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A Beach Walk and Maple Ginger Roasted Broccoli

Good morning, dear ones!! πŸ™‚ It’s SO good to be back home, back to sleep in my own cozy bed, cooking in my little kitchen, tucked up in my armchair writing to you.

After feeling right as rain for my entire trip to Cancun, I arrived home in time to get a whopping cold, start losing my voice, and generally feel like death. πŸ™‚ Isn’t life funny like that?

Just before my trip I went on a marvelous hike to the beach at Point Defiance, Washington with my friend Stacey. It was a gently overcast day, bits of rain now and then, but mostly mild and peaceful. We meandered through the almost tropical rain forest before clambering down a staircase of tree roots onto a deserted beach.

We happily wandered the shore admiring unique bits of driftwood, a beached jellyfish in vivid russet, and a snakey tangle of kelp and seaweed. We read messages carved into the clay walls of a cliff, listened to the gulls shriek and collected smooth white stones.

It was a wonderfully rejuvenating day with my dear Texan friend.

That week I also made delicious Maple Ginger Roasted Broccoli. It’s simple as can be, simply toss broccoli florets with the marinade below, roast 10-20 minutes until edges begin to brown and serve. Mmm. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend, dear friends? What is your favorite memory?

This is my contribution to Chaya’s Meatless Mondays. Click here to see more delicious vegetarian dishes.

Maple Ginger Roasted Broccoli


2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
4β€³ piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1-2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
1-2 Tbsp Maple syrup
ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Place broccoli in bowl, set aside.
  3. In blender add remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth.
  4. Pour over broccoli and toss to coat (Add a bit at a time, you don’t want it too wet or the marinade will be too strong.)
  5. Spread broccoli in baking pan and roast for 10-20 minutes, stirring once, until tender and tips are browned.
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Chef E - I am in love with how you have married travel and food together- one reason why hubby and I came together almost exactly thirteen years ago this Monday- a trip to Boston for a wedding, and dinner out on Martha’s Vineyard! Or maybe it was the wine he ordered, lol!

jen cheung - lovely beach! its like so hard to find a beach here in Toronto! no lies! theres hardly any!

Have a lovely day love!!
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

Barbara - I’m so sorry you have a cold, but also glad you didn’t get it while you were gone! Nothing’s worse than feeling lousy while you’re on vacation. (My last one I went with a broken arm AND a bad cold. Misery.) Feel better soon!

Nice walk..I love doing things like that. And unusual broccoli recipe too.

Joanne - Aww babe I hope you feel better! At least you didn’t get sick during your vacation!

Man does this maple ginger roasted broccoli sound delicious. I love the sweet/salty flavor combo!

Kendra Bjorn - The broccoli sounds so yummy! I think I will give i a try tonight πŸ™‚

Anna Johnston - I rarely get colds but like you, its usually after I’ve been to some far off place, maybe its natures way of making us catch up on rest πŸ™‚
Interesting little broccoli you’ve whipped up here Krista., I have a sudden craving for Broccoli now.

Astra Libris - I just discovered your beautiful blog, and I’m so enjoying your gorgeous photographs and your warm, engaging, wonderfully written posts! I’m also ooohing and aaahing over your gorgeous broccoli recipe – looking forward to fixing this soon, as I adore roasted broccoli!

lequan - awe, sorry to hear about all that rain in Cancun, and about your cold. hope you feel better soon. i find it funny how we always look forward to getting away from home, but then when we get back we’re always grateful and miss our warm comfy bed, kitchen, and home.

love that you used hoisin sauce with those roasted broccoli. simple, yet delicious. my kind of recipe indeed πŸ˜›

Karen - Just found your wonderful blog. I love your beautiful forest pictures, they are so inspiring and make me want to go take a walk in the woods. Lots of great food, too! πŸ™‚

Faith - I’m glad you had a wonderful weekend! Sorry to hear about your cold though, I hope you’re feeling better soon. The broccoli sounds delicious!

Tuula M - Feel better my dear! Sometimes those trips can really take it out of you (even somewhere as gorgeous as Cancun πŸ™‚ Rest up! Well, anyway you look quite adorable in your photo! xo

bellini valli - Sad to say but I worked most of the weekend, but I look forward to the long Thanksgiving weekend coming up. I just hope the weather hold out:D

Katie@Cozydelicious - I love roasted broccoli. And the sweetness here sounds like it works wonderfully with the nutty browned bits of broccoli. Yum!

Bekah Mae - Mmm, that looks good! Oh no, I am so sorry you got sick when you arrived home. It’s been pretty gross here lately, no?

Judy Hazel - This weekend will have a memory that will stay in my mind for a long time…chapel singers from the Master’s college singing in my living room! So beautiful!

Tracy - The beach is gorgeous. Miss it so much.

Duchess - Huh! Would have NEVER thought of that. Sounds seriously yummy though.

April Harris - Your maple ginger roasted broccoli sounds really delicious. What a great way to serve broccoli! Hope you feel better soon!

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Jen! πŸ™‚ Actually I have a teensy little camera – you can view it here: http://amzn.to/ciW2f9 Just make sure you have plenty of good light and your photos will be great!! πŸ™‚

jen cheung - feel better soon !!! look at those gorgerous picture!! I wish I can take pictures like you – instead of taking crappy ones. looks like I need to get one of those canon large cameras ehh??

Have a fabulous week!
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

RamblingTart - Aww, thanks, dear Elra! πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Lana. πŸ™‚ I’m guzzling tea and taking nasty tasting medicine, so I hope that does the trick. πŸ™‚

elra - Beautiful girls πŸ™‚
Delicious roaster broccoli !

Lana - Hope you’re feeling better soon, that broccoli sounds delicious!x

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