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AVOCADO CAESAR SALAD

A fun, egg-less and mayo-free twist on the Caesar salad!  Romaine lettuce is tossed in a creamy avocado Caesar dressing and topped with bacon, croutons, and more avocado!

Avocado Caesar Salad: romaine lettuce is tossed in a creamy avocado caesar dressing and topped with bacon, croutons and even more avocado! sweetpeasandsaffron.com @necie83

Crazy salad lady is back with another crazy salad!

Avocado Caesar.  Yup.  You read that right.

Basically, I came to a realization: avocados are really just a deliciously creamy blank canvas…they can go in so many dishes to add a dose of creaminess…smoothies (not that I’ve tried that one, to be honest I’m grossed out by green smoothies), pesto (which I’m still dreaming about), and even chicken salad sandwiches (and thank-you, Danielle for inspiring this recipe)!  Now we can add avocado Caesar salad to the list because it really, really works!

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CARROT CAKE WAFFLE BITES

 Everything tastes better in waffle form, right?  These carrot cakes are waffleized, dipped in cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled with toasted coconut.

Carrot Cake Waffle Bites | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @necie83

It’s March!  That means spring, right?  Not for me :(

It’s minus 10 degrees celsius, and the windchill is so much colder.  I don’t see any signs of spring yet.  So I guess I’m allowed to tell you a winter joke?

What did one snowman say to the other?

Does it smell like carrots?

Ba-doom-boom-cha!

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Let the slow cooker do all the hard work for this simple and delicious meal!  Beef is slow-cooked for 8-10 hours in a honey/sesame/soy sauce mixture, shredded, and served in lettuce wraps with a sesame-cucmber salad!

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with a Sesame Cucumber Salad | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @necie83

If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed that I heart global food.

I heart Mexican food, Indian food, Thai food…and then there was that time that I hearted Southwestern/Middle Eastern fusion food.  Was that too weird?  I hope not.

I adore cooking food from all over the world…places I’ve been to, and places I only dream of visiting.  I have been so, so, SO lucky to have travelled a fair bit in my life, and some of my favorite memories are from these travels.  There was that time we almost died in the hands of a crazy Argentinian taxi driver…the time that we met a friendly young Cuban man who took us to an off-the-beaten-path restaurant with views of all of Havana…the time that we rode motor bikes all over Phuket…and that time that I met my other half {Ben} at a music festival in Australia.

These days, my travelling days are looking a lot more tame (with a one year old!).  Rather than travel outside of the country for that sense of adventure, I am enjoying myself in the kitchen…cooking up adventurous food to mix things up in our normal dinner routine.  It’s almost as fun as the real thing!

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SALTED DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER GRANOLA BARS

Only 15 minutes effort for perfect soft and chewy almond butter bars topped with dark chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt!

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Granola Bars (No Bake) | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @necie83

Between being a mom, doing my PhD, and running a food blog, there doesn’t seem to be much unoccupied space in my brain.

Which means that some useless information has finally escaped.  I used to be right up on my celebrity gossip…I could tell you who was dating  who and who was wearing who (whom?).  I had the hardest time memorizing things for midterms in my undergrad, yet I could tell you the name of the rehab centre in which Lindsay Lohan was currently residing.  It drove me crazy that I could remember such useless details and not the important ones!

These days, though, I can’t identify half of the ‘celebrities’ on magazine covers let alone tell you who they are dating or wearing.  And then today, I read somewhere that Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden got married and I was so confused…they’re a couple?!  I didn’t know they were even dating, and given that they are such an ‘odd couple’, my former self would have loved this type of gossip!

Then I realized that they actually got married a month and a half ago.  And I was secretly happy to have had no prior knowledge of this totally useless information.

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