rice ‘n beans

Caribbean Rice and Beans, adapted from 125 Best Vegan Recipes:

[Serves 6]

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 1/2 c long-grain white rice [I used brown but it turned out too chewy]
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 can coconut milk
1 1/4 c water
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, then add onion and garlic. Cook 3 min, until softened. Add carrot and cook another 3 min.

Add rice and cook, stirring, for 4 min or until coated. Remove from heat.

Add bay leaf, spices, and tomato paste and stir thoroughly. Stir in coconut milk and water.

Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 min or until rice is tender.

Add beans, cover, and cook until heated through. Discard bay leaf and serve hot! With some greens, tomatoes, fromage, and perhaps a wedge of avocado.


I have a new INDULGENT breakfast to share: chocolate pancakes!

More specifically, Choco-Banana-Coconut Pancakes, recipe courtesy of Green Bites [modified just a bit]

[Serves 2]

1 overripe banana
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup (75g) plain or vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour – all-purpose or whole-wheat
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Mash the banana in a medium bowl. Add the egg, vanilla, yogurt, and water. Whisk until smooth.

In a smaller bowl mix the flour, coconut, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Sift it into the banana mixture. Mix until just blended.

Drop by tablespoon and smooth the batter into small cakes in a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat [grease first with a bit of butter]. Cook about 1-2 minutes a side, bubbles will form when ready to flip.

Serve with maple syrup and a sprinkle of coconut!

I haven’t yet tired of chocolate oats (although I’m sure it will happen soon) – blackberries and sunbutter on top, this time!

Mix, mix!

Since my yoga practice seems to be back on track, here is another tune I’ve been stretching, balancing, and lunging to:

AND NOW for some inconsequential lists!

Books reading:
Psycho Geography, by Will Self (an excellent read for an urban planner, and beautifully illustrated)
Where She Was Standing, by Maggie Helwig (just started and I’m enthralled; it’s set in three places but the narrative is seamless)
French translation of The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Music kitchen-dancing to:
Spoek Mathambo
El Guincho
The Black Keys

Summer travel dreams:
Yukon Ho!
Portland & San Diego
Copenhagen & Amsterdam & Utrecht


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