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  1. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Good to know you’re coping okay. That is one luscious looking soup… spicy and chunky, mmmmm. Probably not getting up to much today. I’ve been amazingly unproductive lately. 😉

  2. Dienna

    The rose above looks so beautiful.

  3. msihua

    Good girl. I try to see all the beautiful things in life too when the going gets tough. The bees collecting pollen, the hummingbirds with nectar.. the glimmer of sun rays.. that’s all that pulls me through most days 🙂

  4. ck

    You are so lucky to have your brother, it must be fantabulous to have that bond, I feel very envious, and just thinking on it makes me smile, so it is a happy thing. It’s good to know you can still laugh, laughing is really the best. This soup looks delicious, but I don’t know about the yeast, or the creepy delivery of it… 🙂 Hugs.

  5. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I love the look of this soup. I don’t think I’ve ever added brocolli to my lentil / soup type mixtures but I will definitely do so next time.

    I think the small moments, the glimpses of light, are almost more important than the ‘big’ ones sometimes – and certainly so crucial for keeping on going. They’re also frustrating hard to notice at times, and certainly easy to skip over when things are tough, so this post makes me happy in a sad sort of way: happy that the moments are happening even as sad that they’re needed with such need. My default seems to be to get stuck in the past or the future, or any time but the now, so I know it’s not always an easy thing.

    1. Catherine

      Easter Sunday and I am reading a harrowing book, wondering how I will drag myself to the market this morning. Groggy grey day. Your soup looks delicious perhaps I should aim for something like that?
      Big squashy hugs again and good on you for being so brave xxcat

  6. Hotly Spiced

    What a beautiful looking soup Hannah and I love the ingredients including the sambal oeleck – the more the merrier I say! That soup must have wonderful flavours. Lovely that you have your brother with you and that you can support each other through this very emotional time. Best wishes for his sad farewell xx

  7. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I hope extra time with family is helping and I’m so glad you have your brother! You are in my thoughts and I’m sending you good thoughts!


  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hannah, I’m glad to hear that you’re focusing on the positive. There is a lot of beauty in the world (as well as funny things) and without knowing Jerome, I’ll bet he was part of both of those things 🙂

  9. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Oh glad to hear that you’re feeling better now 🙂 It’s always hard to say goodbye ~
    This soup looks great and I can’t believe you posted a savoury recipe too 🙂
    Take care of yourself!

  10. Shannon

    My best friend was just down this past weekend to attend a memorial for a dear friend (he was a former boyfriend that became one of her closest friends). It was such an unfortunate reason to see each other but it was nice all the same. Like I said to her, I cannot imagine losing one of my best friends but it always reminds us of how important those we have really are to us. I am SO sorry for your loss but happy you have such fond memories are those are the most comforting in times like these.

    As far as Easter celebrations go, I have had a great day of doing absolutely nothing! I’m on break from school so I have no obligations to study and didn’t make the trip to visit my parents this year. I think a special dinner will happen tonight and more relaxing before the looming work week.

    Hope you are finding your peace Hannah.

  11. Tammy

    Easter morning rose to Peruvian cappucino with coconut milk and a few chocolate covered pretzels. I am so sorry about your friend Hannah.

  12. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    This recipe looks divine, lovely. I want a bowl now & it’s 8:30am! Look at me, being all crazy with my eating – soup for breakfast! “And though we can’t grasp intangible light, we can at least let it suffuse us when it shines” – beautiful. Hugs.
    Heidi xo

  13. Johanna GGG

    hurrah for savoury recipes – the soup looks delicious – would be wonderful with my latest kitchen love – french lavender salt! And it seems like great comfort food. Almost as good as having a brother close by!

    The rosemary forest looks amazing – every time I see that much rosemary I think you could use some for aromatic skewers for kebabs! Now I would love to see more of your parents’ garden

  14. Winston

    Hi Hannah. Glad to see you’re doing a bit better since your last post. Your strength and optimism is really admirable! And that rose really is picture perfect! Anyway, this soup sounds delicious. I like a bit of “kick” and heat in my meals so I love this! I don’t think I’ve had sambal in soups so you’ve really opened my mind to endless possibilities here, Hannah =D

  15. Ashley

    I used to be more of a nature photographer and I often wonder where that part of me has gone for the time being, it used to be so much easier to stop and notice the beautiful little things. It’s nice to take the time out to do that though, your parents grow beautiful roses!

    Got to love lentils with a bit of bite, I think you have the same savoury tastebuds I do! So I’m all for more savoury recipes! 🙂

  16. Kelly

    I made this soup today and it is delicious! Very flexible too – I added a heap of extra veggies that were languishing in the fridge 🙂

  17. Libby

    I’m glad to hear that despite what you’ve been through, you’ve still managed to focus on positive and happy things! And yay for the savoury dish! Are we going to see more of them? 😀

  18. muppy

    looks like a brilliant savoury recipe too. all my love xox

  19. Emma

    Yay for brother time!

    At first glance I saw ‘Texas with friends that skirt’ and was incredibly confuzzled. Why would she choose Texas? Is she talking about wearing skirts, or skirt steaks? I could get into verb-izing my outfit. You know, wearing a skirt, skirting about. This is a super random comment… let’s make it a bit more concrete.

    I had a lovely Easter day spent with the fella’s family, including his niece and nephew who are beyond cute. Like eons beyond, that’s how cute they are. Ate good food, enjoyed great company, counted my lucky stars to be living such a sweet life.

    xoxo dear one.

  20. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    It’s always hard saying good bye to loved ones, but it does make me take stock of life, and realise how lucky we are to be here. So glad to hear you had your brother for company. Snorting vegetable soup sounds like just the kind of dinner you needed 🙂

  21. Nic@diningwithastud

    Thoughts are with you Hannah xo

  22. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    cuddles with my dog – hells yes! Have you watched the move Hatchi? OMG….I cried and cried! So sad.

  23. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I’m so sorry for your loss Hannah. That is far, far to young. It is so strange when the world outside looks just the same and yet is changed forever. But it is only changed because you got to experience someone wonderful, so hold on to that.

    I hope the soup helped, sometimes that delicious warmth really does help heal the hurt.

  24. hungryandfrozen

    Hey Mizz Hannah. Thrilled to pieces that you have good people/animals around you to make you laugh and comfort you.

    Gosh, I NEED to go out and find some nutritional yeast! I keep hearing delicious things about it. And of course, then I can offer it to someone in a creepy voice, which is the sort of thing I’m always looking for more opportunities to engage in.

  25. Agnes

    I’ll be more surprised the day you post a savoury meat recipe (that’s not roo) 😉 x

  26. ATasteOfMadness

    I’m always looking for a recipe that only serves 2, I usually make too much! I suppose leftovers are always a quick next day meal, but I would like something that’s gone in one day. This looks so tasty!

  27. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I’m happy you can enjoy those little moments of light! This is what keeps me going as well.

    The soup looks wonderful. I might throw in some chicken, lalala … 😉

  28. Louise

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend. That’s awful. I’m glad that there are little moments of joy to help cheer you up, and keep going.

  29. Camille

    I can’t believe no one has asked what s on the other plate at the table in the photo with the soup! Unless they did, and I’m just not reading carefully enough.