About the Music: We are back in action ladies and gents, and we are here to stay, probably. You might think we would want to come back with a playlist that’s all about the party, maybe some disco cuts and classic funk grooves. But, dear reader, it is the winter time here in Boulder Colorado and its cold and dark. The music we chose for this playlist fits that vibe in that it says I’m dark and emotional but not totally emo. You like to write in your journal but you’re not necessarily on a pure Zoloft diet. There is an ethereal theme that runs through the playlist held together by wispy male vocals, guitar leads, melodic piano stabs and an electronic drum beat. We start you off in the indie range with a couple great bands that have come out with new material in the last year and then move into a more electronic middle section, great for sipping your favorite bevy and holding your girl/guy by the fire. Just as you are slipping into a wintery slumber we pick you back up again and move into the last section filled with great guitar rifts and a generally uplifting vibe, finishing with Broken Bells new single Holding on for Life that is guaranteed to have you tapping your feet while you take down this miso bowl.
Total Cook Time: 45 min
Ingredients for Bowl:
1.5 cups dries rice (we used jasmine because we are boring)
2 sweet potatoes
1-2 heads broccoli
1 tsp sesame seeds
any other veggies you find interesting
coarse or kosher salt
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Ingredients for Miso Dressing:
2 tbsp minces fresh ginger
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons white miso paste
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons tahini
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
This is my standard disclaimer that we did not come up with this recipe because, well, we simply aren’t creative enough to come up with such a delightful feast of perfection. The best we could do was provide the music, so deal with it. If you want the original recipe find it your god damn self. Nah, jk, here it is.
Directions: Go ahead and hit play on this Jim James song and let the ethereal male vocals wash through you. This song is basically a lullaby, but don’t fall asleep we have shit to do. Preheat your oven to 400 and get your rice cooking in whatever method you prefer.
Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into one inch cubes and then cut your broccoli into bite size florets. Coat a roasting pan with a thin bit of olive oil and lay the sweet potatoes down so they aren’t on top of each other, but rather are… tessellating. Sprinkle with salt ‘n peppa and roast for 20 minutes. After a cool 20 spot take them out flip them over and add the pieces of broccoli. Again with the salt and pepper and back into the oven for another 10-20 or until broccoli begins to char and potatoes are soft.
You may be asking yourself, “what the F am I supposed to do with myself for 40 minutes while this is roasting?” Well, aside from just sitting in awe of the sheer greatness and fortitude of this playlist, you still have to make the miso dressing. Let’s make that happen.
Toast your sesame seeds in a skillet just to get that out of the way because that’s boring an uninteresting. Pay attention because this gets complicated. Put all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend that shit right on up. Other than that all you have to do is make sure your picture frames don’t fall of the wall due to the bass from this James Blake song and you should be good to go. If you finish early just go ahead and pour yourself a tasty bevarage, I’m thinking a gin and tonic-with a lime of course-and kick back for the remainder of this playlist.
When everything is done scoop yourself a bit of rice then put the broccoli and and potatoes on top. Add the dressing and the sesame seeds and boom, you got yourself a miso bowl. But for real, this dressing is so good you are going to want to put it on everything.