{Guest Post @ Simply Vegetarian} Chopseuy

(This is a scheduled post; I will reply to you when fasting hours is up.)

Sonal is one of the most amazing good friends here in the blogging community. She creates wonderful, wonderful dishes and one of the things that I was really starstruck are these Aam Papad or Mango Fruit Leather Strips. The first thing I thought of? I would never be patient enough to wait for five hours. 😀 But did I read it correctly that she called me naughty?? Hmm! Am I? Am I? No worries, Sonal. I know I am… in a funny way, maybe? 😛

Now, let’s talk about  my guest post:

[I think] back in April, Sonal @ Simply Vegetarian 777 invited me to do a guest post. As far as I can remember, I immediately said ‘Yes’, as if I am a vegetarian who knows a lot of vegetarian dishes. I trusted myself enough to come up with something.

My friend used to bring me Falafels and I told her, they were delicious. Those Falafels have no strong taste and smell, so I liked it. Also, they were so light and so crunchy. They also go with a spicy sauce (not Tahini) and I love spicy – I really loved the sauce. Since the day I have eaten those, they stuck in my mind. So you would see me walking with a Falafel balloon over my head. 😀 Falafels were the first choice for my guest post. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out so well. What happened, you ask? (a) The cumin powder overpowered the Falafels. And cumin is not a very good friend of mine for now. (b) The recipe does not include baking powder, so I did not get the texture I wanted – lighter Falafels. No eggs, either. (c) The Falafels are dense and heavy. Imagine Falafel Rocks. 😀

Not that they were not delicious, but cumin and I have not gotten along so well up to this moment. So I saved half of the mixture, then I mixed one egg and baking powder and they were better. I did not take a photo because I don’t want to share something I don’t 100% like.

I did not try the second choice, so I proceeded with the third one. It was a vegetable soup, but the photo was taken by a person who has been in the kitchen for hours and baked two treats, cleaned up the mess. I was just too tired to take photos and I did not pay attention to the light.

So, what now? I promised Sonal that I will be emailing her on the month of June. She told me that she’d bug me on the end of May, and she did. I told her to move it on June. When I mentioned that my attempt was not successful, she then asked me if I would like to move it on July… I said ‘No.’ I know I’d come up with something else and I knew it was that vegetable soup. And the photo failed me. That’s when I started asking my dear BFF, Google. It gave me many recipes, but nothing caught my eye except for Ratatouille. I have not tried making it, but it seemed very easy. I came to my friend (not Google this time)

Me: You know what, I already have something for Sonal – Ratatouille, (showing her the recipe)

B: Um, that’s good, too. Vibrant colors and seems easy to do.

Me: Yeah! I don’t think I will fail this time. The Falafels failed me. The photo of the third one failed me. Maybe I’ll get lucky this time.

I was just listing the ingredients I need for the Ratatouille, and the same day…

B: (on a chat) Hey, why don’t you try Chop Suey?

Me: Ohhh! Yes!! Brilliant idea. Ok! Ok! That’s perfect for the guest post.

And here comes the Chop Suey:



Please see my guest post for Sonal to get the recipe. 😉 And I am bringing this to Angie’s place at The Novice Gardener. Thank you, Angie and to our co-hosts for today. ❤

 Along with this, I am also sharing you some photos I posted on my Instagram.

During the second week of Ramadan, I had the chance to revisit one of my recipes – Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken. I was searching for recipes and I told myself ‘Hey, you have a blog. Why don’t you check your blog for recipes?’ 😀 I was just a little disappointed as I put too much lemon, so it was more like a lemony-much roasted chicken. 😛

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…and I also made Sonal’s Hasselback Potatoes – oh! I loved it. I will be making some soon and take good photos.


…and sweet and sour meatballs –

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…and I did have some fruits for smoothies –


Happy FF#24! 

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Enjoy the weekend and enjoy the party!!

xx Jhuls



75 thoughts on “{Guest Post @ Simply Vegetarian} Chopseuy

    1. I am so sorry to be just responding. 😦
      This chicken was indeed so lemony – the effect of putting too much lemon than the required amount. 😀 Thanks a lot for stopping by. Have a lovely mid-week.

    1. Glad to know you loved it. 🙂 Thanks a lot for stopping by. I’m sorry for the late response. I hope you are having a good time. ❤

    1. Hi, Aunt Juju! Sorry to be just responding. Things have been so crazy busy. Thank you so much. I hope you are having a great week. ❤

  1. Oh yeah Sonal is a sweetheart. She was one of my first blogger friends. 🙂
    And i too can understand your struggle to find a good vegetarian dish. I too struggle a lot with that. My vegetarian friends always complaint coz there are very few veggie dishes in my blog. Hehe! But i must say your vegetable chop suey looks too delicious. Good one. The chicken looks tempting too. Happy fiesta friday! 😊😊

    1. After my guest post, I was eager to find more dishes to try. 😀 Thank you so much, Sadia. And I am sorry for the late response. I am still having a hard time to keep up with blogging. 😦 I hope you are having a good time. ❤

  2. Everything looks amazing Jhuls, the chicken the chop suey, meatballs all super delicious. Totally agree, love Sonal and her site, she makes Vegetarian food so mouthwateringly delicious I forget that I eat meat.

    1. Thank you, Gerard. Still not tried making bread again. 😦 Been super busy with the soon to be expired ingredients. 😀

      Thanks for being here. I hope you have a pleasant week. 🙂 And thanks – it’s nice to know that you love my stories.

  3. You are such a little love, Jhuls! You had me laughing out loud.. 🙂 I love everything about this post. The chop suey looks fabulous… the chicken and potatoes? Outstanding.. And those sweet and sour meatballs.. Yum. Awesome post. ❤

    1. Haha! Thanks a lot, Prudy. I am glad that I am making someone laugh. 😀 Thanks for being here. I hope you have a lovely week. ❤

  4. Bubbles – I have so missed you! I just loved this post (I am going over to Sonal’s in a minute) Only you could document your failures and make me wish that they were mine too! The chop suey looks fab and just what we need at the party this week – thanks for sharing and happiest of FF to you my lovely xx

    1. I am missing you, too, Selma. I am glad you are back as a co-host. 😀 And did you notice that I did not bring sweets today? 😛

      Have a wonderful and safe week, Selma. ❤

  5. You really have been busy. I bet even your so-called failures were delicious as some of us have a good relationship with cumin. Thanks for bringing these treats to Fiesta Friday.

    1. Indeed, Hilda. I was very busy at work and home. I miss hanging out with all of you at FF. Thanks for co-hosting and I know you had fun. Have a wonderful week. ❤

  6. Jhuls, you are so funny ..had me cracking up with your write-up here. U know what? I am going to be hanging next to you at FF…will be so much fun! Oh I know you are fasting….but perhaps we can stay away from the foods and just chat! Will be so wonderful! Btw ur chop suey looks so colorful and I bet delicious! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sarah!! 😀 I hope you enjoyed the FF. I am so sad I have not talked to most of you during that day. I will catch up soon. ❤

  7. Great post Jhuls. As with all kitchen mishaps, we live, learn and ultimately, laugh. Thanks for bringing the chop suey to the party. Happy FF 🙂

  8. I am now officially starving looking at all of those delicious photos. Wonderful post! Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

  9. Very pretty! This time is definitely the charm. Although I know all the other ones were great too! I love the pretty colors in the veggie dish. And your story had me cracking up!

  10. Hello France Jhuls!:) Just got back from a holiday there in the Philippines. That was just so quick anyway.How I wish we have meet while I am there but I got problems connecting to the world harhar. The internet connection was so slow 😦 Anyway, I miss the blogging world and have missed plenty of yummy post that I need to catch up. I wish I could start blogging again soon but this jet lag thing is still stopping me to do so.Have a lovely weekend dear. I miss you a lot ♥♥♥

    1. Hi, France. I am so glad to hear from you. I didn’t know that you went for vacation. Haven’t been on FB for too long, so I was not updated. I hope you did enjoy your vacation and as for the blogging, I am so excited to hear your stories and see yummy recipes. I miss you, too. ❤

  11. Loved reading this again Jhuls! Your humor always shines through! Glad you did this for Sonal, and glad you are bringing it to FF!!

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