Summer Sides Sunday: Black Bean & Corn Salad


Hi All,

I thought I would call this Sunday “Summer Sides Sunday”, a name created most ingeniously by my mom for all of these side-dish posts that I’ve been doing. And I figured that after a winter of soups and roasts that I haven’t really shown you much of all the sides that I serve with these things, and especially all of my favourites with all the seasonal vegetables on right now!

So today’s salad is another cold salad favourite that is always kicking around our fridge in the summer to go with dinners and lunches and that is Black Bean & Corn Salad, which you can imagine has both black beans and corn lol.

Black Bean & Corn Salad

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp each salt, sugar, pepper, ground cumin & chili powder
3 tbsp cilantro chopped
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 cup corn kernels

This is really as easy as gathering the ingredients and putting them all together.

I like to mix the vinegar, oil and seasonings first, to make sure they’re incorporated.

Then mix in the corn, beans and cilantro.

and Voila! A very flavourful salad that goes with everything. It lasts for about a week or so in the fridge and I find it gets better with age as all the flavours marinate together.

And while I was mixing this up, mom was making some infused olive oil, using some chopped fresh basil from the garden and some sliced garlic, which should be good on salads or over fresh asparagus!

mmm I love summer!

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday and if you want, let me know what your summer favourites are in the comments!

xo erin

Supper Sunday: Quinoa and Black Bean Salad


Hi All,

I thought I would continue the trend from last Sunday and show you another salad. This salad is a summer staple in my house, and there is usually a batch of it kicking around in the fridge at all times for lunches or to serve with dinner.

It’s super simple to make and doesn’t have anything in it that spoils quickly so it lasts for quite a while in the fridge!

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

1 1/2 cups dry Quinoa

1 can of black beans (rinsed)
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn kernels
3/4 cup chopped bell pepper (about one large pepper)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (although I didn’t use it in this batch)

Dressing

5 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp chili sauce (sririacha sauce)
3 tsp ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil

Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package, cool in the fridge.

Mix black beans and red wine vinegar together and let it sit while you make the dressing. Make the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix the cooled quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers, cilantro and dressing all together. Bam- you have a lovely summer salad.

This is SO easy and I’ve had a lot of requests for this recipe before- as I said it is quite a household staple! And to top it off it’s very healthy too!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday!!

xo erin

Supper Sunday: Endless Salad


Hi All,

It occurred to me this Sunday that so many of my dinners in the past I say “and serve with a nice side salad”, but I’ve never talked about what salad I serve. I actually eat salad almost every night, and it isn’t always the same salad- there are slight variations on it and that mixes it up enough for me.

I also find that a lot of people don’t like making salad regularly because it takes a lot of time to chop up all the veggies- so I have a way to cut down on time too!

What I do to cut down on time is to make 2-3 days worth of salad all at once, then store it in the fridge for the next days to come. On the left is salad for the night, and in the tupperware is salad for the next night! It takes almost no extra time to make double the salad once you already have everything out!

– Now it is important to note that I do not complete the salad -dressing and all- it is more of a ‘base salad’ that I store for the next day- no additions. Then it doesn’t get soggy and you can mix it up the next day. The base salad I go for has a mix of kale, spinach and romaine lettuce, and sometimes radishes and carrots.

Mom and dad’s favourite salad is this one: it has sheep’s feta, cranberries, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (with the carrot and radish)

They eat this salad all the time, and I get bored of things really quick, so I made up my own separate very simple salad with radish, poppy seeds

And we use different dressings too- mom and dad like Renee’s caesar vinaigrette and I like to mix this raspberry balsamic vinegar with basil olive-oil! mmmm

Then you can have all different salads every night without all the hassle of making a salad every night! Tonight the salad went with stuffed pork tenderloin (recipe here), coconut nutmeg sweet-potato (recipe here) and some fresh local asparagus fried with a bit of garlic!

So now you know a bit more of what I’m talking about when I say “and you could serve this with a nice side salad” in all of my Supper Sunday posts! Here is another picture of my dinner, only because I’m obsessed with my new light box!!

Hope you are all having a delicious Sunday!

xo erin

Tipsy Tuesday: Rhubarb Ginger Gin Fizz!


Hi All!

Two posts in one day- check me out! Today I’m going to share this lovely and seasonal drink recipe that I just came up with, that I so originally called Rhubarb Ginger Gin Fizz!

The first step to making this drink is gathering and stewing your rhubarb. This is my rhubarb patch!

My friend Claire was over this weekend and I had her helping pick!

Stewing the rhubarb is really simple- just chop it up, there is no specific length here, but you want them roughly the same, and remember rhubarb is stringy- so if you don’t want super long strings make sure to cut it shorter!

Then throw it into a pot with a bit of water (about an inch of water in the pot) with some sugar- how much sugar you add will depend on your taste, but I would say about 2 cups for every 8 cups of rhubarb if you like it sweet, and less if you don’t! For the drink recipe I did a batch with no sugar so I could just have the sour rhubarb flavor.

Then put it on the heat and let it bubble away until it’s all soft and stewed. This will take 20 min- 30 min depending on how much rhubarb you have.

Now on to the drink which is wonderfully simple!

4 tbsp unsweetened juice from stewed rhubarb
3 tbsp Gin (or vodka or rum, maybe tequila)
approx. 1/2 can of Ginger Ale
ice

Fill glass about 1/2 with ice

Add Gin

Add rhubarb juice

Fill with Ginger Ale

Garnish appropriately with a baby rhubarb stir stick and lemon twist, while amazing yourself at just how pretty your homemade recipe turned out.

Take this to a relaxing place and put your feet up to enjoy! (add a straw if you’re like me and want to drink it through a straw) This is SO GOOD!

Maybe if you are very nice, make one for your sister.

Hope that you are all having a wonderfully Tipsy Tuesday! I know I am!

xo erin

Supper Sunday: Fajitas


Hi All,

Since I’ve been spending all my time on bra-making these past weeks, I’ve been thinking more about quick dinners and the dinners that I make when I’m a little short on time and still want something tasty and healthy. I think this is one of my main go-to meals just for that- Fajitas.

These are pretty simple and can include pretty much any recipe variation possible. The real trick to this is pre-making a good spice mix for the meat- then all you have to do is cook, sprinkle and serve! This is enough to serve 4 people.

Fajitas 

1 1/2 lbs of ground pork
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp of salt (or to taste)

Italian Sausage Spice

4 tsp each ground black pepper & dried parsley
1 tsp each dried basil & marjoram & oregano
1/2 tsp dried sage
2 tsp each garlic powder & paprika & dried minced onion
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 tsp crushed anise seeds

(this would be enough for around 2 fajita nights, depending on how many mouths you’re feeding, but I usually quadruple this and put it in a big spice jar so I can use it whenever I want. Also I don’t add salt to my spice mix because it will fall to the bottom, so I add my salt separately)

Once you have your spice mixed, throw the onion and ground pork into a frying pan and cook on high heat, breaking it up as it cooks.

When it is cooked through, add the spices and the salt and cook for a little longer until it is fully incorporated and browned.

Then after you have the meat cooked, it’s all about assembling other ingredients that you have around- I like to include:

My homemade hummus, some salsa, and some cottage cheese (or shredded cheese if you rather- I just love cottage cheese)

Some chopped peppers and onions, and a little mashed avocado are also wonderful additions

Then put it on your favourite tortillas- I like the small whole wheat ones. And if you are anything like me, you will fill it so full that it is a delicious disaster waiting to happen.

MMMMmmm this is definitely a favourite, also something that I probably eat almost every week when I’m at home.

A good and even easier alternative to the pork is to fry leftover chicken with a bunch of chili powder- that is super tasty- another good addition is black beans fried with onions and chili sauce. As I said before there are pretty much endless options and variations for this- all very delicious!

 Hope you’re having a Super Sunday!

xo erin

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