If I tell you that my life has been C-R-A-Z-Y lately it would be the understatement of the century! Here’s the good part, it has been crazy in regards to time, being extremely busy, juggling about a million things at once, but it has also been CRAZY GOOD! There comes a time in every year where opportunities and new projects and challenges seem to come out of the woodwork and I just can’t seem to be able to say no! Here’s the only downside to these past crazy weeks, I haven’t been able to post on my beloved blog and hang out with you guys! As usual whenever I spend some time away from posting, I love to kick it off with a little Life at the Little Green Kettle update. By the end of this post you’ll see one of the main reasons why I’m about to put a sleeping bag in my kitchen, you’ll get a glimpse into my little birthday and the new fitness challenges I’ve set for myself, you’ll get my awesome kitchen trick for keeping leftover naughty treats without throwing yourself off track, and we’ll talk a tiny little bit about the secret project that is going like gangbusters! Are you ready?
One word: ROUXBE, a.k.a putting a sleeping bag in my kitchen!
Ok, so you heard me talk about beginning the Rouxbe professional plant-based certification course in our last post right? Well, so much has been cookin’ since then! I have practically moved into my kitchen. The Rouxbe program is so comprehensive and extensive and requires so much time and focus that the training is literally priceless. I’ve loved it, but it is serious business! Especially when juggling it with work, life, blogging, projects, exercising and the normal stuff we all fill our days with. Regardless of how busy I’ve been and how I find myself doing ingredient lists in my sleep, it has taught me SO MUCH! And I’m not even halfway through it! Oh boy…
I thought you’d love looking at some of the yummies I’ve been making around here (and yes, my husband has been having a blast at home lately).
This has been one of my favorite dishes so far, a tagine with a ton of spices I toasted and ground myself. What a difference a good balance of spices can make!
This week has been all about making soups (including the awesome vegan Vietnamese Pho you saw in the top photo!). This one was one of my favorites because it reminded me so much of my childhood! A creamy tomato soup (without any kind of cream), crispy shallots and leeks on top, and some avocado crostini on the side. Yes please!
One of my favorite type of assignments is when they give you a list of ingredients and leave the dish up to you. I of course decided on some mini burger sliders with crispy onions and portobellos, some onion fries (with ketchup of course!), and, since I wanted them to look absolutely beautiful I made the bread too! Beer and poppy seed buns. So delicious.
We’ve also been practicing making gelées (I made mine with raspberries and plums and then turned them into delicious mocchi desserts with a warm chocolate and peanut butter sauce!).
This doesn’t even cover half of it! We’ve made salads, bean dishes, amazing desserts (you’ll see one towards the end of this post), risottos, grain dishes, salad dressings, starters, smoothies, we’ve cooked veggies in as many ways as they can be cooked, made a gazillion breakfast staples. So yeah, I’ve been busy and the doggies have been keeping me company in the kitchen.
The Little Birthday that Could!
A few weeks ago I celebrated my birthday, and I was so tired from all the multitasking and cooking that I decided not to celebrate in a big way with the party I had been thinking about having. Instead we went to my favorite restaurant for brunch Rayen Vegano, with the doggies in tow of course! They had a blast receiving compliments from all the diners and the owners, and as always they were the center of attention. We had a delicious meal and as we were about to head out, the owners of this amazing place had the coolest present for me! None other than Kristy Turner’s book ´But I Could Never Go Vegan!´. Talk about being pampered on my birthday! The book is amazing by the way, full of decadent comfort foods made with simple ingredients and is filled with stunning pictures, which I love in a cookbook.