Saturday, July 4, 2009
Last week was a wonky one here at the House of Science. Wednesday was Canada Day, which for most people is a fun day off. For us, because our neighbourhood is populated largely by yahoos, it is sort of stressful. It wasn't all bad, we did go for a nice walk to The Glebe (a neighbourhood in Ottawa for you non-Ottawegians) for lunch with our friend Sonja. But the evening was full of fireworks and yelling and other things that scare my poor dog so much she tries to climb on my head. The fireworks went on until the wee hours and the only reason I got any sleep was because I put earplugs in.
Then Thursday I woke up with a migraine, and Friday morning we got in a tiny little car accident. No one was hurt and it wasn't my fault so it wasn't that bad. But this all made of an exhausting week anyway.
And Thursday? Thursday was the Man of Science's birthday! Happy birthday Man of Science!
Because of the crazy week, I wasn't in any condition to try ambitious new recipes, so I stuck with what I've been doing for many quick meals lately. I filled up taco shells or flour tortillas with whatever beans and local vegetables I could scare up.
These burritos were the MoS's Birthday Dinner and wow, were they ever delicious.
1 cup brown rice (uncooked, when cooked it makes way more)
2 cups of water (to, uh, cook the rice in. Someday I will tell you the story of why I feel the need to be explicit about this.)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped small
1 can or roughly 1.5 cups of black beans
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp powdered soup stock
chopped lettuce and avocado
Heat oil over med-high heat and add onion and garlic.
Saute until onion is translucent and then add beans and spices and soup stock.
Reduce heat to low, add rice and a little water if the rice starts sticking. Mix everything together.
Place rice and bean mixture on centre of tortillas, add all other items in desired quantities, roll, bake for a few minutes, eat.
-The cheese on the Man of Science's burrito is called "Red Hot Chili Pepper Jack Cheese". It looked good, but I didn't have any because I ate cheese on Canada Day and I think it was in part responsible for my next-day migraine. (And I don't ever wanna feeeeeeeeeeel, like I did that day...) Stupid cheese. But this spicy cheese seems pretty nice for those of you who like that kind of thing.
-The cilantro and lettuce were from my garden and they were aching to be harvested. I've now cut the cilantro back dramatically in the hopes that I'll get more from it. The lettuce, much to the slugs' dismay I'm sure, is pretty much done.
-Happy Fourth of July, Americans! Enjoy a bunch of veggie burgers for me and may your dogs remain unafraid in the face of explosions!