After I wrote my last post, I was hoping to slowly get back into the saddle and ease myself back into the work load. The two week break did me good and I was raring to go but I like savoring the begin of a new phase. I understand that many do not think this way, but the start of a new year does have a magic of new beginnings and fresh starts. Wipe the slate clean and with the wisdom of an year, an opportunity to do it better than before. I am not talking resolutions - no I do not believe in them - I mean daring to go a step further, climbing that extra rung and getting closer to that goal you’ve been focusing on.
So, the beginning of January has always been a contemplative time for me, when after all the flurry and bustle of Christmas and New Year has ebbed, I like to take a bit of time to readjust and find my bearings again, maybe reassessing my course a bit.
However, I did not even have a chance to scrape the surface of my thoughts as I’ve dived straight into a few exciting photo projects and features for magazines and cookbooks. The highlight of this week will be shooting my first cover photo for a vegetarian food magazine, I’ve recently started to work with.
Heck yeah, I am stoked! But I am also trying to stay composed, cool and keep my professional attitude.
It’s all good … I cannot be happier and love working hard as long as I can play hard too. So, while this past weekend I was up at dawn baking cakes and tarts or cooking with seitan for photo shoots and spending the entire weekend in a happy sweet cloud of flour, sugar and spice, styling and shooting, I am also looking forward to the coming weekend of rest and play when Tom returns from Stockholm. Then I’ll be back in the kitchen cooking with friends and making comfy family meals to kick-back and relax. Looking forward to lots of wine, laughter and warming soups.
Like this one. Wonderfully elegant yet so easy to prepare any time of the week. I love roasting vegetables in the oven to extract their delicate caramelized flavors and while they are fantastic with herbs, spices or a light dip or pesto, I love making soups with them.
I adore root vegetables with beets and parsnip topping the list. Just look at the color - isn’t it stunning? I added some apples and topped it off with the flavors of sage and some hazelnuts for a crunch. Simple. Good. Satisfying.
If you are taking time this January to sort out your thoughts and goals, do it with a bowl of this soup in your hands. It energizes, warms and the color uplifts even the darkest and coldest January days. The play with sage and hazelnuts is an exceptional highlight. I am sending you all my good vibes with this soup and wish you the best of luck setting and reaching all your goals and making your dreams come true.
I would also like to thank everyone you took time to comment on my last post. They were touching, heartfelt and totally fantastic. If I ever need a pick-me-up I know where to head .. thank you, friends!
Hope you have a great, warm and happy week and weekend ahead!
You might like these soup ideas from WFLH:
|Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan Cauliflower Crumbs||Roasted Fennel Soup with Pernod and Smoked Salmon||Yellow Bell Pepper and Fava Bean Soup|
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