If you've got a calendar and can count a little bit in Spanish, you know what's happening today: Cinco de Mayo! It's that annual celebration of all things Mexican that is celebrated mainly in the Estados Unidos but we love to participate in the holiday by enjoying the dishes from one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
This year, we are keeping it simple. Lately we’ve been all about that salad life. Salads are easy, light and there are so many options you can go for. Cinco de Mayo is the perfect occasion to expand out of your taco truck state of mind and try something other than a cheese quesadilla.
We’ve been daydreaming about spring since the first day of winter, coping with chilly commutes by picturing Aperol spritz-fueled picnics with absurd quantities of strawberries. When April finally rolls around, here we are living our best bunker lives but no complaints here whatsoever because every cloud has a silver lining. Our silver lining looks like, smells like and tastes like food. This week we are all about fresh, creamy yet light chlorophyll-packed roasted asparagus soup.
These recipe also calls for a white wine. It’s important to remember that by the time your dish is done, you won’t be able to tell a $50 bottle from a $10 one. What actually matters is the type of wine you’re buying. There is a definite no when it comes to cooking with wine. STAY AWAY FROM COOKING WINE when a recipe calls for wine. Because there’s no point—you’re already getting rid of the alcohol, so why start with a product that has eliminated it for you? There are also additives in cooking wine, like salt and preservatives that mess with the natural lightness and acidity that wine brings to a dish.
Spring has officially sprung and while we cannot enjoy blooming flora due to full-time self-isolation (duh!!!), we can compensate by bringing spring-y bright colours to our plate bowl. It’s breaking news to no one that food in bowls has been trending for a while now. You can eat smoothies, burritos, and sushi and even soups 😯😯😯 in bowls now. It’s a pretty good trend, we think. Bowl food is easy—you can eat with one hand and text with the other—it looks great on Instagram, and it’s at least 10 percent healthier than food on a plate (don't quote us on this). Plus, why call it a salad when you can call it a Buddha bowl?
Now what exactly is a Buddha bowl we asked out loud?
“You are one with the universe,” the Buddha bowl cooed. “You have entered a state of bliss. You have ascended to the highest levels of human consciousness, and by the way, you look absolutely stunning today.” We sighed the sigh of the self-satisfied, boosted the saturation on the iPhone photo we just snapped, and dug in.
Okay, okay, okay, we totally made that part up. But whenever people utter these two words to describe deep-rimmed dishes overflowing with vibrant food, we wonder if that’s what's going on for them. So we rolled our sleeves and started looking for more info and this is what we found. The concept of the Buddha bowl is a favorite of yogis and health bloggers, particular those of the vegan persuasion. But what are they, exactly, apart from something we can’t stop seeing each time we scroll through our Instagram feed?
We made it. It’s December 24. Before we break out our January resolution pants, though, we’ve got some healthy and quick holiday cookies to squeeze in.
PSA: making linzer cookies isn't easy. They look and are extra. The shapes. The sandwich technique. The perfect dusting of powdered sugar. Who has time for that when you still need to decorate your Christmas tree which you haven’t bought yet, cook a five course Christmas dinner, wrap your Christmas presents that Amazon delivery guy should deliver today (fingers crossed) and keep your sanity while handling all this Christmas jazz.
We can’t believe it’s already time for the December playlist. Scratch that, we can’t believe that Christmas is happening tomorrow! It’s absolutely insane how fast the month — and year — has flown. Are you last minute Xmas cooking? Got all your last minute holiday shopping done? Like with last month’s playlist, here’s hoping this last minute mix of tunes will be a good one to have on in the background as you navigate the days ahead. We’ve included several low key songs this month (perfect for curling up with some cocoa by the fire), as well as plenty of upbeat tracks that’ll energize you to finish that last bit of gift wrapping and cookie making. And, no Christmas carols! (we hate to admit it, but we maxed out on them about a week after Thanksgiving. Total bah humbug, we know.)
Ah, Thanksgiving leftovers. What’s not to love!
It’s easy to figure out what to do with all the mashed potatoes and pie (eat it, duh) – but what about the extra can of cranberry sauce and all of those leftover herbs in your crisper drawer?
Make use of both in this recipe for this decadent Herbed Cashew Cheese and Cranberry Crostini. The best part? You can use either canned cranberry sauce or homemade/fresh, and you can mix and match the herbs you have leftover (we love the combination of fresh rosemary and thyme).
Happy Halloween! If you're throwing a Halloween party, you have to serve more than candy and alcohol. We made this olive tapenade the other evening and honestly we could NOT stop eating it. Those little crunchy pieces of toasted rice cakes topped with ample quantities of olive goodness were going down like gangbusters.
Fall means different things to different people. Some of us love the crunch of leaves underfoot; some savor a crisp autumn breeze; some want nothing more than a mug full of hot liquid spiked with seasonal flavours.
But let's not kid ourselves: at this time of year, it's really all about the pumpkin. Maybe we're just pumpkin enablers, but if you ask us, there's nothing wrong with a seasonal pumpkin addiction. That's why we are sharing with you today our favourite pumpkin soup recipe for those chilly nights.
It’s cold out. And music can warm you up. With the refreshing weather coming in, it’s time to refresh our playlists with the best of the best – from a new Tegan and Sara jam (gotta love em) to amazing vocals by Lana Del Rey.
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