No. I checked... It still Winter. Are you sure Mother Nature? Because it sure feels like Late Spring - EarlySummer! How about that crazy weahter we have been having? Consitently 70 - 78 one week strait! Maybe even two:) I am not complaining mind you. It sure makes a nice way to break up the chill. Though its not good obviously since it most likey means we will have a drought. And yet, I am really digging the sunshine.
In general it puts people in a good mood you know. To get out there and do outdoorsy things. Like go for a walk, play raquet ball or tennis, run the track at your local outdoor foot ball field:) We have been trying to stay more health conscious and its paying off. By golly my husband and I have dropped the few pounds we picked up from Thanksgiving to Christmas! Yay!
Also, we have for three weeks now switched to making healthier choices. Quinoa is still big around here. I try to disquise it as much as possible. Clearly it is not going to pass off for rice.. But I try. As a matter of a fact.. A friend of mine passed me what seems like a really delicious recipe:
Cocunut Curry Lentil Stew:
Makes 12 Servings
2 cups quinoa
3 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup coconut powder
1 (4 inch) cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 cups red lentils
salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- Soak the quinoa in a bowl filled with cold water for 5 minutes, then drain using a fine mesh strainer, and rinse with running water. Set the strainer aside so the quinoa can drain, then bring 3 1/2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the quinoa, cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid and is tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside, and keep warm.
- Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook for 5 minutes more. Pour in the water and coconut milk, and add the molasses, coconut powder, cinnamon, curry powder, and ground coriander. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then stir in the lentils, and cook until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir frequently as the lentils cook to keep them from sticking. Be careful not to overcook them, as they will quickly loose shape and become a paste.
- Once the lentils are done, season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in the chopped cilantro. Serve the lentil stew over a bed of quinoa.
Sure sounds delicious! Like new comfort food:)
BTW: I finished the Koolhaas hat! Love the way it came out. DH and DS loved it too. Since this one was for a friend of mine that has been begging for a knitted skull cap. It had to leave this morning with its rightful owner.
I did manage to take some good photos though on my Ipad. Here is Lil' C.. who is not so little anymore:
Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Yarn Mad Tosh Chunky in Faded Parkah, 1 Skein
Needles: Addi Turbos Size 8, 16 inch cord
And now I must run off to make that Coconut Curry Lentil Stew:) Yum!
Must hurry --need to catch the final quarter of the 49er game.. Hey are we going to the superbowl?
7:01 PST - Update: The Stew is totally AMAZING:) NomNomNOM!
We lost the game--boohooo--no superbowl in our 49er's future this year:(