Friday, February 28, 2014

A Warming Winter Soup

Here's an easy and delicious soup for a winter supper.  It's from Food & Wine magazine who feature lots of great vegetarian recipes.  Earth Balance and soy milk work fine in this recipe.  Grab a beautiful organic cauliflower and you're ready to go...

1 medium head of cauliflower (1 1/2 pounds)—halved, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch florets
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 cup sunflower or grapeseed oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bay leaf
4 cups water
1/4 cup whole milk

Preheat the oven to 375º. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with the cumin seeds, curry powder and 3 tablespoons of the oil. Season with salt and pepper and roast for about 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until the cauliflower is just tender.

In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the roasted cauliflower, butter, bay leaf and water and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat until the liquid is reduced and the cauliflower is very soft, about 15 minutes. Pick out and discard the bay leaf.

In a blender, puree the soup in two batches until very smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan and stir in the milk. Rewarm it over moderate heat, adding more water for a thinner consistency, if desired. Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve hot.

MAKE AHEAD The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Jungle Room

I love rooms with lots of plants.  Beautiful and so good for cleaning the air!  As usual, the hippies were right...

off to the plant store...xoxoMary

Monday, February 17, 2014

What I Know For Sure...

Oprah writes a page in her magazine each month called "What I Know For Sure".

 Risky business, I'd say.

I can usually see all sides of any argument.

 Here are a few things I know for sure (maybe)...

If someone says, "It's not you, it's me", It's you.

No matter how good looking you are, be careful what color you dye your hair.

Kids and dogs are more important than 'good' furniture.

The book is better.

Mean people suck.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sleepy Hollow - Our 15 Minutes of Fame

A few months ago a very nice person bought these curtains from my Etsy shop -

and these - 

She told me they were going to be used in the television show Sleepy Hollow.

How exciting!

I thought they would have to be in a witchy or fortune teller-ish scene...

Turns out they were used in Season 1, Episode 10, "The Golem".

Perhaps that pile of fabric in the foreground?

I'm not really sure, but I ADORE the witches tent!