Saturday Mix | Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup w/ Chili Roasted Corn

July 16, 2016

Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup w/ Chili Roasted Corn by Faring Well #vegan

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” My friend Jodi posted this quote the other day. Something about the ebb and flow of life lately caused my heart to receive this with a thud. Yes. The truth in the phrase rung so loud in my ears I was glad to have been sitting down when I read it, otherwise I might have fallen over. Rather than list all of the ways comparison has been robbing me of joy lately, I’d like to move past it with you now and have us encourage one another to not let what is happening around us determine our self worth. Let’s look inside to what we know we are capable of, how we are unique, and let our individuality be our guide. Let’s pave a new road, and instead of asking Pinterest what is stylish – lets look in our cupboards and closets and ask ourselves “what is something beautiful I can make with this today.”

The components for that delicious meal is already sitting in your fridge; that super cute outfit you’ve been saving to buy is already folded away in your drawer; that photograph you’ve been looking to take is not going to be created by something you buy – its going to be created by you, using a camera. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, let’s take this weekend to look at what we do have (for I’m sure it is plenty), and lets create something beautiful. Not because social media told us it was, but because each of us sat in front of something and decided with our own eyes that it was the most magnificent thing – or at least it was after we took the time to give it attention. Give it worth; give yourself worth. Imagine if we approached the day believing “I have everything I need”. Try it today, and see if you feel less “inadequate” and find more beauty tucked away in your life than you imagined. This is a new goal of mine I wanted to pass along to you. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since I read that quote, and its only getting louder.

I’ve been striving to create recipes as of late using what I already have on hand, rather than neglecting a full fridge to go to the market and purchase new items to sooth my recipe developing craze. This simple cucumber yogurt soup is so wonderful, and a great lunch for a warm summer’s day. I keep a jar of chili roasted corn on hand in the fridge to sprinkle on top for texture and flavor. But feel free to get creative and use whatever you have that you think would be nice. The addition of cumin in the soup is key, and brings out the most wonderful contrasting flavor with the cool cucumber and tangy yogurt. Happy weekend, friends – xx


If I could have three of my favorite bloggers cook for me this weekend, I would choose Belen’s grapefruit and coconut drink,  Agnes’ Swedish toasts, and Virpi’s n’ice cream sandwiches.

My favorite olive oil made by Dina’s family in Greece is now available on Amazon! HOORAY.

I received Emma’s new cookbook this last week and right in the nick of time. I was in such a slump, until I read her words and immersed myself in her recipes. Now I feel invigorated and so jazzed to get making all the wonderful, thoughtful dishes in the gorgeous book.

I loved the creative ways to use marble in your kitchen on Apartment Therapy, especially that back splash.

We are still waiting to unpack our (Scott’s) record collection until we find the right piece. This one just caught my eye and I hope he likes it too *crossing fingers*.

Scott says I’m not allowed to buy any more t-shirts until I get more “regular girl clothes” (whatever that means), but I really want THIS ONE.

I really want a huge print of this to hang above my desk, so rad.

I love the simplicity of these protein bars and am itching to give them a whirl – usually simple is annoyingly best.

Time for some tunes! Really digging Lord Huron’s album “Love Like Ghosts“.


Makes 1 serving, multiply as needed.

cucumber yogurt soup
5.3 ounces plain, unsweetened almond milk yogurt (I use this one)
1 cup diced cucumber
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

chili roasted corn
1 ear of corn
dab of olive oil
sea salt
chili powder

For the corn: Preheat the broiler to low, and place a rack about 8 inches below the flame. Lightly rub the ear of corn with a dab of olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and chili powder. Place under the broiler on the rack (I set a cookie sheet on the rack below to catch any spices that may fall) and cook for 15 minutes, rotating a quarter turn every 5 minutes. Remove and let cool before slicing off the kernels. Use right away or store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge. Use within one week.

For the soup: Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and puree on high until silky smooth. Serve right away with chili roasted corn on top and enjoy.


Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup w/ Chili Roasted Corn by Faring Well #veganChilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup w/ Chili Roasted Corn by Faring Well #vegan


  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full July 16, 2016 at 6:30 am

    This is really something I needed to read today, Jessie. I’ve been on social media, more than I probably should be, watching the highlight reel of people’s lives and feeling like my own is lacking. But you said it yourself – what we need is already within us, or within our current belongings, just waiting to be accessed. Thank you for the reminder <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I’m so glad this could speak to you too girl, I am right there with you – and I believe most of us actually are on an all-too-common basis. Here’s to reminding one another we have it all <3 hugs!

  • Reply Ingrid | let's talk evergreen July 16, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I also agree with Sarah.. It’s the biggest weakness of this day and age. We are constantly reminded of what other’s do instead of focusing on our own abilities and share it not because we want to impress others, but because we are proud of ourselves. I have major problems with this as well and this quote + your story absolutely helps darling! You are one of my biggest inspirations. xx <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Aw Ingrid, thank you for your sweet note! It is all too easy to fall into the “everyone is better than me” slump, and I think you are just absolutely incredible and oozing with talent. I hope you are feeling encouraged and empowered this week to be you! xo

      • Reply Ingrid | Let's talk evergreen July 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

        Thanks darling! That means really a lot to me! And this piece really helped to be “me” again. :) Talk soon! xoxo

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha July 16, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I always compare me, my work with the blog, with all other bloggers. I have a hard time when I see my Instagram shots gaining only a little popularity and my blog with really few visits, even when I’m sure I’ve done a good job. It’s frustrating. But it may be true, stop comparing is the best way to live and be proud od ourselves. I’ll try :D
    Btw, super easy but delicious recipe! Can you really find unsweetened almond yogurt?? On their website, it isn’t mentioned :/

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Yes, do try lovely Valentina! We each have our own unique skill set and can only shine when we let ourselves be, well, ourselves! I hope you are feeling encouraged and confident this week girl. And as for the yogurt, I consider their plain version unsweetened because I believe the tiny amount of sugar in it is only used for bacteria growth in the culturing process! It tastes just as tangy and not-sweet as traditional greek yogurt to me.

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff July 16, 2016 at 10:16 am


    This is exactly what I needed to read this week. I’m definitely guilty of comparing my work to others’ and nothing good ever comes of it. Your thoughts on self worth are right on and your words are so inspiring! I love the idea of working with what we have and believing in ourselves. Thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Sasha, thank you sweet friend! I’m so happy to have delivered some helpful words to you, goodness knows I needed them as well. xx

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout July 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    You always seem to capture what I am feeling so well. I’ve been feeling a little down lately on the comparison front, and there are totally moments when I feel like there is no point in keeping up my own work. But then I’ll have a free afternoon and whip something up without even thinking of blogging, and it just feels so good! Alsooo, I saw Lord Huron live last week and they were totally amazing. Thank you for the inspiring words, always <3 <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      I can totally relate Maya, and I’m so glad to be on similar wavelengths so as to help encourage you a bit too! Live in those sweet, positive moments when your creativity fuels your work as much as you can <3 and as for the Lord Huron concert, that is SO RAD!

  • Reply Jodi July 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Yes. The first time I heard that quote it was such a THUD for me too. Bam. That’s it. 6 simple words that make it so easy to let go. To stop comparing. To bring yourself out of that place and into so much more joy! It is always, always a constant reminder singing in my head. I’m so glad it brought the same feelings to you. I guess that’s why we’re all out here sharing what we know. You never quite know who you might inspire. Imagine a world where we all did and made and ATE the same thing? Ouf. I want color, genuine stories, adventures! I want cucumber soup and to learn from you and all these other wonderful ladies commenting here today. My goodness what a party :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      My goodness what a party indeed girl! I’m so grateful for all of the inspiration you constant provide me. It would be such a bore if we all did and ate the same things – amen! I want all that you do too, and hope to be more intentional about ceasing the constant comparisons my brain always gravitates towards. Because you are right, it is so freeing to let go! Ah. So many hugs to you friend. xx

  • Reply Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats July 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    So many truths, the perfect thing to read as I sit here on a Saturday morning and bring in yet another Amazon prime delivery box and don’t even remember what it is that I ordered…

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      I’m so glad it spoke to you too Joyce! I know that feeling so well. xx

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude and greens July 16, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Jessie! It’s been so long since I’ve been on the blogosophere and I love the new look on your site! Sorry if I’m a little late on that. “Comparison is the thief of joy” is one of my favourite quotes- it really reminds me to take a step back and see how much I have to be grateful for and to appreciate everyone’s uniqueness! Happy Saturday, lovely lady! <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Aw thank you Genevieve! I appreciate you stopping by tons. Yay for the quote-love, and happy week to you too girl!

  • Reply Sus // July 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

    It is one of my favourite quotes and when Jodi posted it I wanted to scream ‘YES!!!!’ Your words ring so true Jessie, I am the worst for comparing myself, or over thinking things, but am trying to be more positive and grateful. I am going to tell myself ‘I have everything I need’ every morning this week.
    We are due some hot sunshine-y weather this week in the UK, this recipe will fit the dinner bill oh-so well!
    Hugs to you Jessie.

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Ah me too! Screaming yes everyday over here girl, I hope your reminder each morning is bringing you so much joy! I already feel so much free-er to just be myself, and hope you do too. Yay for sunshine this week for you! And thank you for your sweet words on this recipe too, you are the sweetest Sus – hugs!

  • Reply Molly July 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    After reading through the comments, it seems like we’re all feeling a little down from comparing ourselves to others. I love your thoughts in this post, and the recipe looks beautiful!

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      It is all too common amongst us all, isn’t it? I’m so glad you enjoyed my thoughts here and thank you for the sweet compliments on the recipe too! Hope you are having a stellar week Molly <3

  • Reply Chelsey July 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Well said. I think we can all be a little guilty of this now and then. It’s good to have a reminder to come back to what we do have and be grateful for it. x

    • Reply Faring Well July 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you Chelsey, so kind of you to say! <3

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition July 19, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I think I may have had the same reaction to this post as you did after reading the quote Jodi shared. Only now am finding the words to comment after having reread this post over and over again and having a chance to let the words sink in. I admit it’s hard to look at the beautiful work of others and not feel some subtle pings of jealousy. But I find that acknowledging the feeling and shifting my mind to look at it as inspiration really helps. Thanks for sharing this post. It really hit home and I will continue to use it as a reminder that everything I have is right here in front of me and within me. I’m making it a ritual to say “what is something beautiful I can make with this today” each morning before I get out of bed.

    P.S. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time with your mom (via Instagram)! I hope to hear all about it this week :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 23, 2016 at 8:02 am

      I’m so glad we can relate Jess! Thank you for your amazing comment, and tip with the acknowledgment + shifting of your perspective. So well said and a wonderfully positive spin on an otherwise self deprecating moment. I hope your past week was full of beautiful creations <3 hugs to you sweet Jess! And thank you about the sweet time with my momma, it was perfect - xx

  • Reply Phoebe July 21, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Girl. YES. I feel you. I’ve been trying to be on social less, because I haven’t been able to fortify myself against these feelings. But so hard as an ambitious striver to feel, as a result, that you’re not working hard enough. Thanks for all the positive silver linings of relearning to be in the present. xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 23, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Thank you so much for your comment here Phoebe! It is so hard and requires a lot of intention to not get sucked into the social comparisons each day. I hope you feel as if you are doing amazing because you SO ARE girl. Thank you for stopping by this space, hugs to you friend! <3

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