May 042019
Two plates of farro salad and flowers on a table

Asparagus and favas in a warm farro base, tossed with some mint and lemon for a light meal highlighting the best in early spring vegetables. I like dishes which highlight the flavors of their primary ingredients with their simplicity. Especially during spring and summer when produce is so plentiful and flavourful. This is one of those recipes, capturing the flavours of early spring in asparagus, fava beans, and young onions. Add some farro for its nuttiness and mint, and all you need in terms of dressing is a squeeze of lemon. Of course if you have someone in your house…Continue Reading

Apr 232019

Garlic Mint Beets

Top view of beets on plate

A brighter spring take on roasted beets, marinated with mint and garlic and drizzled in yogurt. This post may contain affiliate links. These help me support the blog so I can continue bringing you more recipes. All opinions are my own. H really loves beets. Unfortunately I occasionally run out of interesting ways to incorporate them into a meal. Personally, I get a little bored of steamed, and while roasted with olive oil and pepper is excellent (particularly in a salad), I wanted to try for something lighter and more spring-like.   I pulled the last of the winter beets…Continue Reading

Apr 202019
Side view mixed greens spread with potato wedges

A versatile sauce made from any leftover greens you have, with a hint of garlic and spring onion. Ever wonder what to do with radish, turnip, or even carrot greens? You could certainly make pesto variations, and I suppose this is one – with a few tweaks. What greens can be used for this? Almost any. I haven’t tried a significant portion of kale or beet greens, and I’m guessing those would change the texture and processing time given their thicker cuticle (that’s the exterior part that makes a leaf stiff – not in reference to a nail bed), but…Continue Reading

Apr 092019

Spring Turnips with Herbed Chicken

Spring turnips and herbed chicken in baking dish

Herbed chicken roasted with fresh turnips and spring onions for an easy but flavorful spring supper. Well, I’m almost keeping to my promise of recipes on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It counts if it’s before midnight (my time) right? Unfortunately life was really trying to get in the way this week. I’ll get better about it. But it’s spring; still early enough to have a limited number of vegetables, but herbs and some root crops are nice and fresh. I really enjoy Tokyo turnips, the little, sweet, white ones. Fortunately we got some in our CSA box a couple weeks ago,…Continue Reading

Feb 222019

Romanesco and White Bean Pasta

Plated romanesco and white bean pasta

Delicately flavored romanesco mixed with white beans and green onions with just a hint of spice tops this pasta for a quick meal. Romanesco is one of those vegetables I really enjoy when it’s in season, since it is very hard to find out of season. Fortunately, the new CSA has been providing. I think I might be running out of innovative options for cooking with romanesco. Unlike cauliflower or broccoli, it has such a delicate flavor that I really don’t want to drown in sauce or over-cook. Also, it just looks pretty with that Fibonacci spiral – you’re eating…Continue Reading

Feb 122019

Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

An earthy, wintery soup with cauliflower and parsnip that is rich and creamy, highlighting the subtle sweetness of parsnip as an under-appreciated vegetable. What would winter be without creamy vegetable soups? Especially when they don’t even include cream. Inspired by the ingredients I had in the fridge at the time, this parsnip and cauliflower is wonderfully warm when it gets so frosty out that the dog is refusing to go outside. Dyson really will do anything to avoid the outdoors when it is cold or rainy. We haven’t tried introducing him to snow yet, but that may have to be…Continue Reading

Jan 222019

Watermelon Radish and Pomelo Salad

Watermelon radish salad side view

Baby lettuces with colourful watermelon radishes and pomelo are dressed with a sweet maple balsamic vinaigrette and almonds for a light salad that works beautifully in winter to counter all those rich dishes that cold weather invites. I started getting a new CSA box recently which I have been quite pleased with. There have been some interesting finds that have shown up, like these small lettuce heads which came as part of the “stir fry mix”. They were just the sort of thing that would look amazing on a plate as part of simple salad. Within the same week we…Continue Reading

Dec 262018

A Radish Green Sauce for Fish

Often, I like to work with the pieces of produce and meat that don’t get much use. The tops of root vegetables, hock bones, and peels. Radish greens don’t get a lot of love, except as the occasional odd pesto variant. Here I used that same principle but made it a little saucier to complement the fish I was working with (it would also work very well on chicken).  I don’t cook or eat much fish. I didn’t use to like it at all, but I’ve since realized that is mostly because of how it was prepared/varieties that were very…Continue Reading

Nov 242018

Fall Kale Salad

Now that we are back to being between holidays (so everyone is not going crazy over turkey and sweet potato everything), it’s definitely time to enjoy some of the other flavors of fall. Kale is definitely one of those flavors. I know it was all the rage several years ago and has fallen somewhat out of favor (to be replaced by avocado for the moment), but I really like using it in salads. It gives the salad a much heartier flavor and meatier mouthfeel that makes you feel like you are eating more. It also balances very well with the…Continue Reading

Oct 132018

Caponata

When the garden started producing lots of eggplant, I started experimenting with caponata since I really like vegetable chutneys. But since it’s me, I failed to follow a recipe in any way. So this is a very non-traditional caponata that tastes excellent on crusty bread or pita. I did start with recipes from Smitten Kitchen and Bon Appetit, augmenting them for the flavors I like. I really liked Smitten Kitchen’s inclusion of pine nuts for some textural contrast, but I didn’t have celery or olives, so I included peppers for flavor and reduced the onion a bit. I also changed…Continue Reading