Creamy Cannellini Beans

The annual trip to Salento was going to be different this time. I was a newly fledged Vegan. No calamari or mozzarella for me. Could I do it? Actually yes I could! Any very easily. All the produce is so incredibly delicious in Salento with a heavy focus on vegetables. And the beans! So many beans. After all, Salento is known for its Cucina Povera (poor kitchen) And that’s where my new favourite dish of the trip came in – the humble cannellini bean....more

Rice and Beans

I have unapologetically consumed approximately 1,473 Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the past week. I’m beginning to turn orange and that’s just fine with me :) My brother and I have been sharing pictures back and forth of all things pumpkin. We’re pumpkin fanatics! We get very serious about our pumpkin consumption. If fact, we cannot consume our first Pumpkin Spice Latte until the weather is in the 60’s. It’s just not Pumpkin season until the weather is cool, crisp and perfect....more

Better 3-Bean Salad

Fresher, with a few extras and a sweet vinaigrette - elevate this delicious salad, to make year round...if you like!...more

Spicy Green Beans

This is a great way to dress up green beans but really it could be used on any veggie you’d like. I made this for Mike and his family and it was well received. With that said, I added too much of the chili flakes (see notes) and needless to say, we drank a lot of water that night! Really though, I choose to believe I was doing everyone a favour because A) water is good for you and B) spicy food speeds up your metabolism; enjoy!

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw with Bean Mayonnaise

Did you know that cabbage is ridiculously good for you?If you did, you get a gold star! If not, read on. I promise you’ll like where this is going.It…...more

Black Eye Pea Fritters ( Akara in Nigeria or Acaraje in Brazil )

World Cup fever is everywhere……you cannot escape it, even a football ignorant person like me!!! Growing up, I watched a lot of cricket and tennis. While cricket now is no longer on my must watch list, tennis is still quite prominent. V and N however really enjoy football or soccer as its known here. So we have been watching a few matches and I have to say that I still don’t understand many of the rules….I however enjoyed myself thoroughly!!!...more

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip is an excellent alternative to fatty dips which are often served at parties. It is tasty, filling and good for your health. If you serve it with some fresh vegetables, it can be a great afternoon snack for the whole family. Black beans are full of proteins and fiber and also low in carbohydrates. That makes them a great dish for diabatics and everybody else on a low-carb diet. Bean dip is suitable for vegans and vegetarians alike. It consists of cooked black beans, ketchup, garlic, olive oil, lemon or lime juice, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt....more

White bean dip with cherry tomatoes, feta & basil

Unlike some of the other creations I've whipped up for this blog so far, this white bean dip is a dish I've been making for years and years. It also happens to be the first recipe I've resurrected from my old blog and re-shot with my new lens and somewhat improved photography/food styling skills....more