TUSCAN BEANS + TOAST

Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca

Let's sit and have a chat. First we'll make something comforting (beans and toast) but with a more grown up feel by using Tuscan inspired ingredients. Tuscany is a very adult place in my mind. It's dreamy and romantic with beautiful food, wine and rolling hills scoring the countryside. Purchasing property and divorce are two very adult things and Diane Lane does both in Under The Tuscan Sun. These beans are easy to make, very satiating but feel a tad more distinguished than your average frank and beans. But if you're feeling a more classic style but certainly not average, Joy the Baker makes some mean frank and beans.  So, now that we have our meal (and a glass of red wine), let's talk. 

Bra Thoughts: underwire, bralettes, or bare breasts? That is the question.

Bottom line: do whatever makes you feel most comfortable in your body. But for the most part, gone are the days of women strapping on heavily padded braziers that made breasts look like cantaloupes (and felt almost as firm). I have memories of boys touching my breasts overtop my bra and I could barely feel a thing. They were still excited to be caressing spheres of thick fabric no matter how much or little actual breast was underneath. In my teens and early twenties, fashion was more focused around being overtly sexy while sexiness now has a subtly to it. It was all low rise jeans, tight spaghetti string tank tops with gel and air padded bras. Remember those?! Or the low cut tank tops that had built-in underwire, which in hindsight was so you could skip the bra but not for my friends and I! We would wear push up bras underneath giving us lift times a gagillion. Our tits looked like they were grown directly from our neck. It was great. By great I mean it was just what we wanted. This was also the time when girls would pull their thongs above their jeans. This one was too much even for us. Just a hair below stripper is where we drew the line. We were teenage girls with dignity, okay?!?! Drinking vodka by the mouthful, chain smoking cigarettes, and starting Ja Rule dance parties everywhere we went. This was also the era of the furiously popular lower back tattoo. That was a given when I referenced Ja Rule, right? Thank f*#king Christ I never got one. And if you got one, I consider you a survivor and I'm here for you. Or maybe you're totally still rocking that tribal design or butterfly. You go girl. 

My theory on underwire bras and they're diminishing popularity.  

  1. Underwire is uncomfortable. Period.                             
  2. Women are becoming more accepting of their bodies. Well, we are at least trying right!? Maybe we aren't totally there but I do think it's changing. More and more women are speaking out about body image and self love. We can stop pretending our breasts are perfect globes perched atop our clavicle bone. Who knew?! Well, we did. And so did men. So why were we all pretending otherwise?                                                                                                                        
  3. Bralettes are very cute and comfortable. Lacey, sporty, strappy, sexy– they have it all.
  4. Underwire bras feels like lying to me. Lying to myself and to others about my body. Every women has experienced moments of self-consciousness after removing her bra wondering if the person in front of her realizes her breasts are half the size or a different shape than they appeared to be. Isn't it kind of mean to ourselves? Are we telling our breasts they're not good enough or not beautiful just the way they are. Forcing them into a boob dungeon disguised as underwear, like they've been bad or done something wrong for being who they are?! No no. Not anymore! Now I nestle a bralette around them like a cozy boob pocket or I let them sit freely. At first it was an adjustment. I noticed how much smaller they looked and how my clothes looked different on my body. But once I got used to it, I loved it! There was no turning back. I felt sexier and more true to myself, and I swear my breasts look better than ever. They weren't getting enough self love before and now I've finally let them be them and they are happier. If an underwire makes you feel more comfortable, all the power to that decision. I know women with larger breasts who genuinely feel better because they get more support and I understand that. Either way, let's all try and love our breasts just the way they are and in whatever type of bra or no bra that entails. Also, can we all get a Froobs shirt? Yes? Okay.
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca

Let's also take a reflective moment to remember our dead homie fashion trends from the early 2000's: (spoiler: it's bad guys. Real bad.) 

  • Lace up crotch pants. Because buttons and zippers were too practical. And you never know when you might lose the string from your lace up cleavage shirt. Fingers crossed you're not wearing them on the same day! 
  • Jeans with no back pockets. No pockets!? But how will I carry anything? Don't worry, sometimes these jeans came with a teeny tiny pocket on the front, about the size of a Werthers Original.
  • Cargo pants. This time was about having no pockets or twenty-five pockets. We were all or nothing. Very hardcore. You could carry like two hundred Werthers Originals in cargo pants. (They were good candies and not just for old people, okay?!)
  • Halter tops. Perceived as the cutest and sexiest shirt of all time in the year 2000. In my teens I had so many halter tops that an entire drawer was devoted to them. The key to this shirt was wearing a halter style bra that left you with a headache and a deep indent on your neck skin when you took it off at night. Pair one with some pocket-free jeans, tuck your lip gloss into your bra and you're ready for science class or a party!
  • Low rise jeans. My mum and my aunt used to call us “trucker butt". They were right. You couldn't leave your house without seeing at least two butt cracks a day during that time. 
  • Butterfly clips. Wear one to spice up your high ponytail or pull back your hair in seven small segments to show off your unique style.
  • Bootcut jeans. A few years ago, my friend went on a few dates with a guy. She said she really liked him– he was kind, good looking and funny. “He sounds great!" I exclaimed. “There's one problem" she said.  “He wears bootcut jeans... I can't. I just can't." And I respect that.
  • Baggy wide leg raver pants. The photo in that link looks exactly like an outfit I wore in grade nine. I actually owned those exact pants, had the same colourful plastic jewelry and wore my hair in that style.
  • A shrug “sweater". Not quite a sweater, not quite a cardigan. Helloooo sexy-granny. 
  • Yellow Livestrong bracelets. You weren't a good person unless you were wearing one to ten of these. 
  • Denim mini skirts. All skirts were the shortest of the short and on a hot day you could slip on some old navy flip flops, and two tank tops layered on top of each other to show your awesome colour coordination. 
  • Trucker hats. To match your trucker butts. Who or what is Von Dutch anyways? I still don't know to this day.

Because of all these terrible pants were considered normal or cool, when skinny jeans and form-fitting pant legs began revealing themselves as the new and ONLY pants to wear, I think I had a mini heart attack. Real thoughts I had:

  • But why does anyone want to wear pants that make their legs look like .... legs?!".
  • My body will look distorted if people see my true leg shape?!"
  • Is this style really going to last though?! Maybe it'll just be a year or two and then flares with rhinestone pockets will be back and everything will be okay!

I'm very happy we now wear pants that fit our legs. I am also happy to say I don't see bootcut, low rise or lace up crotch pants in my future, but you never know... but I probably wouldn't hate if flares came back in a big way. 

Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca

Wishing you and your breasts a free flying week!

xx


TUSCAN BEANS + TOAST

the magic

inspiration:               franks and beans + Tuscan daydreams 

the feels:                   comforting, soft and savoury

eat with:                    pesto on top, arugula salad, braised/sauteed                                      kale, sausage, ground lamb instead of bacon,                                      sliced avocado, fresh mozzarella, red wine,                                        amber ale

might like if you're into:   British comfort food, tending herb gardens,                                         rolling Tuscan hillsides, white bean + kale                                         soup12 ways to cook cannellini beans                                     

the science

serves 2 - 3 || time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 

  • 1 can cannellini beans (white kidney), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato passata (strained and pureed tomatoes)
  • 4 strips pancetta or bacon, diced (optional, but if you are not using you will need to add more salt for flavour)
  • 1/2 large spanish onion, diced
  • 2 dried arbol chiles, finely chopped (or 1 tsp chile flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh parsley and basil finely chopped, 2 tablespoons of each
  • two garlic cloves
  • 4 slices bread
  • optional: grated hard Italian cheese, (pecorino or parmesan) to top
  • eggs, (for poaching or frying if desired) – one per toast slice
  • salt + pepper to taste

method: 

  1. Cook chopped bacon in a large saucepan until fat is rendered or about 5 minutes. 
  2. Move bacon to separate bowl and set aside. Remove bacon fat from pan except for one teaspoon. Add olive oil and onions to pan and cook over medium heat until translucent, usually 5 - 8 minutes. Add dried chile for the last couple minutes of cooking.
  3. Add tomato passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans and cooked bacon to pan and simmer for another 5 minutes. Taste and add salt if desired. I find it depends on the the saltiness of the bacon. You may need to add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt if it tastes a bit bland. Try adding a little at a time.)
  4. Toast bread and poach/fry eggs (if desired). Cut fresh garlic cloves in half and rub directly on to warm toasted bread.
  5. Place toasted bread on plates, layer on beans and one egg on each (if using). Top with grated cheese and chopped herbs. Serve with side arugula salad. 

 

TURMERIC DAHL + CAULIFLOWER BOWL

Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

Turmeric continues to have its grand love affair in the food world. I've been very enthusiastic about it; the vibrant colour, health benefits and taste– warming and slightly pungent but in an unassuming way. Turmeric is like some of my favourite kinds of people– modest but vivacious all at once.            My favourite ways to enjoy turmeric include, but are not limited to:  

  •  In coconut or olive oil while frying eggs (turns them a pretty yellow colour)
  • On top of popcorn with coconut oil, sea salt + nutritional yeast                     
  • In smoothies, juices, kombucha                                                                                                            
  • In legume or grain-based bowls like rice, quinoa or lentils                                                        
  • Golden milk (the best winter pre-sleep drink)                                                                                                                            

It was a rainy day with howling winds while I cooked this dish and took photos. I had on the new Childish Gambino album (Awaken, My Love), a funky and soulfully introspective record. This dreamy yet contemplative setting gave way to a wandering mind and the food began taking on human characteristics through my camera lens. Behind her leafy appendage, the cauliflower appeared to shield her face and shy away from the camera. Hypnotized by her gentle cruciferous soul, I could feel all the conflicting thoughts of her beauty and roughness, her appropriateness or lack there of, her implied place in the world vs where she feels drawn to, her fixed reality vs lofty dreams, her innocence vs sexuality, her deepest fears and desires– that at some point have been mine and every other woman's. Then I was like, Whoa. This is just a cauliflower. Chill." Either way, I took care to remove her leaves with tenderness, aware I might be leaving her vulnerable and exposed. Just in case. 

It's a strange time right now in the world but I think it's bringing like-minded people and women closer together. Women have been distanced for far too long– pitted against each other, programmed to mutually judge and compare ourselves to one another.

Enough of that trash.

It feels terrible and makes us weaker individually and as a whole. It tells others and men that it's what what we expect and that we are okay with it. Let's all support and be there for one another in this weird and contrasting life, okay? It's grounding and unifying to know others are there for you. I used to have this irrational fear that would give me severe anxiety attacks while alone and out in public. My fear was that something would happen to me unexpectedly like a seizure or heart attack and no one would help me. I imagined they would all just stand watching me die and do nothing. I don't know where it came from but I had no faith in humans as a whole and wouldn't happen when I was in the company of people who were undoubtedly there for me. I don't have this this fear anymore, in fact I mostly feel the opposite. Mostly. Recently I have confusing and conflicting thoughts with everything happening in America, but then I shut that shit down because it makes me feel weak and powerless. And we cannot evolve or move forward if we all start feeling weak and powerless. We need to strive for more connectedness than ever right now.  Practicing gratitude and appreciating others has probably been the biggest factor in making my life a better and more joyful place. Why stop now that there are things happening I don't agree with? There have always and will always be things happening I don't agree with. I don't know what to do with the shit storm of information that is America right now, but I do know that can't let it suck me into a downward spiral of hate and disappointment about the world. I am trying to find a place of just being while I figure out.

Right now we need some comfort. We need some nourishment. We need to feel like everything is going to be okay. I find that simple comforts are the easiest things for me to be grateful for– my warm bed, loving friends and family, a bowl of pasta or cup of tea. This meal is just that. It's comfort, it's about feeling gratitude for everyday things. A bowl of hug if you will. 

Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

I've made this dish at least once a week for the last month. It's so tasty, very quick to make and really versatile. You can use whatever vegetable(s) you have in your fridge and each time I top it with something slightly different– almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, a fried egg, soft boiled egg, whatever herbs I have, dulse flakes, or hot sauces of all kinds. Enjoy with some lemon-mint water or switchel for an extra detox feel. 

Enjoy! xx

Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Dried Red Lentils || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Lemon-Mint Water || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

TUMERIC DAHL + CAULIFLOWER BOWL

the magic 

inspiration:                   cozy winter evenings

the feels:                       warm + hearty

eat with:                        flatbread, naan,lemon + mint water, ginger                                        hibiscus switchel, golden milk,                                                          poached/boiled/fried egg, green tea                                                  w/honey.

might like if you're into:        yoga, kitchari, congee, hand made                                                    quilts, eucalyptus steam rooms, detox                                                water. 

 

the science

makes 4 servings || time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 

  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk + extra for drizzling on top
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 lemon or lime, cut into quarters
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro + 1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
  • optional: chili flakes, a fried/poached/boiled egg

method: 

  1. Rinse lentils in cold water and strain. In medium pot heat the coconut oil, add onion, ginger, garlic and turmeric. Stir frequently and sauté for a couple minutes. Add hot water, salt and lentils to pot and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer stirring every few minutes until lentils appear thicker with no extra liquid (around 7-8 minutes), add coconut milk and garam masala. Cook for another 7-10 minutes or until the lentils look porridge-like or cooked to your preference. 
  2. While cooking the lentils, in a small pot add water and lightly salt. Bring to boil. Add cauliflower and boil for about 5 minutes (or until just cooked). Drain. 
  3. Spoon dahl into bowls, add cauliflower, a squeeze of lemon/lime and pour extra coconut milk over top. Sprinkle on chopped herbs,  sunflower + sesame seeds, black pepper, chili flakes + egg if desired. 

Dahl recipe adapted from Hello Glow.

ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

I have a confession. I like my shortbreads slightly brown. I like all my cookies slightly brown in fact. I love the almost burnt parts of many foods that include, but are not exclusive to:

  • the edges of lasagna
  • the cheese that's spilled outside a grilled cheese and burnt onto the pan
  • the crispy bits at the bottom of the rice pan
  • the burnt pizza bubbles on thin crust pizza
  • burnt marshmallows! Just light that shit on fire and stick in my mouth. (that's what she said.)
  • Sugar! By that I mean creme brulee. Best. Dessert. Ever.
  • French fries! Extra crispy = extra delicious.

So, just a heads up that you can bake these for a couple minutes less if you prefer your shortbreads all unison and cream coloured.

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

The best part about these cookies are that they're savoury cookies instead of sweet. The piney-ness of rosemary, crunches of sea salt and a hint of olive oil. They're most savoury cookies I've ever made. And it made me realize how much I had been missing out on. These are so so addicting and after handing out a few to friends, I've already been asked for the recipe twice. They're like that boyfriend or girlfriend that comes along and at first you're like, I dunno, maybe. They're really not my type." But then you try it out and can't get enough of them. You never knew what you were missing but now that you know and understand them, you wonder how you ever lived without them. They're meant to be. 

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL SHORTBREAD COOKIES

the magic

inspiration:            Her name is Sonya and two years ago she gave                                    me a homemade rosemary shortbread cookie                                        and my life was changed forever.  

 

the feels:                salty, buttery + crumbly.

 

eat with:                 tea (must dunk!), marmalade, Terry's chocolate                                   orange, much coffee and good book or paper. 

 

might like if you're into:        crossword puzzles,the Scottish                                                          Highlands, fresh herbs, A                                                                Christmas Carol (my favourite version                                               is The Muppets)

the science

makes approximately 25 cookies || prep time: 15 mins // rest time: 3 hours // bake time: 15 min

ingredients:

  • 225 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 + 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 + 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt

method:

  1. Add butter to bowl of stand mixer and attach flat beater (or use hand mixer). Beat butter on low until smooth (about 1 to 2 minutes). Add sugar, rosemary and salt; beat for another 1 to 2 minutes until combined. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat again on high until fluffy (about 5 minutes more). 
  2. Add flour and mix on low until the dough begins to come together. Beat for another minute.
  3. Make dough into a ball, place on lightly floured surface. Place plastic wrap on top and roll with rolling pin into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (3 hours to 5 days).
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the dough into 1 inch square and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Add leftovers pieces back together to roll and cut more cookies. Bake until edges are golden, around 15 minutes (or less time if you like all white shortbreads). 
  5. When cookies come out, brush with olive oil immediately. Let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days or freeze for up to a month. 

Recipe from A Life Well Lived.