Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 months *correction* YEARS! Blogiversary

How could i almost miss out on my Bettysbites blogiversary...!

It's been THREE years since my first ever post and although i don't update as much as i used to (or even want to) i still love doing it - just lately life has been getting the better of me - the days are getting shorter and time is not as available as it once used to be.

My spare time is juggled between family, staying fit & healthy (includes gym time, sports comps, planning meals), Bigbear, friends, and sometimes when i feel like it is all too much for me, i try to remember to be thankful for the life that i have, and the people that are a part of it.

My blog always cheers me up though, and also browsing food blogs has become part of my daily rituals, food makes me happy and to see it make other people happy makes me happy too :D

A big thank you to my readers i dont know exactly how many there are of you but i do truly appreciate the time you spend reading my foodblog!

I'll leave you with some pictures of the things i've been up to lately - nothing too exciting but i couldnt sign off my post with zero pictures..!

bringing out my inner kid - making waterballoons on a hot day


check out her awesome fashion blog lucyandtherunaways i am a dedicated reader :):)

more baking for friends: cheese cake brownies


helping my cousin bake a 4 color layered cake for her best friends birthday

a simple yet beautiful quinoa salad

I quickly whipped this up this morning, with ingredients that were already in the fridge and pantry. I'm lucky in a sense that my parents very much always have fresh produce in the fridge so we are never without healthy ingredients. The cherry tomatoes are from our garden, which are ever so sweet once you try them you won't want to buy it from the supermarket again!

Quinoa is my preferred carb intake at the moment, and has been for the past few months. It's healthy, good for you, very filling with a low GI number, and its SO easy to make. Its similar to cous cous, but i dont think it is a grain, it is a superfood seed, gluten free and is busting with nutrients.


How to cook quinoa:

- measure out a 1:2 quinoa: water ratio (e.g 1 cup quinoa with 2 cupcs water)
- bring to the boil in a saucepan over high heat until boiling
- simmerfor 10-15 minutes (or until water has evaporated)
- be careful not to let it scorch on the bottom, keep a watch on it after 7 minutes as you want to take it off the heat as soon as there's no more liquid

- let it cool in the saucepan until completely cool.

- then, dress with veggies, protein (chicken/fish), and make a delicious dressing like the one i have given below :)

2 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
dash of sesame oil


mix together until sugar has dissolved.

Its a very easy but delicious dressing for any quinoa salad no matter what you put in it. I always add a can of lentils to my quinoa salads (or chickpeas), and i chuck in every possible vegetable that i have to make it super filling.

I hope you give this recipe a go, or even better- give QUINOA a go! Its so delicious and you know its so good for you.

30 comments:

gastronomous anonymous said...

happy 3 years anniversary :) here's to many blogging and eating!

sugarpuffi said...

Happy Birthday to Betty's Bites! and i think you wrote 3 months instead of 3 years on the title. oops!

and is that....steph's cake i see? :3

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Wahhhh! 3 years! I don't know if I can last 3 years. My 1 year is coming up but I've realized it's a lot of work to keep up and I enjoy so much that I devote myself to blogging a lot. Congratulations! Such a great milestone and you should really celebrate! I guess I missed your blog for the past 3 years, but it was nice to find your blog! Nice to meet you!

joey@FoodiePop said...

Congrats on such a milestone! That's a long time to blog!

Kari said...

Congratulations! Very impressive - and cute photos too.

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Ngawwww, happy bloggiversary to bettysbites!! <3

Nic@diningwithastud said...

Happy blogiversary :D!!!!

katieatthekitchendoor said...

Congratulations!! It goes by quicker than you'd think, huh? I love that cake covered in sprinkles too - rainbow sprinkles are the best and there is just the right amount on there.

Jay said...

congrats on your milestone...wishing you many many more success in blogging..
first time here..love your space betty..
happy following you..;)
do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite

Amanda said...

happy blogiversary!

Amanda

Christy said...

Happy 3rd Blog Birthday!!:)
You just wished me for my first monthlyversary and now I am wishing you;)
Love all the stuffs you have been up to; and wow, baking a 4-color and Layered cake must be a LOT of work!
I love the colors of the quinoa salad too; it must be tasty!:D

Vivian - vxdollface said...

Yay happy 3 yrs! :D Delicious feat ^^

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Happy blogsoversary Betty! And here's to many more years! :D

Dharma said...

Happy Blogiversary. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for making time to leave a comment. Regards

Shannon said...

Time flies when you're having fun!! Yay for quinoa :)

Von said...

wow....3 years sounds so long! Happy 3rd Blogiversary!! :)

Tara said...

Wow, I hope I'm still blogging in three years!! I haven't even reached one year yet. It must be cool to look back at the years and changes. You should have made an extra four colored layer cake just to celebrate this.

Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan said...

Dear Betty

Congratulations on your third blogiversary! Looks like I have a very long way to go.

Sara - Belly Rumbles said...

Happy 3rd Bloggiversary!!!

chocolatesuze said...

happy blogiversary! here's to many more years to come! and i heart the sprinkles cake!

Ayden @ Himalayan Salt said...

Great effort! and still going strong. What a tough thing to do Betty!

Alexis @ There She Goes said...

that quinoa looks awesome! congrats on three years :)

Rosetta said...

Tutto molto buono, grazie per essere venuta a trovarmi nel mio blog.
Buon pomeriggio.
Ciao

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Congrats on the blog anniversary! Those cream cheese brownies look awesome and so does the quinoa salad!

nancy at good food matters said...

Congratulations on The Third! I will be celebrating mine in a few weeks--it's a great milestone. best wishes in continuing.

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said...

Happy Blogaversary Betty! Love the look of those red velvet cup cakes! May you have many more anniversaries!

Gourmet Chick said...

congratulations - 3 years is a great achievement - heres to another 3 and another....

Dolly said...

happy 3 years!!!!

cusinera said...

Happy 3yrs and more to come!!!! Always lurking and reading all your foodie adventures=)

Lauren said...

happy 3years!! YAY! and I tried quinoa the other day, following your recommendation and it was delish!! even the boyf loved it! thankyou!!!