Vindaloo with Lemon and Turmeric Rice

VindalooSo this post is long overdue, but, since I put this (#9) on my summer to-do list, I can’t help but admit it has been difficult to keep it up. But, recently I did try a Vindaloo dish from this book with lemon, ginger and turmeric rice. Overall the directions were easy to follow and the ingredients were easy to find in my grocery store – which makes it a bonus in my books. Everyone loved the dish and I think it will definitely be something we cook again!

Check out the recipes down below!

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Ingredients
2 medium onions
4 cloves of garlic
1-2 fresh red or green chiles, to your taste (which I didn’t use)
a thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger
a small bunch of fresh cilantro
4 ripe tomatoes
peanut or vegetable oil
a pat of butter
1 3/4 pounds of diced pork shoulder, preferably free-range/organic (I used chicken)
1/2 cup vindaloo or hot curry paste (Patak’s was my choice)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup natural yogurt
1 lemon

Directions
1. Peel, halve, and finely slice your onions. Peel and finely slice the garlic. Finely slice the chile. Peel and finely slice the ginger. Pick the cilantro leaves and finely chop the stalks. Cut the tomatoes into quarters
2. Get a large casserole-type pan on a medium to high heat and add a couple of lugs of peanut oil and the butter. Add the onions, garlic, chile, ginger, and cilantro stalks and cook for 1o minutes, until softened and golden. Add the pork and the curry paste. Stir well to coat everything with the paste and season to cover everything, and stir again. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes with the lid on. Check the curry regularly to make sure it’s not sticking to the pan, and add extra water if necessary. Only when the meat is tender and cooked, taste and season with salt and pepper – please season carefully.
3. Serve with the rice recipe down below and with a few spoonfuls of natural yogurt dolloped on top. Sprinkle over the cilantro leaves and serve with some lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Lemon, Ginger, and Turmeric Rice
Ingredients
1 lemon
1-inch piece of fresh root ginger
olive oil
a pat of butter
1 heap teaspoon turmeric
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Cook your rice using it’s directions. Zest your lemon, then cut it in half. Peel and grate the ginger. Put a large frying pan on low heat and add a lug of olive oil and the butter. When it starts to bubble gently, add the lemon zest, ginger, and turmeric and squeeze over the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until you have a golden paste. Spoon your cooked rice into the frying pan. Stir thoroughly and serve.

Rainy Days

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{FOREVER 21 HAT, OLD NAVY SWEATER (old), AMERICAN EAGLE SHORTS (on sale!), OLD NAVY SANDALS (similar and here, PARFOIS HANDBAG (old)}

rainy days rainy days rainy days rainy days rainy days rainy days rainy days rainy days I’ve started to notice that every time I want to go out and shoot for the blog it the sky becomes overcast, and at some point through the day it begins to thunderstorm. A similar problem happened this week, but I thought I’d give it a try and venture out to one of my favourite coffee shops, DVLB. I think I’m finally in the process of convincing Alecs that coffee is a wonderful concept…I’m hoping! I threw on some of my favourite staples including a cozy knit sweater, denim cutoffs, and a pair of easy gladiator sandals. Since I got these cutoffs last summer I feel like I’m living in them constantly. They are easy to throw on and take from day to night which is so important to me!

What I’ve learned in my 20s: Honesty

honestyToday we’re going to do something a little different than usual with this post. This is something everyone probably deals with on a regular basis, and it’s about being honest – with yourself, and others. It’s just so easy to say, and we’ve probably had it engrained into our brains by all of our peers since the day we could probably talk  – just be honest. Whether it was when we spilled the entire bottle of nail polish on the white kitchen floor, or we stole the cookie from our brother, or we got the same sweater as our best friend. Whatever it was we’ve questioned whether being honest was in fact the best policy to abide by. Sure it has always been easier to tell a white lie, make our lives a little easier – but what happens when our lies catch up to us? When we can’t remember the last lie we said?

Believe me when I say that I’ve learned this the hard way. I had never thought that a white lie could do any harm to anyone. These lies were nothing extravagant, but they served their purpose and helped me get out of some super sticky situations. But they always seemed to come back and haunt me, in an attempt to not hurt anyone’s feelings, to make myself seem more popular, or to even make myself feel better when I couldn’t go to the semi-formal.

I’ve learned since hitting my 20s that just being honest is really always the best policy – no one was lying. Who cares if I truly am devoted to almond milk, or what kind of milk I order in my coffee at Starbucks? Who cares if I got a handbag on sale or full-price? No one. Rather, being honest is liberating, and really allows me to be exactly who I want to be; have friends that like me for who I truly am and not the fake me I think they want to hang out with.

Of course it’s a continuous struggle to really be confident enough in yourself that you don’t have to continuously worry about what your friends are thinking – or even your peers. But you just have to trust yourself, and know that who you are is better…way better than the façade you put up everyday – you want to be authentic, your own person, original. So be you. Don’t lie your way through life.

Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

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{I was actually meditating here – surprise photo!}

20150609_121951 20150609_122451 20150609_122856 This has become an absolute favourite for me lately. Peanut butter has become a slight addiction for me, so this smoothie gives me the flavour while still filling me up after a good workout. You can definitely adjust this if you need something that is more satisfying, or if you have chocolate protein powder, you could make it into a chocolate peanut butter smoothie.

Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
2 tbsp unsalted peanut butter (if you have it)
1 scoop vanilla (or chocolate) protein powder
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend it on high until all ingredients are mixed and there are no remaining lumps of banana left

Summer Basics

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{American Eagle top (similar and here), cardigan (similar) and jeans, Vintage Coach handbag, gifted Pandora necklace, shoes from a local boutique, Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Fiore}

First, I must say, that anything in black or white are absolute staples in my wardrobe; they’re able to be paired with anything and look completely chic, which makes them absolute necessities. Next, I have to admit that pairing black and white together with a bold lip, is my favourite, especially when the lip accessorizes a casual look – it takes basics to another level. So far, this season has been all about pieces that make me feel put together, but are so comfortable and this look is a go-to for that. I feel like I’m wearing my favourite Roots sweats and my boyfriends sweater…isn’t that every girl’s dream?Summer Basics2 Summer Basics3 Summer Basics4 Summer Basics5