salt and pepper (or of course my favorite Vital Salts trufflesalt).  

You can eat the whole pod or squish out the beans (like edamame) and eat the pod separately.  Or, you can separate beans and pods and cook each separately.  Steam the beans and fry the chopped pods in oil on high until brown.  Add to crispy onions for even more flavor.  Fava beans are awesome to grow since you can eat everything… the leaves, the pods, and the beans.  I also wanted to mention that for those of you who want to grown favas, here is the variety I planted. They have especially long pods with very tender and tasty beans.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Forgive me if it's a little quiet here this week. I've been in DC since Saturday c/o The United Nations Foundation/Shot@Life listening to extremely dynamic people talk about global health issues and what we can do to advocate for our fellow humans in ways that are productive and informed.

More soon.

In the meantime, hi, this is really lovely. The music, the story, John Moreland...  

198. 3:59am by: John Moreland


Monday, March 10, 2014

fist pump to this...

fist pump


Make the Ordinary Come Alive
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

- William Martin


Amen, William Martin. (Thanks for this, Mom.)


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Wearing pastels and stripes...

Finally its starting to feel like spring... not warm enough for bare legs and chiffon skirts but a glimmer of sunshine means I can dust off my peach pastel coat, & hopefully soon my pink & baby blue fluffy knits & mint coloured brogues. I was just about warm enough wearing this for a day of shopping & running errands only my toes were frozen.

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Coat: H&M, Top: H&M, Jeans: Topshop, Watch: Swatch, Heels: Limited Edition.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lately Ive been...

Above: Shot of Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Mocha from KC Peaches Dublin best coffee ever!
Most amazing sweet shop ever in Mullingar, Cocktail making class: drinking a mojito dressed up for the great gatsby 1920's night at my hen.
As I mentioned the last few weeks Ive been back and forward to Dublin for work, and away on my hen weekend in Mullingar... Here is a little selection of photos of my time away.

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More great gatsby style from my friends. Drinking a Magpie Girl Cocktail (eh how amazing!? Dont know anyone who could say they have a drink named after their blog!) posing with my 2 future sister in laws. My sister Sophie drinking her mojito.

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My bridesmaids featured above did an amazing job at organising the best hen weekend ever!
As well as a cocktail making class featuring the now famous magpie girl cocktail ;) great gatsby themed soiree they also threw me a Mad Hatters tea party, with bunting, playing cards scattered all over the table, pinwheels and vintage china that my cousin had collected over time. But the array of food on offer was the main attraction & actually left me speechless. Here was what was on offer:

Mad Hatters Tea Party Menu
Salted caramel macaroons
Mini triple choc cookies
carrot cake whoopie pies
mini pecan pies
chocolate marble brownie bites
nutella and raspberry cups

Pesto pastry twists
mini toad in the hole
goats cheese & sweet potato pinwheels
risotto balls
mini pizza
mini quiches
egg & cress sandwiches
chicken salad sandwiches

Teas & Coffee:
Green, Green with cranberry, earl grey, happiness tea & breakfast tea.

All the above was hand made by my bridesmaids/culinary genius's!
I had the best time and cant thank them enough for giving me such an a great send off, cant wait for the wedding now! xx

Twin Day

"Oh, look. You guys are doing Twin Day on Thursday."

"Mom, I know that already."

"Oh. Well. Is there someone at your school you want to be twins with?"

"Why would I want to dress the same as another person? I'm going to be twins with myself."
And that is exactly what she did.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bunny Slope DIY: Flower Bed Beds


1. garden/outdoor area/raised bed/patch of grass next to flowers. 
2. towel(s)
3. pillow(s?)
4. permitting weather (Have you heard? It rained in LA last weekend! I KNOW, RIGHT!? Nobody anywhere has mentioned this!? But it happened! We had two days of rain once!)
5. blankies/lovey (my girls call their blankies "monkeys" so, in our case, monkeys.)

(ED: One day, when Bo and Revi don't think it's hysterical to pick every. single. plant. they're not supposed to pick, we'll plant vegetables and have a veggie garden again.)
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Put the towels down in a place that doesn't flatten anything important. (Screw you, weeds! You are now flattened by towels and children resting on them!) And VOILA! A flower bed bed!
IMG_9716(With a view.)
photo 4photo 3IMG_9769(and a child who refuses to nap so must rest somewhere.)
photo 1Until next time,