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Bean and Tomato Salad

Too Busy to Cook?

Attempting to furnish an entire flat from scratch in two days is exhausting. I think I now know IKEA like the back of my hand and have a fairly good idea of Toronto’s furniture store highlights. There are some amazing second hand furniture shops here with high end, quality furniture. I have such a soft spot for anything a little beaten around the edges, with character and a story to tell.

 

Some of my favourites are:

Elegant Garage Sale – 1588 Bayview Avenue

A medium sized, quirky shop with a good selection of second hand furniture, antiques and homely ‘kick-knacks’. Everything is really reasonably priced too. Find them at: https://elegantgaragesale.com/

Of Times Past – warehouse at 185 Bridgeland Avenue.

There is a small shop on Yonge Street too, but the warehouse is huge and worth a visit. Probably one of the biggest high-end, second hand furniture retailers I have found in Toronto so far. For more info: http://www.ofthingspast.com/

Transition Squad – 80 Kincort Street, North York

A good selection of well-priced furniture. What I particularly like about this one is their auction ‘feature’ which means you can get some great bargains: http://www.transitionsquad.com/

 

With all of the rushing around, I haven’t had much time recently for cooking (or blogging). My recipe today is a super speedy (no cooking involved) bean and tomato salad that can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes. If you want to bulk it up for a main meal, it works well thrown with some chicken.

I took my inspiration for this from http://jenniferskitchen.com/2015/08/5-minute-italian-butterbean-salad.html

but changed some of the ingredients based on the limitations of my store cupboard’s contents! My herb/ spice rack is still looking pretty bare.

I really wanted to do this with butterbeans but I can’t seem to be able to find them anywhere in Toronto – if someone can advise where to buy them I would love to hear!

As a substitute I used white kidney beans in this recipe.

Recipe: Bean and Tomato Salad

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What you will need:

6 large ripe tomatoes

Half cucumber

Half an onion

Half a lemon

Olive oil

Dried Italian herbs

A tin of white beans

Handful chopped coriander

 

Optional: Served with chicken breast (Season with lemon, herbs and garlic and cook at 375F in foil for 40 minutes)

Method

  • Slice the onion. Dice tomatoes and cucumber. Chop coriander. Mix together in a bowl.
  • Drain the beans and rinse well. Add to bowl and mix
  • In a separate bowl mix the juice of half a lemon, a tablespoon of olive oil and a sprinkle of mixed Italian herbs. Add to the main salad bowl and stir.
  • That’s all! Serve and enjoy.

 

 

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