"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Polished

 I spent yesterday afternoon doing some cooking while listening to the rest of the Fault Lines podcast on cbc.
 (Incidentally, there's an article in a 2015 issue of The New Yorker titled The Really Big One on the subject that I'm currently reading, it's so interesting.)

One of my absolute favourite kitchen chores is polishing our La Cornue range, and if you have anything stainless steel in your own kitchen I highly recommend the Method Steel For Real polish.
It removes all the marks, even the baked on bits, as well as dust and streaks, and it somehow does smell like fresh apples.

I had some butternut squash bottoms left over from a stew I made and I really wanted to try stuffing them with vegetables and lentils.
 I sautéed leeks and mushrooms, but not too aggressively, as this filling was to be baked before serving.
 I added some French lentils and some cashew cream.  I had cooked up a big batch of French lentils early in the week so that I would have some around to add to dishes as I needed them ( I find they keep in the fridge quite well for up to five days).

I roasted the bottoms of the butternut squash first, which softened the squash itself, making them pliable enough that I could easily scoop out the seeds and stringy bits.
 Once they were scooped I simple filled them with my mixture.  I left them on the range until I needed to bake them for our dinner.
 My friends came around for drinks before dinner so it was one of those evenings I was happy to have my dinner sorted well beforehand.  I served the stuffed squash with a potato dish and a green salad on the side.
I have to trot over to the Beauty Shop today (and not a moment too soon), then I start my physiotherapy for my wretched neck, fingers crossed I can get some help with it!

Be well and have a lovely day today,
xoxDani

11 comments:

  1. I do hope that you can get relief for your neck, Dani. There is nothing worse than chronic pain, and you risk triggering a migraine to compound matters. I will cross my fingers too!

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    1. SD thank you! I think relief will come it just might take some time. Yesterday's appointment put me in more pain due to the movements and poking/prodding of the diagnostic tests. My new physiotherapist told me I have the worst levator muscle she's ever seen, so tight and knotted like a giant steel cord, and pulling on the spine and pulling my shoulder blade out of whack. No wonder I get headaches and feel tired so often. I shouldn't have let it get this bad.
      Thank you for your kind thoughts xx

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  2. Yes Dani - good luck with the physio. Do you make the cashew cream yourself, or do you buy it?

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    1. Patricia I make it and it's so easy, soak the raw cashews for at least 3 hours, then drain, add to blender, cover with filtered water, blend and voila, cashew cream. I often freeze little pots of it too so I have it on hand to add to pasta sauces or soups. Thank you! xx

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  3. yeesh that sounds painful! I had the same question about cashew cream -Anna26x

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    1. Anna see my answer to Patricia re cashew cream, so easy to make! xx

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  4. That stove is so gorgeous! Good luck at physio. Xx

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    1. Jen as you know it's my favourite thing! Thanks, I'm in for a long road with physiotherapy but happy to have begun. I might get relief from those migraines! xx

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  5. I'm envious of your La Cornue! I can only dream of such a stove. Your posts have inspired me to make David Lebovitz's Giant Bean Gratin tonight. It was so delicious that I couldn't believe it was healthy, too, made with beans, kale, carrots, crushed tomatoes, onions and garlic. I think it was the luscious cheese topping of mozzerella and parmesan that won me over. Even my husband admitted he liked it! Not as popular was the lentil and kale soup I made earlier this week, although I have been having that for lunch every day - feeling virtuous. Hope the physio helped.

    slf

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    1. slf my gosh well done with the cooking, that does sound delicious! And virtuous too for sure ;) My La Cornue range is my favourite thing in the house, our entire renovation centred around it. I looked for a stove for 9 years! It hasn't disappointed that's for sure. The physiotherapy didn't exactly help yesterday, it left me in more pain actually due to the tests/poking but the process has started so I'm feeling hopeful. Thank you! xx

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  6. I do like the look of your stuffed squash, yum! THanks for the recommendation on the cleaner. I've been using Citrushine and it does work very well, although a little oily.

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