Something that I've been known to do is buy a cookbook or two (or three). The last couple of months have welcomed a few new book babies into my collection, the most recent, Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook. I was inspired to get busy in the kitchen. My take on one of Nathan's Rosh Hashanah recipes (the holiday taking place September 24 to 26 of this year), features a few of the traditionally used, very sweet, ingredients that will appear during this time, including: apples, honey, and sweet potatoes.
I just made 5 quarts of chili... on purpose! Behind the scenes, I've working on some articles this week, making vast quantities of main course meals that may or may not freeze well, for 2015 publications. I repeat, 2015. 2014 is so over. I love chili, but too much chili is too much chili. The only solution to too much chili is cornbread, preferably made in a cast iron skillet for a crispy-edged, fluffily crumbed, slightly sweet (yet savoury) quick bread. And since I have a few "issues" not being able to make anything without a vegetable or fruit, I've adorned this with a fan of zucchini, which dare I say, made it even better. It also solves the stale, next-day cornbread conundrum, keeping it fresher, longer.
We might as well dive right into my favourite time of year to cook, starting with a warming, healthy, and hearty meal-in-a-bowl soup. This recipe is adapted from The SOBO Cookbook, a cookbook I purchased at the eponymous Tofino restaurant this past summer. I was immediately drawn to its diverse and drool-worthy soup chapter. Soup is a meal that I'll happily slurp down any time of year, with my consumption going into overdrive from September to March. This particular recipe had such a lovely name, 'Health in a Bowl,' I thought it would be ideal to kick off soup season for a little immune-boosting action.
Summer is coming to a close, and I can officially say that this has been one of my best (maybe the best), professionally and personally. At the beginning of the summer, I set a few heavy professional goals and have been able to check off all of those little boxes. Nice. Personally, I had one of the best getaways to date with my dad and sister (you can read all about that here). I've made many fantastic new friends from all over the world. I've met a wonderful boy. I built myself a little office. I've eaten more than my weight in blueberries (but this happens every year...). I turned 27. I've devoured hundreds of fantastic meals. And so much more! The only not-so-nice thing that's really happened this summer was that my camera broke and I keep stealing my dad's, but now I get to look into a new one, so it's not all bad. Am I lucky? Nope. I'm a firm believer in "the harder you work, the luckier you get." You know, "just do it." (I just used two too many sports adages; my apologies.)
Eating nut butter is a big part of my daily routine, however, for the last year or so, I've been making my own as I go through it at such an alarming rate, I would nut butter-myself out of house and home. This is why I was genuinely thrilled when Windy City Organics sent me a care package of specialty nut butters. These weren't just any nut butters, oh no, the package was filled with ones I've never made, ones I've never tasted, and ones I've never even heard of. To my delight, I received, Rawmio (aka healthy Nutella consisting of raw cacao and hazelnuts -dreams really do come true!), Dastony Coconut Butter (a completely different product than coconut oil), and Dastony Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Butter. My nut butter world has been sufficiently rocked.
Today's post is going to be a little different. I was asked by Mode Media (the nice people that provide the moving advertisements for this blog), to participate in a recipe roundup. I got to make a snazzy slideshow, so hello, I simply had to participate. I'm a sucker for a slideshow and they make it easy for me to feel HTML-competent, which is just icing on the cake.
Can you tell that it was a rainy day when I was taking these photos? The lighting is a bit dark for what I was going for, but think of these burritos as that multicoloured arc lighting up the sky after a summer rain. Was that too cheesy? Yes, yes it was. I picked up this candy-coated rainbow chard at a local produce barn over the weekend and happily snacked on a leaf while driving home. I'd never tried rainbow chard before, but like its jelly bean palette, it turned out to be surprisingly sweet. Not saccharine, but pleasant. If you've ever tried to snack on raw kale, it's umm... pungent. Yes, let's stick with that. Raw kale needs a massage, some lemon or balsamic, sea salt, and a bit of marinating time to make it sing. I was pleasantly surprised that raw chard does not -welcome to Lazytown! It's irony, rich, and makes a beautiful burrito (two words that felt extremely weird typing next to each other) that can be eaten warm or cold, raw (without an overly-pungent "green" taste) or steamed. Options, options, options!
I read many food blogs and I'm always amazed at the beautiful recipes, photos, and flavour combinations dreamt up by my fellow fbs. Something that I've felt rather upset about lately is the fact that Canada doesn't have a Trader Joe's and every US food blogger talks about Trader Joe's or "TJ's," as it's affectionately referred to, on a regular basis. I wish they'd just come up here already! After reading Alexis' fabulous Trader Joe's post, I was craving a good-old fashioned field trip. Off to Whole Foods I went!
First off, my internet decided to stop working today. I called tech support and was informed the part I required was a 30 minute drive (have I mentioned I live far away from things?). Nevertheless, I did some sleuthing around town, talked to some technology dudes, and finally got the part I needed. I'm happy to report that my modem is now lit up like a Rockefeller Center evergreen. During this exercise, I learned that I'm very attached to the internet, but it did force me to turn off for a bit and just Word-it for a solid couple of hours, so even steven.
I'm not done yet! Yesterday, some of my Winter 2013 and Spring 2014 posts decided to do a disappearing act. Good grief. I think I've recovered most of it, but some bits and pieces seem to have floated away into outer space or wherever lost blog bits go. I think it's a problem with my host, which is constantly toying with my emotions. Oh well, thank goodness for backups. When it rains, it pours. Something else that's been doing a disappearing act around here is this zippy tomato chutney (how's that for a super segue?).
It's been far too long since my last buddha bowl instalment and you all know how much I love BIG healthy meals in bowls. More is more, that's my motto. When I posted the chili a couple of weeks ago, I was all gung-ho about autumn and I know there's quite a few summer lovers out there, which is why I've named this bowl in your honour (it also happens to be a "swell" surf documentary from the 60s). While I'm not partial to the heat that comes along with summer, I am partial to the produce that comes along with it.