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Basil Beef & Mushroom Rice Bowls

Basil Beef & Mushroom Rice Bowls | www.kiwiandbean.com

Well hello there, October.

I know it’s not the most original sentiment, but here it is: where the *bleep* did September disappear to? Oh, and while we’re at it, I’m kinda wondering what happened to August. And July. Continue Reading →

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Beef Kofta With Tahini Sauce (and a Cookbook Giveaway)

 

Beef Kofta With Tahini Sauce | www.kiwiandbean.comBack in the fall, a friend of mine posted this article on my Facebook page. The crux of it is that “easy cooking” is for the most part a myth, and that most recipes and cookbooks marketed as quick, foolproof and effortless aren’t actually any of those things. Continue Reading →

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Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens

Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens | www.kiwiandbean.com

I hope you will forgive my lengthy radio silence. I have been mired in renovation “problems”. Ask any contractor who steps through my door and he (invariably he) will tell you “um, there is a problem”. If I had a dime for every time I heard “Sarah, we have a problem,” I’d have paid for my renovation and then some.

There were the floors (wrong colour), the glass (first time broken, second time too big), the carpet (too big to fit through the door), the wallpaper (damaged in shipping), the vent hood (too long!) and the countertops (too short). Oh, and a chronic problem with the LED dimmers. God help me. Continue Reading →

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Miso Mushroom Oven-Baked Risotto

Baked Mushroom Risotto | www.kiwiandbean.com

I’ve never been much of a risotto-maker because, well, the stirring. A traditional risotto requires its maker to stand at the stove for a half hour or so and stir. Constantly. No pausing (for, let’s say a glass of wine with a dinner guest, a conversation with spouse or an emergency diaper change) allowed. I rarely have the time or patience for such an all-consuming kitchen endeavour.

So the discovery that risotto could be—get this—baked in the oven (nary a stir required) was a bit of a game-changer for me. Risotto turned from a daunting chore to a do-able dinner. A dinner that I could pull off in a hurry on an ordinary Wednesday. Risotto on a Wednesday! Continue Reading →

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