Mmm…you’d have to be a fool not to be in love with cauliflower lately. I mean, it’s on almost every menu in this country right now so even if you don’t like it, it’s certainly hard to ignore. Heck, I just wrote a piece on the humble vegetable for Food Network Canada a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I have a soft spot for it or something…
While this vegetable is definitely toting the line between being lovingly embraced and being overused, when something becomes this popular I’d like to think it forces everyone to get more and more creative with the ingredient in question. This past Monday, my friend and I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for a big group of people. After the potatoes were mashed and the turkey was resting, we focused on completing this cauliflower only to be distracted by turkey carving and gravy making. So, the cauliflower may have sat by its lonesome in the oven while everyone sat down to eat, only to be remembered around dessert time.
Anyway, neglected or not during our actual dinner, this super simple take on roasted cauliflower is pretty kick ass. Just don’t smother it with cheese sauce, that probably wouldn’t taste so good.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely don’t endorse the regular consumption of potato chips, but everything in moderation is the general mantra in my life, so indulging in a handful of chips once and awhile – while cheering for The Montreal Canadiens, perhaps? – is nothing to be ashamed of.
What is to be ashamed of, however is that awful from-a-soup-packet onion dip that we’ve all been served
so too many times at someone else’s house. So, let’s upgrade the classic chip accompaniment and learn to fall in love with it again, shall we?
A few weeks ago, I received The Kenwood Cooking Chef to play around with in my kitchen. At first glance, it looks like a mixer, which is true, I guess, but the main thing that really intrigued me about the piece of equipment was the fact that it has an induction burner build until the mixing bowl base. If you’re not on the up-and-up with culinary term-age, that means that this mixer can cook as it turns. Pretty nifty!
In addition to its heat capabilities, the top of the machine can also flip up making room to attach a blender and a food processor. I’m pretty sure this thing can fly, but I just haven’t figured out how to make that happen quite yet.
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!
Summer has me craving salad like a mad man. Fresh ingredients from the market, or – better yet – your garden are always screaming to be left raw, sliced up and eaten. Or, maybe they’re screaming because they’re being sliced up…Who knows! Anyway, I made this salad a few weeks ago for my audition for MasterChef Canada. It is with a heavy heart – ok, not so heavy – that I inform you with the news that I did not move on into the top 50 finalists for the show. But, at least you can try the dish that I whipped up for the MasterChef Canada tasting round!
This is my version of summer on a plate, since nothing says ‘Oh my god summer is almost over!’ like a mish-mash of bright colours, right? On a more serious note, it’s salty-sweet vinaigrette would even make a great topped for grilled meats if you’re going to have the barbecue going this weekend!
If this looks a little too fancy to you, that’s alright, don’t get intimidated. Feel free to just toss everything together in a big bowl to make a hot mess of deliciousness. It will taste the same, albeit slightly less sexy than pictured above. Rest assured, it will be tasty either way.
I think I’ve said this before, but I love kale. It tastes good year-round. Whether I’m sautéing it in some butter with garlic, baking it into ‘chips’ – which is one of the most oddly delicious things you’ll ever try, I assure you – or just chopping it up for a salad, the leafy green never lets me down. I wish I could say the same for some of the people I’ve dated. Kidding, kidding…Well, half kidding.
Lately, I’ve also been debating whether or not to have a summer fling with barley. It doesn’t sound quite as cool as kale (obviously), but it’s a great grain that’s easy to cook and awesome in a fresh salad. Cooking it until it’s, more or less, el dente will give it a nice texture and let it hold up against salad dressings without getting mushy like some types of rice.
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.
- Avenue Magazine: Restaurant Round Up For The Winter
- Bulgur Wheat and Zucchini Salad
- Caramel Butternut Squash and Apple Holiday Squares
- A Weekend Road Trip to Banff
- Lobster and Green Pepper-stuffed Mushroom Caps
- Appetizers & Co.
- Calgary & Area
- Magazine Highlights
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Something Sweet
- Top Chef Canada: Taking The Challenge Home
- United States