Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Low Tides and Ebbs of Existence

The days have been restorative, I have sipped tea all day long and have rather enjoyed the 3:45 hour rather than dreading it to the point where it evoked tears. I have casually made dinner and dinners that were filled with love, thought and preparation rather than being hurried to get 5 children fed and the screaming/crying that went with the impatience.  Due to this we were often relegated to simple meals and thus meals that Bob and I would normally not eat.

Last night we made Fondue with seeded rye bread and tempura veggies.  The night before I made a healthy version of chicken pot pie and the night before that we enjoyed home made Pad Thai.  Tonight's menu will be sweet potato soup with veggie stir fry of roasted pineapple, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, snow peas, onions, bell pepper in a sauce of peanut butter, Vietnamese garlic chili, soy sauce and sesame oil.  Oh!  I also made some homemade granola for the girls and here is the recipe:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats or equivalent measurement with oat bran, barley and flax seed mixed in
1 cup raw almonds or pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup honey or maple syrup
3/4 to 1 cup olive oil or coconut oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, maple syrup or honey, oil, salt and cinnamon together. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. Transfer granola to a large bowl and add the dried fruit, tossing to combine.

Enjoy :-)  Namaste.....

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to hear things are looking up for you. Now if only I could convince my husband to cook some of those delicious sounding dishes for me :) (I'm not much of a cook myself)