Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Oh guys, I am beyond predictable. I go on vacation for a week, then I come back and make you salads. Well, I come back and make me salads. And therefore you all get salads, too! So does Nate. Oops.

We just got back on Sunday night from a week on Martha’s Vineyard with my family. I’m usually ready to come back from vacations, but let me tell you, the Vineyard is one place I’ll never be ready to leave. I’m currently in the depths of the post-vacation blues and scheming up ways to retire early… any suggestions?

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Blackberry Basil Smoothies

Blackberry Basil Smoothie | coffeeandquinoa.com

It’s been a while since we talked about smoothies on this here blog. To be honest, we never got out of the oatmeal habit this summer. Our AC has been blasting, we’ve been obsessed with almond butter and bananas, and I’ve been wayyy too lazy to wash out the food processor… and yes, I make our smoothies in the food processor! It’s more powerful than our blender, so it wins every time.

So, no smoothies for breakfast (or the blog) recently. But we have had smoothies after long runs on the weekend – second breakfast, I guess you could call it. That was the case with this recipe, which I whipped up after bringing home the equivalent of about $80 in fresh basil from my friends’ garden. Right after making two batches of pesto, and right before making pesto bean dip :) All the basil!

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Cheesy Baked Polenta Fries with Tamarind Ketchup

Cheesy Baked Polenta Fries with Tamarind Ketchup | coffeeandquinoa.com

Today I’m in the mood for a history lesson. Ketchup – wanna know about it?

First of all, did you know ketchup originated in Asia? I wondered about this when I picked up a bottle of kecap manis for that peanut sauce I love so much. Kecap… is that like ketchup? Well yes, apparently. Ketchup originally referred to a Chinese fermented fish sauce, and was brought back to Europe by sailors in the 17th century. Once in Europe, ketchup wasn’t necessarily fish sauce, but it didn’t necessarily contain tomatoes, either. It was any spiced condiment and could be made out of mushrooms, oysters, walnuts, etc.

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White Bean and Pesto Dip

White Bean and Pesto Dip | coffeeandquinoa.com

Is it weird to have a favorite color to photograph? Because mine is definitely green.

Cilantro on guacamole and scallions on tofu,
Asparagus with kale and avocado gazpacho,
Eggs that use herbs instead of mayonnaise, these are a few of my favorite things!

…to see through a lens.

Greens always look so fresh, the way nothing else can. I try to add at least a touch of green to every recipe I photograph (the savory ones at least!) to give that vibrant feeling to the dish. I guess that’s not so hard – what’s a vegetarian blog without greens?! – but it’s crazy to me how much more appetizing I find my own photos when they have a sprinkle of herbs.

Orrrr when they’ve got green all over!

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Portobello Quinoa Wraps with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

Portobello Quinoa Wraps with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

This weekend I:

1) Went on a hike

2) Was lucky Nate didn’t leave me on the mountain

3) Had my second wedding dress fitting

4) Realized our wedding is NEXT MONTH

5) Spent an absurd amount on groomsmen’s ties

6) Cried laughing looking at the Instagram hashtag #swolebrahamlincoln (mostly that it exists and has 1200+ posts – WHAT)

7) Cooked all the food

8) OD’ed on pesto

9) Ate more pesto

Portobello Quinoa Wraps with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

Was that a good enough segue to pesto? I hope so, because that’s what I want to talk about. That and the wedding… naturally.

I could make all kinds of claims about this pesto. It’ll cure what ails ya. It’ll make you look like #swolebrahamlincoln. It’ll win you a million dollars so you can buy all the ties in the world. Mostly though, this pesto is deeelicious and so unexpected, because it’s made with cilantro!

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