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The Sideshow: Sour Cream & Onion Smashed Potatoes

Sour Cream & Onion Smashed Potatoes | www.kiwiandbean.com

There is very likely a food blogger law prohibiting back-to-back potato recipes. And as a lawyer I should know better than to break it. But here I am bringing you the second potato recipe in as many weeks.

Last week was a cinnamon and coconut-spiked roasted sweet potato; this week is a sour cream and onion riff on mashed potatoes. It’s a favourite weeknight side around here, mostly because it couldn’t be simpler: chop up some potatoes (keep the peels), boil until soft, smush them up with some green onions, sour cream and olive oil, and voila. It more or less cooks itself while you bake some salmon (or pull some pork or roast a chicken), steam a little broccoli and toss a salad.  Continue Reading →

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The Sideshow: Coconut Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Coconut Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes | www.kiwiandbean.com

Global “warming” is not living up to its name right now. And I know it’s not terribly PC to make light of environmental degradation and ozone depletion, but hey, if it was going to happen anyway could it not have sent the “warming” up here where we need it the most?

In a cruel turn of events, this recent cold snap happened to coincide with our “Family Day” long weekend. Lucky are all the parents who got to spend three sub minus 40 degree days holed up with their manic children. Whichever bureaucrat dreamed up a February statutory holiday clearly has never pulled a one year old out of the pantry 47 times in one afternoon. (The Beansprout recently discovered the pantry, and is totally obsessed with opening it up, climbing in and finding the ONE bag of seeds or grains that isn’t secured by a twist tie. Ugh.)

I’m not joking that the only family excursion we made last weekend was a trip to the local dim sum joint—Kiwi pulled the family-mobile right up to the restaurant door; we piled in, carb loaded and then drove home again. Spring can’t come soon enough.  Continue Reading →

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The Sideshow: Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

Roasted Acorn Squash by KiwiandBean.comI love fall for its crisp cool days, magnificent colours, sense of renewal, and frenetic pace. But mostly for the squash. Acorns and butternuts, delicatas and hubbards; I don’t discriminate. My door—and stomach—are open to gourds of all colours, shapes and sizes.

When I first met Kiwi he was alarmed at the degree to which squash figured in our weekly fall and winter menus. Having not grown up on it like I did, he took it for baby food. Mush. Not being one to give up, and particularly not where squash was concerned, I continued to dish it out. Roasted, mashed, sautéed. As a side dish, an appetizer, tossed with pasta and bitter greens. And years later, when I pressed him for his thoughts on squash, he declared: “Ya sure, I like squash.” Which, if you know my skeptic of a husband, is some serious progress. Continue Reading →

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The Sideshow: Steamed Broccoli for Broccoli Haters

Steamed Broccoli For Broccoli Haters, by Kiwiandbean.com

Planning and shopping for balanced meals is not unlike shopping for great outfits. (Bear with me here, folks.) With clothes, it’s easy enough to find a great piece that fits and looks decent; harder, though, to accessorize it and mix and match it with other pieces on the rack or in your closet. Am I right?

Same goes for great meals. Sure, I can make that quick and easy  chicken on page 42. But then what? Brown rice and steamed broccoli? Again? Ugh. Say it ain’t so.

Steamed Broccoli for Broccoli Haters, by KiwiandBean.com

And so I’ve set out to arm myself with a large, varied and delicious repertoire of side dishes. One that uses the usual suspects–rice, potatoes and veg–in simple but un-boring ways. And The Sideshow is my way of sharing them with you. Continue Reading →

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