FOOD / BEET SOUP

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fall is officially here and that means more soups in our house. and now, since i had a soup exchange a few months back, there’s no shortage of recipes for me to try out. i’ll be sharing the recipes with you guys as i make them, so sit tight and get your stock pots and homemade broth ready! (ps. a post on my stock recipe is coming!)

up first, i tried my friend zehra’s beet soup. i had a surplus of this soups main ingredient suddenly in my kitchen as i was the lucky recipient of some beet carpaccio leftovers from a dinner party.

i know, fancy huh?

they were really good as they were, but i wanted to mix it up a bit and make it easy for my kids to eat as well. as you can imagine, beet carpaccio is not really their flavour!

but this soup is. just be careful when preparing and eating it. no white clothes, ok?

those beets have a mighty pigment.

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here’s a fun pic of niyya demonstrating this fact in her first foray into beet territory. she makes it look so  yum, no? 🙊

so, here is the recipe. and i promise, it’s quick and easy to make. just chop, drop and stir. well, just about.

zehra’s beet soup

all you need is…

  • 3 medium beets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon grapseed oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sour cream (optional)

and all you have to do is…

  • under running water, peel the beets with a vegetable peeler. with a chef’s knife, cut the beets in half, then lay them flat side down and cut them into large chunks.
  • in a stock pot over medium heat, heat the oil. saute the onion until it is translucent. add the carrots, ginger, and garlic. cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • add beets, bay leaves and stock. simmer the soup, covered, for 50-60 minutes.
  • add lemon juice and zest and stir well.
  • in a food processor or blender, puree the soup in batches then stir in the salt and pepper. taste the soup, and adjust the seasonings, if you like. serve the soup hot or chilled, garnished with dollops of sour cream or feta and fresh cilantro.
  • this recipe serves 4.

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and while i planned on having this batch last me a few days for lunch, i ended up eating a few bowls throughout the day!

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what?! i really like this soup! ok?

and i think you will too. enjoy, and listen, if you end up making a batch i’m a quick phone call away. sharing is caring, right? ;)

 

PATIENCE & FAITH

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our visits to the hospital have been happy of late.

alhamdulillah.

we watch videos, eat in-season fruit, talk about life, and cheer on baby steps and big strides. yes, my father in law is doing so much better.

THANK GOD / tahsin, the good

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some may call it luck.others, the natural course of science and the body at work. but i call it a miracle. and i don’t mean to be blunt, but my father in law was on the brink.

and he came back. and i have seen my fair share of family at this point with no return, or who have suddenly passed with no explanation.

that’s God’s will.

and work at hand. He only needs to say “be”, and it is.

BE, AND IT IS / tahsin, the good

still, we were so scared. but i think hopeful and patient at the same time. is that what faith is? i’m beginning to think so.

PATIENCE + FAITH

i need to continue incorporating this into the fabric of my life.

i worry about work.

and what i’m contributing to the world. a lot. and i more often than not come down on myself for not doing enough. not bringing in enough. not living up to my abilities enough. and then that leads me to question the effects this will have on my kids. and there begins the dance.

and i know that that is not a good way to be. not the routine i want to be in.

so i’m going to remind myself that it will all be ok in the end. to have faith that He is taking care of us.

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its funny, i got an email about the concept of tawakkul, or having complete trust in God’s plan, at around this time of flux. and it’s a relieving thing, you know. when you fully give in to His will, every outcome is ok. it just has to be.

المقيت the nourisher.

الوالي the protecting friend. 

الرزاق the provider.

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but i also know that it takes work to get there. so these are my reminders and maybe they can be yours too as we’re all in this a little bit alone and lot a bit together.

x

FACE PLANTS AND FACE-GEAR

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i got myself a pair of glasses after maybe five years with my old ones (i rarely wore them. i’m more a contacts kinda girl.)

i realized if i don’t take care of my eyes by giving them a break every so often, i could lose one of my most valuable tools. and that’s not good or going to happen insha’allah.

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i always get excited when buying a new frame because i love glasses, but once the lenses are in i just don’t want to wear them anymore. my script is really high and that leads to a less than ideal look with them on.

this pair is different. they are such a classic frame, with a little edge. and the fact that they fit my abnormally small face, an issue i have had with my glasses in the past, is a huge plus! and also, now, i just don’t think it’s worth it to worry so much about how an item i require to see properly looks on my face.

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW.

i found them in a cute boutique in playa a few months back, and the shopgirl told me johnny depp swears by this brand. haha. that didn’t sell me, but for some reason i keep telling people that little tidbit of info. lol.

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i ordered the frame online here and got my aunt to fit the lens. et voilà. my new face-gear for slow mornings, evenings and sundays!

do you wear glasses? i bet you my prescription is worse than yours!

x

ps. niyya, my thrill-seeking, daredevil-ish little rascal gave me a big scare the other night.  i had to take her in to see a doc (let’s be real, it was an er doc) for a gash she got on her lip and gums from “surfing” on, and taking a big wipe-out off the bed.

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SHE ACTUALLY LEARNED TO STAND THAT WAY. ON UNEASY, UNSTEADY GROUND.

she’s some kind of wonderful. lol. my cheeky little monkey. and knowing her, she probably had something in her mouth to cause extra damage. she’s a tough cookie, though. and it seems she can withstand a lot alhamdulillah. not too many tears despite the crazy amount of blood and my short-lived moments of panic, and a silly and playful attitude afterwards.

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i think i’m beginning to get this whole second born/last born thing.

FUN-LOVING, AFFECTIONATE, REBELLIOUS.

i only worried and took action beyond what i could do for her at home, because the cut seemed big and, i don’t know… you never know.

TEN BOOKS / 1

BOOKS / 10 BOOK CHALLENGE / tahsin, the good.

it’s been a few months short of a year since i dropped out of my book club. and i want to get back into it, because i enjoy getting into a good story or reading about someones account of their life. i just can’t seem to find the extra time to read in the way my book club required of me.

recently i was tagged by my friend to list off 10 books that come to mind that i have read that have stayed with me in some way. so i’m re-living the fun of my past reading exploits by way of this challenge.

THE KEY IS TO NOT THINK TOO MUCH, BUT TO QUICKLY WRITE OUT A LIST OF BOOKS THAT HAVE TOUCHED ME THROUGHOUT MY READING “CAREER.”

some of mine are from my book club days; some are post-purge (when i dropped out a few others did as well and we jokingly called it the purge) reads. others are classics from highschool and university, and some are from the days i was able to stay up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight in my bedroom.

here goes:

1. the great gatsby – super classic. i read this for my highschool english class. still haven’t seen the movie though.

2. 1984 – i remember staying up late while traveling in pakistan reading this. it made me a little uneasy being alone and reading about being constantly watched.

3. the glass castle – this book affirmed my love for the memoir. i loooove a good memoir. and this one was a great look at an oddly functioning, totally dysfunctional family.

4. a new earth – around the time oprah made this one big. life lessons on destruction of the ego and waking up to the bigger picture. little and big gems in this, i’m telling you.

5. the twentieth wife – what a magical and different time. i felt so immersed in this book and actually started to read it slower and slower as it came to a close beaucse i didn’t want it to end. thank god for the feast of roses.

6. eat pray love – another memoir. and such a good one. i’m definitely not the only one who thought so too. major bestseller, major motion picture. i bought copies of it for my moms one eid.

7. confessions of an economic hitman – eye opener to say the least. a little depressing, a lotta interesting, and so plausible and real. and when you think about it, really, it all makes sense.

8. bright shiny morning – this book made me want to move to california so freakin bad. my book club counterparts didn’t love this book as much as i did, but i think its because i’ve got a little west coast swag in me. it’s there. deep down.

9. if tomorrow comes – i devoured this book more than once. tracy whitney was hella cool to me as a teenager.

10. the shack – a touching and beautiful account of an interaction with god. papa has never been so familiar to me before and i loved it.

i realized as i was writing this list that i could go on an on.

THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF COMFORT, INSPIRATION, ESCAPE AND PLEASURE.

so insha’allah i will share 10 more books every so often. let me know some of yours, too. i could always use a good recco. and i will be officially challenging a few of you on insta. so get ready!

also, isn’t this library a little too lovely for words? it’s hootie‘s house!

x

photo credit / julia lynn for domaine

THE POWER TEN / 8

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this list has been a long time coming. and i did it for you! yes, you. here are some links and things i’m feeling/craving/jones-ing this week.

have a happy weekend and be blessed.

x

1. fashion month is in full effect starting with new york and the streetwear is sometimes more exciting to me than the shows. maybe that has a little to do with the fact that i have not gone to a live fashion show in a while, but perhaps also to do with the fact that i love streetstyle photograpahy and personal style in general. some of my fave looks and shots from the street are from this current season and also from ones passed. check out more of my favourite style shots here.

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2. i’ve really been wanting to see this show. maybe me and the husband will get a chance this run in toronto. (book of Mormon)

3. kismet is something else. so is instagram and blogging. and oddly enough it is the vehicle for many a fateful meeting. i feel like a i turned the corner and was meant to bump into this amazing lady. she is such an example of light, strength, realness and positivity. what she’s been through recently definitely resonates with me right about now.

4. this workshop is going to up your photo game. and bonus, well you might think so at least – I teach it! register now for the next class.

5. thinking of doing something like this for daani’s third birthday present. but I’m debating between a photo of her baby dolly katia or one of her and her real-life baby dolly niyya. what do you think?

6. her feed, her shop, her taste. drool-worthy. impeccably styled. just 👌. must a do shop girl feature on this homegrown, guelph talent.

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7. adding this to my workspace pinboard for my above desk real-life pin board. confused? i am too. just a little bit.

8. mase watched this a few weeks back without me. i think i’m going to unwind with my feet up sunday night.

9. if you know me even a little bit you know I like my denim distressed. (see above photos and pinterest style board…) the more rips the better. here’s an awesome diy with tips from the pros at madewell for ya!

10. kinda want to eat this right now. who wants to share a plate?

AND ALLAH IS WITH THE PATIENT

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my father in law is sick.
like, really sick.

and it came on so suddenly and his condition worsened so quickly that it’s hard to keep my feelings in check. and trust me, it’s been a roller-coaster of them. as you can imagine it’s an emotional time for my husband and our family.

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and for as fast as his sickness came it will be just the opposite for his healing. this is going to take some time. we are well aware of that. and prepared for it.

AND ALLAH IS WITH THE PATIENT / THE HEIFER 249 /tahsin, the good.

INSHA’ALLAH WE’VE GOT TIME.

it’s just hard to go through it, you know. it’s hard to see my family hurt so much, but i’m so proud of them for their courage and faith in the face of such scary things. together, we are finding comfort in prayer and dua and small signs of improvement as the days pass since last week around this time when he was admitted.

it just goes to show how small we are, right? how fragile. my father is law is a very fit, lively and active man and something so simple literally knocked him out. we may think have have control of things, but we actually do not.

THERE ARE BIGGER THINGS AT PLAY.

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so cherish your loved ones. appreciate life.

AND THE FLEETING MOMENTS YOU HAVE HERE ON THIS EARTH AND DO GOOD WITH THEM.

listen, i’m not trying to sound preachy here; i’m totally taking this advice too.

and please, if you can and are so inclined, make a small prayer for my father in law. my husbands father. my children’s only living grandfather.i truly believe prayers are the most powerful tool we have. don’t you think?

x

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SOME THINGS / 3

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it’s my turn to cook for wednesday dinner again. i can’t believe how fast five weeks goes by. i swear, it feels like I just cooked for my fam.

BUT, I GUESS THE CALENDER DOESN’T LIE, RIGHT?

I think I was unwise in my choice of food too. bbq chicken and shrimp, with corn, green pea rice, grilled veggies and a salad. not that the meal is going to be bad, because it’s not. it’s just that the prep is taking so long! when cooking for the big fam less prep is best and in this case skewering all those shrimp and chicken pieces took forever.

and then, whenever I think anything is arduous, I think of my friend nish. and I say to myself – what on earth are you complaining about?

SOME THINGS ARE NOT IMPORTANT / CONCEPTUAL ARTIST + AUTHOR KERI SMITH / tahsin, the good

and some things so are.

while I’m stressing about making a good meal for my family, nish is fighting for her life.

LITERALLY.

she was recently told that her cancer came back. a devastating piece of news I’m sure you can imagine. and when I say came back I mean she was diagnosed (with acute myeloid leukemia,) fought hard, won and then, a little over a month age, the bloody thing came back. no pun intended.
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she’s strong as hell. a true fighter in my opinion. and will likely say sayonara to this round of cancer soon insha’allah because she is so tough. her mental is on point.

but she needs your help.

you see, in order for her cancer to be fully gone she needs a stem cell/marrow transplant. she needs a match. and so far she hasn’t found hers. but that doesn’t mean one isn’t out there.

this weekend, one match is holding a drive so you can come and get swabbed and potentially save a life.

here are the details /
sunday august 31st at the jcc
9000 bathurst st
1-4pm

so now, I have a really big request of you. well actually it’s a small thing, but could yield very big rewards.

please come out and get swabbed. and if you cannot come out please connect with one match to see how you can do it at home. it really only takes a minute of your time. the husband I did it together after daani was born because we couldn’t make it out to a drive the first time around.

and granted, you may not be a match for nish, but who knows. you could be a match for someone.

AND THEN YOU MIGHT JUST BE ABLE TO SAVE A LIFE.

and what’s a bigger reward than that?

x

 

photo / some things are not important, by conceptual artist, author, ilustrator and all-round creative, keri smith.

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