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Happy Monday

Mickey long weekend

Back to work already? Ridiculous.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Roasted root vegetable soup!

Fall has arrived! And with it came my obsession with roasted veggies and warm soups. Last night I merged both into this hearty root vegetable soup. It made the apartment smell warm and cozy, and it made me feel the same way eating it. I used a recipe from 330 Vegetarian Recipes for Health (thanks Dorothy!) as a base, but switched up a few ingredients as I'd bought what looked fresh at the market and added some spices that I already had.

Roasted root vegetable soup

Roasted root vegetable soup
Serves me three times (because Mitch wont eat such things)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
2 carrots, chopped into thick rounds
1 red bell pepper, cut into quarters
1 small parsnip, cubed
1 turnip, cubed
1 leek, thickly sliced (and then soaked in water to remove hidden dirt)
4 sprigs of thyme
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 tbsp dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 quart low sodium vegetable stock
salt & pepper to taste

1/4 cup coconut milk (I had some leftover)
1 cup water (depending on desired thickness)
1 tsp Sambal chili paste (for some spice)
1 tsp Thai red chili paste (for more spice!)
1 tsp ginger, freshly grated (because ginger's awesome)
Fresh cilantro for garnish

Roasted root vegetable soup
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Mix cut vegetables and garlic in a bowl and coat with olive oil. Next, arrange veggies on a large baking sheet, in a single layer. Tuck the rosemary and thyme sprigs between the vegetables and place in the oven. 
 Roasted root vegetable soup
Roast for an hour, or until veggies are tender. (I turned on the broiler for a few minutes to make sure the root vegetables were nice and caramelized.)

Roasted root vegetable soup
Remove from the oven and take out the herb sprigs. Place half the baked mixture into a blender with half the vegetable stock. Blend until smooth (firmly holding down the lid with a dish towel), and transfer to a large pot. Repeat with the remaining veggies and stock. Heat, season with salt and pepper, and let simmer for 10 minutes. This is where my recipe ended, but I decided to add a few more of my favourite soup ingredients.

I next added my leftover coconut milk, a cup of water, Sambal chili paste, and Thai red chili paste, and freshly grated ginger. I almost added a handful of dried lentils, but stopped myself because they soup was already so hearty looking. PS, I made sure to add the Sambal at the end because it gets SPICY when blended!

Roasted root vegetable soup
The result? A warm and hearty, slightly spicy and creamy soup for dinner!

Roasted root vegetable soup
And lunch, too!

All photographs copyright © 2012 Jasmine Habart.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Teal you later

Teal spray painted table

Before putting away the leftover spray paint from my new teal step ladder, I decided to give this vintage half table a quick sand and a coat! I ended up having to go out and buy another bottle of the Liquitex spray paint in Phthalocyanine Green 7 (Blue Shade), but it was totally worth it. PS, it's vintage if I found it in my parents' basement, right? PPS, it's definitely a good idea to wear a mask while spray painting, even in a well ventilated area!

Remember to breathe by Jasmine Habart
I also got around to framing my Remember to Breathe print (in aqau!). I've always loved this colour combination.

All photographs copyright © 2012 Jasmine Habart.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A teal step ladder makes the heart smile

Teal step ladder

Our apartment has cabinet space for about 8 mugs. Okay, that's an exaggeration. It's more like 6. Either way, that is NOT enough. So last weekend, we installed open shelving along an unused wall in the kitchen. This weekend, we found the perfect colour to jazz up the Ikea step ladder we bought to reach all the (lesser used) items on the higher shelves.

Teal step ladder

After sanding and priming the disassembled step ladder, we — and by we I mean Mitch — applied one coat of this Liquitex spray paint, in Phthalocyanine Green 7. Liquitex spray paints are amazing! They come on an array of highly-pigmented colours so only one coat is needed. We found this one in the fine arts section at Michaels (There were spray paints in the craft section as well, but they didn't have nearly as many teal options! The magentas looked pretty impressive, too!)

Teal step ladder

Like I said, only one coat was needed. After drying, Mitch put the step ladder back together. I didn't help with this part either, but he did have a giant pumpkin ale by his side the whole time.

Teal step ladder

The finished product!

Teal step ladder

Ah, so lovely! Don't mind the scary, yet oh so useful, knife display.

Teal step ladder

How cute are these booties, too! ♥

All photographs copyright © 2012 Jasmine Habart.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Meowface long weekend
It's Friday!! Unbutton that shirt collar and celebrate this Canadian long weekend!

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