Garden Shots

Pea Shoots

I’m so excited every time I look at our garden! These peas are growing so nicely, and I can’t wait to harvest them. Squeeeee!

Lettuce

I’m loving this little, baby lettuce that’s popping-up. It’s not much, but it’s our very first home-grown lettuce in our organic garden.

Carrots

This was the first sprout in the carrot patch. I think my mister buried the little seeds just a touch too far down. ;0)

Sunflower

Our sunflowers are getting bigger, too. There are only three left of the five seedlings that sprouted, but I’ll be happy if only one grows up to greet the sun and beckon little pollinators to our garden. This year it’s really an experimental crop, since we’ve never done it before.

Clover

There are fluffy patches of clover everywhere in the front and back. I hope the bunnies love eating it as much as I love looking at it.

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Carrot Coriander Soup

Carrot Coriander Soup

Thank you to notquitequintessential for the inspiring Carrot and Coriander Soup recipe! *squishy hugs* I didn’t have a potato (there appears to be some kind of funky Organic potato shortage where I am!), so I improvised with a sweet potato. ♥

Carrot Coriander Soup
1 bag baby carrots*
1 medium, diced sweet potato*
1 medium, diced onion*
2-3 cloves minced garlic*
1 handful chopped parsley*
generous additions of dry coriander*
salt and pepper*
oil* for sauteing
water
* = Organic

∴ Saute onion in oil until the bits begin to turn translucent. Add carrots, sweet potato and parsley. Toss to coat and warm. Add garlic, coriander and season to taste. Cover with water, and let it simmer a little while. Enjoy! ♥

Carrot Coriander Soup

A simple saute of the carrots, sweet potato, parsley, oil and seasonings. Yummy!

Carrot Coriander Soup

This recipe was sooooo good. I think coriander is my new favourite spice. *happy dancing*

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
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One of the dishes I really needed to “veganize” was Shepherd’s Pie, because it’s always been a massive favourite of my Elflings. I was  surprised just how easy it was to make it vegan-friendly.

Shepherd’s Pie
6-8 potatoes*
12 carrots*
2 pkgs extra-firm tofu* (Soyganic)
1 medium diced onion*
5-6 ribs diced celery*
½ C flour* (wheat, rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc)
1 – 1½ C water
2 Tbsp G-Free soy* sauce (Tamari)
2 cloves minced garlic*
1 handful parsley*
salt and pepper*
vegan butter* (Earth Balance)
oil* for sauteing
* = Organic

 Wash potatoes and carrots. Chop the potatoes into medium-sized chunks. Put them into a pot to boil with the carrots left whole. Boil until fork-tender. Drain. Separate carrots from potato chunks, and set aside so they can cool. Rough-mash the potatoes with a little vegan butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside. Saute diced onion in oil until they begin to turn translucent. Pick a carrot from the pile cooling, and mash it up a bit with a fork (I diced mine a little more with my knife). Throw the diced celery bits and carrot mash to the sauteing onions. Stir to combine. Crumble in tofu and continue to saute. Add soy sauce and stir to combine. Sprinkle in flour and add water. Mix well. Things will begin to thicken. You can add more water if you prefer a thinner sauce. Pour contents into a baking dish, dutch oven or roasting dish. By now your carrots are cool enough to handle, so chop them all up and layer them onto your tofu mixture. Top with potato mash. Bake @ 375°F/190°C/Gas Mark 5 for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

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Hand-mashing makes them more rustic
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The best mashed potatoes ever — prepared via Elfling Power.

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A little parsley adds colour
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Mashies and herbs. Delish!

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Yummy G-Free Tamari
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I’m in love with this Tamari! It adds a lovely flavour and a gorgeous light brown colour.

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Tofu, Onions, Spices & Herbs
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The tofu mixture is coming together nicely.

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Gorgeous Orange Carrots
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Chopped up carrots. Yummy!

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Tofu Mixture
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Step 1 – tofu mixture

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Carrots
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Step 2 – layer of carrots

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Mashed Potatoes
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Step 3 – topped with mashies

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Yummy Shepherd’s Pie
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All baked and ready to eat. *happy dancing*