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Happy New Year and B&B’s Curry-ginger Vegetable Soup


It’s still January, so I think that means that it’s still ok for me to wish you a Happy New Year. Hope you all enjoyed the holidays and have found your way back to your routines.

I have made this recipe a few times over the last few months and J and I have really enjoyed it! It’s the perfect soup for cold January weather – and is also super healthy, so great for keeping new year’s resolutions! It came together one night before we were travelling when I was trying to figure out how to use to broccoli and bok choy that were left in my fridge. I found this soup recipe, and changed it to add some spices, some lentils and some other veggies. The result was awesome! I’ve been meaning to share it with you for a while. Here is the recipe:

*Also, you’re going to have to forgive my laziness with picture taking lately. I do intend to get back to my SLR soon!

B&B’s Curry-Ginger Vegetable Soup

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INGREDIENTS
-2 tablespoons grape seed oil
-1 onion chopped
-½ lb of broccoli
-½ lb bok choy
-4 large garlic cloves (1 to be used at the end)
-Juice of 1 lemon
-1/2 cup lentils
-1/2 cup carrots
-4 cups broth
-1 tsp curry powder
-1 tsp ginger powder
-1 tsp cumin
-turmeric to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Sauté onion and three cloves of chopped garlic in grape seed oil for about ten minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli, bok choy, lentils and carrots and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth and curry, ginger, cumin and turmeric.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the broccoli and bok choy are tender.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Just before it is finished add one chopped clove of garlic.
  7. Puree and then add lemon juice.

Enjoy!

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“Picture[s] of the [last few] week[s]” and B&B book club


I haven’t been terribly good at keeping up with my “picture of the week”, so I thought that for this week I would share a whole bunch of pictures with you to make up for it. Here are a few shots of the last few weeks…visiting Peggy’s Cove before it got too cold, baked oatmeal dish, my birthday salad made by my wonderful husband, baking cookies with mom and dad over Christmas in Toronto as well as a couple of others.

Also, since it is January and lots of us are making new year’s resolutions (many of which may have to do with finances), I thought I would tell you about a book I recently read that you might like.  Its called the “Smart Cookies Guide to Making More Dough and Getting out of Debt”.  The idea of the book is premised around these five women called the “Smart Cookies” who got together and formed a “money group” to help keep themselves accountable financially.  The authors suggest that you form your own money group and read the book as you would in a book club.  It discusses all sorts of different money related topics and is written especially for women.  I personally read it on my own and learned a lot and found it really helpful. I imagine you would get even more out of it if you formed a group, but I definitely wouldn’t forego reading it just because you don’t have one.  One more tip: they have a Canadian and an American version of the book, so if you are going to order it, make sure you get the right version.