There Are Many Things to Admire

Good day to you and Autumn!

My friend (also happens to be my roommate) and I went exploring the other day.

We went to a museum that had been undergoing renovations for many years. Both of us were taken away by the beauty of the Art Noveau pieces. Imagine being completely surrounded in a world where everything around you is breathtaking.

Like these stained glass windows that were built for someone’s home.

On the topic of being surrounded by beautiful things. I’m sure many of you know about Project Food Blog by now. Well, you know what? It didn’t occur to me how many connections I would making with new people! It’s really wonderful. I love that I’ve been able to check out so many other posts, and nod my head in understanding throughout. It always amazes how much people are alike, but sometimes we feel alone or like “no one understands.” Of course there are differences that make us unique, but there are certain things that I like to call “universal truths.” Here are some posts that really struck a chord with me:

Liv is further pursuing her passion for cooking.

Heather has known about her calling in the kitchen since she was a wee one!

I often find myself thinking that me and Lauren share a brain.

Amanda has got these incredible recipes that make me swear that I can taste them already!

Who wouldn’t fall in love with Kelsey?

Liren makes a great point about proudly being an emotional eater.

Gillian’s charm will never fade.

I’m always wishing I could hang out with Lynn when I read her blog.

Sophia has got this gift with words and coming up with awesome recipes!

If you’re a food blogger you’ll definitely relate to Sabrina’s post.

I love Maggie’s embracing vibe.

There are so many more wonderful entries out there, and can click here to check them out.

Let’s continue admiring beautiful things, shall we?

The other day I was in the store, and I bought the rest of the peaches that were left. I felt like I was stealing them! Here I sliced one over some spiced oatmeal, with banana slices, walnuts, chocolate almond butter, and sunflower seed butter. I’ve been missing the crunch of whole nuts! I love nut butters, but sometimes I want some crunch.

Roasted chickpeas for breakfast?

Tahini and Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

The smell was so wonderful when roasting, and just hard to ignore! I love the coating the tahini gave these chickpeas after roasting. Chickpeas are so versatile; I thought I’d share a link with you that has a bunch of recipes on how to make them in different ways… sweet or savoury! “15 More Ways To Flavor Roasted Chickpeas

1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 tbl coconut oil
2 tbl tahini
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbl maple syrup or honey,ย to taste (optional)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
dashย sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 450ยฐ.
2. Mix chickpeas with coconut oil, tahini, sweetener, spices and salt in a medium sized bowl.
3. Scatter chickpeas in single layer on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 40-50ย minutes, until the chickpeas have become dry and crispy.
4. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Coincidence! I made pumpkin pie inspired bowl of oats on the first day of autumn.

I cooked the usual oats with pumpkin puree, in the morning I cut up some dates and crystallized ginger cubes. Then I topped it off with the pumpkin pie spiced roasted chickpeas, more almond milk and spices, brown sugar, walnut nut butter, and tahini. Oof this bowl was delicious! I love starting off a new day with yummy things like this.

I made another great recipe from “The Veganomicon”

It’s been awhile since I last cooked a recipe from this book. I had gotten a head of cauliflower at the store with intentions of making a curry, so I went through my cookbooks in search of one. I decided on the Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry, but de-veganized it by using ghee. I just can’t get over how wonderful ghee is! This recipe called for a surprising ingredient: parsnips! Cooking curries is such a great experience since they are so aromatic. So far I’ve served this with basmati rice, sweet potatoes with curry-ketchup (pictured above), and now I’m wanting to try it with naan bread.

The other day I made the best burrito I’ve had in awhile… make that ever!

I prepared some black beans with rice, onions, sweet pickled mango, garlic, sweet pepper jelly, cumin, cinnamon, and ketchup (hey I had no tomatoes on hand!). Topped it with diced avocado, corn, cilantro, and Greek yogurt (or sour cream if you have that).

Got to wrapping.

And with that, I was off to class!

Who knew I could spice up a burrito’s flavor so much? Thank goodness for curiosity because this was indeed the best bean burrito I’ve ever had. What’s something that recently made you wonder and try something new?

p.s. the last day for voting for the first Project Food Blog challenge is tomorrow so make sure to get your votes in! Fingers crossed!

p.s.s. I just had my first critique of the semester for the video I made. You can watch it by clicking this link, and let me know what you think! Thank you.

15 thoughts on “There Are Many Things to Admire

  1. Woww, those windows are gorgeous! Normally I’m not a stained glass fan, but it would be awesome to always have a pretty view when you looked out the window.

    Your oatmeal looks delicious, i’m waiting on peaches to come into season here in Australia – patiently, patiently waiting ๐Ÿ˜›

    Lately I’ve been trying new things like crazy. I’ve had some disasters (like putting an awfully thin batter into my waffle iron and having milk pour out all over my kitchen counter) but I’ve also had plenty of successes ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. i just booked my ticket for foodbuzz, so if you’re going too, it’ll be only a few months til we’re hanging! thanks for the shoutout, dear, and good luck with project food blog!

  3. Awwww, sweetums! We do share a brain!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ But many times, I wish we shared a kitchen. Girl, you and I would be dangerous with a knife and some good ingredients. I would so much love to have a kitchen date with you. I don’t see why this can’t happen sometime soon either! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oats with ginger and dates! Love both. I know what you mean about the crunch of actual nuts, I just bought some sesame honey cashews at Trader Joe’s for that very reason. Have a great day!

  5. those stained glass windows are gorgeous! who could afford that in their home?! i love appreciating the beautiful things every day, they are so easy to find. the world is bursting with it! we just have to slow down enough to notice it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. All of your food is GORGEOUS, seriously! I love how you kind of spiralled the peaches onto your oats. And cinnamon roasted chickpeas sound so yummy. I’m going to check out the recipe!!

  7. Beautiful windows….one of the things I’ve always loved about churches and cathedrals is the amazing stained glass they tend to contain!
    Most of what I make tends to be experimental or new – we have surplus food from the garden, markets and dumpsters milling around, so rather than shop for recipe ingredients, I just kind of make things up as I go along…I’ve developed a newfound love for all things pickled (I blame the South) in recent months, and can’t wait to make some of my own!

  8. Oooh that wrap looks madly delicious, I LOVE sweet pepper jelly!!!

    Whenever your cookbook comes out I will be the first buyer- you never cease to inspire me Katharina! In fact if you write a fashion book I’d like that to!

  9. Those windows at the museum are breathtaking!

    I am salivating over the peaches….why didn’t I bake any peaches and oats the entire summer when they were good???? It’s beside me!!! All your food looks amazing, as always….especially the peaches and the wraps, yummm!!

    I voted for you!! Off to look at the video you made….if I can get the laptop from my husband :/

  10. I LOVE YOU!! thank you for the mention <3
    DITTO. and im gonna go take ur advice and go wrapping right now. mmm <3

    have a wonderful week love!

    ps. shhh dont tell but im hoping you win the next food blog star. seriously, no one fits the 'bill' better than you

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