A Slow-Cooker Day: Maple Chipotle Pork and Beans

Maple chipotle pulled pork and beans aBetween the gold medal hockey game and the Olympic closing ceremonies today, there is little or no time to be spending the day in the kitchen preparing tonight’s dinner. Thankfully, I planned ahead and dinner is taking care of itself in the slow-cooker while I sit glued to the tv screen.

Tonight’s dinner is pure comfort food: maple chipotle pork and beans. The original recipe from Newfoundland Rock Recipes can be found here, but with one vegetarian in our house and my desire for a slow-cooker recipe, I did adapt the recipe somewhat.

I soaked the beans one day (and night) ahead and made everything up yesterday, leaving it in the fridge overnight so I could get up early this morning, turn the slow-cooker on, and let it simmer (on high) all day today. To keep part of it vegetarian, I cooked the meat in one pot then cooked the onion, garlic, and the sauce in a second pot. I then divided the beans into two slow-cookers, split the sauce, and added the meat to only one portion. The smell in our house is incredible and I must admit I have already sampled the beans and the flavour is outstanding. I highly recommend you try the recipe whether you adapt it or not.

Maple chipotle pulled pork and beans vegetarian
The vegetarian version half-way through the day and the cooking process.

World Cancer Day 2014

Today is World Cancer Day 2014. As both a chef that supports healthy eating, and an individual that supports healthy living, I am stepping away from the standard food post today to help spread the word.

There are a lot of myths about cancer and this year’s focus for World Cancer Day is to dispel some of these myths and reduce the stigma associated with cancer. The campaign focuses on four major myths:

1. We don’t need to talk about cancer.

2. Cancer…there are no signs and symptoms.

3. There is nothing I can do about cancer.

4. I don’t have the right to cancer care.

With recent research reporting an increase in the global death toll from cancer expected to rise at an ‘alarming pace’ (The Globe and Mail), it seems more important than ever to educate ourselves and improve our knowledge around cancer.

Please take a moment to learn more and follow this link to the World Cancer Day 2014 website.