SOME THINGS / 4

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1. all smiles at breakfast time is golden.
2. this past weekend was a rainy one. so fort building was on the agenda and i think it’s gonna be a thing in our house from now on. or at least for this long cold winter we are about to enter. it’s such a cozy thing to snuggle under blankets together and read a gazillion books together.
3. baby legs and new pj’s. that is all.
4. oh hello. this is toque 2/2 and i’ll be wearing it for at least half of the time you see me for the next 6 months. don’t tell me i didn’t warn ya.
5. daani’s been real helpful lately. everything she does now is because she’s “this much” (said while holding up three fingers.) i love this extra confidence and sense of capability in her.
6. a semi-throwback of me and him from a few weeks ago. we have almost no pictures of us anymore. so when i saw this on his phone i grabbed it immediately for my own records.
7. attempted beet frites yesterday, and they were eh…. gotta experiment with the cook times a bit. i still chomped them all up, the girls… not so much. i snacked on them while preparing dinner and topped our salad with a few of the extra crispy ones.
8. new print up in the shop. for me it’s a reminder of who this is all for. a You and only You kinda thing.
9. a little blurry mirror selfie. maybe not the prettiest, or most clear shots, but i like it.
10. we almost switched niyya’s crib into a toddler bed this weekend, but i got cold feet even though we switched daani from crib to bed at about the same time. i can’t, or maybe just don’t want to imagine her as a big girl. im being a little too sentimental about this, but if you can’t be sentimental about your own kids, then who on earth can you be that way with?! it will have to happen soon though, daani wants to be able to hang with her sissy in the mornings and after quiet time. she want to crawl in her bed and cuddle with her and “take all the things.”

THE COLOUR WAY / CAMEL, CRIMSON, OCHRE & BLACK

THE COLOUR WAY / CAMEL, CRIMSON, BURNT OCHRE & BLACK

my eye is leaning towards this colourway these days.

it’s rich, it’s warm. cozy and perfect for fall.

so, how do you bring these colours into your real life? think orange tones for your next art project, black washi tape to tack up your real life pins, a goes-with-everything camel coat, or a a healthy mix of eggplant, tomatoes and coconut for your next meal.

credits (clockwise from top) / lexicon devil : harold hollingsworth / washi tape wall : found here / spice : found here / girls in camel coats : fashion gone rogue / curried roasted eggplant with smoked cardamom and coconut milk : recipe here / interior : found here

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all of these and more inspiration can be found on my pinterest. pinning too? follow along with me, let’s bounce ideas off one another.

EAT / ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & LEEK SOUP

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER + LEEK SOUP / tahsin, the good

my sister and i decided a few weeks ago that we wanted to do a weekly soup exchange. we were making a big batch of soup for the weeks lunches and some dinners anyway, and thought why not just mix it up a bit and share. and we didn’t want to wait for my annual (yes, i’m calling it annual even though i have only had one, it’s the intention that counts!) soup exchange that’s being planned for january, we want soup now. i got sally on board and now we have a threesome! we see each other every wednesday already for family dinner, so the tradeoff can happen without any disruption to our already busy schedules.

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these days i finalize my meal plans, that now include a soup, after i go to the market because i’m trying to get inspired by the fresh produce there. and most weeks there is a bit of carryover in my crisper so i take a little of the old and a little of the new and come up with something.

i think my sister was nervous i’d make her an apple based soup since i was going three/four weeks strong on that tip. apple squash, apple zucchini, apple apple apple. i knew i needed to diversify my ingredients and to her luck (and mine) i came across a really delicious soup on jeanine donofrio’s blog, love & lemons, using cauliflower and leeks. i was searching for a soup with leeks, but did not want to use potatoes and voila, this one caught my eye!

it’s creamy, cloud-like and flavourful.

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come, have a bite.

i didn’t have cashews, marjoram or white wine vinegar like the recipe calls for, so i subbed in sunflower seeds, coriander powder  and white rice vinegar. i guess that’s the consequence for my new method of meal planning, but i look at it as being resourceful and a little bit creative in the kitch. isn’t that how the best recipes are developed anyways?

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER + LEEK SOUP / tahsin, the good

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ps. thinking of starting a soup exchange? do it! i’d suggest keeping it to four committed peeps that live close by, or that you know you will see on a regular basis, who you think are good in the kitchen. i mean, you wouldn’t want to trade your awesome soup with a sub-par one right? just kidding. haha ;) check out my soup exchange post for a few guidelines on getting one started.

pps. in case you missed the link to the recipe above, it’s here. and seriously this blog is so good. lots of great easy and seasonal meals, beautiful imagery that makes you want to eat everything up, and a really well-rounded use of vegetables for a non-vegetarian food blog. bookmark that.

 

ART/ROOM 05

ART/ROOM / LYOZIN MICHAEL x STYLE AT HOME / tahsin, the good

peach, pink, black, cream.

if i had things my way, my whole house would revolve around these colours. they are bright, fun and not overly girly. right? i said not overly. and whatever man, three girls out of four people means we get final say! haha. sorry mase.

this art is gorgeous. the colours are on point. and to me, that’s a huge part of what makes art good. your strokes may be genius and done just so, but if your colours are off, then sorry chief. you do not get a pass from me. which is the funny thing about art. what may look appealing and incite a wowowowow to my eyes, may totally turn you off.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

anyway, this is a mixed media piece by russian artist lyozin michael and i really love it.

this space is styled to perfection, perhaps too perfect for me. but it’s nice aspiration/inspiration. i have always wanted open shelving, but never thought it practical with all that cooking splatter. it’s really nice though. perfect for little vignettes and displaying art and well designed items. and obviously all that white. drool on the face.

credits / art : lyozin michael / space : photography by donna griffith, styling by tara ballantyne for style at home

art/room is my pairing of a space with artwork that would look good in it. i have always dreamed of curating peoples homes with artworks and findings, so this is my place to play a little.

 

 

 

IT’S ALL GOING TO BE OK

IT'S ALL GOING TO BE OK / THE DAWN HAS COME / tahsin, the good

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

it’s been a just over week since a lamp dimmed in this world and started her journey into the next.

my friend nish was a beautiful soul. a dynamo daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, and friend to so many. who three years ago got hit with heartbreaking news of cancer running through her body. since then she’s been fighting the good fight, doing whatever it took to “win” this.

she was a good one. a really good one.

and it’s unfair and upsetting and unsettling to think about all that she has left behind and all that could have been, but the silver lining here is that she’s home. so… it’s ok.

IT'S-OKEVERY SOULD SHALL TASTE DEATH / tahsin, the good

right? they say the moment you are born is the first step in your journey to death. because that’s where we are all headed. to be enveloped in Gods presence more so than now.

home.

and at first it made me so sad to think she was not ready or willing to die; she just wanted to fight to be here with her boys. with her family.  talking with my own friends and family, as one needs to do at times like these, opened my eyes to something else. now, i think, when death happens, there is an enlightenment that goes on and you see the bigger picture and you want nothing else but that. i don’t know. and i guess i’ll never really know until it happens to me, but for now, that’s comforting. and something to have faith in.

rest in peace nish. you will be so so missed. see you insha’allah on the other side.

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ps. please please please do your part in this. register yourself to be a donor, get swabbed, and maybe possibly save a life like the beautiful one we just lost. click here for more info and to order your swab kit online, but i’m telling you it takes almost none of your time and is painless and could yield huge rewards. one match is also running a donor drive at hillcrest mall in richmond hill this saturday november 1st from 10-1pm if you want to come out and do this in person.

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SHORT HAIR DON’T CARE

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i’m going short. like super short. they call it a baby bob. you know, so as not to be mistaken with the lob aka the long bob. and funny enough, this is like 100 percent niyya’s hairstyle right now.

it’s been a long time coming too. just before niyya was born i did the rihanna side-shave (oh yes i did) and now that piece is the perfect length for my new look and to even things all out. and yeah, i realize that was over 18months ago – my hair grows slowly ok?

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i think its timely to do a chop now too as it’s breast cancer awareness month and i have never yet donated any of my hair. this is really the longest it has ever grown. so i’m going to do my bit and hopefully a warrior survivor queen can make good use of my locks.

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i’m taking these photos to my stylist for inspo. i’m not sure yet if i’m going to go blunt like jessie bush (pictured up top) or more choppy like yasmin sewell (brown and tousled). either way, i don’t plan on doing much with it when it is cut. this is wash and wear hair ladies.

wavy, undone, a little messy, but oh so chic.

and true, most times you wont see it – being under the toque or turban, but it will still be there. for me and i’m happy with that.

runwayandbeauty:</p><br /> <p>Jourdan Dunn outside Topshop Unique SS15, London Fashion Week.<br /><br /> Source: alixdebeer<br /><br />

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EAT / ROASTED ZUCCHINI AND APPLE SOUP

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this is not a soup exchange soup, but i’m telling you right now, you are going to want to bookmark this.

i get inspired by what i have in my fridge.

sometimes when i cook i don’t always have a plan as to what i’m going to make and i get inspired by what i have in my fridge. or what’s lying around. the other day, this was the case.

i roasted zucchini the night prior because, well, i like to have roasted veggies around. they are great for adding into sauces for dinners or paninis for lunch. so anyway, i roasted up a bunch, with the intent of adding stock and few spices to make a soup.

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then i realized i have a whole bagful of apples from our latest field trip just sitting and waiting to be used.

so i did what i usually do when i have two random ingredients. i type them into google and see if anyone else thought to combine the flavours. like, does it exist, it is a thing. i don’t like to waste good food, so i’m not that experimental in the kitchen. only kind of…

well, lo and behold, apples and zucchini is a very common combination! with that knowledge and boost of confidence I went ahead and played with my ingredients.

the results were a creamy mix of slightly sweet full-bodied flavour.

here’s how you make this soup.

roasted zuchini and apple soup

all you need is

  • 4 zucchini
  • olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • 1 nub of butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 nub of fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 apple, i used honeycrisp
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

and all you have to do is

  • roast zucchini. (i’ll go over this quickly, but will make a quick post about how i roast and store a variety of vegetables soon. such a simple and high impact way to add flavour to your meals.) slice the zuchini, lay on a parchment lined baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and grind some coarse salt over top. place in an oven at 350 for 45mins-1hr. you can flip or mix your batch up part of the way through or just leave them be. either way you end up with major flavour with many uses.
  • heat butter in a stock pot.
  • add in onions and ginger and sautee until onions are translucent.
  • add in the apple and continue to sautee for another 7-10 minutes or so.
  • add in the zucchini and continue to mix, mix, mix.
  • add in the stock and let it sit so that all the flavours can inufuse.
  • blend to desired consistency. i wanted a creamy soup, so i blended until there were no chunks left.
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • serve with your favorite soup toppings such as goat cheese, pepitas, hemp seeds, sundried tomatoes or our new fave, alphabet pretzels!

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what i love about this soup is that it was so simple to make and uses seasonal produce. and obviously that it is freaking delicious. i had my oldest friend over for a playdate with our girls and it was ready in a flash and gone in about that much time too!

try it this week will ya?

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