Friday, November 25, 2011

When a Little is Enough...Recipes for Life

As I was cooking yesterday I was thinking about the little things....A recipe for life.


* a dash of kindness
* a pinch of respect
*a smidgen of compassion
*an ounce of truth
* a handful of help
* a pound of encouragement
* 1 rounded tsp. of humility
* 500 grams of integrity
* unmeasured gratitude.

This recipe can vary but the basic ingredients are all here.

I'm working on the little things today and every day.

Recipe part 2........Roast those roots!

I love this time of year, when it's cold outside it's a joy to turn the oven on. Nothing says loving like garlic and onions in the oven. This is my favorite way to prepare vegetables, it's easy peasy, makes the house smell like a home and really heightens the flavors for a variety of winter vegetables.

preheat oven to 400 degrees

chop root vegetables to the approximate same size I should have halved brussels sprouts (they took a little longer) parsnip, celeric, fennel bulb, potatoes reg, sweet or yams, carrots, any kind of squash, onions, turnips, you get the picture..arrange on baking sheets.
* I like to add an apple or two for brighness if you can find those sweet crabapples they're wonderful, I use Granny Smith.

Drizzle with a good olive oil, Trader Joes, local California is my choice.

With your garlic press squeeze fresh garlic over the top, use as much as you like, I like a lot (4 or 5 cloves between 2 baking sheets of veg.

I have thyme in my garden, so I added that, you can also use dried herbs, oregano is good too.

salt and pepper

Roast for about 15 mins. then turn over with a spatula. Continue cooking til tender, insert a fork.

Serve as a side dish or a main course over couscous or brown rice..


xo Ro


  1. oh delicious, we do this exact same thing 3 maybe 4 times a week. i do love this simple way of preparing fresh local vegetables.
    we have been buying organic olive oil from here (their located in hollister california) it has made such a difference in salad dressings and drizzled over the above vegs. i even use it in making lotion and as a moisturisor.
    i hope you had a lovely thanksgiving day with those you love.

  2. i forgot to say i love your 'recipe' and those necklaces, oh my.

  3. Hi Lori, So many good olive oils from S. Barbara area, I'm sure TJ's oil comes from right there. I use "O" for salad dressing, it does make a difference. A great moisturizer and antiseptic, a "couldn't live without" ingredient for life.
    Thank you for the link.


  4. Your small intentions are always so lovely, Ro... whether they're in the form of thoughts, photos, jewelry or food. In looking over your recipe, I realize I've been running a little low on Encouragement and Gratitude. Time to re-stock my pantry, and make a sweeter meal for myself today.


    Speaking of meals... yours looks yummy! We haven't had time to go by the local Farmer's Market and visit "The Potato Lady", but last year around this time, we were loving buying Jerusalem Artichokes (sunchokes) to add to our roasting pan of root vegetables. (She has a real name, of course, but it escapes me... anyway, she's the one who always sells the baby potatoes, usually with one or two of her daughters by her side.)

  5. Love the recipe...I can smell them from here....also love the simplicity of the are so right, sometimes a little is just enough.

  6. OK- you've made me certifiably hungry!

  7. ooh! that looks SO yummy! Ro, where do you find brussels that look so fresh!
    (Yes, we are home now from camping!) Boy, its hot here today!
    spent last 3 nights in the 30s'

  8. Harsi, you make me laugh, I was remembering that recipe yesterday as I struggled with a custom order, some days are just harder than others, high heels in mind :)
    Yes I know that potato lady, those are some pricey spuds, I planted my own purple peruvians.

    Good stuff Sandi we had some last night with salmon, just a little :)

    Shark :)

    They have them at Traders Deb, on the stalk and they are yummy. Strange weather for sure, I'm glad you didn't get rained out, though coooolddd......xoxox

  9. Yum! will make a run over to Traders, I have a craving now for them! On my stove now, a vegi -bean soup cooking for a bit!
    Part of my inner pact with myself...I'm going to start eating more veggies now!
    thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Your vegi dish seriously had my mouth watering!!!

    Also the two necklaces are to dye for beautiful. I love the dark chunky chains with the stones.


  11. Nothing is better than roasted root veggies in the Winter!