Edamame Falafel with a Kale Slaw

I love falafel.  The taste, the way it looks, how I can stuff it in a pita, eat it in a salad or just devour it just as is.

A while bag I picked up a bag of shelled edamame, thinking it would be so much easier to eat without its little shell house, but I hated it.  I love the work involved with edamame, the almost relaxation that comes from popping out a soy bean and so my edamame falafel was born!

This beautiful green falafel is really easy to make and can easily be made gluten free.  Its incredibly delicious and filling. I love this falafel, but my favourite thing right now is this kale slaw.  I’m incredibly obsessed with and finished the entire bowl of it in a day.  Its so fresh and crunchy.  It just tastes like more.

EDAMAME FALAFEL WITH KALE SLAW12 falafel ( makes 6 pita wraps)

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Falafel

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup shelled edamame (defrosted in warm water)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped, spinach
  • 3 heaped tbsp flour
  • oil for frying

Directions

In a large bowl add edamame, onion, garlic, cumin coriander and cayenne.  With a hand blender start blending the soy beans, until you have a chunky consistency that is smoothish.

Season with salt and pepper, taste the mixture.  Fold in the spinach, coriander and flour.  If its a little to wet, add another tbsp flour.

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Form 12 small discs.

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In a large skillet heat some oil.  Fry on both sides until golden brown.

Kale slaw

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Ingredients 

  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small bunch kale, washed, stems remove and chopped
  • 2 cabbage leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • a grind of black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl combine, carrot,kale, cabbage, mayonnaise, vinegar, sweetener and black pepper,  Toss.

Assembly 

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Ingredients

  • 6 small pita wraps
  • shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber
  • hummus
  • edamame
  • Kale slaw

Directions

Smear half of your pita wrap with hummus, and place a dollop of kale slaw on the other half.

Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and falafel.  Fold and enjoy.

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Hagrid’s Hut

Rubeus Hagrid or Hagrid is one of the most interesting characters in Harry Potter.  The groundskeeper and general nice guy of Hogwarts,  stayed in a cut little hut on the grounds.  The lovable half giant, sure has a heart of gold and cared for any animal he got his hands on.

Hagrid’s hut is an inviting little place, that had a lot of regular visitors ( I’m looking at you Harry and the gang), it was homely with a lot of charm.

Quilts, wooden floors, a fireplace that was used for cooking, hanging baskets are just a few things I think about when imagining Hagrid’s hut.  Also pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins.  The pumpkin juice has to come from somewhere!

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Let’s bring Hagrid’s hut alive and a little bit more liveable.

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^^ Growing some pumpkins in unique ways is the first step in bringing a little Hagrid into your home.

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^^ Instead of hanging cages on your ceiling. Why not hang pretty baskets.

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^^ When your wand is an umbrella, you are going to want to store in a mighty fine place.

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^^ Cooking over your fireplace has never been so stylish.

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^^ Storing your firewood doesn’t need to look bad, these are wonderful, tidy and stylish ways to store it.

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^^ I love the look of a nice quilt.  Placing it on your bed creates a nice whimsy feel.

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^^ A nice faux fur throw over your couch is essential and looks so good.

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^^ Living in a small hut by the woods is a dream of mine, but boy would I be scared at night.  Candles on the wall is essential for keeping all the bad mystical creatures away.

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^^ Yes, you are a muggle and you have little muggle hand, unlike our half giant friend that would easily drink out of these teacups.  You will just have to settle with using them as a planter.

Happy Friday guys.  Have a lovely weekend.

Orange You Mine, Green Juice

I don’t know why I have to give the juices I make a weird name, but it sure does roll of the tongue.  I love juicing, you get a fresh home made juice, that doesn’t have all that bad for you crap in it.  My garden loves the pulp, and I love the way I feel after I drink this juice.  This juice is loaded with vitamin C and just a wonderful nutrient boost.  Its sure to chase any sniffles away in an instant, it also tastes dreamy!

ORANGE YOU MINE, GREEN JUICE –  serves 4

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Ingredients

  • 5 oranges, peeled
  • 3 green apples, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup spinach

Directions

Place everything in you juicer.  Give it a good old stir before serving.   serve over ice.

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^^ Yum! Juice!

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Ravenclaw

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As much as I would have loved to be sorted into Hufflepuff, in reality if that sorting hat was placed onto my head, I would have gone to Ravenclaw.  My love for studying, and learning something new everyday and my remarkable failure in athletics, would make me a born Ravenclaw. Obviously Luna Lovegood and I would have been best friends, I think the whole world should just know that.

If you are Ravenclaw, you will have wisdom beyond your years, filled with wit, competitive in a way that makes you cute, filled with intellect and will be so quirky its lovable.

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Its no surprise Harry’s first love interest was a Ravenclaw.

The Ravenclaw dormitories is also a dream.  Starry ceiling, cathedral windows, large bookcases, a great colour palette and perfect reading chairs.

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Now lets look at my take of the a Ravenclaw inspired home.

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^^ Sign me up for this! Lights on your ceiling to look like a clear night! Yes!

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^^ A sun room or a sky light is a perfect way of seeing stars at night.

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^^ The perfect reading chair for every Ravenclaw at heart.

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^^ My love for cathedral windows, is drastically increased when I look at these.

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^^ Any good Ravenclaw must have a large bookcase somewhere in their home.

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^^ The Perfect blue couches for your quirky house.  The last one is my favourite.

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^^ When you are a proud Ravenclaw, you will have to let your love overflow and decorate your house with ravens.  And so it shall be.

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^^ Now, go get your study on at one of these desks.

Happy Friday!

Lets look at my take of a

My Favourite Green Smoothie

I have been rather terrible with drinking smoothies lately, its just our house is so cold the whole time, it really just does not want to heat up and the idea of holding a cold smoothie in my hands, gives me sever heeby jeebies.

So in hopes of inspiring me to drink a smoothie a day again, I want to post my favourite smoothie recipe.

This smoothie has just the right amount of sweetness to make it damn good, packed with strawberries and kiwi, its your antioxidant dream machine smoothie.  Try it out and tell me what you think.

GREEN STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE serves 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup ripe strawberries, washed
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • few sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 cup water
  • sweetener to taste

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and enjoy.

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Hufflepuff

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Today’s Harry Potter Home Inspiration is all about…black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow…you know what it is? Its Hufflepuff this song is about Hufflepuff!

The Hufflepuff house of gets a lot of grief, but to me its the dream house. First of all when your house founder looks like this.

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You know you are in the right house.  She seems like the kind of person I would want to invite over for dinner, for some light conversation and lovely talks about gardening.  She was also the only house founder that said yes to everyone, she will teach them all! Isn’t that how we all should be?  Believing in everyone, even if they don’t believe in themselves.  Hufflepuff has Tonks, the coolest witch to ever grace the pages of Harry potter, and smouldering mcsmoulder pants himself, Cedric.

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If you are a Hufflepuff you will value hard work,patience, loyalty and fair play.  So if you think about it Hufflepuff is the house with some of the best people.

The common room is airy, filled with house plants and has a rustic quality to it.  They are also situated in the basement, right by the kitchen, so midnight feast, must have happened often.

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Let get Huffling!

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^^ I’ve always been a big fan of yellow.  Its such a happy colour, that instantly brightens a room and these yellow couches, just scream Hufflepuff.

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^^ Round windows! I don’t even know what to say about these! All houses should immediately have these.

Colorful houseplants cascade out of a wall container. (Photo by Urbilis)

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^^ I love house plants everywhere and how could you not want to be a chilled plant loving hufflepuff with these house plant ideas.

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^^ Rustic fireplace to warm your loyal hufflepuff heart.  Check

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^^ Earthy tones, make for a relaxed Hufflepuff common room and these rugs are natural and charming.

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^^ When you are so close to the kitchen, you will need a buffet for storing all that extra food.

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^^ Hufflepuff is your home away from home.  That rustic cabin you just can’t stop dreaming about.  The inviting friends that seem like family.  Sitting around your rustic table and wondering did my Mom get around, because boy, you are like my family.

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^^ Why have badger are? because you are a proud Hufflepuff! and badgers do what they want.  In the nicest way possible.

Happy Friday folks!

Tofu Noodle Soup

You know that feeling of pre-sickness? You think you might be getting sick, but you are just not sure.  I HATE IT! I think my body is being a giant pain in the ass ( gosh, I wish I had any sort of ass), just make up your mind get sick or stay healthy, this is a bigger body betrayal than falling off a wheelchair ramp and tearing all the ligaments in your foot ( yes, that actually happened to me).

I guess I should stop being so MELodramatic, see what I did their, that’s my name, ha! I’m so punny.  I have been taking vitamin pills, echinacea tincture and been drinking all kinds of tea, trying not to get sick.  The idea of having tissues all over my house gives me the power to drink anything that will make me better, that includes beet juice.  I hate beet juice.  Its a pretty colour, but it just tastes so beety.

This soup.  This soup is nothing like beet juice.  Its delicious and packed full of immune boosting goodness.  The broth is just bread dunking delicious! Bursting with flavour and goodness.  If you are not a fan of tofu in soup, just leave it out! Replace it with mushrooms or anything that you like.  This is your soup, make it your own.  Don’t follow any rules!

TOFU NOODLE SOUPserves 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 block of firm tofu, drained, pressed and chopped into blocks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 50g flat noodles
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

Directions

In a soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add onion, garlic and ginger.  Cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.  Add celery and saute for a minute.

Add the Stock, tofu, carrot, kale and noodles.

Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes until pasta is tender.  Add herbs and season.

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Serve with crusty bread.

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Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Slytherin

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Happy Friday everyone!  This week seemed to have just flown by and now its time for weekend fun yet again.  By weekend fun I mean I’ll be taking photos of Carl while he studies being bored.

When I think about Slytherin I don’t think about Draco, any of the death eaters, Voldemort or even Prof Snape.  I think about this guy.

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Yes, the captain of the quidditch team himself Marcus Flint.  This guy’s face will forever be imprinted on my face, he just seems so mean and what nightmares are made of.  If you think about Slytherin, the first thing I think about is great fashion sense, I mean none of those guys were in a competition to see who could wear the ugliest sweater.  They took fashion risk that worked.  If you are a born Slytherin you were most likely a pure blood that showed traits of ambition, cunning and leadership, but personally I would have begged that hat to put me in the house so I could wear the outfits.  Its my two favourite colours wrapped in a perfect combo, well I don’t think I would have liked all unhappy vibes these guys oozed out.

Slytherin had a lot of great elements in their common room.  Yes, it might have been in a dungeon, but they sure knew how to live.  From leather couches ( faux leather of course), chess tables to make you want to learn the game,  window reading nooks to weird skull decor scattered around the place.

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Nice, no?

Now Lets take a look at my take of the Slytherin Dungeon.

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^^ These really lovely chess tables look like they could have been donated by Draco’s dad.

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^^ Because if you are going to give your all during a chess game, you have to sit in luxury.

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^^ Because, when you are a pure blood only the best oriental rugs will do for your living situation.

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^^ The faux leather couches of your dreams.

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^^ Faux leather ottomans/coffee table? Why not, when you are slytherin.  You can never have to much of a good thing.

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^^ I’m not a big fan of round dining room tables, but these ones sure make me feel a sense of comradery that will be shared with fellow pure bloods.

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^^ Reading nook in your bedroom.  Sign me up!

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^^ Offbeat home decor, with a serious hints of disturbing. Yes, these are all aspects that make slytherin so unique.  I’m serious considering trying out the little skull cacti! Its super cute.

Hope you found so inspiration.

Butter Tofu Curry

This is not your authentic butter chicken recipe.  First of all it doesn’t have chicken in and is made with coconut milk, it might not be authentic, but it sure is good.

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Filled with all those lovely butter chicken spices. that you have come to love, with a rich creamy sauce that you will just want to dip your naan bread in.  Serve this with rice and naan, for a deliciously warming meal.

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I’ve been on a forbidden rice kick lately, so if you notice the black rice that’s what’s up with it.

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Ingredients

  • 1 block firm tofu, cut into blocks
  • flour for sprinkling
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, washed and chopped.
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 can tomato purée
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • rice and naan for serving

Directions 

Coat the tofu with flour.  In a large pan heat 2 tbsp of olive oil until hot.  Fry tofu until golden on each side.  Remove from pan.

Heat the remaining olive oil.  Add onions and garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add all the spices and stir until fragrant. Add ginger.

Pour in the tomato purée and water.  Stir.  Add the spinach, kale, carrot and sweet potato.

Pour in the coconut milk.  Stir.  Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 10 – 15 minutes, until the veggies are tender.  Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.  Stir in the tofu and cook for 2 minutes.

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Serve.