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  1. CheezyK

    This sounds like an absolutely delicious use of quinoa.

    I can honestly say that I would have lasted about four days not four months, you’ve done well 🙂 Keep up the effervescent joyessness and you’ll get through.

  2. Lou

    Yum!! This sounds delicious…. I sympathise with you – I NEED warmth to survive, even a few few cold days in a row and I start to go a little crazy. New Zealand couldn’t keep me with it’s frosty Winters…. Queensland is my lizard home now 🙂

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I feel you pain. I can’t imagine it’s quate as cold down here but it’s still cold and I’m beyond ready for spring!

    This looks like a suitable offering to me! Can you find a groundhog to feed it to? 😉

  4. FoodFeud

    This sounds incredible. It’s getting warmer here, though…should I think up an excuse to cook it anyway?

  5. Appetite Affliction

    I could eat this every day! Yum.

  6. Choc Chip Uru

    Winters coming but I want to make this recipe early 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    I cross my fingers and toes for a warm spell soon! I feel your offering to the weather god(desse)s is more than adequate. And good for you for braving a rather icky Toronto winter thus far. xo

  8. Jo

    Oh Hannah! I would love to swop places with you! It is 32 and blistering in Melbourne! Gimme cold!! N gimme that quinoa risotto dish! It looks soo comforting!

  9. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Such a lovely, hearty vegan offering. I do hope the weather warms up soon for you!

  10. janet @ the taste space

    Looks delicious, Hannah. I am suddenly craving artichokes! Sadly, you still have a month to go until you can wear dresses… well, maybe 3-4 months if you don’t want to be cold o0utside in your dress. 😉

  11. msihua

    If they don’t accept you, ya know where you can come running back to right? *hugs* Miss you banana face 🙂

  12. Hotly Spiced

    Personally, I’ve been totally surprised that your blog posts have been so upbeat and that you’ve been enjoying the sub-zero temps. You certainly fooled me because I’m allergic to the cold and to quote you, ‘it’s one of the seven layers of hell’, (apart from the fact hell is the other extreme, boiling hot). I’m sure Spring is just around the corner. It’s starting to cool down over here so something must be about to change for you too xx

  13. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    We are almost out of this hell Hannah I promise you! Only 2 weeks till it’s officially spring! Kudos to you for enjoying it that long though!

    YUM. Risotto always warms me through and through!

  14. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Oh man, I’m already losing my mind ready for spring and it doesn’t even get that cold in Georgia. I’ve always thought I might like to live in Canada if it weren’t so danged cold! Nice job staying positive so long, and making delicious warming meals like this one to make you forget, for even a second, that you’ve nearly lost all your toes to frostbite.

  15. Libby

    Yay, a savoury recipe! And wow, what a great way to cook quinoa.

  16. Emma

    Looks delicious Hannah. Spring is definitely on its way, things are getting awfully warm and soggy here, and roads are being shut down left and right (and trucks are getting stuck left and right, too). But it’s also so very wet, and that makes this meal look all the more inviting right now, as I sit here in damp boots and wet jeans. Brrrrrrrrr I want to wear a dress too!

  17. Alisa

    Marvelous recipe idea! Is that supposed to be paste? If not, I have no idea what passata is – educate me oh wise kitchenista.

  18. Nicole

    You can’t turn back now, my dear. The end is near! Just wait until you see the city’s beauty when spring blooms and everything comes alive again.

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    This makes me feel even worse about accidentally sending you autumn wishes instead of spring ones! Definitely not intended, and I hope that *spring* does bring you some relief soon – I figure that once it is officially the season in question (which should be soon, even by northern hemisphere season changes?), you’re allowed to demand that the weather match what it should be. It makes me feel better even if the demands aren’t met.

    In the meantime, this dish looks perfect for weekends when the weather and/or life are a bit too much. I love step 2 and would definitely join you in step 4 🙂

  20. Heathy

    I understand your pain my dear, Canadian winter is far too long – and we still have huuuge mountains of snow up here. That’s why Im hightailing it out of here for a while to your homeland! That risotto looks amazing, love quinoa!!!! xo

  21. hungryandfrozen

    Yeah, kitchen rebels!
    I have a secret: One week ago it was the first day of Autumn in New Zealand. Which means it must be Spring where you are, which means sunshine is creeping ever-closer your way. Promise.

  22. Kath Lockett

    Your winter suffering is a boon for me as I bought a bag of quinoa the other day and actually have NO IDEA how to cook it or what to do with it and, apart from the yeast as your optional ingredient, I have ’em all here in my pantry! Thank you!

  23. Catherine

    Did someone say artichoke? Quinoa? Oh Canada! Oh Hannah! Are you wearing double socks! Double-soled shoes? Lined beanie? I told you the only way I survive winter is by skiing – in fact I never want it to stop. Skiing just makes me think of sweatiness and hard work, never cold. You must go running, skiing. I remember once I forgot to order gas and the house went down to 5degrees and I polished all my old colonial wooden furniture with linseed oil and worked up a sweat. Am I mad??

  24. Camille

    I am sooo with you on the tired-of-winter. It feels like it’s been winter here for about 16 months. If I hadn’t gone to the States last August, I’m afraid I would barely have seen the sun in the past year. I hope Canada heeds your call and accepts your offering. If it were up to me, I would! 🙂

  25. Ricki

    Welcome to the “real Canadians” club. That’s exactly how I feel every single winter. . . say, by the middle of December. 😉 But spring is on the way, and summer here in Toronto is incomparable. . . you will totally forget about all the snow and ice and frost and will love it. Oh, and the risotto looks great, too! 🙂 xo

  26. Johanna GGG

    I am so sorry but it seems that the summer gods have set up camp in melbourne and are refusing to leave no matter how much I explain that their work is done here and you have a desperate need for them in Canada. I can’t wait for cold weather because I love all the salads of late but it would be nice to crave a warming stew (and turn off the air con)

  27. Louise

    The “good” thing about wintering in Canada is that when spring does come you’ll be just as crazy as the Canadians. Once it warms up to a balmy 8 degrees or so, they’re breaking out the tshirts, sunbaking and have the top down on the car. Chin up. Not long to go! After I’d spent two 1/2 years in Canada I came back to Sydney at the start of one of our “winters”, I wore tshirts all that winter and didn’t feel the cold once. Old ladies were offering me their jumpers on the bus…. And go the quinoa that looks fab.

  28. Allysia

    Winter usually breaks me around March too, because you have this expectation that the worst (aka January) is over and that things should be getting warmer, but then it’s still cold…and stormy…and it drags on. Using quinoa instead of arborio rice is definitely a good call, I usually don’t have the patience for making real risotto. And yay artichokes!

  29. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Sending you warmth, my dear!! Love this recipe, you’re clever clever.
    Heidi xo

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