The double double earl grey latte (aka the best earl grey latte ever) - The First Messpin it!
I know that elixirs with all kinds of weird and wonderful powders are very much the movement du jour (and I love them!), but you can’t deny that one of the OG non-coffee cozy drinks is the earl grey latte. I find the quality of this drink varies significantly from place to place, especially when non-dairy milk is in the mix. I have a simple and streamlined version in my book that I love, but I can never help tinkering a bit. I like heavy vanilla warmth in my earl grey lattes, and detectable bergamot is also key. I doubled up both components in this version and it’s pretty much perfect for my taste. We’ve had so much rain lately, and one of these with a sweet bite in the afternoon is just the thing to make the best of it. View full post »

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  • Rosie22/04/2017 - 3:30 am

    How great was Renee’s post? I also really appreciated her self-care tips. This tea looks lovely, and I think makes number 44 on the list…ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout22/04/2017 - 11:19 am

    I remember my first “london fog” so clearly! I was in high school and it was a rainy spring day. I went to this trendy cafe with my friends after school and we all ordered this new, interesting sounding drink. I was hooked forever after! Love all your links and sense of humour as always xoReplyCancel

  • Melissa22/04/2017 - 1:34 pm

    Love your articles :) Just a heads up that you have a typo — ’43 Sell-Care’ instead of ’43 Self-Care’.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny22/04/2017 - 5:42 pm

    Hey, this looks delicious! I was wondering where you get your loose leaf earl grey.ReplyCancel

  • Lee | LifeNaturalee24/04/2017 - 7:04 am

    I don’t know why but I love to look at other people’s fridges (as I do to look at other people’s grocery carts…) So I loved to check on that article :) Boy, does your fridge looks like heaven!ReplyCancel

  • callie24/04/2017 - 4:24 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I had fabulous success with yet another one of your recipes this weekend. The Banana Scones from your cookbook are heavenly. Thank you :)

    I am wondering what cookies you have pictured with your tea?

    CallieReplyCancel

    • Laura24/04/2017 - 8:21 pm

      Hi Callie!

      So happy that you enjoyed the banana bread scones from the book :)

      These cookies are the chocolate chunk cookies from Jessica Murnane’s “One Part Plant” cookbook. It’s my favourite cookie recipe of all time–plus the rest of the book is pretty great.

      -LReplyCancel

  • Caras Kitchen26/04/2017 - 12:42 am

    So many great links- I cant wait to read Renee’s. Also earl grey is my fav tea by far. I am not sure if you drink alcohol but it is damn good with a nice vodka and a little simple syrup for a delicious cocktail. xoReplyCancel

  • Maria26/04/2017 - 5:24 pm

    YUM!! Love the extra hint of bergamot:) Earl Grey Lattes are such a perfect afternoon tea treat. They are my absolute favorite. I’ll be making them for a mother’s day tea coming up at our houseReplyCancel

  • Robin26/04/2017 - 5:29 pm

    Have you tried Abokichi’s Chili Okazu (https://www.abokichi.com/products/okazu-japanese-miso-chili-oil-condiment). It’s made in Toronto – they have a storefront on Dupont near Spadina – and so very addictive. It’s not super spicy, so you can eat it by the spoonful with just about any rice bowl. I thought of it when I saw the chili pastes link, and I don’t see it in your fridge :). Now I’m off to find Wildfire’s salsa …ReplyCancel

Roasted Potato Salad with French Lentils & Spring Vegetables - The First Messpin it!

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  • Ron19/04/2017 - 4:29 am

    This looks wonderful. Great idea to use fresh ramps. We’ve got a backyard full of them. We’ve made a similar warm potato salad using arugula so why not ramps. Thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek19/04/2017 - 7:08 am

    This salad screams spring to me, so I’m extremely excited to try it! I’m dying to get my hands on some ramps, but nothing yet. I’m hoping I can find some before the month is over and they disappear…Also thanks for the GRAIN rec–I’ll have to give them a try. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Pia19/04/2017 - 7:47 am

    Wow. This salad looks gorgeous, Laura, and I feel as though you’ve really outdone yourself with these photographs. I mean, don’t get me wrong, your images are always on point, but the lighting in these/ the way in which you captured that beautiful sunlight kind of takes things to a whole new level -I’m seriously swooning over here *insert heart-eyed emoji*ReplyCancel

  • Ally19/04/2017 - 8:59 am

    This looks delicious, but I don’t like asparagus. What would you suggest to substitute?ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/04/2017 - 11:04 am

      Hi Ally,
      You could do green beans, bell pepper strips, or even little stick-like cuts of zucchini in place of the asparagus.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Karen19/04/2017 - 9:19 am

    Hey Laura,

    Just wanted to pop in to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your curried tempeh patties lately…they are so flavorful and simple and foolproof (reliably adhering into patties) and incredibly versatile. I’ve been freezing a batch weekly for quick lunches and afternoon snacks. My new favorite ‘burger’ of the season!

    Best,
    KarenReplyCancel

  • christine19/04/2017 - 9:39 am

    This is one super pretty potato salad! I’m so impressed by your foraging skills. I always shy away from bringing anything home with me in fear that it’s not what I think it is! I was actually thinking I’d sign up for a foraging walk/workshop with an herbalist I know to help me learn enough to feel comfortable. I’ve seen ramps at the market before, but never (knowingly, at least) during hikes around here. Maybe someday :)ReplyCancel

  • Valentina | The Blue Bride19/04/2017 - 11:12 am

    This salad looks so gorgeous! I think I’ve never tried ramps, but I’ll totally look for them asap ^_^ReplyCancel

  • michelle19/04/2017 - 11:56 am

    OMG RAMPS. But seriously, what a beautiful salad. I feel like some green garlic once its in the market could also be a delicious stand in. So excited for spring and welcoming each new vegetable.ReplyCancel

  • Marta | Naturalmente buono19/04/2017 - 12:48 pm

    Looks like it’s kinda of potato salad season! Just posted a new potato salad on my blog which, like yours, has za’atar and dill in it. Amazing! Also, made the same consideration about salt: I found myself adding lotsa salt in mine and wondering if it was just me. So glad I’m apparently not a salt monster.
    Anyway, I love roasted potatoes, especially if paired with asparagus and a mustard dressing like yours. Totally going to try this salad this weekend, with green onions instead of ramps since I’m not able to find them here.
    Always thanks for inspiration, xo MartaReplyCancel

  • Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper19/04/2017 - 2:17 pm

    Beautiful photos, as always! I’m loving the packaging Grain uses…so simple and elegant. This recipe sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith | Earth & Oven19/04/2017 - 7:36 pm

    This healthy spring recipe + the way it was captured makes my heart happy! That photo with the light streaks omggggg. Lol.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer19/04/2017 - 9:10 pm

    This looks delicious, but I do not like mustard. Do you have a suggestion for a replacement in the dressing? I bump up against this in a lot of yummy looking recipes.ReplyCancel

    • Laura20/04/2017 - 8:15 am

      Hi Jennifer,
      The mustard is there for flavour, but also as an emulsifier for the dressing. With that in mind, you could replace it with 1-2 teaspoons of regular/vegan mayonnaise if you wish. I’ve also heard of people using potato starch as a thickener for vinaigrettes/dressings. The flavour will be totally different though. If you’re indifferent to the texture of the dressing, you could replace the mustard with the same amount of prepared horseradish, minced capers, minced garlic, or anything else that is slightly sharp in flavour.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Debra20/04/2017 - 10:02 am

    this looks so beautiful…… can’t wait to try it. aside from the gorgeous food, where oh where did you find that stunning copper measuring cup! swoon.ReplyCancel

    • Laura20/04/2017 - 10:18 am

      It was a random find at HomeSense! I haven’t seen them there since I picked them up a few months ago. I think brand on it was something like “Master Class Bake Shop” or something similar.
      -LReplyCancel

      • Debra21/04/2017 - 10:33 am

        great score! thanks for the reply Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder20/04/2017 - 7:59 pm

    I loved your vids from your ramping adventure on stories! It sounds so fun and such a neat way to welcome spring. I’m obsessed with the colors and textures in this dish Laura, and just want to dig my fork into the screen! Popping over to read your interview now (they are always my favorite :)) and hope you are having a super sweet week.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi21/04/2017 - 7:40 am

    You had me at potatoes. But then you had my heart when you spoke about foraging. Take only what you need – leave the forest as you found it – or better! There is an enormous amount of respect that should be paid in the woods, so happy you talked about that here. I’ve bookmarked that potato salad from your cookbook for summer picnics, I’m always sure to find a little inspiration here. Thank you, Laura! xReplyCancel

  • […] Denne opskrift på bagt kartoffelsalat er inspireret af bloggen "The First Mess". Jeg har brugt dressingen fra den oprindelige opskrift, men forenklet fremgangsmåden lidt og ændret noget på ingredienserne. Se den oprindelige opskrift her.  […]ReplyCancel

  • I love french lentils, they are sometimes hard to find here but when I do find them I get loads. Love this dish, it looks stunning and how sneaky to add some yukon in there too.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon23/04/2017 - 6:48 pm

    Baghh, couldn’t find ANY radishes! Not even the little red ones (and I live in Montréal, we’re basically neighbors as far as produce availability…right?). Any recommendations to sub in for the odd radish drought I’m suffering over here?ReplyCancel

  • Leo Sigh25/04/2017 - 9:00 am

    This looks so good. And I love lentils, so will definitely have to try this.

    Gorgeous photos too!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Duckett25/04/2017 - 9:02 pm

    I just made this tonight and it was delicious. I subbed broccoli and green beans for the asparagus as my 15 year old is not a huge asparagus lover. Roasted them just like the asparagus in the recipe. It was delicious. I loved the flavors and texture. Really really good. Thank you for always being a delicious source of healthy, whole food recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Tatyana Hanley26/04/2017 - 2:53 pm

    Hello, Laura — made the salad last night for dinner. I didn’t have watermelon radishes and used just regular red once and their greens. So delicious, there was one with no leftover for lunch! I’ve just ordered your book to get more delicious recipes and support your great work. Keep the recipes coming!ReplyCancel

    • Laura26/04/2017 - 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much Tatyana! I’ve never ate the greens from radishes before, but now you’ve inspired me to try it :) Hope you enjoy the book!
      With gratitude,
      LauraReplyCancel

  • Kelli01/05/2017 - 10:23 pm

    Made this. Loved it. Posted on Instagram and tagged you.ReplyCancel

  • […] 1. Roasted Potato Salad With French Lentils  2. Creamy Farrotto With Butternut Squash  3. Rustic Pasta With Cheesy Chickpea Crumble + Tomatoes  4. Bloody Mary Veggie Burgers  5. Maca Caramel Frap  6. Coconut Green Soup With Celery, Kale & Ginger  7. Superfood Brownie Bites  […]ReplyCancel

  • Ann Krukowski11/05/2017 - 4:54 pm

    Your roasted potatoe salad with lentils and spring vegetables is outstanding. Taking it with us to visit our family. It’s great warm but should be equally delicious cold. Thanks LauraReplyCancel

Charred Broccoli with Ginger Sesame Sauce from "Dishing Up the Dirt"pin it!Dishing Up the Dirt by Andrea Bemispin it!View full post »

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  • Lee12/04/2017 - 5:27 am

    What a fresh and welcome option for broccoli! (I have a serious addiction to everything “brassica”) I’ve read wonderful things about her book so I’m glad that you added such a lovely review as well :) Wish you a lovely Easter*ReplyCancel

  • Tori//Gringalicious.com12/04/2017 - 7:27 am

    This broccoli looks wonderful! I think sesame and ginger need to go on everything!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way12/04/2017 - 7:55 am

    I really love getting new and different ways to make fresh vegetables! I can’t wait to make this — I’ll have to check on my tamari supply. Buona Pasqua!ReplyCancel

  • Jean12/04/2017 - 9:27 am

    I spent the better part of yesterday with both your new cookbook and Andrea’s reading them cover to cover, time well spent. This was the recharge I needed to try (many) new recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Cara12/04/2017 - 11:00 am

    This look absolutely beautiful. I love Dishing Up The Dirt, thanks for sharing this recipe with us.ReplyCancel

  • Branka12/04/2017 - 12:50 pm

    I love this recipe. I have a big veggie garden and l can see myself using this with a variety of vegetables. Charred lettuce with this sauce when l have an over abundance sounds like heaven.
    I have to ask about your cool looking cast iron pan? I see the F stamped, so just wondering what it is.ReplyCancel

  • Benny12/04/2017 - 1:14 pm

    I love the pictures you take! I also freakin’ love charred broccoli so it will be fun to try it with the ginger sesame sauce, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full12/04/2017 - 4:00 pm

    Is it weird that sometimes I get cravings for broccoli? When it has that nice char on it, it’s just delicious!! I would gobble this right up :)ReplyCancel

  • YUM, I just bought a kilo of broccoli for over the easter break. I too often fill my plate with more veggies than anything else. Might give this beautiful recipe a go, however I will most likely be lazy and roast my broccoli.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder12/04/2017 - 9:56 pm

    I cannot wait for you to come to LA (!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Meghan13/04/2017 - 12:29 pm

    I just picked up this book a few weeks ago!
    I immediately had to make the recipe for lemon-blueberry ricotta biscuits (with frozen blackberries instead) and they have been the loveliest sunday treat from the freezer to the toaster. Not too sweet.
    I’m itching for kohlrabi season just so I can try the fritters recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper13/04/2017 - 1:31 pm

    This sounds amazing, and that cookbook looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Maria17/04/2017 - 2:06 pm

    Charred broccoli is the BEST! I also love this cookbook! I read about it in a magazine not long ago and knew I needed it for my collection. Her approach is so mindful but not at all lacking in flavor. I just wish I had a green thumb to go with it!ReplyCancel

  • Ariel18/04/2017 - 10:58 am

    Omg. I think I need this book. I love your blog, by the way! We are huge broccoli lovers and my favourite way to cook most veggies is by sizzling ’em in a hot pan. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

Hot Pink Beet Protein Smoothie from The First Mess Cookbookpin it!
Popping in so quick today! The First Mess Cookbook is finally out, and while I know that you guys may be experiencing some book news-related fatigue, I’m just happy that it’s making its way out to so many of you. I gush about how grateful I am for your support as often as I can, but I can always gush a little more: Thank you so much. I love seeing what you’re making, so please feel free to tag me on Instagram and use our official hashtag too: #FirstMessCookbook.

I’m sharing the Hot Pink Beet Protein Smoothie because 1) it’s hot pink, and 2) I actually drink this all the time! I love that it isn’t too sweet and that it capitalizes on a cellar-hardy vegetable like beets. Throw in some citrus, almond butter, frozen summer berries, a sprinkle of chia, and you’ve got an energizing blend that’s really fun to look at ;) I know the combination sounds a little offbeat at first glance, but that earthy sweetness is so right with the other tart and rich components here. View full post »

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  • ahh congrats!! all the recipes i’ve seen so far look amazing. and i love this smoothie is fruit-heavy (my favorite! is it truly a satisfying smoothie if it’s made of all greens?); plus, the color is such an amazing, creamy shade of pink.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full08/03/2017 - 1:13 pm

    YAYYY LAURA!!! This is so exciting and I couldn’t be happier for you!! So much hard work, not only on your blog, but in creating this cookbook. It’s truly a piece of art. I was honored to be able to cook from this book!! Sending so many hugs and celebratory smiles :)ReplyCancel

  • Meghan08/03/2017 - 1:31 pm

    Congratulations on the book! I’m so excited to make a trip over to Powell’s here in PDX to grab a copy in the next week or so (and I’m not even a veggie cook!) Everything from it looks so amazing.

    (This post actually gave me a giggle because I had JUST settled onto the couch with a beet-berry-ginger smoothie and was checking around the food blog circuit.)

    Also! I just made a version of your granola bars from the post over at Flourishing Foodie. I realized halfway through the process that I was out of brown rice syrup, so I used blackstrap molasses, added a few spices, and wham-bam I had some ginger molasses “cookie” granola bars. They are stellar! (Despite the fact I was terrified of how tahini and molasses might taste together…)

    Psyched to play with the rest of the recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Brenna B08/03/2017 - 2:03 pm

    Long time fan of the blog. LOVE the cookbook! Read through it cover to cover and am super excited to try all the recipes! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery08/03/2017 - 6:35 pm

    yyyyyyyyyYAAAAAY! I’ve been seeing blog posts all over, and I’m just LOVING everything I see! The book looks gorgeous, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Congratulations Laura!!!ReplyCancel

  • SARAH | ONE WINDOW KITCHEN08/03/2017 - 7:21 pm

    Ahhh congratulations, Laura! I love seeing your delicious recipes in action around the web and can’t wait to get my hands on your gorgeous book!
    As for that pretty smoothie, I had *basically* all the ingredients and made it this afternoon, using a beet I roasted last night and subbing tahini with a touch of maple for the almond butter. SO GOOD! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie08/03/2017 - 9:40 pm

    Congratulations! I was so excited to see it at the bookstore last Saturday. I snatched it up, and read it on the bus home! We’ve already made the salt + vinegar potatoes and the broccoli with tempeh crumbles- I doubled the tempeh and used the extra for avocado toast today. So good!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina08/03/2017 - 11:43 pm

    again – your stunning book is my new favorite and will be a fixture in my kitchen.

    thank YOU.ReplyCancel

  • Emily09/03/2017 - 2:30 am

    I read through the whole thing last night when it arrived, very excited to start cooking from it! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • clara09/03/2017 - 6:42 am

    what about Europe???? I bought the book but they’ve changed the release date…I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Javier Zanon09/03/2017 - 7:38 am

    Dear Laura,
    Congratulations! I’ve been following your website for quite a while now and you truly deserve it! Extraordinary, inspiring and beautiful work!

    Best

    Javier Zanon
    http://www.thequotidiancook.comReplyCancel

  • Pia09/03/2017 - 7:51 am

    Laura! Seeing your amazing book, recipes, and mentions thereof all over the world wide web seriously brings much such joy, and I am honestly just so so happy for you. Congrats once again (for, like, the 10th time…) :) and of course, thanks for sharing this vibrant, and indeed very interesting sounding, smoothie with us xReplyCancel

  • Julia Graham09/03/2017 - 8:17 am

    Girl, you had me at Hot Pink… currently away on retreat, with no sign of a nutritious smoothie in sight. Can’t wait to try this. Congrats on the book. AMAZEBALLS!!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia09/03/2017 - 8:35 am

    Hi Laura…I was so happy to finally receive your book in the mail. I preordered in July! It is absolutely stunning. Now I can read all the other bloggers posts with your recipes– I didn’t want to ruin it and feel like I’d seen half the recipes already. :) Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Neeti09/03/2017 - 9:02 am

    Got your book yesterday and got I chance to just look through and I love it!! Can’t wait to try few recipes in next few days.ReplyCancel

  • Becky09/03/2017 - 10:38 am

    I just received your cookbook in the mail last night and I am SO excited! It’s beautiful and makes fills me with a warm, cozy feeling. After a few moments of flipping through the pages, I know that even my boyfriend, who is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, is going to fall for your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith | Earth & Oven09/03/2017 - 11:15 am

    Yahoo! I know the plant-coveting world has been waiting YEARS for this beauty to come to life. It has quickly become a staple in my lil kitchen for reading + inspiration. Congrats Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel09/03/2017 - 12:06 pm

    I love this smoothie! Gorgeous and deep and nourishing and delicious. And I love that I got to walk through the past year by your side with the wildness of all things book. THE FIRST MESS is stunning, and it’s an absolute honor to know and celebrate you in every way.ReplyCancel

  • callie09/03/2017 - 12:23 pm

    I received your cookbook as a gift from my Momma. She pre-ordered it for her and I and I got my copy on Tuesday. I cannot wait to get into the kitchen this weekend. I have spent the last two nights before bed going through the book and I am blown away! It is so stunning and inspiring. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney09/03/2017 - 3:33 pm

    I haven’t been this excited over a cookbook in a long time (nor have I ever actually pre-ordered one)! Though I haven’t made my way through all of it yet, what I have seen has my mouth watering and eager to get into the kitchen. I made the plant-powered protein pancakes this morning and they were amazing!! I’m making a note to get some citrus at the market this weekend so I can try out this pink stunner of a smoothie. Congrats again on such an amazing tome of plant-based beauty!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder09/03/2017 - 8:15 pm

    Yay, girl, YAY!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek10/03/2017 - 7:59 am

    Congrats Laura!!! A million celebrations should be in order for your stunning work. I just got my book, and I can’t WAIT to cook everything in it. Amazing! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier10/03/2017 - 3:07 pm

    A huge Congratz Laura! The first thing I’ll make from your book will be the broccoli Ceasar, for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Harris19/03/2017 - 2:05 pm

    We’ve been working our way through recipes pretty regularly since I picked up your cookbook. I keep coming back to this smoothie though – a perfect pre-gym snack!ReplyCancel

  • Jill @ Sew French19/03/2017 - 9:41 pm

    Hi Laura, I read your cookbook cover to cover. Love ❤️! My parents owned a restaurant. I appreciate your culinary-vibe. I’ll be riffing on your root veggie dal The addition of celery root is genius. I’m also going to give the deep immune soup a whirl. I want to try your crepes, pumpkin mousse and chocolate chunk ginger cookies. The simple addition of celery salt on avo-toast is a good idea. I sprinkle homemade sesame-salt (gomashio) on mine. Your pancake recipes look amazing too. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Maria22/03/2017 - 2:55 pm

    The color from the beets is GORGEOUS!!! And congratulations about the book. It looks gorgeous as well. Beautiful and delicious cooks books are the best kind! So exciting:)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay23/03/2017 - 12:02 pm

    I just got my cookbook last week and am so excited to work my way through it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi29/03/2017 - 10:48 am

    Love this smoothie! Amazing color! Going to order your book today. Thank you for sharing:)ReplyCancel

INSTANT COZY: LENTIL + GREENS SOUP via The First Messpin it!INSTANT COZY: LENTIL + GREENS SOUP via The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Pia04/03/2017 - 7:28 am

    First of all, happy Saturday, Laura, and thanks for yet another wonderful post. I so appreciate your openness, realness, and casualty, and love reading about your findings, experiences, and all other kind of life stuff beyond food, so thank you for that as well! As for your book’s release, I bet you must be super excited, and I want you to know that you can and should be incredibly proud of the masterpiece you have brought to life.
    I also want to note that I think it’s absolutely great that you’ve come to the conclusion to let go of the things you feel no longer bring you joy or enrich you in some other form or way. Because really, what’s the point of surrounding yourself with stuff that brings you down and robs you of precious energy?
    And finally (and then I promise I’ll shut up) thumbs up for applying that very principle to food; for let’s face it, many of us have a tendency to unnecessarily overcomplicate our lives in every which way, and food definitely does NOT always have to be complicated in order to be delicious.
    Wishing you a cozy weekend xReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full04/03/2017 - 10:57 am

    I hear ya. I’m moving soon, and I’m looking at it as an opportunity to declutter… you don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack it up in boxes! Especially being a food blogger, having all these bowls and vintage spoons and whatnot lying around. It’s time to simplify!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder04/03/2017 - 11:17 am

    Loved reading this Laura <3. And so happy for you to be purging and clearing up you physical and mental space! It means o much to view each item in your life as something that was intentionally and thoughtfully gathered. Unfortunately I don't have many tips, cause my problem lands on the other end of the spectrum. Scott and I hardly ever can bring ourselves to buy something, and our home has always been half empty with juuuuust what we barely need to scrape by. Yet somehow I'm always hauling a box of donations/trash out the door each month! Not sure how that works out (haha). But I do know I enjoy having only two or three outfits at a time and zero bedroom furniture, minus a bed (glad we at least got that one). Wishing you the best in this end of winter de cluttering, and, genuinely, your book is a piece that will be cherished in this home (and never given away **wink wink**) for my lifetime. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi | Enlightened Decadence04/03/2017 - 11:45 am

    Your posts are always so great to read, Laura :)

    Simplification can’t be overstated. This year, I responsibly released so many items in our home. Now when i venture into our kitchen or bathroom or basement , I actually leave with this happiness /lightness because I see only the minimal/ simple/easy/essential. It literally clears your mind of the unnecessary so the necessary can speak. Even on days when I feel down of blue, just remembering how simple things are (literally and metaphorically) is such a pick me up. It reminds me that so many of life’s problems are not really problems at all…I feel so truly thankful for what little we do have.

    I find minimalism is becoming such a buzz word these days, but it is a great topic and one we need to hear more about. I say, share on, Sista!!!
    XxReplyCancel

  • mich04/03/2017 - 12:46 pm

    this post inspired me to clean out my entire fridge and OMG feels so amazing right now. have a wonderful weekend friend!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/03/2017 - 3:15 pm

      THE BEST feeling. That clean slate vibe! Weekend hugs.
      xo’sReplyCancel

  • Kate04/03/2017 - 2:45 pm

    Yes! I completely relate to your desire for simplicity and fewer things, and yet, I am always tempted by flashy new things. I think we share the same high sensitivity streak. This soup looks amazing, and two thumbs’ up for marinara in soup (written as I have a bowl of lentil pasta with marinara in my lap!). Can’t quit admiring your book, and hoping to share one of your recipes (sweet potato burrito bowls) on Monday if I can get my act together. :)ReplyCancel

  • Grace | eat, write + explore04/03/2017 - 7:08 pm

    This looks so cozy and warming! Your photography is always so beautiful too, I need to give this a try on a cold day!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Maguire04/03/2017 - 7:55 pm

    How nerdy is it that your post made me super excited for you? I swear I get a high from de-cluttering and organizing, and I’m feeling the urge to do a major purge soon. Aaron and I move around so much that it forces us to constantly re-evaluate what we bring with us—it’s just too much work to keep packing and unpacking things we don’t love. That said, I definitely hang on to some things, like my old wardrobe from when I worked in an office (it’s a slow process letting go of the “old me” who didn’t live in t-shirts and leggings). On an unrelated note, I absolutely love your cookbook, Laura. I’m super picky about which books I keep on my kitchen shelf and yours will be getting prime real estate. <3ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany05/03/2017 - 1:19 pm

    I hear you on the purging. I’ve gotten into the habit of setting the timer on my phone for 15 minutes each morning to focus on tidying a specific area of the house with no expectation of what the end result will be (other than, I hope, a tidier space). But if the job isn’t done in 15 minutes I move on to the day’s work. I tried this recently when purging my bookcase of books that I bought years ago and never read, and realize now I have no interest in reading. I was pretty happy about the result and the timer made it feel like less of a mammoth task. I go through my closet twice a year and am due for another purge, so I’ll try this method with that, too.ReplyCancel

  • Karen van der Merwe05/03/2017 - 1:45 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to share all your lucid thoughts. I can resonate with every word. Especially the part where you say it seeps into your consciousness unknowingly everyday. Just being there. Taking up space, reminding us of moments when we weren’t clear on how we want to live. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love that your space isn’t only about food, but that everything you write also provides some spiritual nourishment. Thanks LauraReplyCancel

  • Belén05/03/2017 - 10:21 pm

    I loved so much reading your post!! I’m feeling the same, I want to keep my things to a minimal, so I can look beyond them. I’m getting inspired by the minimalists, this article (http://mnmlist.com/paring/) summarizes a little how I feel about it: “…the process of paring down is really the process of asking yourself, “What’s important?” We tend to forget what’s important in the din and tumult of daily life. We need a mindfulness bell to bring us back to the essentials, and paring down is that bell for me.”.
    There’s a documental on Netflix about them, that I haven’t had the opportunity to watch yet, but I’m sure it’s good!ReplyCancel

  • Lee06/03/2017 - 6:19 am

    I get this urge periodically…just to clean everything that looks like clutter in my house (and feels more like clutter in my life!) It’s so invigorating and liberator.. Somehow like cutting your hair? Well, I would certaily love to read more about this topic here! Sure, Kondo is a corner stone with this topic, but I would love to hear your experience and (perhaps other) sources :)
    Will be making this soup soon! Looks delicious :) YumReplyCancel

  • Genevieve06/03/2017 - 8:11 pm

    I’ve been feeling this way for a while. We just moved into our apartment at the end of October but I feel like we have so much random crap from who knows where. I try to declutter every now and then, but it’s hard! As one of my chefs tells me: clean space, clean mind. It’s so true!ReplyCancel

  • I so get you. I started to clean my space and life about a year ago and it has changed so many things in my life, it made me feel free in a way. It was definitely a good changeReplyCancel

  • Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier10/03/2017 - 3:01 pm

    I’m so eager to hold your book in my hands now, it should be here any day, yay! About minimizing,If there’s one thing I have a hard time getting rid of it’s books and magazines. I recognise that slight feeling of guilt over the stuff I bought that I’m not appreciating as much as I thought.You write it so well Laura, it’s quite subtle feelings I think. Much love from The Netherlands. xoReplyCancel

  • Abby13/03/2017 - 2:12 pm

    Yes, please share more about your home simplifying process. I love reading about how other people do it and reading always inspires me to get rid of some of my unnecessary shit :)ReplyCancel

  • […] not soup weather here in Los Angeles at the moment but I did have serious heart eyes for this lentil and greens soup by The First […]ReplyCancel

  • so very well said, laura. i agree, and maybe often there is original and positive intention that the objects we acquire will indeed better our days – but I find my deepest satisfaction coming from mere breathing and experience. that being said, i simplified all of my material belongings recently, and it felt liberating!

    on a side note, it is sunday evening and this is the second week in a row i’ve made this soup! for my vegetable, carrots (i love them with lentils), and for my green – curly kale. perfect recipe in so many ways. i completely dig the marinara short cut and embrace the hell out of it – thank you for another fantastic flavor bomb. this is such a lovely accompaniment to the early spring clouds and rain, and i’ve found myself craving it after long days. xoReplyCancel

  • Alex28/03/2017 - 7:59 am

    I so agree with you on the idea of simplifying one’s life – decluttering especially is one of my greatest passions haha.
    Love the addition of dandelion greens here!ReplyCancel

  • Karen02/04/2017 - 2:33 pm

    Hey Laura! I Just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I’m enjoying your cookbook. I had high expectations and you did not disappoint. I just made your spicy curry tempeh patties…so perfectly spiced and easy. I am always trying to get eat more fermented foods, so I’m glad to have this new tempeh recipe in my rotation. Yum! And, Big Congrats on this masterpiece-of-a-cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Omigy15/04/2017 - 6:09 am

    Well done for the book Laura and great Lentil soup. Dandelion green? Never heard of that addition and I have plenty of Dandelion in my garden. Well I guess it is soup with lentil and some nice dandelion greens. Hope the book goes well.ReplyCancel