how to cook dried beans

A little while ago I posted this recipe for Next Level Hummus, which calls for 4 cups of cooked chick peas. My lovely and talented friend Christa sent me a tweet with a gentle reminder that although I had called for cooked beans, I hadn’t included any instructions for actually cooking the beans. I told… 

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carrot ginger muffins

Last Thursday marked the end of two weeks of total insanity and the beginning of a weeks  break from school. I went pretty much straight from a midterm to the airport and made the trek to Sweden to spend my week off with my fella. Stockholm greeted me with a pile of snow and freezing… 

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savoy slaw

Last weekend I had my first day off since I arrived back in Vancouver. The course I was supposed to be teaching on Saturday’s didn’t end up running, which, happily, freed me up to head over to the Vancouver Farmer’s Market Winter Market. It was the first time I’d seen the market running in their… 

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tipico and not so tipico

I was extremely fortunate with my December exam schedule; I had reasonably spaced exams and the last one was to be written online, meaning I could be pretty much anywhere in the world for it so long as I had a reliable internet connection. I took a bit of a gamble on being able to… 

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hej då, Stockholm

Well, the inevitable happened. Time passed, and, having exhausted the distance courses available to me, and failing to convince the university that I should be able to take more, it was time for me to leave Stockholm and head back to oh so rainy Vancouver. Before I left, Paul and I took the camera around Stockholm one… 

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poached eggs on crispy polenta

Well, hello December. Did anyone else blink and practically miss November fly by, quick and cold? November was interesting in Sweden; I’ve found the darkness really disorienting – as did I the nearly endless light in the summer months, but that was disorienting in a much more enchanting way than the wall of darkness now… 

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vanilla bean rice pudding

By all accounts the weather in Vancouver has been pretty dang cold lately, some days posting temperatures even colder than those here in Stockholm. Lets not even talk about the insanely low temperatures some of my favourite people are experiencing in Calgary and Saskatoon. Anyone need comfort food? Rice pudding is one of my go-to… 

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winter market soup

The Vancouver Farmers Market held the opening weekend of this years winter market season last weekend in their new, larger venue. I wasn’t there, but by all accounts it was a raging success. Not only has the market expanded into a larger venue, but this year the winter markets will be held every weekend, as… 

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curried potato chickpea patties

Personally, I think November can be a real jerk of a month. I do love early autumn, with the crispness in the air and the leaves turning colour, even the leaves falling and the slightly bittersweet melancholy atmosphere. But there’s not all that much I like about November. The weather is bleak and cold, the… 

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