I am Indian, a desi, a first generation Indo-Canadian and I very rarely cook daal.
I just find indian food to be very mushy or overcooked. Well some of it I love: Saag or Panner but all my life, I’ve always loved salad (I can see everything, it’s crunchy and healthy obvi :P) so eating indian food that has been cooked to an oblivion isn’t really appetizing to me.
But, I had no idea that the base of a salad could be something other than lettuce, kale or spinach. I mean I’ve made quinoa salads but never a daal based salad.
Until I found this recipe.
What you need:
- 2 cups of brown green lentils
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp whole mustard seeds
- 6 tbls olive oil
- 2 tbls vinegar (I didn’t have cherry so I used white)
- Pepper to taste
- Soft cheese to top (I used feta)
What you’ll do:
- Cook the lentils by first rinsing them a few times in cold water, then adding them to a pot with the garlic and bay leaves and filling the pot with water 2 inches over the lentils. Let the lentils boil on high heat for 20 minutes and then on medium-low for another 15 minutes until they are tender. Remove from heat, remove bay leaves and garlic and strain. Place lentils in the fridge to cool
- Add the salt, mustard seeds, olive oil and vinegar to a bowl and whisk until the mix emulsifies
- Chop up the cucumber, Avo and slice the olives and cheese as required.
- Mix everything (except the cheese) until everything is fully coated in the dressing.
- Plate your salad and top with cheese. Serve as a side or as a main :)
You know as a parent you are doing something creatively right (especially when it literally feels like chaos in the house 24/7) when you kid asks you to put the photograph you just captured on your camera in their room. But what exactly am I doing: I am taking time to do something creative everyday. Luckily my kiddos see what I do.
We went on a stroller walk, which I turned into a photography walk because it ended up being the only chance I had all week to use my camera. I’ve kept my 50MM lens on my DSLR for about a month now to create a constraint in hopes that it would allow my creativity to flourish within a restriction. It has – and I am loving it.
We had a great weekend, family dinners, breakfasts out, soccer practice, lots of coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and even a McD’s run (because we are so used to daycare taking care of lunches :P)
My to-do list is long and already in play. I even got started on some of my planning.
Shoes | Skirt | T-shirt | Specs
- Some nights…dinners include veggies like bok choy and mushrooms other days it’s the 4th bowl of cheerios that day 😶 #ToddlersRule
- I can’t be the only one who feels unkempt when my nails are bare of lacquer.
- For the remainder of the month of July my goals are to 1) finish #The100dayproject and 2) create my Return to Work strategy which will be executed in a few months. These are both huge goals and complete opposite spectrums of my life (creativity and career – really wish they were more aligned). I am planning on deciding on 3 main tasks for each goal and then breaking up those tasks into small action items for the coming weeks.
- Started using MyFitnessPal to track my food intake because I realized portion control was not happening and volume eating potentially does not work for me.
- I need a new photobook creating site (Shutterfly isn’t my jam at the moment) – send me your suggestions or leave a comment below!
Everything I am wearing is vintage aka already in my closet and has been for a few years (minus the shoes). Although I want to buy so many cute summer things I am not (I am not perfect but I am doing my best). You can read more about that here.
Last Friday, we packed up some things and ourselves into my husband’s car from his bachelor days and headed out to Rice Lake. One thing I realized about myself since becoming an adult or a mom or both is that I am chicken $h!t….! I realized I had to quickly let go of that when Miss S requested to go on the boat (it was a “oh crap thats me that will have to go with her” moment).
Thats the thing about having kids, they push you to your limits in more ways the one.
The weather wasn’t the best, but the sun did come out in the late afternoon! We did some fishing, sprayed lots of bug spray, ate tons of food and of course I took tons of pictures….
We had tons of chicken as well as veggie options of portobello mushrooms with feta, and boiled baby carrots and hummus.
Me on the lake with my first born :)
That fish was sharp!
The cottage was super cute, perfect for picture taking!
Obligatory Hunter Boots shot.
So cute and quaint!
Just a girl in her rainboots looking for some sand to play with….!
Mat leave is wonderful and hard. The second time around it’s definitely more work. The first time around, I don’t remember ever making/preparing dinner before 5pm or doing dishes for that matter. These days I am constantly multitasking and with that I fight for my personal time. I need it for myself and for my family.
On the hard days, I want to remind myself on ways to pick myself up. So here goes:
1. Consume something positive or uplifting: My go-tos are an inspiring Ted Talk, Pod Cast or listening to my summer play list. I know I’ve been discussing and trying to understand #CreateMoreThanYouConsume but when the thing you are consuming is positive and uplifting I really believe it pushes you to create something. You’ll have a smile on your face, you’ll be filled with inspiration or you’ll actually create something to deliver what you’ve learned. Here, here and here are somethings I’ve consumed worth sharing.
2. Drink water: and lots of it. When I am feeling blah, a light goes off in my head “drink more water, drink water now, finish that entire bottle and then refill it”. So without thinking I do just that. On some level I think it’s my brain or unconscious self saying, get rid of the toxins and you’ll start to feel more content.
3. Exercise: Whether it’s a stroller walk in the mall or run on the treadmill while the baby sleeps, stop procrastinating and do it. The endorphins will kick in and you’ll have an automatic smile on your face.
4. Journal: Right now, I have two journals of choice. One for gratitude/intention/affirmations/positive thinking and another for day planning/bullet journaling. I use them to both start and end my day as well as keep me focused on things I want to accomplish.
5. Get Outside: Fresh air does wonders. Even if it’s only 5 minutes of sitting in the warmth of the sun. The babe will be mesmerized by something in nature which will give you a few minutes to yourself :)
I am sad to report that my tomato plant called it quits over the weekend. I came home on Saturday afternoon to see that the plant stalks had fallen over. To be honest I knew that maybe the plant was not doing so well as it started looking more like weeds than the large leaves I was hoping to see.
I didn’t bother stalking it as the instructions didn’t say to but I do regret not moving it to a larger pot and updating the soil. I’ll definitely needed some more love and planning. And I probably should’ve have watered it more often #BadPlantMom
I’ve definitely picked up a few tricks for next year, such as spacing the seeds, using more than one planter, starting from a seedling and maybe trying a few varieties.
My gardening goals are on hold until next year – time to start pinning and planning for next spring!