A drizzly day matching our sniffling noses (mine more from minor allergies to the pets rather than the cold that Jen is suffering from). Nice to have the option to stay warm and dry on a damp tepid morning, visiting and cooking splendid food!

As a team, we collaborated on and cooked a succulent vegetarian meal that amazed even my culinary experimentations (I rarely follow recipes, making it up as I go). Hence, the recipe that follows may not be exact to complete measurements.  Add the spices to what you feel intuitively works for your taste buds!

The Remnants of Winter Stew

  • a whole butternut squash, cut into large chunks
  • 6 peeled potatoes, cut into medium chunks
  • 1 onion diced
  • handful of mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 stalks of chopped celery
  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 2 cups freshly cooked mung beans
  • 1 can of mixed beans
  • 1 can of garbonzo beans
  • 1 can of whole tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp each of finely chopped garlic and ginger
  • chicken stock to taste
  • spices: cayenne, turmeric, fenugreek, coriander seed, cumin, curry powder, pepper
  • sesame oil and ghee used to fry

The onions, celery and mushrooms were fried in ghee until almost caramelized. The squash and potatoes were added and left to simmer in a cup of chicken stock for about 30 minutes. The spices were fried in ghee and then added to the potato mixture halfway through. In another pot, the tomatoes and beans were heated up, ready for the final addition of the hearty root vegetables. The spinach was added in the last few minutes in order to retain it’s textures and colour. Served with organic yogurt for a lovely finishing touch!

Happy Spring!

spring equinox
Today is the official vernal Equinox, otherwise known as the emergence and blossoming of Spring. For me, today holds much power as a day in the cycle of our Seasons. It is a time of Re-Birth … a season to plant abundant seeds of Joy and Happiness, nurturing them with Love, Respect and Gratitude. There is a definite shift in my consciousness, knowing that the days shall get Brighter, Warmer, Longer.

And with this attitude adjustment comes the graceful acknowledgment and indebtedness to those in my life who add to my spiritual growth. So many to bless with tears of renewal and love. The first of my tears flowed when I was welcomed by a simple envelope at my desk this morning. The generous gift certificates contained within spoke VOLUMEs of gratitude towards my efforts at offering yoga to my colleagues during lunch hour; the day before I had just completed my 20 hours of practicum teaching necessitated for my Yoga certification! vernal equinoxMy leap of faith at conquering my fears of teaching continues to pay itself back in so many unexpected ways …. With offering these classes, I wanted to gift the benefits of yoga to my co-workers in exchange for their time and presence. I dedicated any karmic donations to my charity choice of the Canadian Diabetes FoundationDiabetes logo, and in the end raised $179. For this I am overjoyed and truly grateful; the generosity of my coworkers means a lot, especially with the significance to my family behind this charity, which hits so close to home.
donation envelope

Happy Spring and Easter to each and every one of you!