50 grams dried pasta
90 ml vegetable stock
25 grams spinach, shredded
40 grams broccoli, broken into small florets
Half an onion, chopped
Couple of cloves of garlic, chopped
Pinch Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
100 grams red beans, rinsed well
Small tomato, diced
Couple of teaspoons of pesto sauce
Feta cheese (optional)
What to do:
Cook pasta according to packet instructions, drain and set aside.
Pour the vegetable stock into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and add spinach, broccoli, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stir in the beans and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the veggies are all tender.
Stir in a couple of teaspoons of pesto sauce and mix well.
Add the pasta to the saucepan and mix everything together, or serve the veggies on top of the cooked pasta.
If the mood so takes you, add some grated, crumbled or cubed Feta cheese…just for the sheer heck of it!
I used Rigatoni when I made this, but I think it would probably work even better with smaller pasta pieces like Penne, Fusilli or those funky little bow-shaped ones.
Look! There’s a teddy bear in Kai’s paw.
In fact, did you know that all cats have teddy bear paws? It’s true…check it out next time a cat gives you permission to look at his/her paw.
You’ve got to admit, having a teddy bear in your paw is a pretty awesome trick…the creme-de-la-creme of animal magic!
Another oracle reading today for you, folks! This time from the Osho Zen Tarot 🙂
“These three women dancing in the wind and the rain remind us that celebration never need depend on outside circumstances. We need not wait for a special holiday or a formal occasion, nor a sunny and cloudless day. True celebration arises from a joy that is first experienced deep within, and spills into an overflow of song and dance and laughter, and yes, even tears of gratitude. Don’t bother about scheduling a party on your calendar. Let your hair down, take your shoes off, and start splashing in the puddles right now. The party is happening all around you every moment!”
3-hour business lunch today with my editor-in-chief, Cat Milton. Both now uber-excited as launch day draws closer, after all manner of trials, tribulations and unexpected set-backs.
In spite of it all, Cat’s expression here sums up our attitude from Day 1 of this project (9 months ago). Failure is not an option.
Especially when we have wine.
Bez and Chomsky.
I’ve lived with cats for all my adult life and I have never known two boy cats from different litters be so close. We rescued Chomsky when he was found wandering the streets on his own at only 3 weeks old. Bez had only lived with us for a couple of weeks and was just 10 weeks old himself. It could have been a disaster, but thankfully, it was love at first sight and they were inseparable as kittens.
Now they’re almost 4 years old, so they’re off doing their own thing…but it’s still clear to see that when it comes to talking best friends…Bez and Chomsky are it!!
There comes a time in any 31 day photo challenge when you look at the theme for the day and think “what the hell?” And today is that day. I got nothing, nada, niente, zilcho, diddly-squat.
So, in the absence of any poems, or anything resembling poetry in my life today, I give you…an onion.
affirmations, Buddha, January photo challenge, Kreatív Fordítás Photo Challenge, law of attraction, manifesting, meditation, mind movies, motivation, personal development, vision boards, visualisations
There are lots of things that motivate me. I’m a bit of a personal development/affirmations/visualisations/vision boards/mind movies/Law of Attraction/manifesting nutcase on the quiet. And that’s all well and good.
But, if truth be told, the best motivator for me is meditation. Stillness. Silence. Just a few minutes every day.
Luckily, I have my beautiful Buddha in the corner of my lounge as a constant, gentle reminder. 🙂
Whilst most of my recipes are for single servings, this one will easily serve two people, possibly even three if it is an accompaniment.
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4/5 tablespoons of olive oil
Clove or two of garlic, chopped
Half an onion
Small green pepper, de-seeded and chopped
220 grams of mushrooms
50 grams of raisins
Tablespoon of chilli picante sauce
Tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
What to do:
Boil the sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes, or until they are soft, but still holding their shape.
Drain the water and arrange the potatoes in an ovenproof casserole dish.
Fry the onion, garlic, green pepper and mushrooms in the olive oil, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until they start to soften.
Add the raisins, sauce, parsley, salt and pepper and stir well.
Mix into the potatoes.
Bake at 180 degrees C, gas mark 4 for about 25 minutes until piping hot and golden brown.
You can use whatever sauce you like with this dish. The chilli picante sauce gave it a nice spicy kick, but brava, romero or barbecue sauce would work well too.