Annual Christmas Kitchen Nightmare

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Hey everyone! I can’t believe we haven’t posted since September and that blog was about our wonderful, meat-heavy Texas trip. We’ve been busy with moving from the suburbs to the city and from traveling in Japan! With all that’s going on - we became really lazy with blogging. Belated as we are, Christmas is of course over and we’re two months into 2019…but we’ll write about Christmas anyway because for us - it’s the busiest time in the kitchen for us! We plan an annual Friendsmas dinner, along with a Secret Santa exchange. We give ourselves ample time to think about what to cook for main, and what side dishes to accompany the main. Christmas dinner wouldn’t be Christmas dinner without our signature dish too: butter with a side of potato. Bon appetit!

- Robyn

Green Beans and Rice

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My brother has been a vegan for two years now and it has inspired me to look for alternative and different ways to tweak recipes to suit his diet.  I remember searching everywhere, concocting tasty vegan meals when he stayed with me for a week, and this recipe was one of the ones I used. 

Previously, when I made the Green Beans from Genius Recipes by Food52, I opted out of butter and used vegan margarine instead.  Shockingly it turned out to be great surprise: it was one of the best green bean dishes I've ever eaten.

Fast forward to now, when I made these Green Beans again, I thought it would be nice to follow the recipe exactly this time thinking it would taste even better without any substitution. WRONG. It ended up being too buttery and it overpowered the entire dish. Don't get me wrong, it was still very tasty but it was better the first time or may I say, sometimes it is better the vegan way. 

Moral of the story:  playing around with recipe or substituting ingredients isn't always a bad thing. Oh and remember to keep a pot lid nearby, unlike us.  We were frantically searching for one for 10 minutes, and ended up using a lid that didn't fit.  See our hack below!

- Ken