Spaghetti Squash Quick Meal

Another savoury dish that is quick, easy, and healthy based on this recipe. I changed it according to what freshest ingredients I had on hand and to taste. It is almost like a salad best served at room temperature. You can keep the leftovers in the fridge and heat up later but I find that it was not as well-received in the family as when it was first served.

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Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti squash – roasted cut side down with a bit of oil (bake at approx. 30 minutes of until done)
  • bacon bits (to add some crunch and savoury taste)
  • sliced olives
  • tomato wedges – cherry or grape tomatoes
  • grated cheese (I used French Gruyère)
  • olive oil – the good kind you would use in salads
  1. Roast the spaghetti squash in the oven, cut side down.
  2. Scoop out the spaghetti squash flesh using a big spoon but keeping the long strands to resemble “spaghetti noodles”.
  3. Add the bacon bits, sliced black olive, fresh tomatoes and grated cheese.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil.

Best served at room temperature.

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Blueberry Tart on Puff Pastry

What to do with bucketful of blueberries after picking fresh from the farm? A quick and easy dessert with puff pastry and fresh blueberries. This dessert was inspired from this Blueberry Tart recipe. Mine turned out smaller but the taste is wonderfully light and sweet with a bit of tanginess from the cream cheese and lemon.

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I suggest you follow the recipe from the source. With the smaller puff pastry, I adjusted the cream filling proportionately.

 

Quick Easy and Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffinIt’s blueberry season! No matter what time of year, this quick and easy blueberry muffins are a great snack or breakfast on-the-go alternative. You can make these blurry muffins using fresh or frozen blueberries. Super simple to make with only one bowl and a 2-cup measuring cup to use and no electric mixer required! What could be simpler?

Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Mix together in one bowl all the dry ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (you can use white sugar if you don’t have any brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (prefer Himalayan pink salt for added minerals)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

Mix together in a 2-cup glass measuring cup:

  • 1 egg, beaten (crack the egg into the cup and beat with a fork)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (grape seed oil)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (Tip: coat the measuring spoon with oil before measuring molasses and the molasses will easily slide off)
  • Milk – pour enough milk to the 1 1/2 cup mark on the measuring cup
  1.  Pour the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until just blended (do not over mix).
  2. Fold in 1 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries.
  3. Use an ice cream scooper to spoon into silicon muffin cups or liners.

YieldTray of blueberry muffin: Approximately 16 regular size muffins

 Substitutions for a healthier muffin:

  • white flour = whole wheat, oat flour, flax seed
  • white sugar = molasses for added nutrition, reduce sugar by 1/4 cup
  • Himalayan salt = for adding more minerals

Moist muffin with plump blueberries. These muffins have a great texture with minimal mixing of the batter. It can easily be frozen after baking. It’s great with a little dab of butter while still hot or pair it with a slice of cheddar cheese for a satisfying snack.Blueberry muffin halves

A Tulip Study in 3 Different Mediums

Creating  art of the same subject in different mediums - A Tulip Study

For the last little while i have been doing healthy and kid-friendly recipes, now it is time to vary things a little bit with some art – a study of a subject. In the past, I have done studies of one subject in the same medium. This time I did one subject, tulips, in 3 very different mediums – a photograph, a pencil drawing and a vector drawing. This just happened spontaneously and in retrospect, I believe it would be good to do this more often.

How To Do A Study of One Subject in Different Mediums

  1. Take pictures. Start with a close up view of your subject and take pictures. – whatever camera you have will do. Take the time to compose it and in different angles.
  2. Sketch. I carry a small sketch book with me and use it when there’s opportunity to do even a quick sketch using a printed photograph or straight from a phone camera. I find that sketching by hand really helps in understanding the shapes, proportion and subtle colour shifts and gradients. Do  more than one if you can.
  3. Create a vector art without looking at your reference material (photograph or sketch).  Use the reference material only after you’ve tried digital drawing from memory. You’ll be amazed how much you can remember of the subject.
  4. Fine tune. Now you can refers to the reference materials and make changes to your vector art.
  5. Compare all your art work, just as I did here side by side.

Try it! You’ll get to understand more about your choice subject and as I found it, the approach I took in creating each art improved.