You know at times, when you have typed out an email or a blog post, despite after checking at least 129 times, you would still end up misspelling certain words even though you know the right spelling? We all make spelling mistakes from time to time, an extra apostrophe or a missing “o” in the word is okay I guess but sometimes it is just too big a mistake. I was writing an email to a client and I wrote “Our Ceo itself handles the high net worth individuals accounts.” Ceo and “it”. *Palm-face* I am definitely not getting a raise in my pay anytime soon. Being able to keep this job is already a blessing. I mean, I know those people up there in a company are supposed to be dogs and all, but you are not supposed to say or write about it. You can only think about it and even while thinking, you should make sure that you don’t think out loud. Like I have heard people saying their bosses are this and that. Okay they used abusive terms for their bosses and I can’t use those words in here. The blog would then be rated M18. I want everyone to be able to read what I wrote. Whether you are 8 months old or 80. Anyways I am lucky that my boss is a gem of a person and he gives the best of bonuses. <3. #
So you might be thinking, why is she going on and on about spelling mistakes and all. Reason is, Tm aka my bff reads my blog posts before it hits the world-wide web. Imagine being able to watch a movie before it is actually released in the theaters. Are you feeling proud already Tm? It is something recent that we started cause I have the tendency to overlook certain mistakes. So he would be reading my posts and making the corrections and he seems to be enjoying this every time as he thinks his best-friend *waves* is an amazing blogger. He is obviously biased…or he is just a good actor.
The irony is, he is a vegetarian and most of my recipes are non vegetarian. At time I feel bad that he has to be the one to be doing this every-time and then I assure myself by saying that it is okay to take your best friend for granted at times. I’m just saying. I don’t take him for granted.
Btw, I saw that smirk Tm.
Grocery shopping has always been a weekly highlight for me. Most ladies can spend hours trying on shoes, I spend hours at the supermarket browsing through all kinds of ingredients. I am not very experimental when it comes to non vegetarian. I would always buy a chicken, prawns and the same few types of fish week in and week out. When it comes to vegetables and fruits, I am willing to try almost all. If I see an extra ordinary looking vegetable or fruit, it goes in my trolley without much of a thought. Thanks to this attribute of mine, me and the family have learnt to enjoy ingredients like butternut squash, kale, brussels sprout, rocket and other vegetables. These are ingredients that my mom has never used in her cooking.
I’m gettin all healthy on ya today. This Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Vinaigrette is delicious and this is my idea of comfort food. Me and my mom are big fans of grilled vegetables and I must have made this for almost a million times. Every time I make it, I add something new, yet it works ALL the time. My personal favorite medley would always be butternut squash/pumpkin, tomatoes, peppers, onions, potato, and eggplant. I would infuse some garlic, olive oil and herbs to these vegetables. The potato skins goes chewy, yet the insides are fluffy. The tomatoes lose most of it juices and you get that concentrated tomato flavor. The eggplants and pumpkin softens up oh’ so delectably. The onions, garlic and herbs perfuming your every bite. I can eat this everyday.
Most of the time, I would eat the grilled vegetables on its own but whenever I want to bring these grilled vegetables to another level, I drizzle them with this super-delicious balsamic vinaigrette. Grilled vegetables with balsamic vinaigrette is the BOMB. It brings the one million flavors into one.
If there is one dish that could convert me into a vegetarian,
THIS IS IT.
- 1 red pepper - halved, seeds removed and cut into quarters
- 1 red onion - cut into quarters
- 1 butternut squash - cut into 2 cm cubes
- 1 eggplant - cut into 2cm chunks
- 10 red baby potatoes - halved
- 1 dozen cherry tomatoes
- 6 cloves garlic - cushed
- ½ teaspoon black pepper - crushed
- ½ teaspoon coriander seeds - crushed
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- freshly grounded black pepper
- 1 small bunch fresh rosemary
- 1 small bunch fresh thyme
- Olive oil
- 4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan OR 1 tbsp crumbled feta
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon chopped garlic
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake to combine.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- Preheat oven to 170 degree Celsius.
- Place all the vegetables in an extra large roasting tray, or 2 smaller ones. Season with salt, crushed coriander and crushed black pepper.
- Roughly chop the rosemary leaves and thyme leaves.
- Scatter all of the herbs over the veg. Drizzle it all well with olive oil and then toss to coat.
- Roast your veg in the hot oven for around 50 minutes, or until soft, golden and cooked through.
- Once out of the oven, scattered some grated Parmesan on top and lightly drizzle with the balsamic vinaigrette.
- Serve warm.