Jun 112019

Marinated Fava Beans

Marinated fava beans on a off-shite plate with bread and cheese in background

Fresh fava beans marinated with dill and caraway make for a great recipe to add to your next mezze platter or cheese board. Like peas, fava beans are one of the things I planted in the garden this year that are doing well for once. Not many, but some. I also get a lot of them during the spring from our local farm stands. I typically use them in salads or as part of a sauté, but I wanted to offer something different for a change and with this heat I’ve been eating a lot of cold vegetables for supper.…Continue Reading

Jun 082019

Red Wine Rhubarb Syrup

Candied rhubarb, rhubarb wine syrup, syrup on ice cream

A tasty red wine and rhubarb syrup for pouring on ice cream or waffles or to use in drinks. And some crystallized rhubarb for good measure. With spring nearly ending I was intent on making a rhubarb syrup to share. But I wanted something different than my typical fruit and spices or herbs. Well I did just pick up a wine club shipment. And who doesn’t like a red wine reduction? I suggest a fruity red for this rather than something dry. I used one of our California fruit bomb cabernets. And because I had a bit of extra rhubarb,…Continue Reading

May 112019

Strawberry Cilantro Chutney

3 jars of chutney, one open

A chutney with fresh strawberries, herbal cilantro, and a hint of spice from ginger and white pepper. And for more spring strawberry madness: strawberry cilantro chutney! I really wanted to create a semi-savory strawberry garnish, and cilantro or parsley seemed to be the key (also I have both of those in the garden now). I tried eating both herbs with fresh strawberries before setting off in a direction. While I liked the parsley, it could too easily dominate the strawberries. The cilantro was a better balance, highlighting the herbal flavours in the fruit without overwhelming them. Chutney is one of…Continue Reading

May 042019

Warm Farro Salad with Spring Vegetables

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.

Apr 272019
Creamy fennel caper gnocchi side shot

A recipe for homemade gnocchi with a bright and creamy sauce that answers the what to make with fennel question. I’ve tried making gnocchi a few times in the past. Usually the recipes I find call for 2 eggs and the dough ends up far too sticky. I can’t get good pieces to form and they get very crumbly in the water while boiling. Add to it that I do not have the typical tools to mash a potato finely and, well, I’ve never wanted to share the results even with friends. This post may contain affiliate links. These help…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

Feb 262019

Radicchio and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Baked and cut radicchio flatebread

A chewy focaccia-like flatbread with creamy cheeses, sweet onions, and seasoned radicchio. I have a love hate relationship with radicchio. I really enjoy eating it when I am out, but every time I try to cook with it, my dish becomes intolerably bitter. Recently I came across a recipe on SugarLoveSpices for a radicchio pizza and a recipe for a caramelized onion focaccia on The Candid Appetite and thought that the combination would be great. And for once, it was. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balances out the bitter of the radicchio with creamy cheeses to cut it further.…Continue Reading