Red Bean Rundown

When my skin is hungry for sunshine and my ears are craving that island lilt and sing and my bones long for home, only certain things satisfy.  Some of those things can be purchased at inflated cost…(yes, $2.99/lb guavas, I’m looking at you).  Others are a little more accessible.  This Red Bean Rundown fits into…

Homeward Found

Found: ticket home. Found: old back yard. Found: teenage bed, teenage desk.  Grammy’s mirror (scoured Vancouver for one of this general style.  Directed to thrift shops.  Came back empty handed). Found: food.  Sweet potato, cassava.  Paw paw (it is NOT papaya, not in my hand, not in my mouth).  Okra fresh from the farm down…

Easy Green Lentil Curry

Green lentils hit the spot.  They cook quickly, are inexpensive, they don’t need to be presoaked, and they are rich in iron, protein, and fibre. As you can see, despite their name, and the slight pale green hue they have when raw, they cook up to a reassuring dinnertime brown. This recipe is quick, simple, and…

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

I love potatoes.  I love crispy.  I love simple. This recipe is cheater’s route roasted potatoes,a a sorta healthy-ish version of french fries.  If you’re like me, baked versions of usually fried foods is cause for skepticism.  Don’t doubt.  Give them a try. The concept is simple: boil potatoes, oil potatoes, roast potatoes.  As usual,…

Turnips: the unsung garden hero

I love summer. All winter, I scowl at the paltry selection of flaccid grocery store root vegetables, exhausted by their long journeys from China or Mexico and collapsed on the shelf in a jumbled heap.  In summer, when fresh veggies are in season and our garden is at its best, I bask in the pleasure…

Herbed Summer Patties

Today is Bahamian Independence Day! Living abroad, I miss the hustle and whir of the weeks before Independence Day.  Storefronts transformed by reams of fabric, aquamarine, gold, and black.  Heads adorned with patriotic weaves.  Foodstore cashiers attempting to ring up groceries with fingernails rivalling any bird of prey’s majestic talons, each tip bearing the image…

Gluten-free Blueberry Lemon Scones

Let’s face it.  Sometimes a girl just needs one.  A biscuit.  A scone.  A little chunk of sweet, lemony, blueberry baked pleasure. Irritated by some of the grainy, undesirably granola-flavoured organic flours I wound up with recently, I decided to give gluten free flour a try.  I went for old Bob’s Red Mill’s mix, and got…

Suddenly Summer, All Kinds of Kombucha

She blinked, and it was summer. Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned.  I have been neglectful.  Negligent.  Busy.  Bad.  Distracted by referring to myself in the third person.  Here’s what’s been up, in no particular order: Working.  Saving.  Lamenting.  (See first.)  Driving.  Moving.  Wedding.  Travelling.  Family.  More working.  Drinking kombucha.  Researching kombucha.  Brewing kombucha….

Cooking The Midnight Soap

Quarter to one on a (working) Wednesday morning.  The almost aggressive rumble of a hard boil is the only sound accompanying me. I’m cooking soap. Nights have always been mysterious.  As a kid, stumbling out of the bedroom, up front and into the dining room/kitchen area often found me face to face with Focusing Daddy,…

Almond Shortbread: Better Than Unbuttered Cardboard

Around the old water cooler at work, conversation veers towards the topic of snacks   I suggest that something tasty to nibble on might perk us up for our next meeting is a round of something tasty to nibble on.  True, we could also replace “meeting” with “series of emails, and leaving work half an hour early”,…

Oven-Fried Tofu

Every once in a while, I hear someone making an adorable comment as they enjoy or remember a tasty vegan dish or meal.  “It’s so good, you wouldn’t even think it’s vegan” or “I don’t know how they make it taste so good.” Um.  Really?  It’s not hard.  The ‘secret’ to tasty vegan food is…

Roasted Red Pepper Pizza

I’m an excited girl.  Here’s why: Yup.  I made pizza.  100% from scratch. Well, I didn’t mill the flour myself, and I used Daiya, not a homemade ‘cheese’ or similar topping, but the dough and that tasty bright red sauce?  All me, baby. Breadbaking hasn’t been my strong suit since moving to the cold, distant…