Veggie carbonara with crème fraîche, thyme & purple cauliflower

"We procrastinate until we’re ready, and if we’re never ready, well, we were never going to write that novel anyway."

This is the third time I am writing this post. I just didn't know what to say, but now I do. I feel like myself again. I was lost for a while there, but the pieces of my puzzle are coming together again. Perhaps more than ever. The past months feel like one big blur, a mess. I switched jobs and homes several times, I lost and found love. Everything changed and my life was without structure - somehow I couldn't remember my day to day routines or the things that previously would have given me pleasure.

Now that I feel better, I see that I've created new routines. Without realizing it. They are blending in nicely with those old ones, which I still cherish so much. From making a new batch of granola every week, and going for a run in the night, to watching Nashville and The Affair, two of my favorite series. Small, but nevertheless meaningful habits. They remind me of who I am, what I like to do. Something that I'd almost forgotten due to all that has happened.

So what's new about my life then? Well, I think I found a certain kind of sereneness, peace of mind. For the first time ever, I am doing what I want. 100%. It feels really good. I feel motivated to make something of my life. I have no idea what the future holds, but I can't wait to find out. 2016 is almost over, and I am not sorry for it. This year was a bit too eventful, for myself, but also for this world. Since I don't have the time or the energy to share Christmas recipes with you this year, I think this might be the last post before the holidays. Enjoy the festivities, be merry & happy. x - Ingrid

PS: Don't forget, there's still time to sign up for the 'food photography & coffee tasting' workshop in INDIA! March 2017. Read more about it here. Photos of the resort we're staying at are coming soon!

PS II: Like what you see? This beautiful plate by John Julian is for sale at my favorite concept store in Rotterdam - Pantoufle (oh and they have a webshop and ship international!). A perfect Christmas gift. ;)

Veggie carbonara with crème fraîche, thyme & cauliflower

Inspired by Donna Hay's recipe
(serves 4)

You need:

1 cup crème fraîche
3 egg yolks
1 cup finely grated parmesan
sea salt & black pepper
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
25 g unsalted butter
1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut in small florets
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp thyme leaves
400 g spaghetti
optional: walnuts/burrata

How to make it:

1. Place the cream, egg yolks, parmesan, salt and pepper in a bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.

2. Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Add the cauliflower, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 10–12 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

3. Bring water with some salt to a boil and cook the pasta in a large saucepan for 8–10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, while keeping aside ½ cup of the cooking water.

4. Return the pasta to the pan over low heat. Add the cream mixture and reserved cooking water and stir until just thickened. Top with the cauliflower mixture and sprinkle with extra parmesan and perhaps some walnuts/burrata.