Bean Vegan Lately? Brazilian Feijoada and Red Bean Ice Cream

For as long as I can remember my mom has been on the hunt for good recipes with beans and legumes. This has influenced me a bit too as I may not search for such recipes as actively but if they fall in my lap my curiosity will be piqued.

When I was offered the Vegan Beans from Around the World cookbook for review I could hardly say no. The ‘around the world’ part obviously increased my interest. Would it love up to my high expectation? Let’s find out with the two recipes I prepared from this cookbook: the Brazilian Feijoada and the Japanese Red Bean Ice Cream.

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Brazilian Feijoada

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Kaffir Lime Ginger and Gin Ice Cream

With the arrival of summer comes my NEED to make ice cream. I am way overdue to include an ice cream recipe. I was shocked to realize my last ice cream was posted just over a year ago. Well good news…I made 3 ice creams last weekend, 2 of which are quite exotic in flavor. Here is the first one, a Kaffir Lime Ginger and Gin Ice Cream, and keep an eye out for the other two recipes coming soon.

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Bridesmaids: Food ‘n Flix Roundup

At the beginning of this month, I announced that I would be hosting Food ‘n Flix with my chosen movie Bridesmaids. I love all the groups I am part of but I have to say there is a level of exchange with this group I just don’t get with others. Not only do we cook from a same inspiration, we also discuss the movies. It creates a real virtual conversation. And this month we welcomed 2 new members: Wendy and Joanne. We hope to see them regularly and perhaps you would like to join?

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Many saw this movie for a 2nd or 3 rd time, and a lot saw it for the first time. And boy were the opinions varied this month. Like many who saw Bridesmaids for the first time this month, I have to admit the first time I saw the movie I was not super crazy like everyone else was. There is a lot of slap stick comedy.

I know I am not alone with my initial reaction but I found a really good quote online from Roger Ebert saying this movie: “seems to be a more or less deliberate attempt to cross the Chick Flick with the Raunch Comedy. It definitely proves that women are the equal of men in vulgarity, sexual frankness, lust, vulnerability, overdrinking and insecurity.” I did see it again a year later and really enjoyed it. I got passed the gimmicky stuff and saw more into the heart of the movie. For this challenge I now saw it for a 3rd time and I can definitely say it is a favorite comedy. 

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Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

I recently discovered a monthly challenge group which could not have fallen any closer to my epicurean interests. The International Food Challenge group was created to explore the cuisines of the world, as well as the heritage of those country. A monthly host pics a part of the world and shares with us a few of the local recipes to make on our own.

For my first time participating we were assigned California Cuisine and I chose to go with the California Pizza suggestion with a Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza.

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Lemonade Iced Tea Sorbet

A couple of weekends ago I invited a few friends over for a very simple BBQ. I provided burgers and hot-dogs. I told my guests to bring the rest: salads, mergez, sandwich platters and chips. I knew there were going to be a couple of desserts already but I wanted to offer my gluten and dairy free friend a sweet option.

Sorbet was an obvious choice and it was perfect for the warmer weather. Standard go-to flavors in my home are a no-no. I had to find something original. This Lemonade Iced Tea Sorbet fit the bill. It’s thirst quenching and practically doubles as the usual tea or coffee served at the end of a meal.

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