13th Jul 2014
See the full post on Wears & Listens
-Katie

See the full post on Wears & Listens

-Katie

10th Jul 2014
Rhubarb is a hardy plant that, in my experience, practically grows itself. The catch is its extremely bitter taste, which people often cut with strawberries in jams and crumbles. When my parents brought me a bunch last week, I wanted to try something new. My search turned up this recipe for a rhubarb nut loaf. The recipe was surprisingly simple, even though I had to make a few substitutions: milk + lemon juice for buttermilk, and walnuts for pecans. I also baked for only 60 minutes at a lower temperature, because I’m pretty sure our oven runs very hot. The result was pretty delicious, and you could easily omit the icing if you’ve got calories on the brain. So, if you ever find yourself with a rhubarb problem, I’ve got your rhubarb solution.
-Mike

Rhubarb is a hardy plant that, in my experience, practically grows itself. The catch is its extremely bitter taste, which people often cut with strawberries in jams and crumbles. When my parents brought me a bunch last week, I wanted to try something new. My search turned up this recipe for a rhubarb nut loaf. The recipe was surprisingly simple, even though I had to make a few substitutions: milk + lemon juice for buttermilk, and walnuts for pecans. I also baked for only 60 minutes at a lower temperature, because I’m pretty sure our oven runs very hot. The result was pretty delicious, and you could easily omit the icing if you’ve got calories on the brain. So, if you ever find yourself with a rhubarb problem, I’ve got your rhubarb solution.

-Mike

6th Jul 2014
What about you, what have you been up to lately?

What about you, what have you been up to lately?

1st Jul 2014
Ch-ch-ch-check out the full post on Katie’s new side blog, Wears & Listens

Ch-ch-ch-check out the full post on Katie’s new side blog, Wears & Listens

25th Jun 2014
Today’s post is the quintessential bar and bean. We put these together after strokes of inspiration and/or motivation from two unlikely places. Katie’s concoction, a pineapple basil caesar, comes from the bar. After seeing Clint Pattemore hype his book on the only television channel we currently pick up, Katie was inspired to mix one up. This one was only named on the show, but we found a recipe and Katie pulled it off beautifully. My dish is a product of the bean, the coffee bean to be exact. Lady fingers were on sale this week (sometimes that’s all it takes) and I finally had to try the Italian dessert: tiramisu. This one was actually easier than I expected; I cobbled together a recipe based on the ingredients we had, and the result was the perfect combination of coffee-soaked cake and rich, cheesy cream.
-Mike

Today’s post is the quintessential bar and bean. We put these together after strokes of inspiration and/or motivation from two unlikely places. Katie’s concoction, a pineapple basil caesar, comes from the bar. After seeing Clint Pattemore hype his book on the only television channel we currently pick up, Katie was inspired to mix one up. This one was only named on the show, but we found a recipe and Katie pulled it off beautifully. My dish is a product of the bean, the coffee bean to be exact. Lady fingers were on sale this week (sometimes that’s all it takes) and I finally had to try the Italian dessert: tiramisu. This one was actually easier than I expected; I cobbled together a recipe based on the ingredients we had, and the result was the perfect combination of coffee-soaked cake and rich, cheesy cream.

-Mike

20th Jun 2014
We’re all about easy, tasty food here at the bar and bean. And what could be easier and tastier than skewers? At your next BBQ try ditching the hamburger for this delicious veggie option. Take a few bamboo skewers and pierce on some cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, pressed (extra firm) tofu cubes, green pepper, red onion, and baby potatoes (microwave the potatoes a few minutes in the microwave first to ensure they cook all the way through). Then generously brush on some BBQ sauce to coat and place on the grill. While you’re at it, throw some corn on the cob (still in its husk) on there too. The resulting dinner will be so good you’ll be wishing you could grill all year round. 
-Katie

We’re all about easy, tasty food here at the bar and bean. And what could be easier and tastier than skewers? At your next BBQ try ditching the hamburger for this delicious veggie option. Take a few bamboo skewers and pierce on some cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, pressed (extra firm) tofu cubes, green pepper, red onion, and baby potatoes (microwave the potatoes a few minutes in the microwave first to ensure they cook all the way through). Then generously brush on some BBQ sauce to coat and place on the grill. While you’re at it, throw some corn on the cob (still in its husk) on there too. The resulting dinner will be so good you’ll be wishing you could grill all year round. 

-Katie

20th Jun 2014
Coffee and cats. Is there a better way to start the day?
The little black and white cat is a newbie around here. He’s a 6 month old kitty we’re fostering from Heavenly Creatures. Der, our resident senior, is showing him the ropes. We call him Toonces (based on this SNL sketch we love). Toonces, you’re fitting in just fine.
-Katie

Coffee and cats. Is there a better way to start the day?

The little black and white cat is a newbie around here. He’s a 6 month old kitty we’re fostering from Heavenly CreaturesDer, our resident senior, is showing him the ropes. We call him Toonces (based on this SNL sketch we love). Toonces, you’re fitting in just fine.

-Katie

17th Jun 2014
Vegan bowls are our new favourite dinner. We love experimenting with different healthy ingredients and flavour combinations. The key to a good bowl is making sure you have a hearty base (like quinoa, brown rice, sticky rice, etc), loading it up with veggies (preferably seasonal) and protein, and then topping the whole thing off with a delicious sauce or  spread. Today’s bowl was based on this amazing recipe from Oh She Glows. We made a few alterations, like nixing the purple cabbage and green salad and instead cooking up some spinach and beet greens with garlic and pine nuts. For our chickpea coating we decided to use garlic powder, sea salt, turmeric, and garam masala. We also topped off the dish with sesame seeds instead of hemp seeds, and whipped up some of our own jalepeno hummus. The whole thing only took about 45 minutes to make, and it’s probably the healthiest thing I’ve eaten all week. Vegan bowls, where have you been all my life?
-Katie

Vegan bowls are our new favourite dinner. We love experimenting with different healthy ingredients and flavour combinations. The key to a good bowl is making sure you have a hearty base (like quinoa, brown rice, sticky rice, etc), loading it up with veggies (preferably seasonal) and protein, and then topping the whole thing off with a delicious sauce or  spread. Today’s bowl was based on this amazing recipe from Oh She Glows. We made a few alterations, like nixing the purple cabbage and green salad and instead cooking up some spinach and beet greens with garlic and pine nuts. For our chickpea coating we decided to use garlic powder, sea salt, turmeric, and garam masala. We also topped off the dish with sesame seeds instead of hemp seeds, and whipped up some of our own jalepeno hummus. The whole thing only took about 45 minutes to make, and it’s probably the healthiest thing I’ve eaten all week. Vegan bowls, where have you been all my life?

-Katie

14th Jun 2014
Oxfords, a vintage dress, and lipstick - those are my summer necessities. Who am I kidding? They are my necessities for every season.
-Katie

Oxfords, a vintage dress, and lipstick - those are my summer necessities. Who am I kidding? They are my necessities for every season.

-Katie

14th Jun 2014
Burritos are a mainstay at our place. We love taking a simple flour tortilla and loading it up with all the fixings - I’m talking lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, guac, smashed beans, and spicy corn (the last 3 are all super easy to make from scratch). We also like to throw in some kind of meaty BBQ protein in there. Today, we took a break from our usual slow-cooked pulled pork, and tried making BBQ pulled tofu. I had my doubts at first, but honestly, it was soooo good. All you have to do is take pressed tofu and grate it into a frying pan using a cheese grater. Then throw in a few teaspoons of liquid smoke and some BBQ sauce and you’re good to go. Seriously, try it out. So simple, so delicious.
-Katie

Burritos are a mainstay at our place. We love taking a simple flour tortilla and loading it up with all the fixings - I’m talking lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, guac, smashed beans, and spicy corn (the last 3 are all super easy to make from scratch). We also like to throw in some kind of meaty BBQ protein in there. Today, we took a break from our usual slow-cooked pulled pork, and tried making BBQ pulled tofu. I had my doubts at first, but honestly, it was soooo good. All you have to do is take pressed tofu and grate it into a frying pan using a cheese grater. Then throw in a few teaspoons of liquid smoke and some BBQ sauce and you’re good to go. Seriously, try it out. So simple, so delicious.

-Katie

13th Jun 2014
We’re still knee-deep renovations but we thought we’d take a second to show you a little progress. Here’s a quick tour of our new living room. We decided to paint the walls white and then add in little pops of colour everywhere (like the red cabinet we restored) The ladder bookcase still needs a coat of stain and a few adjustments, but it’s definately a great place for housing all our books and trinkets. It was also super cheap and easy to make (Mike will be posting a DIY soon!). This reno stuff can be totally overwhelming, but it helps if you take little breaks to celebrate your achievements. Lookin’ good, living room.
-Katie

We’re still knee-deep renovations but we thought we’d take a second to show you a little progress. Here’s a quick tour of our new living room. We decided to paint the walls white and then add in little pops of colour everywhere (like the red cabinet we restored) The ladder bookcase still needs a coat of stain and a few adjustments, but it’s definately a great place for housing all our books and trinkets. It was also super cheap and easy to make (Mike will be posting a DIY soon!). This reno stuff can be totally overwhelming, but it helps if you take little breaks to celebrate your achievements. Lookin’ good, living room.

-Katie

9th Jun 2014
Here’s a quick, easy, and healthy recipe that is perfect for the summertime. It goes well with just about anything, and would be great to bring to a potluck or bbq. The sweetness of the strawberries, the creaminess of the goat cheese, and the zing of the balsamic all go really well together to make this salad a thing of beauty. In short, this salad has got it going on.
Strawberry Spinach SaladServes two
2 cups fresh spinach1/4 cup walnuts (toasted if you like)30g goat cheese1 cup strawberries, quartered10g finely chopped red onion
3-2-1 Balsamic DressingServes two
3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar2 teaspoons olive oil1 teaspoon golden yellow sugar
-Katie

Here’s a quick, easy, and healthy recipe that is perfect for the summertime. It goes well with just about anything, and would be great to bring to a potluck or bbq. The sweetness of the strawberries, the creaminess of the goat cheese, and the zing of the balsamic all go really well together to make this salad a thing of beauty. In short, this salad has got it going on.

Strawberry Spinach Salad
Serves two

2 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup walnuts (toasted if you like)
30g goat cheese
1 cup strawberries, quartered
10g finely chopped red onion

3-2-1 Balsamic Dressing
Serves two

3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon golden yellow sugar

-Katie

8th Jun 2014

Mike and I are currently knee-deep in renovations. I use the term “renovations” loosely, as we’re in a rental so our DIYs are pretty limited. I’ve watched a lot of Extreme Home Makeover-type shows throughout the years and honestly thought, “hey, renovating our little apartment will be a slice!” Let me tell you, a slice it is not. It’s messy, takes forever, and requires way more upper body strength than I have (I now understand why all those TV carpenters are so ripped). Long story short, our place is “under construction” and my arms hurt. There has been some progress, though. So far we’ve plastered, did a bit of priming, and experimented with spray paint (note to self: do not spray paint on a windy, rainy day).

We also revamped this little retro cabinet. We found it at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, an outlet that sells used furniture and building supplies/materials. When I found the cabinet I instantly knew I needed it in my life. I love the funky wood details and cutouts, and at $5 it was a steal. The only thing I wasn’t so in love with was the colour, so I decided to do a little furniture makeover. Thankfully, it wasn’t terribly difficult and the whole thing only took a lazy Sunday to do. Here’s what we did (Disclaimer: All of my reno knowledge comes from TV and the internet. I’m posting this not as a DIY, but more of a “reno-diary” for those who are curious what we’ve been up to).

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3rd Jun 2014
Whoa. Its been awhile. A long while. Sorry about that. The bar and bean have been busy, really busy. Since our last post, we’ve crammed for exams, wrote final papers, graduated, apartment hunted, moved, and trucked our stuff (and ourselves) over the ocean. We’re still not settled yet, but we wanted to check in. Our new place is lovely and we can’t wait to show you around. We’re no longer Haligonians, but St. Johner’s (or “Townies,” in the local vernacular). We’ve finally found the little downtown apartment near the water we’ve dreamed about. Here we plan to make some changes, to lead a simpler, more sustainable and community-minded life. From building our own bookcases and tables to growing herbs, making cheese, and brewing our own beer, it’s going to be fun – we hope you stick around.
-Mike and Katie

Whoa. Its been awhile. A long while. Sorry about that. The bar and bean have been busy, really busy. Since our last post, we’ve crammed for exams, wrote final papers, graduated, apartment hunted, moved, and trucked our stuff (and ourselves) over the ocean. We’re still not settled yet, but we wanted to check in. Our new place is lovely and we can’t wait to show you around. We’re no longer Haligonians, but St. Johner’s (or “Townies,” in the local vernacular). We’ve finally found the little downtown apartment near the water we’ve dreamed about. Here we plan to make some changes, to lead a simpler, more sustainable and community-minded life. From building our own bookcases and tables to growing herbs, making cheese, and brewing our own beer, it’s going to be fun – we hope you stick around.

-Mike and Katie

23rd Feb 2014
we’re only a few months in to 2014, but here’s how we’ve been spending it so far..
1// scoring vintage finds - like this 1930s era jacket
2// cooking up vegan tofu peanut bowls
3// taking ferry trips
4// snuggling this lil’ guy
5// waking up with the sun
6// enjoying the most important meal of the day
-Mike

we’re only a few months in to 2014, but here’s how we’ve been spending it so far..

1// scoring vintage finds - like this 1930s era jacket

2// cooking up vegan tofu peanut bowls

3// taking ferry trips

4// snuggling this lil’ guy

5// waking up with the sun

6// enjoying the most important meal of the day

-Mike