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Monday Lunch/Dinner: Meatless stuffed bitter melons and mushrooms soup. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฅฃ๐Ÿ˜‹โค๏ธ

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Hello everyone, hope you had a wonderful weekend so far and a great start of the week ! ๐Ÿค—

Today I made meatless stuffed bitter melons in mushroom slices broth. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘ The recipe for meatless stuffing is the same as I made vegan meatballs: healthunlocked.com/veganfoo...

Bitter melon is known for detoxing liver, kidneys, lowering blood glucose and mushrooms are great to increase our immune system at this time. This is wholesome bowl of soup that filled with chickpea protein and all nutrients essential for our bodies. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

I just made batch of meatless balls and freeze them ready to cook many dishes at any time. After filling bitter melons with meatless stuffing, just cook all in one pot and let it simmer for 40 mins until bitter melons tender. Add mushroom slices at last to retain the freshness and texture of mushrooms. Just sprinkle some cilantro ๐ŸŒฟand red pepper flakes on top as final dish and enjoy over a cup of tea. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘

As always, be inspired, be joyful, take a picture and Enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜‹โค๏ธ

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Tonight's dinner here was carrot and parsnip soup reheated that I made on Friday which we enjoyed.

Baby is well and enjoyed her haggis today!

We had lunch out today at the pub which we all enjoyed after I had a job interview at 11 so after I had finished we had an early lunch at the pub which we had planned for Friday originally but rearranged it for today instead.

How are you and Sonya and Lucy getting on?

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Hi Catgirl,

Your dinner sounds very wholesome and delicious. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Iโ€™m glad you had such a great start of the week with fun and good luck on the result of your interview as you already gave your best! ๐Ÿค—

Iโ€™m happy to hear Baby is keeping well and enjoys her treat always.

Thank you we are all doing good over here and the weather is nice with sunshines.

Enjoy the rest of your evening! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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Wow! Koko - that is one super healthy bowl of delicousness ๐Ÿ˜ You have some amazing fruits and veggies that we don't get over here, are bitter melons really bitter? It looks so good, so great for the body and mind. I have got some exciting blends of herbal teas coming

Hope you are ok ๐Ÿ˜

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Awe thank you Debs very much! ๐Ÿค—

I think someone from the UK did post bitter melons in HE from small farmer markets. ๐Ÿค” It is definitely bitter but not like medicinal bitterness. The spice and seasoning from meatless stuffing and the broth balance it out so well. ๐Ÿ˜‹

I love having this soup for detoxing Debs.

What is your herbal blends Debs? Sounds soooo soothing and good. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

Thank you Debs, everything is okay. Hope you stay warm in this windy and cold weather at this moment. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Glad you were able to balance it out with your lovely meatless stuffing ๐Ÿ™ƒ

It was actually a Herbal Tea Advent Callender - it was half price because its December tomorrow - 24 differen't teas, some of them sounded so interesting - it should be arriving tomorrow ๐Ÿ™ƒ

My new phone arrives today, so if you don't hear from me you can presume that setting it up did not go well ๐Ÿ˜Š

It was freezing yesterday, but thankfully not as bad to day

๐Ÿ˜€

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Awe Debs I hope you got your Herbal Tea Advent Calendar now and enjoy so much. ๐Ÿ˜‡ I love those Advent Calender in many things they make great decorations. One year I got this Advent Calender from Jo Malone and I love so much to open each day whatโ€™s miniature in there, so much fun. ๐Ÿ˜

Oooh new phone arrives today too, you are going to be so busy setting up but it feels great to freshen up the contacts and content of the phone. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

Hope you enjoy the rest of the evening with so much joy and rest. ๐Ÿค—

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I am sure it will be interesting ๐Ÿ˜ but I will leave the phone to the weekend - just incase any disasters, I know it sounds a bit strange but I am a little sad to be replacing my galaxy A10 - I really loved that phone but its internal memory is full up and putting in a big memory card has not helped the issues.

I am glad you enjoyed your Jo Malone Calender, I got my mum one for xmas - with a mixture of perfumes - some in really cute bottles with bow shapes - she will like that ๐Ÿ˜

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Thatโ€™s very good plan to avoid any abruption in case datas transferred encounter any problems. Good thinking Debs. ๐Ÿ˜‡I just had a virtual photos taken uploaded for the bumper damages and everything went well. Technology these days make these things less hassles on our part. ๐Ÿ˜

Oh my Iโ€™m so glad you got your mom Jo Malone collection too. ๐Ÿ˜‡ I bet for sure she loves it and let me guess her fav is English Pear and Freesia. ๐Ÿ˜‡ Mine had little lip balm hand lotion and cleansing gel, room spray bottles soooo cute. โ˜บ๏ธ

My fav of all time is Wood sage &sea salt, and Black Berry & Bay. During winter time I love Nutmeg and ginger but itโ€™s discontinued now. Talking about this makes me excited how scents can elevate our mood so much and no one can do it so well like Jo Malone, perfect choice of gift for your Mom Debs! ๐Ÿ˜‡

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Your so right, I am probably worrying over nothing - I am sure it will go smoothly ๐Ÿ˜Š

Mums fav is definately Freesia - spot on Koko ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Just perfect Debs ๐Ÿ˜‡

Yes, looks like a very balanced and wholesome soup๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘. Looks filling and delicious too ๐Ÿ˜‹. Have a good night๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—.

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GB1 omggggggg!! I missed you im back ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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Awe feels so good our golden group is here. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ Miss you Joss, hope you are finishing High school great and entering College with success sweetie. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

Hey!! Welcome back๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™. What have you been up to GG?

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Drowning in hw lol ๐Ÿคฃ but i had been gone for to long I came back to take my place lmfaooo. Also applyingg to colleges is stressing me out i need to relax so I Rememberr all of you. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Hbu ?? what have you been up to ?

Yes its been so long๐Ÿ˜…. We saved your spot ofc๐Ÿ˜‚. Koko and I will send you peaceful n relaxing vibes๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you ! I appreciated ๐Ÿค— good vibes only

Those colleges would be lucky to have you๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š. Save a little time to come have fun in the vegan room once in a while with us๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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awww I will like I told greatmindfulness my goal before the end of the year is to make something vegan and post my two lovely cats ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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Awe canโ€™t wait to see your first vegan post Joss ๐Ÿค—, you will show joss style and we get to be inspired by you. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’š

Yes and her cats too๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ˜Š

I'm good. Very happy, living simply and enjoying life with a special someone๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

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Im so happy for you!! you deserve the best. sending warm hugs (cuz its cold here lol ) ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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Thank you Zazen, look whoโ€™s here ๐Ÿ˜? Our fav golden girl Joss. โค๏ธ

Yes I know, glad shes back in town๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ and im ready to party !! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ

I dont think we've had a party since you left๐Ÿค”โ˜น

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duh cuz I am the party ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Definitely overdue for a party๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

GreatMindfulness will get the party going๐Ÿ˜Ž

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We have a few members December birthday so Iโ€™ll make ๐ŸŽ‚ and we all can celebrate vegan style๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅณ ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ

m.youtube.com/watch?v=UmmGd...

This is how I dance๐Ÿ˜Ž

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oh!! you got some moves!! im ready for this party hoo hoo๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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what for dessert the chef need to tell us GreatMindfulness

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Hmmm since itโ€™s cold now, for dessert, shall we have some vanilla green bean pudding and tapioca ? ๐Ÿ˜‹

yummmyy ๐Ÿ˜†

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omg my birthday is in december too is the 5th birthday month buddies ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

Yours is December 5th?

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yeppppp!!

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I will be turning 18 finally !!๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

I'm the 5th too๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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wait really omg we are birthday twins ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

I'm gonna be 18 too๐Ÿ˜

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What is this are you my actual twin ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Yes this is crazyyyy๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ

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omg!! we are the golden twins now ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

No I'm actually gonna be 30๐Ÿ˜…. Sorry I couldn't help myself. But it is the 5th though ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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we can still be twins tho ๐Ÿฅบ I kinda new you were tricking me

๐Ÿ˜‘ it sounded to good to be true still tho we can have a party

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

I know it was wrong๐Ÿ˜ฌ. But we are still b-day twins๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰. Just not actual twinsโ˜น.

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Your ok I'm just a lil dramatic we are now to be called the B-day Golden twins ๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Sweeet name๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

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I just realized I dont follow u im so sorry I just did tho ๐Ÿ˜…

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Darklight_465 and ZazenRiver345, you both will share a two layer birthday cake ๐ŸŽ‚, how does that sound? ๐Ÿ˜

yayyyyyy!! if its bake by you I will eat it all so you might need another two layers cake ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Already eat with your eyes ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ. I think I will bake one layer is chocolate and another layer is vanilla cake with pink color from dragon fruit powder. Iโ€™ll sleep on it. ๐Ÿค” One is ๐Ÿ‘งlayer and one is ๐Ÿ‘ฆlayer. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

My eyes canยดt eat sadly ): but I am still grateful for you!! our amazing baker and cook in our golden group if it wasn't for you who would feed us (but I did see Zazen cooking picture it looked yummy) so im lucky to have you guys food makes me happy

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™ƒ

but before I decide to eat anything with my eyes they need to rest so I will see you all tomorrow. Its 12:23 so... im probably will be grumpy in the morning hugs and kisses to all of yall and it was very nice to meet you Kainan_li

Its gonna be sooo good๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Sounds lovely๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘

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Yeah Iโ€™m gonna be 30 as wellโ€ฆ.good god ๐Ÿ˜…

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whoop whoop so we are all twins now is the golden twin clan now ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŽ‰

Yโ€™all gonna need a bigger cake ๐Ÿฐ

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helloooo!! I dont know you yet but heyyyyy!!! I know your part of our golden group

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Hi!! Nice to meet you! I hear you are the golden girl of this little group ๐Ÿ˜‚

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yeppp!! I had left but I am backkkk!! I missed everyone ): but now tell me when is your birthday so we can start planning a party

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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Oh good. Mine is in March. Still a ways off

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is never to early to start planning!!! ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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Have a good night Darklight_465, ZazenRiver345, Kainan_li. Sweet dreams everyone! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

Goodnight all๐Ÿ˜ด. Great party Koko๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘

That soup looks amazing, and so beautiful. I had to look up bitter melons. At first glance I thought they were pattypan squash which I used to grow and just love. I tried to grow them here this year, the plants grew and had lots of flowers but no squash developed at all. Very little grows here. Looking at your soup made me smile though it seems Iโ€™m very late to the party that followed ๐Ÿ˜

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Awe thank you HungryHufflepuff very much! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™

Iโ€™m having the second day soup now that the broth is so good in this chilly weather. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘

Itโ€™s true bitter melon does look like party pan squash or gourd too. Oh wow I wonder how the flowers look like. Hmm sometimes I think it might take a second season for them to give fruits.๐Ÿค” I hope they do give out fruits from all your effort soon. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

We had a little reunion of the golden girl group and itโ€™s US timeline but you can join us at anytime. I joined HU when the pandemic happened and these guys have been my great support. ๐Ÿ˜‡

So we have 2 birthdays on Dec 5, when is yours H.? Iโ€™ll plan things out for sure and we can all celebrate. ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ‘

I thought Iโ€™d taken some pictures of the patty pan flowers but I can only find one photo on my phone and itโ€™s not a great photo. Iโ€™ll try to post it sometime. My birthday is dec 14 so it seems we have a lot of celebrating to do this month, and lots of cake to eat ๐ŸŽ‚

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Yes whenever you have time to post your lovely patty pan flowers. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Perfect we shall have birthday cakes ๐ŸŽ‚ celebration this month, Iโ€™m so excited, itโ€™s gonna be so much fun! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

This is not a great picture and gives no sense of scale. The yellow flower is the patty pan flower. It's a big flower, the size of a large orange. You can see all the buds on the plant. They're big too. They all flowered, I'd meant to take pictures once they'd opened.

Patty pan flower
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Oh that is beautifulllll H., I feel like these flowers are edible. ๐Ÿค” The tree looks like it thrives and I hope it does give out fruits for you next season. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Thank you for showing me, now I know how colorful patty pan plant can give out flowers like this. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’š

I havenโ€™t heard of patty pan flowers being eaten, but other squash flowers are edible, theyโ€™re usually stuffed and I think fried. Personally I havenโ€™t eaten the flowers, though I do like edible flowers, especially nasturtium which I had lots of this year ๐ŸŒป

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I think I saw your salad photo looked like a painting with your edible flowers in it. ๐Ÿ˜‡

I love looking at it and absolutely gorgeous, needs to be posted on a separate post here. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘I canโ€™t find edible flowers that big enough to stuff and fry here in whole food market I checked though.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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