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Yoghurt Banana Bread

Banana and Yoghurt Bread

Banana and Yoghurt Bread Banana and Yoghurt Bread

Waking up to the soothing pitter-patter of rain is the perfect way to start Sundays in winter.
It sets the mood for lounging in your pyjamas all day; it’s soothing, idyllic and rejuvenating.

This type of day calls for a special breakfast. Yes, special… but easy and unfussy.
So that the rest of the morning can be spent lingering and savouring the nothingness.

I saved this yoghurt banana bread recipe for one of these special Sundays; I love the simplicity and the little extra that comes with the addition of yoghurt in the bread.
Special doesn’t have to mean complicated…

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Quinoa, Peas and Sriracha Roasted Fennel

Quinoa, Peas and Sriracha Roasted Fennel
We’ve eaten our fair share of sriracha sauce over the last year.
We make these roasted potatoes hash and douse them in sriracha and ketchup – it’s SO good!
Then there’s the classic avocado and sriracha toast, which I must admit, was the reason why I got my first bottle of sriracha.
We swirl it in soups and stews now for that extra zing, and use it in marinades and sauces… it’s a versatile condiment; hot and spicy with a touch of sweetness.

Here’s a fascinating short video about its origin and the man who made it popular in North America.

Quinoa, Peas and Sriracha Roasted Fennel

Quinoa, Peas and Sriracha Roasted Fennel

During these dark cold months, I relish simple nutritious meals that can be prepped in advance; it’s usually so dark by the time I get off work that I love the convenience of not having to cook.

Here’s where meals like this quinoa, peas and sriracha roasted fennel come into play.

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Apple Beer Bread

Apple Beer Bread

A few months ago, we were picking up packages in Point Roberts when we came upon a lonely little apple tree on the side of the road with few bright red fruits dangling off its branches.

Of course, we ambled our way through the dry bushes to pick them but then debated whether we could bring apples (from Point Roberts, since technically you can’t bring apples from Washington State) across the border, so we picked just one for our journey home.

It wasn’t the tastiest; it was tart and somewhat astringent but we ate that apple like the best we’d ever had.

Apple Beer Bread
Apple Beer Bread

That weekend we bought a sack of apples from the store having convinced ourselves that we needed to snack on apples more… but occasionally, I would think of the little apple tree by that sleepy road.
Its wild fruit would fall and become food for birds and wildlife in the area – perhaps that is its purpose.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

This was our first homemade gnocchi, made on a blustery dark Sunday afternoon.

When I’ve been curious about women (and men) who make their own gnocchi, I imagined little old grandmas in faraway picturesque Italian countrysides, in sunny kitchens overlooking spetacular Mediterranean farmlands and vineyards, and rolling hills.

Yet, here we were in a tiny kitchen on a gloomy rain soaked street making gnocchi.

It was like baking for me; the process of mixing, kneading, rolling and cutting of dough, and finally, waiting patiently for the gnocchi to rise to the top of the bubbling pot of water… felt soothing.

It’s almost cathartic, especially on a moody day while music filters in from the living room; a resonant crooner sings of church, when really it’s a metaphor for sexuality.

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Breakfast Bulgur with Peanuts and Popcorn

Bulgur Breakfast

This time last year we put up the Christmas decorations and ate granola, and a little tree trimming tradition was born; make a huge breakfast, play carols and let everyone pitch in.

This year we made a big pot of bulgur porridge, warm, filling and comforting, and slightly tart from a squeeze of lemon.

This bulgur breakfast is akin to oatmeal, with a lovely chewy texture and nutty flavour.
Normally, we love our bulgur porridge creamy, cooked in (plant) milk and topped with nuts and dried fruit; it’s the ideal breakfast for wintry mornings.

This time we let the warm nutty bulgur flavour shine on its own with a little boost from sour lemon juice, added a little sweetener and topped it with lots of popcorn and peanuts for crunch.

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If having popcorn for breakfast sounds odd to you, consider this, back in the 1800s Americans were eating popcorn cereal for breakfast just like you would corn flakes.

Popcorn and peanuts are a fine pairing, we pop the corn ourselves so it’s fresh but you can use any type of popcorn you want, and we love the added protein from the peanuts.

We loved that this breakfast bulgur with peanuts and popcorn is not just delicious, quirky and fun… it is nutritious as well.

Bulhur Breakfast

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I can’t think of a more energy boosting breakfast for the task of putting up festive decorations; it made untangling the Christmas lights bearable, and added to the excitement of setting up twinkly lights, hanging stockings and decorating the tree.

Our ornaments are odd and quirky, some certainly sentimental; a mishmash of “stuff” we’ve gathered along the way, a reminder of years past and the joys of the season.

This is my favourite time of the year for sure; I like that we generally try to be kinder to each other, and celebrate good food.

Bulgur Breakfast

Breakfast Bulgur with Peanuts and Popcorn
A nutritious protein-filled delightful hot breakfast cereal with a nutty and fun twist.
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INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup medium-grind bulgur (dried cracked wheat)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 1 – 2 tablespoons brown sugar to taste
  6. 1 – 1/2 cup popcorn for topping
  7. 1 cup roasted peanuts for topping
DIRECTIONS
  1. Toast bulgur in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often until browned lightly, about 3 – 5 minutes
  2. Combine water, bulgur and salt in a saucepan or pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and let porridge simmer for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until bulgur is tender and is the consistency of oatmeal
  4. Stir in lemon juice and sugar
  5. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with lots of popcorn and peanuts
  6. Enjoy!
NOTES
  1. Use 1/4 cup lemon juice for a tarter taste
Adapted from marthastewart.com
Adapted from marthastewart.com
the Whinery by Elsa Brobbey http://elsbro.com/blog/

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Bulgur Breakfast

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