black bean breakfast taco

Black Bean Breakfast Taco

January 27

Over a year ago we went to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks. We didn’t know much about the food there before we went but we quickly learned that in addition to the amazing fresh fruit smoothies, fish and fried plantains, we would be eating a lot of rice and beans. If you had asked me before we went if rice and beans excited me, I would have said no. It’s not something I usually eat at home and the idea of eating them at least twice a day with every meal would not have sounded overly appealing to me. Surprisingly, the rice and beans that I had there were often very, very tasty: super flavourful without being overly spiced. Regardless, by the end of the trip, it became a running joke that the first thing I would cook for us when we got back home was rice and beans. Honestly, after 14 days of it, we weren’t going to be eating rice and beans and time soon.

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quinoa and brocolli patties

Broccoli and Quinoa Patties

January 24

Patties are a whole category of dinner recipes that I love. They are endlessly versatile. You can take whatever vegetables are hanging out in your fridge, combine it with some grains (or not) and spice it up however you choose. But it’s one of those dishes that I always have to pull up a recipe for. The worst (and far too common problem) is putting together all of your ingredients, placing some patties in the pan, and having it all fall apart (literally). While they’re usually still edible, it’s a total pain and the texture is all wrong. That’s why having this broccoli and quinoa patty recipe in my back pocket is so important.

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roasted mini eggplant and couscous

Middle Eastern Eggplant and Couscous

January 16

I never used to keep couscous in the house. Not for any reason in particular, it was just never on my radar. Now that I am playing around with it, I am realizing how much a grain can inspire different flavours. I definitely don’t usually use spices like cinnamon and paprika very often, but couscous calls for some middle eastern flair, so I went to my most reliably delicious Middle Eastern source, Ottolenghi. This time around I wanted to pair couscous with some mini eggplants, that I bought, once again, because they were so cute. While I realize this is not the best strategy for buying food, I can’t help it. Even though it was tough to figure out a dish, I’m pretty happy that I was forced into a place that I wouldn’t have explored otherwise because it ended up being a very delicious journey.

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black sesame challah

Black Sesame Challah

January 12

It’s been far too long since we have had french toast. There have been a number of occasions when we wanted to make it so badly that we’ve gone to the local pharmacy (the closest store to us that sells any sort of food) to find bread. Alas, we could not bring ourselves to buy the wonderbread-esque stuff that they sell, so it’s been a while. Yesterday, though, was our ten year anniversary so on top of feeling hungry, I was feeling nostalgic. French toast is our special breakfast food. Before I learned how to make scones, pancakes or crepes, french toast was our thing. So, I knew that I had to make some challah in preparation for a very special Sunday morning french toast meal.

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