An Educational Friendship

March 31, 2011

Faith and Tate are the best. We are always learning new things from them, like fermenting drinks and new foods and handmade this and that.


And I like to think the information exchange is two ways. After all, otherwise they wouldn’t know as much about Belgian beers!


After a pumpkiny snack this afternoon – classy in my near-empty yogurt container with some Ambrosial muesli – Matt and I walked the 1.5 miles to their house.


Faith had something AMAZING on the stove and I couldn’t put my finger on what it was –


It turned out to be an amazing rendition of Chana Masala made with a spice packet they brought back from Asia last year!


Before we dug into dinner, Matt had prepared a nice Belgian beer tasting – this time a comparison between Weizenbocks.


On the left was his homebrewed version (9% ABV) and on the right was the Aventinus Dunkel-Weizenbock by Schneider-Weiss (8.2% ABV).


They were REALLY close in style. Ultimately I picked up more spice on the left and more sweet cream on the right, so you can guess which one I voted as my favorite. But yum! We’re learning so much in Matt’s Beer Academy.



Dinner was amazing…


We had Faith’s homemade yogurt on the side plus a nice platter of veggies


And brown rice underneath



Faith, ever creative, made some sprouted manna bread and we sampled it for dessert!


And by sampled I mean demolished! It was soooo good. Crunchy and chewy and gooey!


Would you believe that this Wicked Witch Of the West WALKED HOME IN THE RAIN!! Hood on and all. At least it was only drizzling. But still, I am getting braver around unpredictable weather : )

It also helped that our friends walked us home because Faith has by now walked 100 miles in March!!! That’s nearly a marathon a week! I’m hoping when we someday buy a house that we’ll be even closer to downtown and can walk even more than we already do. I love walking!

I also love reading and sleeping. Night!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Hahaha I always say I’ll melt in the rain :). I had a sample of manna bread at Costco and it was amazing…must make my own!


2 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm

That food looks fantastic! I’m glad you had such a great time. I love to walk but hate to walk through gross weather like that.


3 Emily @ Savory and Savage March 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm

100 miles in a month? that is amazing.

The chana masala looked delish!


4 missy March 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Yay for good friends! Dinner looked delicious.


5 Abby March 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm

A walkable community is a must for settling somewhere after I graduate!


6 Parita @ myinnershakti March 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Your dinner looked great! I love brown rice with Indian curries and veggies – the perfect combo. :)


7 Angel7 March 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Thos veggies looks so good! I really like asparagus!

The sprouted manna bread looked divine as well.


8 Val @ Balancing Val March 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I’d be so happy to taste so many beers that frequently.

I gotta get in the habit! 😉


9 Toni March 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

100 miles in a month! oh my!


10 Christine March 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, but I need a Faith! Someone to make me do yoga, come up with yummy recipes and go on walks with.


11 faith March 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

:) :)
Come on over!


12 Christine March 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Well, physically that would be hard because CA is far, but for your now your guys’ blogs will definitely do :)


13 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I’ve never had manna bread – though it looks delicious!


14 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Dinner look fantastic! What a fun way to break up the week with friends. :)

I agree… I absolutely love walking. I’ve found that even rainy walks can be refreshing!


15 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Looks delicious and fun! 😀


16 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 31, 2011 at 9:09 pm

What a nice dinner, especially for a rainy evening. That sprouted manna bread looks insanely good!!


17 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) March 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm

The beer tasting looks like so much fun! It’s great that you and Matt have such great friends.


18 Kat @ Cupcake Kat March 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Looks like a really fun, special, and delicious dinner. That sprouted mana bread sounds so good!!!


19 Lesley Lifting Life March 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Definitely jealous of that chana masala!! Yum!!


20 Cindy March 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

100 miles in a month! my goodness


21 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I love walking, too, and also hope to one day live closer to town.

Dinner looks fabulous. :)


22 B & B March 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

You really do walk a lot!! Is downtown busier though? – more traffic?

Oh man…I so want to come over one day and break bread. And -who am I kidding? – drink beer!!

How does one make “sprouted” bread – it doesn’t require actual seed sprouting? (sorry if that’s a stupid question as I’m sure it is) 😉


23 staceyhealthylife March 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Faith is very creative and makes a lot of yummy meals. Love the bread.


24 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

My grandma walked around her neighborhood and downtown area her entire life. She never had a driver’s license and she always said walking kept her young. And it did. She lived til her early 90s. Walking is the best.

Chana Masala looks awesome. I recently made some lentils with ginger, raisins, and garam masala. So tasty!

Faith’s bread looks…beyond delish!


25 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I love to walk too — but I don’t do it enough! I too hope to live near a city where I can walk to the grocery store, library, work, etc.


26 Ciely March 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Would it be rude to ask why Faith & Tate didn’t drive you home if it was raining.
Are you all allergic to automobiles. LOL


27 faith April 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

A. We already had a plan to walk them home, rain or not.
B. I was determined to get in my 100 miles.
C. Tate offered a ride and they refused (as I knew they would).


28 KathEats April 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

What she said!

Plus, I’m learning a little rain won’t hurt


29 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I love walking places too! The rain scares me off sometimes though, like even today it did. The clouds were screaming rain, I could have walked or ran to the bank but I drove :(

What a nice dinner! Faith looks so creative in the kitchen. The bread sounds amazing!


30 Olena March 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Wow, I have the identical chana masala spice pack in my pantry. Picked it up last week at the local grocery store. Good to know it’s yummy.


31 anon 2.0 March 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Just so you guys know, you can get that spice packet and ones by Shan masala (in a yellow box) in any Indian or Pakistani grocery store.


32 Morgan @ moments of mmm March 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This is the EXACT same snack I had today..Eerie
Nearly empty Oikos with a spoonful of pumpkin puree mixed in with cinnamon, bananas and granola. Crazy!


33 Namaste Gurl March 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Ohhh, looks fun, wish I had friends like that! Maybe you should sell Faith’s mana bread in your open sky :)


34 Hannah March 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Oh gosh I can get that exact box of spice mix at my local Indian store! Squee!


35 stace March 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Faith is so creative, as are you. So cool you live so close together. I dont know if I could get use to the rain though especially when it is cold too.


36 Laughter-Loving Stacy March 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Oh yum (to everything)! Ahh my boyfriend loves beer, and really hopes to be able to brew his own one day!!! I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but maybe Matt should do a guest post on beer making? That would be kinda cool! :)


37 KathEats April 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

That’s something we’ve talked about for ages but have yet to do…


38 Stephanie @cookinfanatic March 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm

They sell that Chana Masala mix at our Indian market in Richmond. I actually even bought it but didn’t get to use it before it expired! Maybe I need to go back and get more if it’s that good…


39 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Sounds like you had a great evening! The food looks delicious, as always :)


40 Christine (The Raw Project) March 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Gorgeous food, looks like a great time!


41 Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc March 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

This looks like a really enjoyable evening. Nothing beats good food and good company. I can’t believe Faith has walked 100 miles in March. That is the distance that I run in a month. This is certainly impressive. Kudos to all of you!


42 Kiran @ March 31, 2011 at 11:22 pm

We Indians use MDH masala’s (spices mix) all the time! It’s so tasty :) You can get it from any local Indian grocery stores across US. Don’t have to track all the way to Asia.


43 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 31, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I hate walking in the rain- good for you for doing it! I wish I could walk more places. Although my city is pedestrian friendly, it’s not convenient at all!


44 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 31, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Yum! I love chana masala!

My husband and I have had a hard time meeting other couples since we’ve moved, so you are lucky to have good friends!


45 lynn @ the actor's diet March 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

lovely to have foodie friends to learn from!!!


46 Brittany March 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I work at a wokery in a local grocery store and that’s the same spice we use in our food. So strange to see it on here! Dinner looks so delicious :)


47 Ashley April 1, 2011 at 1:20 am

I’m SO excited we’re closer to our downtown now!!! Looks like an awesome night with lovely food, per usual!


48 Karolien April 1, 2011 at 4:10 am

I’m from Belgium and I love your blog!
So nice to read that you like our Belgian beers!


49 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 1, 2011 at 4:29 am

Okay, I think I need some beer in my life. I actually felt my mouth water a little bit when you said “sweet cream” lol :) That dinner looks so delicious! Cooking Indian food is one of my favorites, because all of the spices fill up my house with yummy smells!
Go you for getting braver! I don’t mind drizzle, but any sign of thunder or lightening and I would have been running like a mad woman 😀

Happy Reading!


50 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 1, 2011 at 5:14 am

What a fun night! I don’t love beer but your posts make me want some!


51 Christine @ Burning It Off April 1, 2011 at 6:05 am

Oh wow, that looks delicious. I loooooove Indian food and have recently started trying some of their vegetarian options. My favourite is palak paneer but I’d like to try chana masala sometime based on how yummy your pictures look 😛


52 Simply Life April 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

wow! what a fun dinner!


53 kaila @ healthy helper! April 1, 2011 at 6:45 am

Anyway you could get that manna bread recipe!?! I love that bread so much and would love to make my own! That dinner looked really good as well….I love Channa Masala!


54 KathEats April 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’m sure she’ll be posting it on her blog soon


55 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

Wow, congrats to Faith on all that walking! It’s always nice to take exercise out of the gym and actually enjoy the outdoors.


56 Allison @ Happy Tales April 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

Wow, that is super impressive about all of Faith’s walking!! Good for her.. a marathon a week!? Sheesh! Sounds like y’all had a pleasant and fun-filled evening :)


57 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

Hooray for Faith reaching her goal. I knew she was close!
I think *everyone* needs a friend like Faith. I wish I lived closer!

I’ve used that spice packet! Yum. It all looks dee-licious.
I work on my meal plan for the next week, today… sounds like there will be some Indian food in my future. It’s been too long (aka – a couple of weeks!). :)



58 Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

It’s SO nice that you have friends like them nearby! I wouldn’t mind walking in the rain for a meal and some company like that :)


59 faith April 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

Our friendship is total an information exchange. :)


60 Kristina April 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

That looks delicious! I have some spice packets left from when I was in India last spring… I’ve been saving them for something special but now after reading this I want to use them ALL! :)


61 Katherine: Unemployed April 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

I need beer 101 before I’m even at academy level


62 Destini April 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

OH wow that looks like an amazing good time!! I think those are the type of friends I want!!!


63 Kate April 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

So strange…I had that same beer (The Schneider Weiss Dunkel) the same day as you…except in Germany at their restaurant! So weird how the world works sometimes!


64 Kate April 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

oh and as a follow-up, those Dunkels and Weisenbocks are GERMAN style beers, not Belgian!


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