Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Delectables: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad



SWEET AND SAVORY - SWEET POTATO & BEAN SALAD

I LOVE LOVE LOVE SWEET POTATOES
So much so, I use to eat them for breakfast. lunch. dinner. not always on the same day because that would be waaaayyyy to much sugar!  RIGHT??
A couple weeks back I was staying at my parents house and thought I’d experiment with this recipe. It’s how I earn my keep, cooking, baking and helping them eat their food....LOL Tough, I know. My mom won’t go near sweet potatoes, but my dad, can’t get enough. Like father like son! After I had mixed everything together, dad and I dove in with our forks. Silence, followed by growing smiles. Success!
This to me, is a bowl of comfort and with all my travels, that’s exactly what I needed. The black beans add just enough protein and the warm sweet potatoes mixed with the citrus and fresh cilantro.  So good, I’ve made it three times already.
This dish would go great with a grilled piece of white fish or chicken to make for a heartier meal. Another option, which I’ve been enjoying is eating this leftover for lunch, served cold. Or enjoy as is -  you really can’t go wrong!
Any sweet potato lovers out there?? Raise your hands high.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

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Ingredients
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, approx 1″
  • 1 large onion, chopped  – I used sweet onion, but red would work well
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Optional – red bell pepper, chopped
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Place your chopped sweet potatoes and onions onto a baking sheet, then drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil – I use my clean hands to carefully toss. Sprinkle salt + pepper. Bake for 30-35 minutes. I suggest tossing veggies after 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. Once the sweet potatoes and onions are nicely golden, remove from the oven. To keep warm, leave on the baking sheet and cover with foil.
Dressing: In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and cumin.
In a large serving bowl, toss in roasted sweet potatoes, onions, black beans and then carefully pour the dressing, mix well.
Serve warm and enjoy!
Makes about 4 servings.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Inspring Spaces by John Jacob Zwiegelaar

THE DESIGNS OF JACOB ZWIEGELAAR


Nope, he's not a model - he's an interior designer, and a pretty good one! JJ Zwiegelaar the CEO of John Jacob Interiors is responsible for some of the most beautiful interiors in South Africa, and has been the inspiration for posts from hundreds of design bloggers. So, no surprise that you're finding a post about him here, too - hopefully giving you a bit more than you've seen before.




I was first introduced to John Jacob through photographs of this kitchen. The photo had no credit to the designer, but it spoke magic to me and I set out on a wild goose chase that lasted more than 3-months! Finally, I found him and have been inspired ever since. Hope you find the same ...
















Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday Design Inspiration: Ms. Betty Lou Phillips

- THE INTERIORS OF BETTY LOU - 

She's written a dozen books on design, French and Italian predominantly, and has been bringing the sophistication of European style to design savvy (and high-end) clients throughout the United States. 
Her website:http://www.bettylouphillips.com/home.htm is filled with so much inspiration. Published in every design magazine imaginable, she continues to design spaces from her Dallas, Texas home-base. Enjoy:












Amazing, yes? Remember you can find more of her rooms on her website here: http://www.bettylouphillips.com/home.htm or on amazon.com in one of her many books! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

DOLCE & GABBANA's FALL COLLECTION 2011





DOLCE & GABBANA FALL 2011 Catalogue
I THOUGHT YOU WOULD ENJOY THIS!




Mariano Vivanco photographed the new Dolce&Gabbana Fall/Winter 2011-12 catalogue



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