There's something about black beans and rice that I just love. Maybe it's the fact that growing up in the Dominican Republic and having it for lunch any given day of the week reminds me of my roots, of my childhood. Maybe it's the fact that my girls go crazy over it when my mom comes to visit and makes it in a way that is just pure food for the soul. Isn't it amazing how food translates into so many emotions? How it brings people together?
There was a time when tofu got very misunderstood. I think we've all heard it called flavourless or something that vegans only would enjoy. It took some time but but tofu finally got the praise it deserves.
So how do you cook tofu that turns out golden brown and full of flavour? I find marinating it in sesame oil, tamari, miso, garlic and ginger, a marinade that I often use at home, makes for a simple, yet delicious way to get it going. Usually, I roast it with vegetables, especially with eggplant, zucchini and asparagus then serve it over quinoa, farro or zucchini noodles. Comes summertime, for a weeknight meal, these tofu burgers come to the rescue.
I was that kid who loved mushrooms. As a child, I remember on Sundays my parents and I used to go out for Chinese food , and I would order the dish that had the most mushrooms - and eating them first.
Fast forward to when I became a vegetarian and my love for mushrooms only grew. Especially for Portobellos.
Every summer I think how lucky I am to live in the Niagara region. This area has some of Ontario’s Every summer I think how lucky I am to live in the Niagara region. This area has some of Ontario’s best wineries and it's also home to countless farmers markets.
What's that one thing you can't start your morning without? For me the answer is simple. COFFEE! I simply can't function without it. If I have to track where my love of coffee began, I would have to say it started in Dominican Republic, where I grew up. My grandmother used to wait until I got back from school and make me a latte before I could get started on homework. A coffee lover in training since I was 10 :)
How do you start your morning? I'm still working on putting 15 minutes aside to meditate every day (work in progress) but you can bet that my mornings start with a latte and just before I head to crossfit, a smoothie.
What's the best falafel you've ever had? For me that has to be the ones at a Middle Eastern shop on the east side of Toronto where they make them to perfection. Golden brown on the outside, spiced with cumin, and never dry. I usually have about 2 or 3( actually make that 4 or 5) with tons of spicy hummus, a garlicky tahini sauce and tabouleh. That dish my friends, sums up my idea of heaven. True food for the soul.
Besides waffles on Sundays, one of our favourite traditions at home is our weekly pizza nights. The girls and I have kept it for years, and usually includes a movie too ( isn't that combo the best ?)
I remember being pregnant with Isabella and having ALL the cravings for veggie hotdogs. Back then I keep it simple with ketchup and mustard. Later on I would add caramelized onions, a bit of feta and avocado (just typing this makes me want to have that exact combination;)
Hard to believe this is the first frittata that has made it to the blog! This is after all, our go to at home and one that we love having for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It starts by opening the fridge and seeing what could be used for ingredients. This is by the way, how I cook at home. Stocking up on essentials that help me put a meal together in no time. The perfect example of this food philosophy would be this Summertime frittata.
I've created this list of tips to set you up for success on your frittata endeavours :)