Now that summer is at its peak, you’ll be hard-pressed to walk past a community garden or glance into someone’s backyard (not in a creepy way!) and not see this vegetable growing strong and tall. While the hearty green leaves are great in a variety of ways – steaming, sautéing, left raw and thinly sliced – the stems can throw people for a loop.
I spent the August long weekend in Kelowna with some friends. In exchange for a comfy bed to sleep in, my friend Kerry Bennett and I, cooked our awesome hosts a big dinner on the Friday night. We served up a big platter of barbecued chicken, which I topped off with this fresh-tasting ‘salsa’.
When chard stems are sliced thin they give a nice crunch and add a brightness, not to mention some nice colour if you are lucky enough to have a handful of the rainbow variety. Anyway, enough from me! Try whipping this up some time this week!
Do you like the picture? I am channeling my inner hipster (ok, maybe not so inner) lately apparently…I think I was just getting sick of taking pictures of cute things in bowls, time to switch it up a little bit. Not to worry, I’ll likely be back to pictures of bowled items in a week or so.
Moving on, I have an unusual amount of news to share today! First up, let’s talk about Eat North!
These little berries are definitely getting more and more traction lately and I am loving it. So, what exactly are they? The tart little guys – comparable in taste to a gooseberry – are defined as a ‘superfruit’ being high in a variety of vitamins and antioxidants making an orange seem, well, kind of lame. What’s that orange? Vitamin C is all you’ve got?
The trees these berries grow on can strive in cold weather and poor soil conditions, so you’ll find them all over the Canadian Prairies. The roots of this particular type of tree are also very strong, which made them ideal for creating shelterbelts on farmland across Saskatchewan. Growing up in Saskatoon, I would often see these trees and had I known back then how interesting the berries were, I might have fallen in love with them a little sooner.
I’ve decided to take part in a monthly series with an array of food bloggers across Canada called The Canadian Food Experience Project, led by the lovely Valerie Lugonja of A Canadian Foodie. The whole idea behind this monthly series is to highlight the fantastic things that make our country’s culinary scene what it is. Something to be proud of.
Even on the coldest days, a salad can be perfectly satisfying. I’m in California now, set to head off to Australia this Sunday and I have not quite obtained that amazing beach body I was looking to arrive down under with. Oh well, such is life! In a last ditch effort to get slim and trim for the warm weather, I’m sticking with salads for the rest of the week. Well…maybe not ALL week, but I shall try my best. Hm…maybe this is why my beach body never materialized…
2 cups cauliflower florets (loosely chopped)
1 red potato (1/2″ cubed)
5 cups vegetable broth
2 TBSP tomato paste
2 TSP chili powder
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 yellow onion (thinly sliced)
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
3 white mushrooms (finely chopped)
1 jalapeño (seeds removed, finely chopped)
2 cups kale (loosely chopped)
salt and pepper
Well, it’s 2013 now. If you’re anything like me and have gained a couple (or more than a couple) pounds from excessive consumption of last month’s festive food and drink, it’s time to dial it back. I always love making risotto because it is, essentially, a blank slate. You start with some rice and hot broth and add whatever flavours you fancy. I kept things healthy with this version, using some hearty vegetables, making for a filling, and surprisingly filling, vegan dish.
3 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen, Calgary Co-op is loaded with fresh ones right now!)
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup water
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 TSP soy sauce (or tamari to stay gluten free)
2 TSP yellow curry powder
1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
1 TBSP fresh rosemary
2 TSP lemon zest
salt and pepper
Thanksgiving is just about here. How the hell did that happen? I know turduckens are what all the cool kids are making this year, but I’m not really a super cool kid, so I’m going to stick with a traditional turkey. For me, Thanksgiving always ends up being more about the side dishes and desserts than the actual turkey itself.
If you don’t make your own cranberry sauce, you should. It takes fifteen minutes, most good quality grocery stores will have fresh cranberries right now, AND you can play around with some flavours to give the standard cranberry sauce a twist. Naturally, I am biased, but this version with a bit of curry and fresh rosemary is the best damn cranberry sauce this side of awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!
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