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
What you will need:
6 large ripe tomatoes
Half an onion
Half a lemon
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)
- 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.