I just started cooking supper now. A fall vegetable and red lentil stew of my own creation. The house smells really great as this simmers in the large pot on the stove.
It would be so much more satisfying to be in the forest to eat this meal. It is 11 degrees in the Kingston area now. A little bit cloudy and damp. Imagine a long, well paced walk in a forest, while it is preparing for its long winter nap. You can smell and see the changes that nature brought us in the past days. A few chipmunks gather the last of their stash, the hornet nest preparing to sleep, birds call as they are flying over you going south. You are just a little out of breath coming back after the hour, but you can smell the light spicy aroma as you approach the cozy Tiny House. Keen to see how it looks, you all fresh and rosy cheeked peek into the pot and see this just as the open pot reveals a deeper scent of onions peanuts and peppers. Mmmmmmm!
Food tastes so much better after a bit of time with the natural world. Anyone else want to be doing just this?
Here is what is in my fall stew:
1/4 cup grape seed oil
3 chopped onions
Fry to brown then add
3 chopped red peppers
6 chopped tomatoes
1 chopped head broccoli
1 chopped head cauliflower
2 chopped big potatoes
4 smaller squashes (I used white ones but it does not matter)
3 small nappa cabbages
8 cups water
1 cup red lentils
1/4 cup TVP
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon pepper
salt to taste (I used about 3/4 of a tablespoon)
2 tablespoons mixed herbs parsley, thyme and sage is what I had.
Once this is all soft and ready I took it off the heat and added a small can of coconut milk for the under flavour.