Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Vegan Stew!

About a month ago I decided that I would truly try to eat healthy. We are trying vegan 2/3 of the week, allowing the weekend to be a bit naughty!  I was challenged to find meals that would be tasty and filling so I turned to "Oh She Glows".  Author and blogger Angela Liddon has created the most health filled and just plain good for you blog around! She even has a cook book out and I did not hesitate to buy it. She was my life saver when it came to making just vegetables and nuts interesting. Even if you are a devout meat eater there is something in this book and blog you are sure to enjoy. I thought I would post my favorite Fall stew that I ate it for days because it was just that good. Check out The Oh She Glows Cookbook available HERE!



Soul Soothing- African Peanut Stew
Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced I added and orange pepper too!
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 – 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, with their juices (I like Pomi)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 cups vegetable broth I like Pacific brand.
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 – 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach or kale chopped
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Roasted peanuts, for garnish
  • TIP: stir in some leftover rice ( cant helo it I love white rice) but Brown is better for you!
Directions:
1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 5 mins, until onion is translucent
2. Add bell pepper, jalapeno, sweet potato and canned tomatoes. Raise heat to medium-high and simmer for 5 mins. Season with S & P.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk peanut butter with 1 cup vegetable broth until no clumps remain. Stir into large saucepan with remaining 3 cups vegetable broth, chili powder, and cayenne.
4. Cover pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-20 mins until sweet potato is tender.
5. Stir in chickpeas and spinach and cook until spinach is wilted. Season with S & P.
6. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro/parsley and peanuts.  You can add some leftover rice for a heartier meal, too

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cotswolds Modern

I was perusing Pinterest for art inspiration as I am off to take an abstract paint class given by my dear friend Maureen Chatfield at the Hunterdon Art Museum.  I was looking for landscape or architecture and came across this amazing modern home in the Cotswolds.  I am not a true modernist but I do appreciate the architecture and minimal decor.  This one is a mix of both modern and traditional Cotswolds design.  I was instantly smitten. The link lead me to Home Adore which now I adore! It has posts by people that are really inspirational and very interesting.  If you aren't familiar with it check it out.  Meanwhile, I will leave you with Modern in the Cotswolds and have a fantastic weekend everyone!

HOME ADORE
















Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Feeling A Bit Rusty!

It all started with Monday's post by Powell Brower At Home! They posted the most gorgeous rusty velvet settee for a Fall inspired interior and i knew instantly that I had found my fabric. My two poor living room chairs are in bad shape. It's so sad since they are covered in a Suzanne Rheinstein fabric for Lee Jofa that is now full of cat claw marks.  I have been putting off upholstering them because nothing has really struck me until now. I think a rich velvet may be more forgiving than a linen where the cat is concerned and I love the sophisticated feel that a rusty color may bring to the space.  Now I just have to find the right tone and texture, let the hunt begin! Here are few more inspirational rust pieces that I love. Enjoy and pin away!

Powell Brower At Home image that started my hunt for the perfect rust!

credit

credit

credit

credit

credit

credit

credit

credit

credit

credit