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A Dinner Date

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 | 2 comments

These photos weren’t taken with a fancy camera.  I didn’t buy the ingredients, cook the meal, taste it, make note of adjustments to be made and then buy the ingredients again, cook it again and then make it look all pretty before I ate  it.

This is just a real meal.  A Friday night date.  A good bottle of wine, some comforting food and some of the best company a girl could ask for.

Ryan and I recreated our first (fancy) date night meal at home.  Pan-fried eggplant parm.  Orecchiette pasta with wilted kale, spinach and toasted pine nuts.  Simple arugula salad with a lemony-dijon vinaigrette and a sprinkling of parm.  Red wine.  Perfection.

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It has been almost a year since my last post where I professed I would be back more consistently with some of the recipes you had come to expect from me.   I suppose I dropped that ball… but here I go again…

Life has changed a lot since that days when I was posting for you more consistently.  What hasn’t changed is my love for food and cooking.  I still make delicious plant-based food whenever possible.  I still get giddy at a farmer’s market.  I still could spend hours talking about food.  Researching nutrition.  Watching food docs (and master chef).  All of those things are still very much true.

I want to try and post more, but I won’t make any promises this time.  Life is busy right now.  Very good, but very busy.  But I want to try.  I’ll try and make more time to take photos of my food because I love doing that.  Making it look pretty and getting the lighting just right.  It’s the only creative thing I have ever really been good at.

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So please keep dropping by.  And hopefully I’ll see you soon :)

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Quinoa Taco Bowls

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 | 4 comments

I’ve struggled with writing this post for a while.

Chipotle Quinoa Taco Bowls | thefreshdirection.com

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been around here in a while.  Without going into too much detail – because I do try and keep this place mostly about the food – life has been busy. Busy and different.

I looked back to this post. My first post of 2014.  Reading it now, it seems like I was writing with a premonition.  Almost eerily so. I had big hopes for 2014 when I wrote that post back in early January and I can certainly say some of those hopes are coming true. There have been a lot of changes so when it came to writing for you, I was struggling to find my voice.   I’ve taken risks, I’ve travelled a bit, I’ve fallen down.  But I got back up.

Chipotle Quinoa Taco Bowls | thefreshdirection.com

In the beginning I just didn’t know what to say.  I had lots my creative edge in the kitchen a bit – and then other times I was straight up too busy to cook anything pretty enough to photograph, despite how tasty it may have been.  Then, after some time passed, I got anxious about how long it has been since my last post.  I started psyc

hing myself out and had convinced myself that my first post back had to be something BIG.  A home-run recipe, killer photos and accompanied by some eloquent, thought provoking writing.  Like I said, I got psyched out and so I just didn’t post anything at all.

Luckily for you (and maybe more so, me) I got over that.

Chipotle Quinoa Taco Bowls | thefreshdirection.com

So here I am.  I had to just bite the bullet. But I’m back and hopefully back for good.

As for the food – this recipe was delicious and easy – an accurate reflection of the way I have been eating and cooking over the last several months.  I hope you like it, and I’ll see you soon : )

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Spicy Thai Peanut Soba Noodles and Veggies

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Soba Noodles + Veggies | thefreshdirection.com

My sister just bought a Vitamix.  She facetimed me and gave me a little “look what I got….!” and before she even turned the camera onto that lovely machine I knew what it was going to be.

She had been talking about making the purchase for a while now and we have both swooned over them for years.  We have talked about how smooth our green smoothies could be and how full our fridges would be of homemade nut butters.

Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Soba Noodles + Veggies | thefreshdirection.com

But she beat me to it.  And now I have to fly to Montreal to visit her and play with her blender…  I guess I’m somewhat going to visit her too, but the Vitamix was just a little extra motiviation : )

Anyway, I get somewhat overwhelmed thinking about it because I wouldn’t even know what to make first.  Sad, but true.  Tell me I’m not alone in my blender-envy??  Any suggestions on what to whip up first?

Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Soba Noodles + Veggies | thefreshdirection.com

But until then we have soba noodles!  I’m pretty happy about this dish too.  Things have been pretty sweet around here lately.  Between nutella and handpies I figured it was time to go down a little more savoury route.  These noodles can be made as spicy or as non-spicy as you like.  They come together quickly and make for a perfect week-night meal.  Double it up so you can have leftovers for lunch too!

Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Soba Noodles + Veggies | thefreshdirection.com

And while the noodles are delicious on their own, I decided to take a little inspiration from Love and Lemons and made this dish kind of a two-parter. I had a potluck to go to and decided on bringing fresh rolls, so I put a little scoop of the leftover noodles in there with bit of basil, mint and avo, wrapped it up and whipped up a simple soy-ginger dipping sauce.  So fantastic.  I highly recommend you do this with your leftovers – if there are any, that is!

Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Soba Noodles + Veggies | thefreshdirection.com

Revamped leftovers for the win!!

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