Category :interior consciousness

Black bean, Avocado and Braised Cauliflower Tortillas

This was so good even my meat loving husband loved it! Part of the reason is the fact that I made the corn tortilla’s. Big difference!

However, and this goes for all food, the better the ingredients, the better the dish.

It took only minutes to make the tortilla’s, then I made a yoghurt based Sriracha sauce, smashed avocado with cumin and spritz offresh lemon juice, shredded kale, black beans with fresh garlic and onion powder, fresh tomatoes and braised cauliflower***.

***gently heat tbsp.coconut oil in frying pan, cut one medium cauliflower into 1 inch steaks, when pan is hot med/high add cauliflower. Let the cauliflower brown about 5 minutes. Flip the veggies and put a lid on the pan. Turn the heat to med/low. Steam will accumulate which will facilitate the braising by releasing moisture onto the pan surface. Another 5 minutes and cauliflower is done. I like a slight firmness to my veggies.

I like all ingredients mise en place and let people put as much or as little on to the plate. Plus it is fun!

Plants For A Beautiful Healthy Home

It is no secret that I am a plant geek.  I come by it honestly, my mother always had plants in our home (some I inherited!), and my Dutch father always maintained beautiful gardens.  Admittedly, growing up I didn’t have the attachment to them that I do now.  I am sensitive to environments that lack life, that are too hard, so I love to introduce at least one plant per room (usually more).

Here are 3 reasons that I think everyone should have plants in their homes.

1. Plants soften a room.  Floors, countertops, chairs, tables…all have an inherent hardness.  When you bring in a plant there is a softening of edges as well as a freshness of colour.  I have found that sometimes all a room needs is a plant.

2.Plants naturally purify the air.  We all grew up understanding that plants take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, but more recently scientists have proven that plants remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).  A couple of the easiest plants to grow and find are Spider plants and Golden Pathos.

3.Plants connect us to nature.  When we are learning to care for another living thing, we automatically see the outside world with fresh eyes.  We begin to care about our external environment, about our parks and about the world at large, and that, is a good thing.

Check out Joanna Gaines Blog on the plants she uses in her designs, gorgeous!

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