carrot and ginger soup

so, i made a meal plan. this recipe, while it is a soup, is nothing like the one i posted in the meal plan.

ah well.

you’ll just have to deal. i had a fridge full of carrots and not much else, hence:

carrot and ginger soup (for 3-4 people)


  • 2 tbs vegetable oil of choice (i used canola, but using another oil would probably add a nice flavour)
  • 3 cm chunk of ginger, coarsely grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped finely
  • 4 carrots, chopped small
  • 5 cups of water


  1. heat the oil in a large saucepan. add ginger and garlic and allow to cook for about a minute.
  2. add carrot and stir to coat them in the ginger mixture. add water.
  3. turn heat to medium-low and simmer for about 1 hour.
  4. when carrot is soft(ish), until it reaches your desired consistency.

hope you enjoy. sorry about the lack of pictures, just imagine a really violent orange coloured soup and you’ll be all set

love you ducklings ūüôā


weekly meal plan – hopefully one of many

for a while now, i’ve been wanting to kind of set straight in my mind how many times a week i’m aiming to post, and which ones. at the moment, i think i’ll aim for about 3 times a week, as follows:

thursday Рcooking or sewing post

friday Рcooking or sewing post

sunday Рweekly meal plan

if i’m having a particularly busy week, i’m sorry to say: this comes second. or third, or fourth. it depends on what’s happening.

so, you may be wondering what my weekly meal plan will entail. nothing too fancy. it’s inspired by the good work over at¬† kierstan, the ohmyveggies¬†writer, posts 5 recipes that she will follow each week. she has a shopping list and everything, but i think i’ll just stick to recipe ideas. as you may have picked up, i never follow recipes exactly. so this will be just a guideline for me.

as it’s sunday, here goes the first ever

weekly meal plan

monday –¬†mum’s responsibility

tuesday –¬†thai cashew quinoa with ginger peanut sauce from¬†alaska from scratch

Thai Cashew Quinoa with Ginger Peanut Sauce

wednesday –¬†mim’s responsibility

thursday –¬†lemongrass tofu veggie soup from¬†lorimer street kitchen

Lemongrass Tofu Veggie Soup

friday –¬†lentil loaf from¬†one ingredient chef

saturday –¬†roasted sweet potato pesto salad from¬†the roasted root

Roasted Sweet Potato Pesto Salad

sunday –¬†big comfy sweet potato from¬†my new roots




so… there you go. my week will go …¬†something …¬†like that.

lentil soup

hello again,

sorry i haven’t posted in a while, schools just gone back. i’m in yr 11 now! (in australia that the second last year of school).

tonight i made lentil soup for dinner. as is often the case with me, i am inspired by recipes; i don’t follow them directly. tonight’s dinner was inspired by a recipe from¬†tasty yummies.¬†i made quite a few changes to it so i decided to post my version of the recipe, rather than just linking you to her’s.

lentil soup


  • 3 cups lentils (i used 2 cups red lentils and 1 cup green, but you can use any combination)
  • 2 tbs canola oil (or other oil)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely or crushed
  • 2 carrots, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. pour lentils into a small bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover by about 5 cm. let soak for approximately 1 hour.
  2. heat oil in a large saucepan. add cumin, turmeric, chili flakes and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. add more oil if necessary.
  3. add lentils (with whatever water there may be left in there) to saucepan. stir to coat lentils in spice mixture. add the 8 cups of water now.
  4. add carrot, zucchini, salt and pepper. cook for about 20 minutes on a medium high heat or until water has reduced. add tomatoes now and cook for about 5 more minutes.
  5. serve with toasted bread.

hope you enjoy!

carrot mint salad – a weekly staple

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on ne vous dit rien – we don’t tell you anything

here’s another cute french phrase i found in a marie claire magazine. i think it’s an ad for a french equivalent of lite n easy.

si¬†on vous dit que c’est bon, vous allez penser que c’est lourd

si on vous dit que c’est leger, vous allez croire que c’est pas bon

alors on ne vous dit rien. goutez. 

it means,

if we tell you that it’s good, you will think that it’s heavy

if tell you that it’s light, you will believe that it’s not good

so, we don’t tell you anything. taste.

ttyl ducklings,


cinnamon swirls and floral scones

this afternoon we had some guests for afternoon tea. a few days ago, while browsing through all my favourite food blogs, i came across a recipe for cinnamon buns from¬†my new roots.¬†her post was a pretty exciting one because it … Continue reading