roasted winter bowl w/ BBQ tempeh + vegan hemp seed ranch dressing - The First Messpin it!roasted winter bowl w/ BBQ tempeh + vegan hemp seed ranch dressing - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Katrina10/02/2016 - 8:43 am

    I am all over that ranch! This bowl sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout10/02/2016 - 9:10 am

    yum! this is looks great :) I have never been a ranch/ creamy sauce person but I can definitely get behind this one + maybe sub it in for my usual tahini sauce!ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:21 pm

      This reminds me of tahini sauce in a lot of ways because of the seedy base. Thanks so much, Maya!

  • Sarah | Well and Full10/02/2016 - 10:42 am

    You are so right, there is so much pressure on Valentine’s Day! I miss the days of construction paper cards and Kit Kat valentines too ;)ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:23 pm

      I miss those days for sooo many reasons lol ;)

  • Mariela10/02/2016 - 11:02 am


    Gonna try that ranch sauce soon!


    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:20 pm

      Screw the pink hearts and stuff, right? ;)

  • Jessica10/02/2016 - 12:56 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. You create the best sauces/dressingsReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Jessica! Sauce is pretty much my favourite part of any meal :)

  • Alissa10/02/2016 - 1:55 pm

    Hey Laura great recipe! I have a question though. When you make a google doc for a printable form of your recipe do you just make that doc available publicly through your own gmail account and then direct link it? I love this simple way of adding a printable recipe!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:58 pm

      That’s exactly what I do! My blog email is facilitated through Gmail, so I just do it through that account. Easiest ever! :)

  • Jillian10/02/2016 - 2:37 pm

    Hi Laura! I’ve been falling in love with every recipe you’ve posted lately- you’re on a roll, girl! I just had a question about this recipe- did you really mean “1/4 teaspoon nutritional yeast” or is that a typo? Maybe I’m just too nooch-crazy but it seems like such a small amount!
    Thank you! xoReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Jillian! The nooch is not a typo. I only added a pinch to give it more of a savoury flavour (vs. super nutty because of the hemp). I didn’t want it to taste too cheesy because of all the herbs I was using. I hope this makes sense! Of course, you can just add more if you like. I’m kind of wild for nooch, too :)

  • Aubrey10/02/2016 - 4:44 pm

    This looks so good and beautiful!:)ReplyCancel

  • Mark Joshua10/02/2016 - 11:04 pm

    Wow! This looks awesome. I like to try your sauce. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.ReplyCancel

  • sherri11/02/2016 - 3:02 pm

    I need this bowl today…won’t be doing the BBQ sauce though…just not my thing. Thanks for the inspiration to eat well today=)ReplyCancel

  • Molly11/02/2016 - 8:28 pm

    Seriously, how do you take such gorgeous photos!? This looks insannnee and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Sexton11/02/2016 - 11:48 pm

    This is definitely my type of easy lunch/ dinner. I sometimes forget how quick and easy it can be to whip this up and love how much you can get done while it’s all cooking away in the kitchen. Can’t wait to give it a go.

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well12/02/2016 - 11:20 am

    Went to the store to get the ingredients for this bad boy yesterday ;) Scott is going to be so amped for dinner tonight, thank you friend! Have a gorgeous weekend, I hope people behave sunday night ;) xoReplyCancel

  • Allyson12/02/2016 - 3:13 pm

    This is what I want to eat for V day. Bright and happy, satisfying and low-pressure. Sounds kinda like a good relationship.ReplyCancel

  • This bowl hit all the right spots this week…I’ve been making a bunch of different variations :) I went a little overboard with the nutritional yeast in the ranch dressing and whaddaya know…it ended up tasting like ceasar! That was the best surprise, since I can’t tolerate regular caesar salad dressing and it’s my fav! Huge <3 to you this weekend for the endless inspiration that I get from your recipes. Can't wait for your book to come outReplyCancel

  • Shannon Murphy13/02/2016 - 5:50 pm

    I made this twice already. Purely amazing. I think you helped me break through my tempeh barrier – I need to be using a thicker sweeter sauce e.g. BBQ sauce vs just some blah marinade like I’ve been doing.

    Had to do an extended riff on the sauce using dried dill (couldn’t find fresh), fresh parsley (trying to replace the dill) and jacking up the garlic 1000% ( to cover up to taste of too much parsley). It ended up great but was one of those 45-minute, adjust-and-taste-it-thirty-times, sauce-doubles-in-volume type of situations. I could *not* taste the dill so kept adding it and adding it but now that it’s been hanging out in the fridge a couple days the dill is super prominent – I guess I’m just saying, with a ranch-type of flavor profile I think it’s a good idea to make extra sauce and let those flavors meldReplyCancel

  • cheri14/02/2016 - 5:52 pm

    Hi Laura, beautiful salad, love the dressing. Will try tempeh this way have not had much luck with it:)ReplyCancel

  • Our Favorite Meals |16/02/2016 - 11:37 am

    […] Roasted Winter Bowl with BBQ Tempeh and Help Seed Ranch Dressing from the First Mess: The dressing for this is fantastic, and makes enough that you can use it for several meals. For the two of us, I used two sweet potatoes, a block of tempeh, and a head of romanesco cauliflower. We had enough leftovers to build a hearty salad the next night for dinner (I used shredded kale because the density of the sweet potatoes and tempeh needs something hearty). […]ReplyCancel

  • […] with buffalo tofu, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and ranch. This barbeque tempeh recipe was my inspiration, but as I was about to make this I realized I didn’t have any […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashley23/03/2016 - 10:08 pm

    Where do you buy your tempeh? I live in Mississauga and can’t seem to find it anywhere!ReplyCancel

    • Laura24/03/2016 - 8:45 am

      Hi Ashley,
      I get tempeh at Whole Foods Market, Health Food Stores, and a couple independent grocers carry it in my neighbourhood as well. I hope you can find some soon!

  • Sarah02/07/2016 - 10:42 am

    Did you really mean 3/4 cup of lemon juice from 1 lemon? I’ve never been able to get more than 4 tablespoons out of 1 lemon.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah02/07/2016 - 11:15 am

    Ugh. I just realized I had this doubled in my recipe app. But it didn’t double the amount of lemons. Duh!

    But still, I’m very impressed with your lemon juicing skills! I never get that much out of mine!ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/07/2016 - 3:18 pm

      They get super juicy if you leave them out at room temperature for a few hours!!

vegan vanilla rooibos tea latte with warm spices - The First Messpin it!
Happy weekend! I’ve got a warm, lightly spiced, caffeine-free mug of coziness to set the tone. We kinda went wild with some minor house repairs, painting, installs, and a top-to-bottom clean last weekend, so we’re taking it eeeeaaaaasy for this one. We’re hopping over to ‘Merica for an afternoon to pick up a few things–mostly vegan mayo, my fave Trader Joe’s serrano salsa, and other junky-but-not-totally-junky kinda foods. But also to source some decent, natural sunscreen for our Hawaii trip because I always have problems with that on our side of the border (go figure). Do any of you have a go-to brand? Sunday is gonna be spent snacking and watching a certain sporting event. I’m planning on making some epic vegan pizza with tons of olives, hot peppers, and pine nut parmesan, hummus and veggies, and maaaaaybe some of that buffalo-sauced cauliflower that everyone keeps going on about. Go team! ;) xo View full post »

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  • Summer06/02/2016 - 10:29 am

    This looks simple and nice ♥


  • Jessica06/02/2016 - 10:32 am

    Re: sunscreen, I love Supergoop!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:49 pm

      The name alone is just outstanding ;)

      • KayN07/02/2016 - 2:26 pm

        I was going to make the same recommendation! Supergoop Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 is my daily facial sunblock and it’s fabulous (goes on sheer even on a dark complexion, no smell, not sticky, no breakouts) and they also make a more waterproof body formula!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel06/02/2016 - 11:29 am

    I second supergoop. The mineral/sensitive skin formulation is what I use. I bought mine online though; I haven’t seen it in stores.

    I just wanted to give you a shoutout, Laura! I’m not vegan, but your blog is helping me (and my man, by proxy) eat a more plan based diet and I’m loving it! I especially love your most accessible, weeknight-type meals. And your peanut buttery/green smoothie has been on repeat. Cheers!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Rachel! So glad that you’re enjoying the recipes and that they’re helping you guys eat more plant-based. The weeknight meals are my favourite, too :)

  • Meghan06/02/2016 - 11:37 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! Id recommend Arbonne sunscreen! I love mine! It’s vegan and uses zinc instead of a ton of parables and rubs in better than any sunscreen I’ve ever had. It’s not sold in stores, their website is (Everything from Arbonne is vegan and cruelty free!)ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:40 pm

      I know so many people that love Arbonne products! Thanks Meghan ;)

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well06/02/2016 - 12:03 pm

    Ah love those interviews Laura! “I need a teenager to hang out with me and show me the ropes” on snapchat cracked me up (**laughing crying emoji**) I feel the same way. And HAWAII. So so stoked for you girl! You deserve some R&R. Have a chill weekend and enjoy your snacks this Sunday! xoReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well06/02/2016 - 12:04 pm

    Ps. Sunscreen : Alba all the way – the tropical Hawaiin one ;)ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:41 pm

      Thanks lady. Hope you have a great weekend too! ;) ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Julie06/02/2016 - 12:52 pm

    What do you use the water for? Did I misread?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cormier06/02/2016 - 2:05 pm

    I checked out Rick Bayless’ videos and my husband has been watching them all morning. I think he’s gearing up to do a family taco Sunday lunch soon.ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:44 pm

      Hope the Rick Bayless binge-watching results in some good eats for you! You really can’t go wrong with his recipes :)

  • Heather06/02/2016 - 2:57 pm

    I can’t wait to try this tea. I also am loving your “happy hour” posts. Thank you so much. Your pictures alone make me smile☕️ReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon06/02/2016 - 3:41 pm

    mmm I love me a good tea latte. made this first thing this morning. thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:45 pm

      They are my favourite thing right now. Pretty flattered that you made it :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Liberty | Homespun Capers06/02/2016 - 5:39 pm

    Hey Laura!
    Vanilla rooibos is one of my favourite teas but I’ve never thought you have it as a latte. Thank you, gonna try this soon!

    Also – love your list posts, always lots of good reads
    Xx LibertyReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Liberty! Glad that you’re into the link posts too :D

  • lynn @ the actor's diet07/02/2016 - 1:37 am

    Rooibos is one of those words I’m embarrassed to say out loud because I never pronounce it right. But I do love it so!ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens07/02/2016 - 11:45 am

    Laura! This tea latte sounds so lush! That everything in moderation article is so interesting, it definitely pokes a hole in my cookie loving mentality, haha. Happy Sunday! <3ReplyCancel

  • Bella08/02/2016 - 2:52 am

    I am a diehard devotee of Avasol sunblock. Make sure you get the vegan version though (sans emu oil). Completely natural and biodegradable (won’t kill the reef!). I live in Hawaii, spend hours surfing, and this is the best stuff I’ve found. Have a wonderful time!ReplyCancel

  • Fabienne09/02/2016 - 5:03 pm

    Love your mouthwatering recipes!♡ How can one person be so talented? I really like the way how you take your photos and how you write I can spend hours reading your blog. Thanks for the great inspiration (:
    Love F&MReplyCancel

  • Maria11/02/2016 - 8:49 am

    I discover your blog now, and I love it ;)
    your logo is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn11/02/2016 - 9:06 am

    I’m loving these posts!!! so many interesting links!!! thank you for all you do and create!!1ReplyCancel

  • […] house smell incredible and it tastes amazing paired with warm turmeric milk or even a home-made tea latte! If you want to be extra wild you could probably dunk this bad boy in your coffee, which I plan on […]ReplyCancel

  • Kate19/02/2016 - 8:11 am

    I wish it was afternoon already so I could make one of these lovely drinks. I too love the Rick Bayless Youtube channel!! Thanks for the great recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Rae16/04/2016 - 2:30 pm

    I am so excited to create this! I’m wondering what a good caffeine tea replacement would be for those mornings that I need a pick-me-up?ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 7:54 am

      Hi Rae, I think lots of different options would be great here: a malty black tea like Assam or a milky oolong would be my two first choices.

      • Rae27/04/2016 - 12:49 pm

        Thanks so much! I ended up using Assam and it was delicious!ReplyCancel

  • […] all about quality ingredients for the rest on this recipe gotten off Laura Wright’s The First Mess blog. I was lucky enough to have a recent trip to Abu Dhabi where I bought incredible cinnamon, coconut […]ReplyCancel

roasted king oyster mushroom tacos w/ cacao chipotle sauce - The First Messpin it!roasted king oyster mushroom tacos w/ cacao chipotle sauce - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • eleanor03/02/2016 - 5:04 am

    I absolutely get what you mean about not trying to make plants taste/have the texture of meat, it weirds me out a lot too. even if I know it’s a plant, it still kind of makes me uncomfortable. also these look delicious, ahh! always look forward to your posts :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

      Yes! It’s so weird. I still can’t handle seitan because of this. It’s toooo similar :/

  • Tori03/02/2016 - 6:19 am

    These look delicious! mushrooms and radishes are some of my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Christine03/02/2016 - 8:52 am

    I am pretty stoked about the fact that I have every ingredient listed here except oyster mushrooms, and I can quickly pick those up. I’m craving tacos lately and these look delicious! Also aren’t those convos that stick with you so good? If I were a “hang quotes on your wall” kind of person, those would be the ones to make it up. I hope it’s all sorting out for you Laura! :) ps I found blood oranges and double-checked just in case, and I can’t wait to finally make that lassi you posted!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:31 pm

      Thanks Christine! Happy you found some blood oranges, too (and that they weren’t grapefruits) ;)

  • Katrina03/02/2016 - 9:15 am

    That sauce sounds like a total dream!! Love these tacos!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica DeMarra03/02/2016 - 9:49 am

    I have to admit, I love this recipe spree you are on- a bit selfish of me since I know how much work goes into it but I can’t help feeling excited when I see your posts in my inbox. Not just for the recipes, but for the writing as well.

    Tacos are boss- despite my man telling that they are just sandwiches that are harder to eat, we have them regularly. Again, selfish because I love them so and more than willing to eat any with chipotle in it.

    Thanks for the reminder and permission to turn off the noise. Clarity can come from silence.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:33 pm

      Ahaha my man makes the same tacos = sandwiches argument all the time, but we still eat them a lot too. Glad you’re enjoying the posts :)

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan03/02/2016 - 10:34 am

    I’ve been struggling with this a bit too! I have some major changes coming my blog soon and I’m all over here like WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING while eating all the cookies and leftover cake. Your words and inspirational bad ass photo skillz are giving me that push I need today to just keep going, so props to you my lady! Also, I don’t love mushroom, but king oysters are the only ones I really tolerate!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:41 pm

      Lol you’re the only vegan I know that doesn’t like mushrooms and kale! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up with your site, Abby :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Ashley03/02/2016 - 10:55 am

    Hang in there, lady! I feel like if you weren’t asking yourself these questions, you would lack the feeling of being challenged. And I know you’re not one to sit back + take the easy way. A little bit of unknown in the day-to-day keeps us from becoming complacent. And you’re basically KILLING IT. And also, those chubby mushrooms. Major hearts. Okay…1 more thing. My therapist used to have me play out the “what ifs” out loud or on paper. So basically say/list all of the things that would result if XYZ actually happened. I cannot tell you how much that helped. Mostly, I was snowballing everything in my head and letting anxiety take over. But I realized if the “what ifs” actually played out, it was nothing I couldn’t handle. xoReplyCancel

  • McKenzie03/02/2016 - 11:42 am

    What about melting some bittersweet chocolate in there instead of powder? Making these immediately! You are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/02/2016 - 12:44 pm

      Hey McKenzie!
      I think a square of bittersweet/super dark chocolate would be excellent. I only tested with the cacao/cocoa powder because I figured most people would have it in their pantry. Let me know if you try it!

  • Keara McGraw03/02/2016 - 12:12 pm

    Man oh man do I feel you on the spiraling thought patterns! It’s hard to pull yourself out of, especially when working for yourself––you “control” so many parts of your business ventures/day-to-day life. Cooking has always been a way for me to relinquish some of that control and ask some of those same questions. Do I love this? Am I connected to this? Is this where I find passion and fulfillment? The answer is always yes, but it takes stepping back to see the *why* and move forward with that in mind. Much love, Laura! Aaaaand these tacos look bomb AF. Your photos are stunning, such a mid-week treat to pour through. I can’t wait to make these, and slow down just a bit :-)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:51 pm

      I think creative people of all stripes get into the spiral of doom from time to time. It’s good to be self-reflective and believe that you can aim higher for yourself by controlling/optimizing every aspect, but it’s crazy-making too. Chilling out vis a vis cooking is probably one of the better ways to cope :)

  • Lauren03/02/2016 - 12:21 pm

    I love this post and the recipe looks delicious! Looking forward to combining chipotle and cacao.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson03/02/2016 - 12:41 pm

    I love the focusing on “why” over “what”. What seems to invite anxiety, where why paves the way for clarity. I also love the look of these tacos. I’m definitely trying out the chipotle cacao sauce.ReplyCancel

  • tieghan03/02/2016 - 1:38 pm

    Ahh, you last week is me this week. I just cannot seem to get my shit together…so many what if’s and second guessing happening in my head right now it’s horrible. I think I need you as my life coach or something. UGH. I have got to snap out of it!!

    Anyway, these tacos are KILLER. LOVE that chipotle sauce! :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:53 pm

      I hope you get some time to just relax and reassure yourself, Tieghan! I know that you work so hard, so you definitely deserve some reflective time to sort it all out :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full03/02/2016 - 1:54 pm

    What a powerful message, and one I needed to hear in the face of some career-changing decisions of my own. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:56 pm

      Hey, glad the timing worked out for both of us ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)03/02/2016 - 3:34 pm

    literally on the same brain train (i deleted all the apps on my phone too). i also legitimately tested recipes while drinking tea and listening to podcasts yesterday. i particularly like the lena dunham podcast rn. can’t wait to make these tacos! so bomb. king oyster mushrooms are freaky meaty and it’s so fiercely delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:56 pm

      Riiiiiding that same wave length! ;) ;) ;)
      xx LReplyCancel

  • Sherrie03/02/2016 - 3:56 pm

    I woke up and read this post, and then immediately deleted all {three!!!} of my Facebook applications from my phone. Thank you for inspiring me to do that, I instantaneously felt a sense of relief. A lightness. Less clutter up there. I admire your work, and commitment to be the very best version of yourself Laura. I trust the universe has your back. All my love always, xx!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:58 pm

      Yes! Relief is release and I’m all smiles to help with that, in whatever tiny way. Love and hugs to you, miss.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens03/02/2016 - 5:27 pm

    This was such a great reminder to “tune in” with myself. I try to put my faith in the universe and try not to overthink the “signs”, but sometimes it is really hard. So, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Terry davidson04/02/2016 - 2:54 pm

    I made these tacos last night. They were delicious! Loved the sauce ….found it more than sweet enough with the dates.


  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well04/02/2016 - 9:23 pm

    I’m so thankful for your honesty here, Laura. Working for yourself, especially in this business, is a tough balance at times and one I’m struggling to figure out as well. It looks as if glancing through these comments there are quite a few of us all feeling the same! We need a virtual blogger support group to vent/speak wisdom into or something. Now going onto my phone to delete some apps ;) thank you for the little push I (and so many others) needed to clear our headspace! And these tacos?! Swoon. I’ve never had this type of mushroom but now need to go hunting for some! xoReplyCancel

  • Tuulia05/02/2016 - 3:48 am

    Yes, yes, yes for more space in life and for clarity. Sometimes it’s so hard to focus on your own thing when there’s so much noise + pressure from social media..but I keep telling to myself this same mantra over and over again: “Do less with more focus”. Trusting your intuition and doing your own thing always pays out in the end, so keep it up Laura, you’re full of magic! And the tacos, yum. xxReplyCancel

  • lynn @ the actor's diet05/02/2016 - 3:51 am

    I had my first King Oyster Mushroom today in a vegan bowl of ramen – man they’re meaty! And mighty!ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut05/02/2016 - 10:41 am

    That’s so interesting. It’s so important for us all to understand the things that are holding us back, we live in a techno fuzz don’t we, it’s so draining, and our inner voice is all we should be listening to and developing. Go for it! xxReplyCancel

  • […] Dying to try these roasted king oyster mushroom tacos. […]ReplyCancel

  • Neha22/09/2016 - 9:32 am

    The most yummy dish I ever had. Thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

Vegan coconut blood orange lassi with cardamom - The First Messpin it!
Another week, another tasty sip, and another list of things I read/enjoyed/thought about. I think I’m finally starting to dip into some January blahs. The appeal of cozying has dulled a touch and I kinda just want to go outside and play in the dirt a bit. This creeping feeling could possibly explain why I spontaneously jumped on a Winter seat sale for Hawaii flights last week while casually browsing my Facebook newsfeed. We’re going to Oahu for the end of February for about 10 days. I haven’t had a proper vacation in a while, so this is pretty major for me. If you’ve got ’em, tell me your hot tips for food, hikes/nature-y things, general stuff to do, and any leads on totally excellent Mai Tais in the comments! Hugs. View full post »

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  • Christine30/01/2016 - 9:51 am

    This sounds delicious and reminds me that I haven’t bought blood oranges yet this year. I don’t think I’ve even seen them yet but hopefully soon! I’m obsessed with cardamom and I can’t wait to try this with the pear. Excellent links by the way – as soon as I read “energy vampire” in the show notes, I had a feeling the psychic podcast would be right up my alley especially considering some of the clients I’ve had lately at work – yikes. And the crystal chart, mast bros article … so much to read and think about. Have a super weekend Laura! xo (ps – yay Hawaii!!! so awesome)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:13 pm

      I feel like blood oranges have juuuust started appearing in the stores around here. Last time I went to pick some up, the signage said “Blood Oranges,” but they were definitely grapefruits when I got them home (good thing I like grapefruit). I triple checked this time :D Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Sarah | Well and Full30/01/2016 - 10:16 am

    Ahh I’m so excited for you that you’re going to Hawaii!! It’s on my bucket list and I’m dying to get there one day. Having a real vacation will be really nice I’m sure. And I hear you on the January blahs… all of a sudden I’ve been overwhelmed with this urge to be outside and garden! I’m so excited for spring :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:15 pm

      I think we’re all past that “resolutions, starting over, yayayaya!” part of the year and now Spring is just waaaaay too far away. More time for cooking I guess ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Heidi30/01/2016 - 11:15 am

    Love the list of things you’ve read/enjoyed/thought about! Thanks for sharing! I love cardamom, but I tend to just use it on my coffee or oatmeal, so off to the store I go for some pears….☺ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:16 pm

      I’ve never tried cardamom in my coffee and I’m definitely going to remedy that tomorrow morning :D

  • Nina30/01/2016 - 3:55 pm

    Love the idea of cardamom and Blood Orange in a Lassi! – A perfect winter drink. I so much enjoyed the eclectic mix of links,and especially the story on female friendships! And wauw, thanks for including my blog in this post! I feel so honored, Laura, your blog is so inspiring, both phtography writing and the food style! Have a lovely weekend and greetings from the Netherlands :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:19 pm

      I think the female friendship article was my favourite this week. I appreciate your work so much, Nina, so I’m happy to share it with (hopefully) some new readers. Have a nice weekend!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Michelle Morrison30/01/2016 - 7:52 pm

    Ah, Hawaii. I went on vacation there thirty years ago and never went back. Food: check out the Farmers Market Saturday mornings at Kapiolani College.. Lots of prepared food to eat there. For more traditional farmers market, Windward Mall Wednesday afternoon. My two favorite restaurants: “The Monkey Pod” on the west side across the street from the Disney resort ( which also has the best Mai tai on Oahu and a great happy hour) and “Town” in Kaimuki…. Both farm to table type restaurants. “Down to Earth” which has three locations on Oahu is a vegetarian grocery store with a great salad bar and hot table. Hikes: don’t miss the Diamond Head hike, which should be done early morning or it gets too hot. I also like the Aiea Loop trail, Maunawili Falls, Waimea Falls (easy) and Manoa Falls which all end with guess what? A waterfall, of course! Caution: don’t swim in these falls with open cuts or wounds. Google “Leptospirosis” to find out why. Touristy stuff: Glider rides on the North Shore…ask for Mr. Bill. Polynesian Cultural Center…the “actors” are real Polynesians attending BYU. Pearl Harbor, it’s FREE but Check their website for some VERY IMPORTANT info before you go….and THE BEACHES!!!! North shore can be pretty knarly this time of year with the big waves, sometimes so big swimming is off limits. I love Kailua Beach on the Windward side…more of a morning beach as clouds/wind move in late afternoon, and of course Waikiki is good all the time…gentle. Lastly/sadly, don’t leave any valuables in your car. Back in the 1700’s when Captain Cook first came to the islands some natives stole his boat and it all ended very badly. Unfortunately, some of that stuff still continues to this day, so be forewarned and be careful. Other than that, HAVE A WONDERFUL VACATION and welcome to my island!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:01 pm

      Hey Michelle! How amazing that you found your true home on vacation. Thanks so much for sending all of these fantastic recommendations and tips. I’ve bookmarked what I can and made a note of everything else.
      Much, much appreciated :)

  • Shilpa31/01/2016 - 10:39 am

    Absolutely love these links! Just discovered Nourish Atelier too! Love her feed. Am totally making this beauty drink this morning on this rainy(!?) last day in January.ReplyCancel

  • […] Currently obsessed with all things blood orange, and looking forward to trying this coconut blood orange lassi with cardamom. […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae31/01/2016 - 4:22 pm

    Went to the store to get blood oranges this morning and THEY WERE OUT. May have let out an audible YOU HAVE GOT TO BE #%@&ing KIDDING ME!!!!!?!?! Needless to say, Thom didn’t get the lassi I promised. :-//////ReplyCancel

  • O wow, I’d love to go there. Enjoy and share your tips later :)ReplyCancel

  • Allyson31/01/2016 - 7:25 pm

    No tips on Hawaii here, just wanted to say thanks for all the great links. I was having a rough day, but it’s brighter after spending a little time here. And that blood orange lassi looks amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:02 pm

      Happy to add a little brightness when I can :)

  • Robin | CaliGirl Cooking31/01/2016 - 9:31 pm

    You MUST go to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for THE classic Mai Tai! Beautiful view too. Whereabouts will you be staying? I lived on Oahu for three years and have so many recommendations of things to do/places to go/places to eat depending on what you’re looking for. Feel free to drop me a line!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:07 pm

      We’re staying right by The Royal Hawaiian (for half the trip) and I’ve read that their mai tais are aces! We’re staying in a little studio in Haleiwa for the other half. I’ve read that the beaches/waves are pretty intense there this time of year, so we’ll see ;)

  • mary-clay | the open oven31/01/2016 - 11:53 pm

    whoa, hawaii! have the most fun. this lassi looks lovely – I’m obsessed with the blood orange.ReplyCancel

  • danielle // rooting the sun31/01/2016 - 11:57 pm

    laura, a note to say that this lassi is banging. i’ve successfully been thinking about it all weekend & you bet as soon as i have blood oranges in check around here i will pounce them for the chance to get this going in my morning life. flavors so smart lady. ♥ ps yes to hawaiiReplyCancel

  • Monica @ Wok Like Me01/02/2016 - 2:19 am

    Holy moly. Blood orange anything is my shiiiii. Had a blood orange saison while visiting the US last year. Perfect. Can’t wait to round up some winter citrus here in Beijing and give this a try!ReplyCancel

  • Christine01/02/2016 - 5:35 pm

    The combination of coconut, cardamom, and blood oranges sounds brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine01/02/2016 - 10:23 pm

    Hi there, I always enjoy reading your posts and this time I saw that you were going to Oahu. I’m from there, though recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, and thought you would appreciate some tips :)
    Coffee & Food:1) Morning Glass Coffee and Cafe (Manoa) 2) The Curb Kaimuki
    Food: 1) Pig and the Lady (Chinatown) 2) The Tavern (Chinatown) 3) Beetbox Cafe (Haleiwa) 4) ‘Ai Love Nalo (Waimanalo) 5) La Cocina (Kakaako) 6) Town Kaimuki (Kaimuki)
    Drinks: 1) Bevy (Kakaako) 2) Pint and Jigger (King St)
    Treats: 1) Waiola Shave Ice (Kapahulu St) 2) Banan Food Truck (Diamond Head) 3) Otto Cheesecakes (Kaimuki) 4) Via Gelato (Kaimuki) 5) Manoa Chocolate Co.
    Places: 1)Paiko (plants and HI made goods), 2) Owens and Co. (Chinatown)
    Best Beaches: Avoid Waikiki unless you really want to see it (if you go, eat at Bills Waikiki and sit upstairs) 1) most beaches on North Shore 2)Kailua or Lanikai beach but will be crowded (if in Lanikai do the pillboxes hike or kayak to the Mokes Islands off the shore)
    Hikes: Diamond Head has a great view but very busy and hot, rather an urban hike. Otherwise 1) Wiliwilinui 2) Kokohead and/or Kokohead Crater 3) Koliouou 4) hawaii Loa Ridge 5) Maunawili falls (Hike #1, 3 & 4: you’ll hit a guard station but if you tell them you’re there for the hike theyll let you in with a pass).
    I could go on but I hope that helps, have a lovely time on Oahu!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:10 pm

      Thanks for all of these amazing and thoughtful recommendations, Jasmine! Incredibly helpful. Making a note of all of these! :D

  • Grace06/02/2016 - 4:53 pm

    I have been LOVING the psychic teachers podcast. I listened to it on my 5 hour drive yesterday. Such great stuff. Thanks for sharing. I’m loving these link posts.ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:48 pm

      Isn’t it incredible? It’s part of my evening wind-down ritual now. Glad you’re into the link posts! :)

  • oh hey, I live on Oahu. I’ve hosted The Vegan Lisa before and would love to meet up, and can help you with seeking out awesome veg-friendly options around town :)

    Looks like a lot of other folks also shared some insight, so let me know if you need some more!

    aloha, Andrea BReplyCancel

  • hannah-phoebe11/02/2016 - 4:09 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to Psychic Teachers!ReplyCancel

scallion, miso + peanut patties from "My Darling Lemon Thyme" - The First Messpin it!"My Darling Lemon Thyme" by Emma Gallowaypin it!View full post »

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  • Natalia27/01/2016 - 4:19 am

    This recipe sounds beautiful. I also bought the book and love it so much! <3ReplyCancel

    • Laura27/01/2016 - 1:13 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying the book as well!

  • LISA27/01/2016 - 4:55 am

    Waahh, I love Emma’s way to cook, and yours – of course I do. And patties are kinda special to me. A must try, especially because the peanuts. A little vibrant twist on common patties. xx-LisaReplyCancel

    • Laura27/01/2016 - 1:14 pm

      I don’t eat peanut-y things often (outside of peanut butter), so this recipe was really refreshing to me. Thanks Lisa!

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn27/01/2016 - 5:00 am

    My gosh do I sink into those moments too from time to time. Obviously I need to get my hands on Emma’s book (because I love her even if I haven’t met her – lucky you, Laura! This is all perfect. I glorious collision of both of your creativity and expression.

    All my love to you, beaut! /ElenoreReplyCancel

  • Anja27/01/2016 - 6:14 am

    omg I NEED to make these for next week! perfect for procrastricooking- I’ll just say it’s meal prep ;) great now I’m here sitting in the library trying to NOT think about peanuts and rice. I love your blog! I’ve made quite a few of your recipes over the past few weeks and they’re all so simple and delicious! xxReplyCancel

    • Laura27/01/2016 - 1:17 pm

      This is so great to hear Anja! If you get around to some procrasti-cooking, I think you’ll like this one quite a bit ;)

  • This sounds fantastic – I love the recipe and little patties like this would be great for a starter or a bit smaller and made into a canape with a dipping sauce.

    Love the photography on these.ReplyCancel

    • Laura27/01/2016 - 1:18 pm

      Thanks Angela! I was thinking they’d be adorable as a little appetizer as well, with a little creamy drizzle of some kind of sauce on top–I almost photographed them that way! ;)

  • Sarah | Well and Full27/01/2016 - 9:21 am

    I’ve been reading about this “activated” stuff online too! What the heck does it mean? Just give me some good, REAL food, you know? Stuff like this :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura27/01/2016 - 1:23 pm

      I think it’s generally just a fancy term for “sprouted.” But yeah, a bigger focus on real food is definitely healthier for me :)

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan27/01/2016 - 9:58 am

    Oh gosh, I need this cookbook! I’ve always admired her recipes, but this one is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley27/01/2016 - 10:13 am

    I love your guts so dang much! ….”Then I start thinking about Doritos.” GAH. — I am beyond excited about Emma’s cookbook. I received it right before we moved but have yet to really dive in. Cannot WAIT! Heart you.ReplyCancel

    • Laura27/01/2016 - 1:24 pm

      You will looooove it, girl! Big hugs :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha27/01/2016 - 12:00 pm

    I love her book, but I hadn’t the time to try some recipes yet and honestly I can’t remember to have seen this recipe! What I was about to lose?? :OReplyCancel

  • Allyson27/01/2016 - 12:51 pm

    Emma’s book sounds fabulous and nourishing, both emotionally and physically. These patties look like delicious little flavor bombs.ReplyCancel

  • I love this book and I tried most of the recipes. It just works for me. I’ve never met Emma, but even though I like her through her book.ReplyCancel

  • Jo27/01/2016 - 9:53 pm

    I just made these for dinner and they were so good! Next time I’ll play along more of an Asian flavour profile though, adding some ginger and maybe a little Chinese 5 spice and dipping in a teriyaki sauceReplyCancel

    • Laura28/01/2016 - 8:56 am

      So glad you made them and liked them, Jo! 5 spice sounds like a great idea with these! :)

  • Sophie28/01/2016 - 3:06 am

    I love the sounds of these patties (and the word for that matter). You two ladies making me hungry as ushe!ReplyCancel

    • Laura28/01/2016 - 8:55 am

      Patties is one of the more fun food words for sure. HEH.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens28/01/2016 - 10:22 am

    You perfectly summed up everything that is wonderful about MDLT! These patties sound so lovely and I wish I had some for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw28/01/2016 - 7:30 pm

    Peanuts and scallions are absolutely meant to be. What a stunning book, I’ll most definitely have to pick up a copy! Such a great reminder that good food can and should be pretty dang easy. Can’t wait to make these!ReplyCancel

  • Caprice28/01/2016 - 11:02 pm

    You mean I’m not the only one who gets into weird spirals after reading about the optimal state of ingredients and the corresponding lack of perfection in my own pantry?!? Thank goodness! THANK YOU for your honesty in that, Laura. Helps to see we’re not alone in those silly/serious/messy/neurotic moments of being human :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:02 pm

      Here to offer encouragement via Doritos any time! ;)

  • Cindy29/01/2016 - 12:54 pm

    I bought Emma’s book on a pre-order I was so anxious to have it last year! Totally agree with you on all points. She has some really beautiful photography and very inspired recipes! Lucky you that you got to meet and chat with her. :-) Keep up YOUR great work too!! PS…I can totally relate on the whole Dorito’s binging. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy29/01/2016 - 1:03 pm

    I also meant to say….a million years ago when I was first married to my vegihusband, I found a recipe for a brown rice patty that used whole wheat flour to bind it. had sesame seeds, and very little else in them. You kneaded them to get the gluten going. You browned them low and slow and they took on this chewy, virtually indestructible form that he would take in his lunches. I kept large batches of them in our fridge back then. He was NOT a good vege and finding things he would eat was a challenge for my novice cooking skills. Over the years that recipe went by the wayside and THIS….is pretty close but with actual flavor and probably less indestructible, therefore …tasty. LOL. Never have been able to locate that original recipe even with determined hunting. Probably just as well…
    Hugs to ya!

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 3:49 pm

      I love the term “vegihusband” haha. These patties might be similar–they’re definitely not indestructible though. The peanuts make them a bit more delicate. Hope you’re having a great weekend :)

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well30/01/2016 - 11:08 am

    I am so head over heels for Emma’s blog, you described her essence so perfectly here – and I NEED her cookbook. Oh my goodness. So in love with every recipe you mentioned above, and then these patties?! Peanuts?! Miso?! HEAVEN. Thanks for sharing and further confirming I need to move her book from “wishlist” to “cart” on my Amazon ;). Happy weekend Laura! xoReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:00 pm

      So many great things that you would love in Emma’s book, seriously! xoReplyCancel

  • Erin30/01/2016 - 7:23 pm

    No peanuts, need to eat this tonight! Will almonds work? Anyone try that yet?


    • Laura30/01/2016 - 7:25 pm

      I think almonds, cashews or sunflower seeds would all work!

  • Emma Galloway01/02/2016 - 5:18 am

    It’s not often that you read something that another person has written about you and your work which is as life-confirming as this. Thank you for ‘getting me’. Much love xx EmmReplyCancel

  • Pat28/02/2016 - 4:44 pm

    Delish! I just baked them for 20mins and they were so yummy and crispy! I used cashews, peanuts, sesame seeds and added grated carrots. Didn’t have quinoa flakes so used oats and worked out great. I’m gonna check out this cookbook! Thx!ReplyCancel