- Preheat the oven to 4ooF. In a large bowl combine the EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) with the vegetables. Toss to coat completely.
- Spread the vegetables out on one or two baking sheets. Tuck the bay leaves and sprigs of herbs between them and roast for approximately 50 minutes (or until tender). Turn the vegetables occasionally to ensure even browning.
- Discard the herbs and place the vegetables in a large stock pot.
- Pour the vegetable stock into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium high and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Puree the soup using either an immersion blender or standing blender. Return the pot to the heat and taste before seasoning.
Friday, March 20, 2009
- Preheat oven to 4ooF. Lightly butter a 2 quart souffle dish (or casserole dish)
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon and reserve on a paper towel. Reduce heat to med-low and saute onion until translucent.
- Add Brussels sprouts and saute, stirring frequently to ensure even browning, until slightly soft. Transfer to a bowl and add reserved bacon, salt, pepper and pecans.
- Add potato slices to skillet and saute till brown. Add to the bowl.
- Whisk together maple syrup and melted butter until thickened. Add to vegetables and mix well to ensure everything is covered in the maple syrup mixture.
- Transfer veggies to baking dish and bake in oven for 20 minutes.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
- Preheat oven to 4ooF. Mix the potatoes in a bowl with 2 tbsp EVOO, thyme (to taste...I added approx. 1 tbsp), and 1 tsp salt. Roast on a baking sheet with foil over top for 40 minutes (or until potatoes are soft). I took the foil off for the last 5 minutes so that the fingerlings were golden brown.
- Whisk vinegar, EVOO together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Saute bacon until crisp. Add shallots and potatoes. Add the vinegar and saute till all are heated through.
- Season with salt and pepper if you feel it's necessary.
- Gradually add handfuls of the dandelion greens to the saute pan - I cut the leaves into thirds. Stir until wilted down.
- Serve and grate parmesan-reggiano over top!
- Sweat all the veggies (basically you are sauteeing the vegetables until they glisten like sweat!) in the margarine or butter in a large stock pot. Saute for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the stock and dill. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 35 to 40 mins.
- Puree the soup using an immersion or standing blender. Reheat to serving temperature and add the cayenne, pepper and salt.
- At this point if you are partial to creamed pureed soups, you can stir in the cream...however it is delicious we find without it!
*I love to serve this with a nice herbed foccacia or olive bread (or crusty bread with olive tapenade!)
Friday, March 6, 2009
My Mum used to make this when we were children, from a recipe that she had taken from "Prevention Magazine". I remembered the flavour and when my pallet was tired and disappointed with the commercially made, flavourless cereals with ingredients I couldn't pronounce, I begged her for the recipe.
Don't feel daunted by the ingredient list - all of the items in the recipe are available at your local health food store, bulk food store or grocery store (I personally get the majority of the items from "Bulk Barn"!)
It seems expensive at first when you are purchasing the ingredients for the first time, but bear in mind that this recipe makes the equivalent of 10 - 11 cups of granola. Plus many of the ingredients will last you for quite a while (for example if you buy a big bag of old fashioned oats, they will last for at least 4 or 5 batches!) So really it is quite economical, and the biggest bonus is that these are ALL NATURAL ingredients!!! NO PRESERVATIVES OR FILLERS!!!!
- Mix ingredients together until large chunks are formed (it doesn't matter if all the dry ingredients aren't fully combined with the wet ingredients - it's granola!)
- Turn mixture out onto two rimmed baking sheets and place in a 225F oven for 1 1/2 hrs.
- Keep stirring to ensure even browning and if it isn't brown enough for you after the allotted time, just keep it in the oven longer, but keep an eye on it as you don't want it to burn.
- Place into a large airtight container and enjoy any time of the day!
*We have the container out on our countertop for easy access. It lasts for at least two weeks (could last longer, but with the four of us dipping into it, it doesn't in our house!!!)
*I enjoy dried fruit in my granola so in addition to this base recipe, I usually throw in chopped dried dates, chopped dried apricots, raisins, dried cranberries or cherries, dried pineapple or mango...whatever takes my fancy, or whatever I have left over in my pantry!!!
*Make sure that you use real butter for this recipe - it's not a lot for the amount of dried ingredients - so be a purist and no oil or margarine (many soft serve margarines aren't great for baking and really, they are manufactured items and with ingredients this pure, you don't want to mess with chemicals!)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
- Place the quinoa in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for a minute or two, and then drain thoroughly.
- In a skillet, heat EVOO and add the quinoa. Saute for approximately 10 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and stir for 1 minute, before adding the 2 cups of water and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat, and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed (and don't get all caught up in something like I did, and forget about it causing the quinoa to burn to the bottom of the pan!!!)
- Remove the lid and stir in the tomatoes and spinach. Stir until spinach is wilted.
- Stir in walnuts and cheese and top with some basil pesto & black pepper.
- Serve warm!
This is also very tasty at room temperature as a salad!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I read this article in today's edition of the Toronto Star, in the "Entertainment & Living" section. It really struck a chord with me as our family is committed to eating 'cleaner' and supporting local farmers who farm in a responsible and humane manner. Hopefully this article will spark some interest and business for the owners of "Blue Haven Farm" - they deserve to be revered for what they are doing with their farm, and definitely supported!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMS!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, March 2, 2009
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add fennel, leak and seeds and cook until the vegetables become soft. Make sure to stir often to prevent sticking and burning!
- Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cover with a lid and simmer until potatoes are tender (approx. 15 mins).
- Either using an immersion-style blender (a MUST for soups in my books!), or a standing blender, puree the soup until smooth. If it is too thick for your liking, you can thin it using water or stock.
- Season to taste with salt & pepper.
- When serving, garnish with fennel fronds. If you enjoy smoked salmon, you can also garnish with a few pieces of this too!
- Melt butter in a large pot, and saute onion. Add garlic and parsnips and continue sauteing.
- Add stock to pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until parsnips are tender (approx. 15 to 20 mins). Take off of the heat.
- Puree using an immersion blender or standing blender.
- Add cream and stir. Season to taste using salt and pepper and garnish before serving!
- In a large pot, saute onion in EVOO until translucent and then add the garlic, ginger, carrot and parsnips. Saute for a few minutes and then add the stock.
- Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer until parsnips are tender.
- Add peanut butter and tamari to taste.
- Puree with an immersion or standing blender.