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Three Ingredient Italian Sausage and Mushroom Bolognese

Quick Italian Sausage and Mushroom Bolognese | www.kiwiandbean.com

It feels a bit like I have spent the last month and a half in my car. Shuttling the Bean to and from school each day, nipping over to our under-renovation house to solve this or that dilemma (did we forget to vent the stove? Will we actually be able to get a washer/dryer through that door?), and driving out to various middle-of-nowhere warehouses to source hardwood, tiles, bathroom fixtures and all the other things that can apparently only be sold in the middle-of-nowhere. Continue Reading →

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Banh Mi Rice Bowls

Banh Mi Rice Bowls | www.kiwiandbean.com

Despite my best attempts to expose my kids to the widest possible variety of foods and flavours, I have been blessed with a “particular” eater. There was a time when the Bean (now 4 years old) would eat just about anything I put onto her plate. And yes I gloated (if only silently), figuring I had done something pretty right-on in the kid-feeding department.

But I gloated too soon, apparently, because these days I’m lucky if she eats a plate of pasta and tomato sauce without asking me to “wash off” the sauce. Continue Reading →

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Pulled Pork Tacos with Quick-Pickled Red Onions and all the Fixin’s

Pulled Pork Tacos with Pickled Onions and all the Fixin's | www.kiwiandbean.com

We are still very much in the midst of a taco mania here in Toronto, which you won’t find me complaining about. For every up and coming neighbourhood in the city there are several taco joints, each one promising something more awesome than the one down the street. The hispter to taqueria ratio is heading for 1:1, and I LOVE it.

What’s not to love about tacos? The fresh flavours, the heat, the intersection of creamy and crunchy, and the share-ability (Kiwi and I have been known to alternate bites, so that we can try as many varieties as possible). Fun, fast, cheap and flavourful. I could go on.  Continue Reading →

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Dinner Soup (aka Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup)

Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup | www.kiwiandbean.com

Kiwi and I have a longstanding debate about whether or not soup is a suitable dinner food.

And since I’m posting this recipe for “Dinner Soup” you can probably guess who won this argument.

I will admit that some lighter brothy soups don’t quite stand up to the end-of-day hungers. But this is hungry man (and woman and child) soup, packed with flavourful sausage (nod to Kiwi), lotsa veg, filling white beans, and wholesome greens. It’s homemade “soup that eats like a meal“. Continue Reading →

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