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Foodie Diaries: Yoghurt Beetroot Dip

Here's an easy red beet yoghurt dip, which goes perfectly with hearty wheat crackers or your preferred black corn strips, pita chips, crostinis, etc. I usually make this with goat cheese, but decided to make it with yoghurt this time. 

Beets have wonderful benefits, this includes phytonutrients  it's these betalains which are the rich pigments that we see in beets. They provide antioxidants, a good source of folate, manganese, fibre, potassium, and complex carbs, to name a few nutrients. Beets also have anti-inflammatory moleculesbecause of their power to arrest the cyclooxygenase enzymes which you may know as COX enzymes.  

They also have a high natural sugar content, and that's why they have a sweet taste. I used fresh beets for this, but you can use canned beets as well. Although, there are less nutrients using canned beets, it will still provide you with good benefits, save you time in cooking, and even cost less than fresh beets. Rinse off the canned beets to reduce sodium before adding to the food processor.  

Yoghurt Beetroot Dip 
Ingredients 
2 small to medium roasted red beets or 1 can of sliced beets (drained)  
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 garlic clove 
tsp onion powder 
1 tbsp sumac 
1 tbsp lemon juice
225 g plain/natural yoghurt 
2 fresh coriander sprigs 
3 fresh mint sprigs, (extra for garnishing) 
1 large pinch of kosher salt and fresh black ground pepper
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper 

  1. Put all ingredients (beets, olive oil, fresh herbs, spices, and lemon juice) in a food processor 
  2. Pulse quickly one or two times, then add in yoghurt 
  3. Pulse several times, blending everything well to make a semi-chunky or slightly smooth texture.  
  4. Adjust seasoning with kosher salt and pepper to taste.  
  5. Garnish with mint sprig. Serve chilled. 


Time 5 min. or less. Prep: (Optional) If using raw red beets, after thoroughly washing them, I usually roast my beets for about 35-45 min. on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil and a dash of kosher salt. Beets are delicate and bleed when cooking, so be careful. 

They are done when tender, check this by sticking a fork through them completely, or use the edge of a knife to check tenderness. Peel them before using. Save your beet leaves/greens, and stems, because they are great for juicing and cooking as well.



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Easy Sides: Roasted Beans

When I don't have too much time to cook or if I am not necessarily in the mood to prepare a gourmet dinner, there are a couple types of foods that I look to for a quick solution: legumes, and fresh root vegetables. Aside from eating loads of fish, vegetables (especially Brussels sprouts, beets, and asparagus) are always easy to prepare. Roasting veggies are generally my favourite, and on some days I just make tapas. But, I decided to switch things up when I only wanted a salad for dinner after a long work day.

Here's what I made to go along with our dinner salads: roasted cannellini beans with tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh herbs (coriander, and basil), and white wine. There's more to come this week, and I am making it part of my #FTalesFoodie diaries. Hope you enjoy!

Oven Roasted Cannellini Beans with White Wine 
Ingredients
1 can cannellini beans or 400 g (dried, soaked, and drained overnight)
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and a bit more for finishing
3-4 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
1 tsp crush red pepper flakes
1 medium onion (peeled and sliced)
100 g sliced mushrooms (crimini/baby bella)
10-15 pcs. cherry tomatoes
118 ml dry white wine
kosher salt and pepper
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 sprig of fresh basil for garnishing
25 g goat cheese or feta (Greek)

 1. Pour drained cannellini beans in a bowl.
 2. Add garlic, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, cilantro, and red pepper flakes.
 3. Blend in olive oil into bowl, stirring gently with a spoon to evenly cover bean mixture.
 4. In a foiled pan, spread bean mixture on pan, and place in oven. Let bake uncovered for 20 min.
 5. Lightly stir beans. Then, pour dry white wine over beans in the pan. Bake for 20-25 min. until tomatoes and onions are soft, and a few min. more when tomatoes are slightly roasted.
 6. Let stand for 2 min.
 7. Drizzle olive oil on top. Garnish with fresh basil, and add feta cheese crumbles.
 8. Serve, and season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Cannellini roasted beans #ftalesfoodie
  I sprinkled a hint more of basil on top. Plate as a side, or eat alone. Serve and enjoy!Fashion Tales recipes beans
Time: 30-45 min. 
Prep: 5 min. Preheat oven at 180C/Gas 4
Rinse, and wash tomatoes, and fresh herbs before proceeding to step one.  
To clean mushrooms, do so in a bowl of watergently turning them with your hands taking the dirt off, then put them on a cloth or towel and pat dry right before slicing them to add to the bowl. I removed some of the stems that were woody, but you can leave stems on. 


Lastly, here's a preview of what I cooked on the weekend as well, flaky scallion pancakes. This was by far one of the best versions that I have tried. It's fairly easy to make and entirely worth an extra morning run (wink)! More images to come soon. 

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Weekender Style Files: For Him

Since our spontaneous getawayit occurred to me that there were a few items for him that were great additions for an random weekend holiday. I certainly didn't want to leave out the gents, so here's an update of what the mister brought on the trip, as well as a few useful and stylish pieces for a winter impromptu excursion

But, first here's a shop that I am currently swooning over called, Loyal Stricklin. Quality goods. If your guy is a leather lover, these designs will make him smile.
  (Images) edited, ladyofashion


Loyal Stricklin's brilliant designs, all handcrafted with leather comes in an array of styles – everything's offered from (campfire approved) cuppa cosies to travel wallets. Check out more of their pieces here

Undoubtedly, there are many designs that are perfect for him, but don't worry, they have other items, like this fabulous tote (made by hand, yes, sans any machines) that's easy to fancy in a glance ladies. Admittedly, I just might grab one of these for myself, it's a savvy complementary addition for your travelling clutch … ahem, or Mulberry bag. 


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(Above) 1-Grey textured jumper (Reiss) very versatile to dress up or down, 2-a good-fitting pair of denim (A.P.C.), 3-Schlott Flight leather jacket, 4-Derby dress shoes or oxfords (ASOS), 5-Dinner Jacket (Reiss) perfect for going out at night, 6-Trousers for a night on the town (Paul Smith), 7-a favourite stylish hat, 8-Durable and versatile boots (Steve Madden), 9-a reliable quality timepiece, and 10-White dress shirt (ASOS).  

Have a warm winter weekend! 

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