Tasty Tagine: a Moroccan Must Have

During our 10 day journey throughout Morocco, we stayed at a Riad within the medina in Marrakesh called Dar Zaman .

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an open interior garden or courtyard, while the medina is the car-free, old part of the city known for its narrow alleyways. Think of a riad as a bed and breakfast oasis.

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One Stack, Two Forks

Food is love, and this Valentine’s Day brunch spread is loveliness incarnate. EB’s Alex took to the kitchen to whip up a decadent breakfast of Gluten-Free Nutella Pancakes with Fresh Sliced Strawberries. Look for the how-to behind our pretty Carnation Garland in an upcoming Earthbound Blog post and reemerge a refreshed you.

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Fragrant & Spicy: Indian Chole Palak

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Most of us love our greasy burgers, perfectly seared steaks, and bacon (Yeah..don’t forget the bacon). Even if you don’t want to commit to a life sans-meat, everyone should make an effort to incorporate more veggies and fruits into their diet and less animal prodcuts. Why, you ask?

1. You’ll feel better and live longer

Eating animal products has a negative affect on our overall heart health. A diet full of fat and cholestrol can lead to heart disease, like clogged arteries. Plus you’ll feel less sluggish overall.

2. You’ll save money

Eating vegeterian is cheap. Browse the produce aisle at the grocery store. Now browse the meat section. See a difference? If you’re concerned about protein, tofu is actually pretty affordable in comparison to meat. Protein can also be found in things like beans, chickpeas, soy and nuts.

3. You’ll save lives

Many of us have seen videos online of the horrible conditions farm animals live in. That’s the reality of it.

4. You’ll help the environment

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has reported that the chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.

Have you seen cowspirarcy? It’s a pretty eye opening movie when it comes to our consumption of animal products. Check it out on Netflix.

Convinced yet? If these reasons don’t move you to at least try to eat more vegetarian based dishes, then you don’t have a heart. Kidding. Bacon is wonderful. But so is this traditional Indian dish called Chole Palak, made from spinach and garbanzo beans and plenty of fragrant spice, like garam masala. Go on, try it. It’s pretty simple.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 19 oz can of chickpeas a.ka. garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups of chopped spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread
  • lemon wedges

Supplies

  • sautee pan with lid
  • blender or food processor
  • spatula or potato masher
  • measuring spoons
  • knife

1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas a.k.a garbanzo beans in a colander.

2. Cut up the tomatoes, green chili and ginger. Add them to a food processor or blender to make a puree.

3. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan at a medium/low temperature and add the diced onion. Continue to sautee them until their soft and brown, appx. 5 minutes.

4. Once the onion is sauteed, add the cumin seed and let that heat up together for appx. 2 minutes. Then add the puree of tomato goodness + coriander, turmeric, red pepper. Let that simmer for about 3 – 4 minutes on medium heat.

5. Add the chopped spinach, salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover it. Let that continue to cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add the chickpeas and mash them up a bit with a spatula or potato masher. Add the garam masala and let it cook on low heat, covered, for 7 – 8 minutes.

Remove the lid and let the aroma of garam masala transport you to India. And you thought only meat tasted this good! 😉 Serve it over warm basmati rice and top it off with a lemon wedge, if you like. Dip the naan bread into the sauce or use it to scoop some of the chickpea and spinach concoction.

See! Eating vegetarian isn’t that bad. If you’ve decided to go vegetarian or have tried to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, let us know in the comments! We could use a little inspiration.

Red Va-Voom Velvet Waffles

Valentine’s Day. You either love it, or you hate it. Either way, we can all agree on our love for decadent brunch foods like Red Velvet Waffles. There’s something about the rich red that gets everyone excited. Add cream cheese frosting and it suddenly becomes a completely acceptable breakfast item even though we all know it is practically dessert at this point. Top it off with crispy bacon and you’ve got your major food groups covered before noon.

Not in a relationship? No problem. You don’t have to have a significant other to reap the benefits of this velvety concotion. Have a love affair with the person who knows you best: YOU! You’re uniquely you, you’ve got a kind soul, and you’re beautiful inside and out! So why not treat yo self?

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¾ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • Red food coloring (liquid or gel)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup – 1 cup whole milk
  • Bacon and/or Sausage.

Step 1: Heat up the frying pan or skillet to medium heat for the bacon and/or sausage. How much you say? As much as you want. Because bacon.

 

  

1.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2.  Grease waffle iron with butter or cooking spray and begin preheating.

3.  In another bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and vinegar on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add red food coloring. Make sure the red is very vibrant since it will lighten when you add the dry ingredients.

4.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Feel free to add additional food coloring in order to achieve that va-voom red.

5.  Pour the batter into your waffle maker. A traditional waffle maker will produce about 10-12 crispy goodness while a Belgian waffle maker produces about 8 big waffles.

6.  For the glaze: Whisk the softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy for a couple of minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Start with ½ cup milk and add more to achieve desired consistency. You can always double the cream cheese recipe because who doesn’t want glaze on their bacon?

 

Once they are done to a crispy goodness, remove them from the waffle iron. Add bacon or other various breakfast meats to the top and drizzle on some cream cheese frosting. As you can see, we clearly went with a heavy pour as oppose to a drizzle. The glaze is really that good.

Whether you’re spending the day with your other half or cozying up with your pet and Netflix, take time to appreciate the love you share! And don’t forget the bacon!

Recipe credit: Red Velvet Waffles Cream Cheese Glaze

DIY: Floral Ice Cube

Summer is winding down, but here in the south we’re still hosting a last few pool parties before we break out the boots, scarves, and hot chocolate.

If you’re hosting your own last hurrah summer party, we’ve got an easy-peasy DIY project to give your drinks a cute floral flourish. These look perfect in an ice tea tumbler with your favorite summer beverage.

Materials:

1 – Edible Flowers – There are many different kinds, but we recommend buying from a gourmet or health food store so you can be sure they’re free of pesticides.

2 – Ice Cube Tray – We love the silicon ice cube trays, they come in lots of fun shapes, and they make it easy to pop out the cubes.

3 – Distilled Water – Distilled water has fewer impurities and makes clearer ice cubes.

Materials Process 1
Procedure –

1 – Arrange a flower or two on the bottom of each ice cube compartment.

2 – Pour just enough distilled water into the tray to fill it about 1/3 full.

3 – Allow the partially full tray to freeze over a few hours. By filling it only 1/3 full, it holds the flowers in place so they don’t immediately float to the top of the cube.

4 – When the tray is frozen (or at least mostly frozen) add another layer of flowers and fill 2/3rds full. Freeze again.

Process 3 Process 4

5 – When the second layer is frozen, add your third, and last layer of flowers and fill the tray up completely.

6 – Allow the tray to freeze overnight so the cubes are nice and solid when you add them to drinks!

Final 1 Water
Need a couple of drink ideas? We couldn’t help doing a little research!

For all-ages entertaining, try:

Honey Limeade – Mix and serve over ice: 1 cup lime juice, 5 cups water, 2/3rds cups of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of honey.

Lemon Almond Tea – Mix and serve over ice: 4 cups hot black tea, 2 thinly sliced lemons, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 can lemonade concentrate.

For adult beverages, try:

Grapefruit Margaritas – Mix and serve over ice in salt-rimmed margarita glasses: 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 cup tequila (blanco or reposado), 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup Cointreau, 1 teaspoon agave nectar.

Cedarwood Cranberry Cocktail – Mix and serve over ice: 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 2 oz vodka (regular or cranberry), 4 ounces cranberry juice, and 3 1/2 ounces ginger ale.