It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you’ve got a great recipe to share but you’re not a fantastic photographer, then you shouldn’t be browsing beautiful-looking food blogs before you post your own.
All that perfection gets inside your head and whispers that your hastily-snapped iPhone picture is not good enough to share and you should only give your readers the best, otherwise why bother?
But then your readers would miss out on this super-delicious, super-healthy 15-minute lunch, and who are you to deprive them of that? Just because it’s not an artfully constructed photo taken in proper light with a proper camera? And let’s be honest, if you only ever waited until your photography was top notch before you shared something then you’d never share anything at all because you’re a writer, not a photographer. Even if you have writer’s block so bad you just send people emoji texts instead of choosing actual words.
People, have my cat-obstructed iPhone photos and whatever words I can muster. If there’s anything I’ve learned this past week, it’s that it’s better than not talking to you at all!
The other night, my friend Tara and I were killing time between a full day conference and an evening gala ball (I know, right?!). We’d received amazing 20-minute Chinese massages and had our nails done, and then we thought of the brilliant idea of eating dinner before dinner that evening. I am all about the double mealtimes.
So she took me to this place in the city that does bowls of all sorts of little things – you either choose your components, or one of the pre-designed ones. Now Tara had been here before and knew all of the delicious things to eat. – I was a newbie and went with a pre-designed one and then spent my entire meal wishing I’d ordered what she had.
I bought a pumpkin this week and roasted it to mash because I knew at some point I was going to want to recreate bowl-y goodness in my own home. When it was nudging 1pm today and I was on the verge of screaming into the pantry abyss because I was so hungry, I remembered that quinoa takes like, 15 minutes and I could finally get that sweet, sweet roasted pumpkin into my mouth in bowl form. With extra veg because #health.
So here’s what I did:
- Put the quinoa on to cook (I cup quinoa, 1 cup water, splash of tamari, one garlic clove | cover and bring to a boil | once it boils set it to simmer 15 minutes with lid ajar)
- Reheated a bit of mashed pumpkin and stirred 1/2 teaspoon of miso paste into it
- Cut veggies and splashed a bit of apple cider vinegar on them
- 2 minutes before the quinoa was finished I added a bit of broccoli and pak choi on top to steam
- When the quinoa was done I removed the greens and tossed them with tamari, lemon, and ginger
- Fluffed the quinoa
- Put a bit of everything in a bowl
- Topped with gomasio
- Took it outside and took a photo, duh.
The next time you find yourself eyeing off a pumpkin (don’t lie, I know it happens), remember that just taking it home and bunging it into oven means you have rich, creamy mash annnny time you like. And if you’re anything like me, that’s all the time.
Except if you don’t like pumpkin? I know you’re out there! show yourselves!