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Sweet potato and black bean chili

Originally posted on foodbycamilla:
In my opinion,  Chili is an essential recipe during the winter.This hearty vegetarian chili includes sweet potato and black beans along with flavourful seasoning such as cumin, cinnamon and chili powder.  This chili is bursting with flavour and is my favorite chili recipe at the moment. This chili is the perfect healthy weeknight meal. You can even make it and take it with you for lunch,  I am sure you will make everyone jealous! I’ve also added a few optional topping ideas such as avocado and coriander.Eat the chili as it is, or serve it with brown rice or quinoa. ? ? Ingredients ( serves 4 people).  1 large sweet potato 1 can black beans approximately 450 gram  (15 oz). 1 can chopped tomatoes approximately  400 gram  ( 14 oz). 1/2 onion 2 gloves garlic 2 tsp chilli 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp cinnamon oil for cooking salt and pepper 3 tsp lime juice ? Serve with ( optional) avocado (1/2 avocado per person). cilantro sour creme Method:  Heat oil in a…

What’s in a Chef’s Garden?

Originally posted on Meals Under the Pressure Cooker:
The idea of a chef’s garden has always been alluring to me. I used to imagine a small patch of land cultivated for the growth of a few vegetables and herbs needed by a nearby restaurant. But what are the benefits of a chef’s garden? What’s exactly in a chef’s garden? On a weekend trip to Big Sur in Northern California, I got the chance to visit a thriving chef’s garden in the Post Ranch Inn near Highway 1. It turns out that there are far more varieties of vegetables and herbs in a chef’s garden than I had always thought. While talking to someone who worked on the chef’s garden, I was delighted to learn about the wonderful benefits of a chef’s garden. As we can see, a chef’s garden produces fresh, organic vegetables, which translates to healthy, tasty food on the plate. Vegetables in a chef’s garden are naturally grown, which means that they are not synthetic or genetically modified. Produces from a chef’s garden…

Easy Peking Duck with with Homemade Mandarin Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients For the duck:   4 duck breasts (about 6 to 7 ounces each) with the skin on, rinsed and thoroughly patted dry with a paper towel 1/4 teaspoon salt  1 teaspoon light soy sauce 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine Pinch of five spice powder 1 tablespoon oil   For the mandarin pancakes: 1 1/2 cups flour  Pinch of salt 2/3 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon oil For the fixings:   1 cucumber, de-seeded and julienned 1/2 cup julienned cantaloupe (optional) 2 scallions, julienned 3 cloves garlic, finely minced and mixed with 1 teaspoon oil to make a paste (optional) 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce Directions First, marinate the duck. Mix the salt, soy sauce, wine, and five spice powder in a small bowl and massage into the duck. Leave the duck breasts skin side up on a plate uncovered, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight to marinate and to let the skin dry out. (If you don’t want to wait overnight, reduce the marinating time to 30 minutes). Next, prepare the Mandarin pancakes. Mix the…