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Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Cashews

Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Cashews

The inspiration/idea for this recipe came one evening as I was sitting out on my balcony reading through Burma by Naomi Duguid. Burma is more than just a cookbook. It is a book filled with beautiful pictures of food as well stunning visuals  of Burmese life.  You can actually learn quite a bit from this book and I find it incredibly interesting.  So much detail is provided about the country’s traditional food, you can’t help but want to learn more and most of all taste some of it!  I would recommend this book to anyone. It is simply amazing.

The recipe that inspired me for this green bean recipe was a simple dish called long-bean salad with roasted peanuts.  It called for fish sauce, roasted peanuts, fried shallots, shallot oil and lime. As you will see I changed the recipe by using cashews instead, using sesame oil, dropping the fish sauce and adding cilantro.

You may notice that in the instructions the beans are cut in half but in the picture they are whole. After having made and eaten the dish I decided I thought it was better to cut them in half. Cutting them in half will allow you to get more cashews and shallots with the beans in each mouthful. Isn’t that the point? Get all that delicious stuff in your mouth at the same time and enjoy.

Green beans are in season now so get on those fresh local beans while you still can.  Continue reading

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Jalapeño & Lime Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Hash

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Brussels Sprouts. Good old brussels sprouts. Disliked by many, and loved as well. You either love them or hate them. I am convinced a lot more people would/could love them if they had them prepared differently. I love brussels sprouts even if they are just steamed or boiled, but ye,s they do have a strong flavour.

For those who do not share my love of brussels sprouts, a dish like this jalapeño, lime, sweet potato, brussels sprouts hash might just help change their mind. Combining them with roasted sweet potatoes definitely might help convert more of you. The sweet deliciousness of roasted sweet potatoes is hard not to love. A little love served up in the form of lime, jalapeño and cilantro. Boo ya! Now we are talking! You know you want some. It’s ok to admit it. I won’t tell anyone.

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Delicious, Easy and Quick Healthy Meal; Lentils Rice & Broccoli

My intention here was to make a simple dish that is a complete meal.  I stuck to the plan and it was a success.  Although it does require cooking rice, broccoli, and lentils, it is incredibly easy, straightforward, and relatively quick.  So all you do is cook the 3 main ingredients, chop some cilantro, and then dress with olive oil, lemon juice and cumin.

I  decided to add the cumin later to add a little something to the dish to make it a little more flavourful.  I toasted the cumin seeds, and then ground them in a mortar and pestle.  This is the most complicated thing in this recipe however not 100% necessary.  While toasting the cumin seeds and grinding them yourself is nice, you could also use ground cumin.  Skipping the cumin all together is another option if the lemon, olive oil and cilantro does it for you. Continue reading

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Fresh Corn & Black Bean Salad Recipe

There is nothing quite like fresh corn on the cob eaten the same day it was picked.  The sweet delicious flavour screams summer.  It reminds me of summers as a kid.  I would always get so excited for corn on the cob.  Corn on the cob and peaches!  The truth is I still get just as excited, if not more.

Another thing I love about the end of summer is all the hot peppers on display at the market. They are absolutely beautiful.  So many different kinds and so many different colours.  Cayenne, chilli, habanero, jalapeño, cherry bomb just to name a few.  How much heat can you handle?

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Orange Cocoa Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

This is a hearty dish with a lot of flavour.

Smoky spicy chipotle peppers, rich cocoa, sweet tangy orange.

Eating this makes me happy and I hope it does the same for you.

Onions, carrots, celery = mirepoix. The foundation.

Building that flavour one step at a time.  First your onions, carrots, celery, then your spices.

Just about half way and it is starting to look and smell really good.

Black beans with chipotle peppers. A match made in heaven.

A short video of the delicious action.

How do you make this awesome dish you ask? Well I am going to tell you of course.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Orange Cocoa Stew

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 carrot, diced

1 celery rib, diced

1 medium sweet potato, cut in chunks

1 can (540 ml)  black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

zest of half an orange

1 or 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (comes in a can) – 2 if you like it hot and smokey

2 tbsp of the adobo sauce

2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

2 cups boiling water

1 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 avocado for garnish, cut in chunks (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Spices

1 dried chili, crushed

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp oregano

Instructions

1. In a large pot or dutch oven sauté your onions, garlic, carrots and celery in the olive oil for 5 minutes until they begin to soften.  You can add a little salt and pepper at this point. 3 twists of the grinders for each will do.

2.  While you veggies are sautéing mix your spices in a mortar and pestle and grind together.  Once the veggies are ready add the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3.  Add your beans, sweet potato, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce. Mix everything together and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4.  Add the orange juice and stir around for 30 seconds. Add the water.

4.  Cook for 25- 30 mins stirring occasionaly.  If during cooking you feel you need to add more water go ahead. A little bit at a time.

5. Remove from heat.  Add chopped cilantro and orange zest.

6. Serve in bowls topped with a few pieces of avocado.

serve in bowls with brown rice or organic corn tortillas

Serves 2 (maybe 3)

Enjoy the smokey goodness.  This one is money in the bank.

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