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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The First Snowfall

 We woke up yesterday morning to the first real snowfall of the season.  We had a light sprinkling last week but it wasn't even enough to sweep up.  Yesterday's snowfall required finding the snow shovel in our garden shed.
I always love the look of the garden during that first snowfall.  Fortunately just last week we had our gardener here to trim up the cedar hedge and the boxwoods, just in time for winter to really arrive.
 I can't believe how high our cedar hedge has grown, look at it towering over Rebecca!  The photo below shows a glimpse of the beautiful stone house next door, this is where Anna26 lived at one time!  Wish you still lived next door, Anna.
 I don't really decorate the garden for Christmas with the exception of some greenery and holly in my favourite glazed clay pot, seen below.
 My kitchen has been a busy one this week, churning out lunches and dinners and a dish for last night's Fun Bookclub potluck (I brought a roasted cauliflower dish).
At the beginning of the week I cooked up a big batch of dried chickpeas as the base for some meals.
One thing about eating plant-based- it requires eating lots of beans!  I am somehow averse to constantly buying beans in cans but I think in order to go to the trouble of boiling beans one needs to do a large batch, it's quite time-consuming after all.
 I wanted to make some hummus for snacks and sandwiches, and while I basically use Jamie Oliver's recipe one thing I do different to Jamie is that I peel the chickpeas:
 This was a tip from another hummus recipe I read somewhere, and while it is a bit fiddly to peel the chickpeas it does make a huge difference to the texture of the hummus.
 The other difference is that I add a bit of nutritional yeast, for flavour and the B vitamins it contains.
 And of course Herbamare salt which I'm a bit addicted to!
 I wanted a thicker hummus that wouldn't drip out of a sandwich, you can see the texture I was going for below:
While I was making the hummus I roasted a few cherry tomatoes.
 This is a delicious sandwich: hummus spread on both sides of a bun, topped with arugula and roasted tomatoes.
A perfect lunch!
I have a fairly busy day today: a long walk with Scout, a meeting at the accountant's office, a restorative yoga class with Laura (done in a hammock-type thing, I'll be falling down for sure), grocery shopping, and a promise to Lil Rascal to cook some latkes for dinner tonight.
Hope your Wednesday is busy and happy,
xoxDani

14 comments:

  1. You may already do...if cooking dry beans, a pressure cooker really makes it easier and faster.

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    1. BB I've never tried that, afraid of explosions? ;) Hope you're well darling BB maybe you'll give us an update on your blog?! xx

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  2. Beautiful lunch! And your garden look so pretty. Is there anything nicer than a fresh snowfall? Xx

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    1. Jen, I know I love it, that first snowfall is magic. xx

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  3. I love hummus, but I must admit I've never peeled chickpeas before! (Truth be told, I usually use a can, but I have cooked from scratch for other dishes.) That sandwich looks delicious - roasted cherry tomatoes are a favourite in our house. I've never used nutritional yeast - I think I'll give it a go, thanks for the tip Dani.

    I did one pass over the driveway yesterday, but I kindly left if for my husband later in the day - he was so looking forward to using his new snowblower. Big boy toys!

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    1. Patricia a snow blower is just the thing, our driveway isn't very large, it barely fits two cars and truth is I only shovelled half of it.
      I've peeled chickpeas from the can too for hummus, it makes such a difference to the texture. I can't believe I'm recommending something so fiddly but it does make a big difference! xx

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  4. Oh I eat so much hummus, I like mine chunky though with lashings of tahini, as for arugula/rocket - it's the devil's fronds! Nutritional yeast is yummy though, I haven't bought it for ages, I'll add it to next week's shopping list

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    1. Tabs and it's so good for you too, though a weird product? (Nutritional yeast) But full of b Vitamins! xx

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  5. I don't know that I've ever commented on your blog, but I'm so glad you're back! Your garden is just lovely.

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    1. Leslie thank you for commenting and for reading! Thank you re the garden too. :) xx

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  6. ah, that was a gorgeous house - the bathroom upstairs was 12 feet high with a gorgeous chandelier - I had a bath every single night. Thanks for posting! We eat a lot of beans as well - lots of plant based food here as well although lots of not-plant based food too - I am addicted to cheese what can I say. I want to try making latkes from beets and sweet potatoes - maybe in 2018. Thanks for sharing this! Anna26

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    1. Anna it is a gorgeous house and right now they a building a conservatory onto the back of it, stunning!
      Those would certainly be colourful latkes. Ours last night were very good, I'll be making them next week when the older two arrive home. Family favourite. ;) xx

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  7. Hello Dani,

    Your garden looks utterly beguiling with its dusty cover of pure white snow. You can really see the architecture of its design coming alive.

    As for chickpeas, or garbanzo beans as they are called in the US, I just love them and they are well worth the effort of soaking instead of always using cans. The taste does not compare. I am going to have to replicate that sandwich for my daughter's lunch box soon. It looks delish!

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    1. CD thank you and you're so right the lines of the garden really shine under the snow. Thank goodness our gardener had time to trim the cedar and the boxwoods, it's a professional job that we can't do ourselves.
      This sandwich is perfect for a lunch box! No dairy or meat, or anything that spoils quite quickly, and it doesn't involve nuts, so it's friendly for nut-free lunch rooms (which from my experience tend to be the norm these days). I bet your dear daughter will love it. Thanks CD xx

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