What Happened To The Beans?

Another Wednesday has come and gone. How was yours? Mine was peachy keen. Or perhaps I should say nectarine keen?

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Yes, I broke down and bought a couple of nectarines, even though they aren’t the local BC ones. They just smell so good, and it’s been so long since I’ve enjoyed one. So this morning, I put my splurge to good use in a bowl of museli.

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We didn’t actually have any museli mixed up, so I threw a bunch of things together last night to make this bowl:

  • oats
  • quinoa flakes
  • ground almonds
  • wheat germ
  • oat bran
  • hemp seeds
  • cinnamon

Soaked in some almond milk overnight, a few scoops of yogurt added this morning, and topped with that juicy nectarine and some hazelnut butter, it was almost overflowing my poor ol’ bowl.

With a glass of mango tangerine juice.

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It was a great way to start my Wednesday.

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I ended up spending the majority of my day in the kitchen, after a quick trip to the store to pick up some essentials for dinner. At some point in time, I had a bite of lunch.

Tuna mixed with caramelized onion hummus + sweet pickles on rye bread.

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And a whole whack of snap peas.

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Midday sun ain’t the greatest for photos.

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When I first tasted the caramelized onion hummus, the first thing that came to mind was how good it would be in a tuna sandwich, and I was right. I know people put hummus with their tuna all the time, but the regular stuff just never seemed like it would be quite right flavour-wise for me. But this is the perfect tuna hummus.

I spent the afternoon making a mess of the kitchen, baking and making dinner. I think I did dishes three times, and used three different kitchen appliances. Not that I had anything better to do today anyways, although I would have liked to gone wild blueberry picking. C’est la vie.

Sienna set up camp on the dining room table and watched me and my domestic kitchen goddess self.

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She could have at least offered to dry the dishes with that towel or something. Cats. Pfft.

But for all my work in the kitchen, dinner was still not complete until I took it outdoors for a little grill action.

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The pepper and mushroom are for later eats – gotta take advantage of the hot grill!

So, what culinary creations did I serve to my family?

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Well, as you could tell from the grill shot – we had grilled Angus beef sausages.

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Grilled asparagus – which my sister proclaimed as “the best invention ever”.

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Plus a pasta salad consisting of whole wheat pastas, chickpeas, carrots, cucumber, celery, green onion, chives, and a simple vinaigrette dressing, with a touch of mayo.

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Does that say summer or what?

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I had to use a couple of different pastas because there was only a bit left in each box. Penne wouldn’t be my first choice for a pasta salad, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow.

But wait – I said something about baking too, didn’t I?

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Looks like chocolate

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Tastes like chocolate…

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But would you guess it’s filled with beans?

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I made a batch of these Amazing Black Bean Brownies. I’m not sure what prompted me to do so, but I cooked up the beans, and went to town. The recipe is a bit fussy, and my pan was slightly larger than required, so I ended up with an army of flat, fudgy, fibre-filled treats that are now taking up residence in my freezer, for those days when you need a chocolate fix stat!

Dad ate two. Obviously, they taste chocolatey and good.

Aside from the million few sample crumbs I consumed, I also served one up sundae style.

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Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut ice cream, raspberries, and a black bean brownie. Baby sundae eaten with a baby spoon.

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Now I am out of raspberries and ice cream. It makes me sad. But at least I have brownies!

And as if my day couldn’t get any better – I had a lovely evening sweat session at the gym, and Henrik Sedin won the Hart Trophy for NHL league MVP. Nuts to all this World Cup nonsense – bring me some Canucks hockey news anyday!

And now, my days off work are coming to an end. Time to prep some breakfast and get to bed. Night!

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7 Comments on “What Happened To The Beans?”

  1. June 24, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    I’ve made black bean brownies before and they were fantastic! I should go for it again.
    I really like the pasta salad.

  2. June 24, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    I’ve heard such mixed reviews on the black bean brownies that I wasn’t sure if it was worth it but now I think I’ll whip some up! LOVE baking but hate the mess – my hands get so dry from washing dishes!!

  3. June 24, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    My Hispanic self totally has troubles with the whole beans as sweet stuff thing. I confess it’s a work in progress! lol

  4. June 24, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Great family BBQ! The sausages sounds relaly good….I’ve never heard of them before.

  5. June 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    oh wow! those black bean brownies totally look like those Elevate Bar squares! dont they!?! yum!!!

    mmm and ur grilled plate with the sausage and yummy veg and pasta totally looks like summer ❤

    …and looks like those brownies are finding it quite comfy next to the naked coconut ice cream 😛 hehe

  6. June 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Lovin all that grilled veggie action!

  7. June 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    I spy PEAS!!!

    I bought peaches last week and they just aren’t ready yet here 😦 So disappointing!

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