It’s almost time to say goodbye to Calgary. Actually, you are probably reading this recipe
after we’ve already left. We’ll be on vacation for four weeks (yay!), before we make the actual move to New York, and I am trying to prepare some posts in advance. I suspect that most of the recipes that you will be seeing will be the perfect type of food for summer BBQs and sharing with friends. These nachos definitely fit that bill. They are just a step up from the typical chips and dips that are ubiquitous at any summer party (For good reason: everyone loves crunchy chips, guacamole and salsa!). With the addition of melty cheese, spiced beans, and pickled jalapeños, they are almost a meal in themselves. There will be a lot of goodbyes in the next couples of weeks, which is always strange and sad. But, if I have to say goodbye, I like to do it over good food.
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.
The other week I suggested enchiladas for dinner and I got shut down. My boyfriend claimed that he did not like enchiladas but I knew that this could not be true. Who doesn’t like a tortilla filled with flavourful, slightly spicy beans and rice, topped with fresh tomato sauce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream? No one, is the answer. I was proven right about 30 minutes later as I looked up from my plate and saw a sheepish smiling face sitting across from me.
Spaghetti squash is so exciting. It’s so satisfying to take a freshly roasted spaghetti squash and shred it with a fork. It’s remarkably easy. Why do spaghetti squash break apart that way? Are there any other vegetables that can be shredded so uniformly and beautifully? I don’t know. I have to admit, after roasting and shredding it I was pretty much prepared to eat it as is. It would be a lovely and satisfying side dish or snack eaten simply with salt, pepper and spice, but I needed a meal.