Edamame Falafel with a Kale Slaw

I love falafel.  The taste, the way it looks, how I can stuff it in a pita, eat it in a salad or just devour it just as is.

A while bag I picked up a bag of shelled edamame, thinking it would be so much easier to eat without its little shell house, but I hated it.  I love the work involved with edamame, the almost relaxation that comes from popping out a soy bean and so my edamame falafel was born!

This beautiful green falafel is really easy to make and can easily be made gluten free.  Its incredibly delicious and filling. I love this falafel, but my favourite thing right now is this kale slaw.  I’m incredibly obsessed with and finished the entire bowl of it in a day.  Its so fresh and crunchy.  It just tastes like more.

EDAMAME FALAFEL WITH KALE SLAW12 falafel ( makes 6 pita wraps)

DSCF510new

Falafel

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup shelled edamame (defrosted in warm water)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped, spinach
  • 3 heaped tbsp flour
  • oil for frying

Directions

In a large bowl add edamame, onion, garlic, cumin coriander and cayenne.  With a hand blender start blending the soy beans, until you have a chunky consistency that is smoothish.

Season with salt and pepper, taste the mixture.  Fold in the spinach, coriander and flour.  If its a little to wet, add another tbsp flour.

DSCF5092new

Form 12 small discs.

DSCF5093new

In a large skillet heat some oil.  Fry on both sides until golden brown.

Kale slaw

DSCF5100new

Ingredients 

  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small bunch kale, washed, stems remove and chopped
  • 2 cabbage leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • a grind of black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl combine, carrot,kale, cabbage, mayonnaise, vinegar, sweetener and black pepper,  Toss.

Assembly 

DSCF5102new

Ingredients

  • 6 small pita wraps
  • shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber
  • hummus
  • edamame
  • Kale slaw

Directions

Smear half of your pita wrap with hummus, and place a dollop of kale slaw on the other half.

Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and falafel.  Fold and enjoy.

Advertisements

an instant of life captured for eternity

Some weekends just outshine the rest and this weekend was one of the best of my life.  On Sunday my best friend, soul bro and all around amazing guy asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!

It was the best proposal ever! He took me to a little forest and while walking around, he got on his knee, broke a branch, hurt himself and proposed.  I could not stop laughing and after saying the most beautiful things, I shed a few tears. I’m so excited to be spending the rest of my life and eternity with this guy, he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, he makes me want to be the best person I can be and is always pushing me to try new things.  Without him I would not be overcoming so many fears I have and be able to take a risk of going for a new adventure out of this country.

I’m excited to share our lives together, have fun and always play, because life is t short not to have fun.

DSCF5053new DSCF5056new DSCF5059new DSCF5060new DSCF5065new DSCF5068new

^^ Carl bought himself this beautiful trench coat this weekend.  I think he’s in love.

DSCF5036new

^^ In this forest we got engaged. I was really bummed I didn’t get a photo of him hurting his knee, but I was laughing way to much.

DSC_0961new

^^ Pretty ring!

DSC_0962new

^^ A really unflattering photo, but it captures the moment.

DSCF5033new

^^ Pretty skies.

DSC_0985new

^^ Belphie is not sure how to feel about our engagement.

DSC_0965new

^^ ending the day off with this doggy sitting on my lap! what a happy day!

How was your weekend?

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Hagrid’s Hut

Rubeus Hagrid or Hagrid is one of the most interesting characters in Harry Potter.  The groundskeeper and general nice guy of Hogwarts,  stayed in a cut little hut on the grounds.  The lovable half giant, sure has a heart of gold and cared for any animal he got his hands on.

Hagrid’s hut is an inviting little place, that had a lot of regular visitors ( I’m looking at you Harry and the gang), it was homely with a lot of charm.

Quilts, wooden floors, a fireplace that was used for cooking, hanging baskets are just a few things I think about when imagining Hagrid’s hut.  Also pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins.  The pumpkin juice has to come from somewhere!

151126_1228750097568_full download Hagrid's_hut_(interior) Hagrid's_hut_in_1995 Hagrid's_hut_Interior Hagrid's_hut_with_visitors_Malfoy_Fudge_Dumbledore

Let’s bring Hagrid’s hut alive and a little bit more liveable.

4791ee0d22d8ed0a5fe9307775bbdd1a pumpkin_patio_windsor_22

^^ Growing some pumpkins in unique ways is the first step in bringing a little Hagrid into your home.

download (1) f1877563b56790500e8fd2e0630bdb15

^^ Instead of hanging cages on your ceiling. Why not hang pretty baskets.

umbrella-stands-entryway-decor-spring-classic-best 56743614603fa6ee3f77e1c2bd848e5b c35fa09ce9273bc7dfa709301187b97d download (6)

^^ When your wand is an umbrella, you are going to want to store in a mighty fine place.

download (2) HamptonH300LargeWoodStove-MilfordCT-TheCozyFlame images (2) images (4)

^^ Cooking over your fireplace has never been so stylish.

images (12) images (13) images (14) images (15) 2252bbeeeea1c9950d0197192a9f391c

^^ Storing your firewood doesn’t need to look bad, these are wonderful, tidy and stylish ways to store it.

images (5) images (6) images (7) images (8)

^^ I love the look of a nice quilt.  Placing it on your bed creates a nice whimsy feel.

contemporary-throws download (3) images (9) images (10)

^^ A nice faux fur throw over your couch is essential and looks so good.

b0501e2fdee3f4422ed292dc218bb570 download (7) download (8) images (16) images (17)

^^ Living in a small hut by the woods is a dream of mine, but boy would I be scared at night.  Candles on the wall is essential for keeping all the bad mystical creatures away.

images (18) images (19) images (20)

^^ Yes, you are a muggle and you have little muggle hand, unlike our half giant friend that would easily drink out of these teacups.  You will just have to settle with using them as a planter.

Happy Friday guys.  Have a lovely weekend.

Just Go With The Flow

keep-calm-and-go-with-the-flow

So many big things happening can really mess with your mind.  I mean I’ve never been scared of flying yet, last night while lying in bed I kept googling if they make sure the checked in bags don’t have bombs in them.  Yes, obviously I’m stressing myself out, but with the date for our departure getting closer and closer, I’m turning into a crazed freak. So much to do so little time!

It all started with Belphie, now a few things you need to know.  Belphie was a stray cat that kept breaking into our house stealing food and sleeping in the spare room that we hardly went into.  One day I casually strolled into the room, and immediately froze.  On the bed was the skinniest most sickly looking cat I’ve seen.  Of course he started yoda earing and hissing, but like the little animal rescuer I am, I had one of those ” need to safe this cat” moments and commenced with closing all the windows and luring him with tuna and milk ( Carl’s brothers food).  Three days went by of him coming here for food and so the cuddles started, the third day, was the day he never left  again. I mean I have to go outside with him so he can go pee.  Today Belphie is a spoilt cat, going through only child syndrome, he doesn’t like, cats, birds, dogs, horses and people.  Sometimes I’m not sure he likes us.   He cuddles you one second and brutally attacks you the next.  He poops on the couch when you don’t pay attention to him.  He’s living the good life now and refuses certain foods, he begs for anything you are eating and you can’t come into the house with french fries.  He absolutely loves french fries and goes mental when he sees them.  After an incredibly long couple of hours with him abusing me and peeing on the couch while looking at me, I reached a breaking point.  What are we going to do with Belphie?!  Carl’s parents said they would take him and take care of him for us, but what if he goes on a complete murderous spree and bites everyone in the house, will they still be so kind? and keep him?   I should just believe everything will be fine. Belphie PLEASE be good!

These will be the last couple of months when we still have all our stuff and our house wont be barren.  We’ve decided to sell all our belonging in October and November.  Starting fresh somewhere else requires a fresh start in all aspects of our life.  We want to be comfortable over there, so selling everything and getting the money for it will be great.  I’m not a hoarder in any sense, but everything in this house is basically memories of our relationship, that still makes my heart fuzzy, I’m a sucker for memory keepsakes, but I’m trying to remember that memories stay in your heart forever, and the memories we will be making with this adventure will be the best times ever.  As long as I’m with Carl that’s all I need….and my camera, I want to capture those memories!

In an attempt to save money Carl has decided to go vegan for a month, just to see if it will be cheaper and if it will help with his tummy issues.  I’ll be documenting his experiences, and how he feels, during this time.  We’ve also been talking about Carl writing a post about what it was like growing up with an autistic brother, and what its like for the siblings in these situations.  What do you think? would this be a good post?

and lastly.  My blog has become so much more than vegan recipes.  I started this blog as a way to escape a bad relationship I was just not happy in and now I’m happy, content, and enjoying documenting my life and all the experiences I’m dealing with.  Its become a way for me to vent and talk about all the stuff I’m interested in even if its just photos of my life.  I’ve been thinking about a blog name change for a while and finally came up with a perfect name.  The perfect name came from a lot of over thinking and asking Carl for the lyrics of a song he wrote for me and when I read the lyrics, I told him. “well that sounds like a melodramatic adventure”. And so my blog will soon be named MELodramatic adventures, hey when it has your name in it you know its meant to be.

And so the longest blog post in the history of blog posts comes to an end. Thanks for letting me get my rant out!

What I wore Wednesday ft. Dogs and Horses

The days seem to be flying by.  At the blink of an eye its already time for What I wore Wednesday.  I’ve been doing some intense cleansing of my wardrobe, trying to get rid of everything I don’t wear any more or don’t wear often enough to keep.  Now I have a giant pile of clothes and shoes, sitting against the wall mocking me.  I guess I could move it, but I feel like its great inspiration for Carl to start the cleanse of his clothes.

My style is all over the place, I like  a bit of everything and think the world is to beautiful not to take risks with clothes.

The dogs came for a visit during my photo taken, as well as an injured horse. Apparently I’m real interesting in the animal kingdom.

DSCF4934new ^^ I don’t think these sunglasses suit my face.  They’re also Carl’s, that’s what I get for wearing his stuff.

DSCF4936new

^^ Dogs being dogs.  This dog is a complete nuisance.  He’s eaten grout, matches and putty.  I don’t know how he’s alive or what he’s trying to make in his tum tum.

DSCF4939new

^^ A very brown background.  Its so dry here, my skin is hating it.

DSCF4950new DSCF4951new

^^ Horse with an injured leg and a tiny horse.

DSCF4953new

^^ I just want to colour this kimono in.

DSCF4957new

Shirt. Similar Here

Kimono. Similar Here.

Shorts. Similar Here

Sunglasses. Similar here.

Combat Boots Similar here

Orange You Mine, Green Juice

I don’t know why I have to give the juices I make a weird name, but it sure does roll of the tongue.  I love juicing, you get a fresh home made juice, that doesn’t have all that bad for you crap in it.  My garden loves the pulp, and I love the way I feel after I drink this juice.  This juice is loaded with vitamin C and just a wonderful nutrient boost.  Its sure to chase any sniffles away in an instant, it also tastes dreamy!

ORANGE YOU MINE, GREEN JUICE –  serves 4

DSCF4828neworange you min

Ingredients

  • 5 oranges, peeled
  • 3 green apples, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup spinach

Directions

Place everything in you juicer.  Give it a good old stir before serving.   serve over ice.

DSCF4813new

^^ Yum! Juice!

an instant of life captured for eternity

This year sure is flying by! With a to do list that keeps piling up, as we get closer and closer to our anticipated move out of South Africa date, stress sure can sneak up on you.  Its actually strange I don’t feel that stressed out or scared.  I’m ready for this change, and all the fun that it will bring.  Carl is studying a lot, trying to be as prepared as possible for his CFA exam in December, but we’ve still managed to have some fun, with a busy schedule.

Please take note of the terrible photos Carl takes.  He’s got a gift for blurry pictures.

DSC_0856new

^^ Kitty cuddles.  A couple of minutes after this photo was taken, Belphie bit me so hard on my ribs I was winded, just because I got up.

DSC_0879new

^^ African market browsing.

DSC_0884new

^^ Dirty Belphie sunning himself.

DSC_0888new

^^ Thrift shop browsing.  The extreme dryness has been doing a number on my hair, but at least I have a fluffy coat.

DSC_0918new

^^ That moment you realize you look like a centaur.

DSC_0927new

^^ Pretty lamp post.

DSC_0930new

^^ Everyday he’s studying.

newnew

^^ Blue skies and cold air.

DSCF4813new

^^ Green juice and no make up.  Beautiful days.

DSCF4828new

^^ Green juice with a view.

DSCF4839new

^^ The last leaf on this tree.

DSCF4854new DSCF4862new

^^ Self timer photos sure are fun.  Yet again we are wearing a similar outfit.

DSCF4863new

^^ Surprise dip.  My hat got stolen by Carl here.

DSCF4865new

^^ When the kiss is so good your leg pops.

DSCF4867new

^^ Posing.

DSCF4870new

^^ I think this is hat abuse.

DSCF4873new

^^ Someone call the hat police

DSCF4876new

^^ Such a happy guy.  I have so much fun with him everyday.

DSCF4877new

^^ Charlie Chaplin’s son?

DSCF4905new

^^ Lots of guys, at the back of our house.

DSCF4919new

^^ The Drive home.

DSCF4922new

^^ The can you believe what Belphie is doing face.  We have this face a lot.

Happy Monday.  I hope everyone had a lovely Fathers day and weekend.  What did you do this weekend?

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Ravenclaw

ravenclaw_flag_by_kooro_sama-d3x5pj3

As much as I would have loved to be sorted into Hufflepuff, in reality if that sorting hat was placed onto my head, I would have gone to Ravenclaw.  My love for studying, and learning something new everyday and my remarkable failure in athletics, would make me a born Ravenclaw. Obviously Luna Lovegood and I would have been best friends, I think the whole world should just know that.

If you are Ravenclaw, you will have wisdom beyond your years, filled with wit, competitive in a way that makes you cute, filled with intellect and will be so quirky its lovable.

49603_1255051333606_360_282 746054_1308042568541_full Ravenclaw_Students

Its no surprise Harry’s first love interest was a Ravenclaw.

The Ravenclaw dormitories is also a dream.  Starry ceiling, cathedral windows, large bookcases, a great colour palette and perfect reading chairs.

3840091f533134faf6b699699271f51c_full e2dc8644dbb13edbb5a19f10c801cf6a PlayStation(R)Home_Picture_06-01-2013_16-11-13 Ravenclaw_common_room_lrg

Now lets look at my take of the a Ravenclaw inspired home.

3509d7c708a03872f32882f1242108d4 27010a9f6d85571cee48cfe188fe44c6 eg-2 il_340x270.703687980_q5br images (1) images maxresdefault

^^ Sign me up for this! Lights on your ceiling to look like a clear night! Yes!

8-star-gazing-sun-room-in-your-room 710b96932936c454fe69189fd28df70b a672d8cfc5af08ef8cc21587f34bc258 Sun-roof-in-bedroom

^^ A sun room or a sky light is a perfect way of seeing stars at night.

mnxLB5O5cckrXZAMXtjMIig Modern-Reading-Rooms-Image-with-Grey-Lounge-Chair victorian-indoor-chaise-lounge-chairs

^^ The perfect reading chair for every Ravenclaw at heart.

a3d7d2e6242a1483891743de51fc8169 a671ff79021a430dcac491d58bc1b6b9 download (5) images (5)

^^ My love for cathedral windows, is drastically increased when I look at these.

download (1) download (2) download (3) images (2)

^^ Any good Ravenclaw must have a large bookcase somewhere in their home.

download Navy-blue-sofas-look-as-cool-and-refined-as-any-couch-in-neutral-shades velvet-sofa-couch-sette-upholstery-living-room-idea-navy-blue-1

^^ The Perfect blue couches for your quirky house.  The last one is my favourite.

images (7) images (8) images (9) product-hugerect-27190-4403-1336960757-02010d1cc33a21ea4bf084e4ec78894f ravenembroideryhandtowel

^^ When you are a proud Ravenclaw, you will have to let your love overflow and decorate your house with ravens.  And so it shall be.

images (6) images (10) images (11)

^^ Now, go get your study on at one of these desks.

Happy Friday!

Lets look at my take of a

My Favourite Green Smoothie

I have been rather terrible with drinking smoothies lately, its just our house is so cold the whole time, it really just does not want to heat up and the idea of holding a cold smoothie in my hands, gives me sever heeby jeebies.

So in hopes of inspiring me to drink a smoothie a day again, I want to post my favourite smoothie recipe.

This smoothie has just the right amount of sweetness to make it damn good, packed with strawberries and kiwi, its your antioxidant dream machine smoothie.  Try it out and tell me what you think.

GREEN STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE serves 2

newsmoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ripe strawberries, washed
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • few sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 cup water
  • sweetener to taste

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and enjoy.

What I wore -Winds-day

Yesterday we said goodbye to Carl’s parents.  They came over and we talked about our plan for the end of the year.  We’ve decided to leave South Africa for greener pastures, we are now in the process of making that happen.  It was a great relieve for the parents to be completely on board with our decision and seem so excited and happy for us.  Its a scary and really exciting time for us, we know its the best thing we can do for our future, and especially for Carl that will be writing his CFA exam in December, we want him to be able to grow in a company and not be held back for certain reasons, which happens in our country, but lets stop talking about this for now.

Today is extremely windy, and unlucky for me I woke up with amazing hair.  Beautifully tasselled almost styled looking hair.  Now, I’m working with a hot tangled mess.  So prepare yourself for What I wore windsday hair.

DSCF4788new DSCF4789new DSCF4791new

Boyfriend Jeans – Similar here

T shirt – Similar here

Oversized Blazer – Similar here