Part 1- The food. Recipes that I've found around the interwebz. Not my recipes. There will be the a Halloweegan post every now and then!
Part 2- The entertainment. A brief movie or TV show review about my latest Netflix finds. Mostly streaming. More than reviews they will be recommendations.
Part 3- The ducks! We moved to a house where our neighbors are ducks. There are also human neighbors, but I guess you can't have it all.
My first recipe comes via the PPK, and it's a Rustic Winter Stew Over Polenta. Some of the ingredients this recipe calls for are lentils, potatoes, leeks, and thyme - these are some of my favorite ingredients, so choosing this recipe was a no-brainer! This hearty dish will warm your belly without breaking the bank, and the ingredients are easy to find even if you don't have a health food store nearby. Score! You don't have to use polenta if you would rather enjoy this stew over mashed potatoes or rice, but I'm a polenta girl so I stuck with the original. I did throw a couple of uninvited mushrooms in there because they needed to be used up before they grew a fuzzy beard.
I suck at photographing soups and stews, so I stole the styling idea and angle from the PPK. Copycat!
My first TV Show recommendation of Vegan MoFo 2012 is Rosemary and Thyme, a charming British show with two of the most endearing characters I've ever met: Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. These lovely ladies start a gardening business together, and mysterious murders follow them everywhere they go. Here's a tip: don't hire these women to do any gardening work for you or people will start dropping like flies! This is a slow-moving show, but I wasn't expecting high-speed car chases or badass fight scenes from a show about two ladies who work with plants. The scenery is always beautiful, and it makes me want to create a fabulous garden. If only I wasn't so lazy and really bad at gardening.
And now comes the third part of my first Vegan MoFo post of the year... meet Curly!
This guy is one of our duck-neighbors that live in a pond near our new place. Curly is the only Pekin duck of the bunch, but he seems to get along with all the mallards. Because he's the only white-feathered dude and he sticks out like sore thumb, I take more pictures of Curly than all the other ducks. Why do we call him Curly? I'll let his tail feathers explain that:
That's it! A bit discombobulated, maybe, but the first post is done. Phew! Tomorrow's recipe is going to blow your mind - I'm still recovering from the shock! See you tomorrow! :)