Saturday, April 15, 2017

Recipe Contest - Baraboo School District - Vegan Curry Lentils

I'm entering a healthy recipe contest for Baraboo School District, and wanted to post the recipe here on my blog.

This is an easy to prepare meal, that I make at least once a week. It keeps well, and I will put leftovers into Tupperware and bring to school for lunch. This recipe is free of the 7 major inflammatory foods, which include 1. Added Sugar or artificial sweeteners 2. Corn 3. Gluten 4. Dairy 5. Eggs 6. Peanuts 7. Soy.

*I am not allergic to any of the above foods, but I find that my body responds very well to a lifestyle that does not include any of the 7 foods listed above.

Curried Lentils
This vegan lentil curry is absolutely amazing, it’s a simple and easy recipe, but it takes time, although it’s totally worth it. It’s also exotic, spicy, tasty, creamy and it has an intense coconut flavor. If you like curry, lentils and coconut, you need to try this recipe!

The ingredients. Missing is a can of coconut milk. 
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ onion
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce 
  • ⅔ cup coconut milk 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons curry
  • 1 Sweet Potato

  1. Cook lentils according to package. I used La Preferida brand, and cooked the entire package in 5 cups of water. Bring the lentils and water to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for around 30 minutes. Drain and set aside
  2.  Chop the sweet potato into bite size pieces in olive oil, until the pieces are cooked through.
  3. Cook the Basmati Rice according to the directions. I brought 1 1/2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water to a boil, and then simmered until it was done.
  4. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and the onion (finely chopped) and cook them until golden brown. Add the tomato sauce, coconut milk and spices and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add cooked lentils, stir and cook for at least 15 or 20 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Cook basmati rice according to package directions. We cooked them for 12 minutes over medium high heat. Drain and set aside.
  7. Serve the lentils over the basmati rice. You can add cilantro on top.

Getting the party started!
The lentils are cooked and set aside, and now I am starting the onion and garlic

This is where the magic happens - coconut milk!
Garam masala is a mixture of spices common in Indian cuisine. I couldn't find it in Baraboo, You could get it at Maharaja Grocery in Madison, but I ordered this brand from Amazon:
getting ready to add the lentils

The Finished Dish - Enjoy!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Workshop April 28, 29, 30

Spring Comes Alive
On the Banks of the Baraboo River
Plein Air Workshop

April 28, 29 ,30
Noon - 7PM
Workshop held at the Chicken Coop Studio
S3749 Schneider Rd. Rock Springs, WI 53961
To Register, Click Here


Submerse yourself in the experience of plein air painting in an amazing and peaceful location during the last weekend in April!

The class will start each day at my farm, in the Chicken Coop Studio. My farm is bordered by the Baraboo River. We will put on our rubber boots and hike a mile and a half past an exceptional spring marsh to a remote clearing by the river.

Besides the budding trees, we should see marsh marigolds and a variety of spring greens, pinks, and yellows contrasted by the color of the water. It is very peaceful by the river and a perfect location to loose yourself in a painting. I love it out there. During afternoons out sketching, I have been visited by beavers, cranes, ducks and the Bald eagles that have nested in the pine trees. This is the time to paint the river as it gets very overgrown during the summer.

I will share my process with you through slideshows, written notes, video's and demonstration paintings. We will focus on the essentials of observing and recording the fundamentals of value, shape, and color. This class will strengthen your relationship with color and composition and you will loosen up and have a lot of fun in the process.

I am limiting the space in the workshop to 8 participants.
To register please click the paypal link above,
Or you can pay by check by mail.
If you have any questions, please email me at

Once you have registered, I will email you a supplies list, and the pre class reading. I'll look forward to working with you in April!