we normally get a dusting or two of snow in december...but it just usually melts as it falls. not this time. this is staying snow. but it is pretty to look at, no?
how about a delicious "everything-in-the-fridge-quinoa-salad" to keep you fit, healthy and strong during a cold spell?
that right there is a romaine lettuce chiffonade, broccoli hearts, cauliflower, tomatoe, cucumber, avocado, parsley and quinoa salad with a dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar with the mother, unpasteurized local honey, garlic and ginger and it tastes divine - especially after it has sat for a few hours. some mandarine and our own cranberries on the side - deelish!
jambaloney got a pile of butternut squash on sale and so we bought up a bunch as they keep well in our basement/coldroom. you cut them in half and scoop out the seeds (save them for roasting - what a great snack! pics to come!). you make several score marks in them, brush them with a ton of butter, add salt and pepper and roast those babies for an hour. you can eat them at this point - we ate a half of one just standing at the stove while they were cooling. they'll soon be turned into soup.
once they have cooled you scoop out all of the flesh, put it in the blender/food processor, add coconut milk (sooo good for you!), turmeric, cayenne, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, honey, ginger, s&p - and you have a delicious soup to can or freeze and it will get you through the winter just dandy.
here's some yummy aloo gobi!
and here is a beautiful sunset:
we certainly haven't had it as bad as some of you had...we are just experiencing a little more than normal chilliness - nothing that some good food, a good sunset and a cup of mint/chamomile tea can't fix!
i hope that you are all staying warm!