Archive | May, 2015

Savory Asian Pancake with Cucumber Sesame Salad

Gluten free Asian Pancake with Cucumber Sesame Salad

The inspiration for these pancakes comes from those Chinese green onion pancakes. If you’re like me, you might have tried them before and wondered why they tasted so good, Googled them, read their ingredients, and then decided that maybe they should fall onto the once in a while and hopefully not that often list.

Gluten free Asian Pancake with Cucumber Sesame Salad

Although they are inspired by them, these pancakes are not the same. In fact they might only have green onions in common, which is not a bad starting point for a freaking delicious savory pancake.

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Anti-inflammatory Green Smoothie

Remember when smoothies were made of strawberries and frozen yoghurt? It was like we were trying to trick ourselves into eating fresh fruit by making it taste like ice cream. Haha  -why did we feel we needed to be tricked into eating strawberries?! And how was that smoothie any different from ice cream?

Anti-inflammatory Green Smoothie

I remember (more than 10 years ago) a coworker making a big batch of pre-service smoothies for the kitchen staff. We were all so grateful (there is nothing worse than starting restaurant service on an empty stomach, and it happened all the time) until he added powdered greens and it all turned swamp-coloured. There were lots of jokes about it tasting like the underside of a lawnmower, teases about how he should maybe be working as a hostess, not a cook, and all kinds of other mature and thoughtful reactions. We were cooks who were used to making delicious, innovative but still comfortable and texturally pleasing food. Greens were garnishes for savory dishes not co-habitants of fruit smoothies, especially not the weird powdered greens. I was such a jerk.

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Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta with Butter Beans & Olives

Fresh Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta with Butter Beans & Olives

At my house we have been eating a version of this ‘pasta’ every few days for the last few weeks. I don’t know if it’s the seasonal call from the artichokes (or the asparagus!) but something about it tastes very good right now.

Fresh Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta with Butter Beans & Olives

It’s about this time of year that I regain my fresh artichoke processing skills and get reasonably fast again. It’s like any seasonal sport, after a year you might feel a little bit wobbly, but it always comes back after a bit of practice. If artichokes aren’t a sport you’ve tried yet, I encourage you to give them a shot. I have written instructions in the recipe section.

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Jicama & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit

Jicama & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit

I am on vacation. My hope is that this salad brings you on vacation with me because it’s really nice here and I’m sure you could use a break too. There are grapefruits, lemons and limes growing outside my bedroom window, local avocados that have no business being as good as they are and lots of sunshine and good books.

Jicama & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit

I love to cook while on vacation, especially when the local produce is different than it is at home. It’s like playing in someone else’s sandbox for a while, it helps to bump you out of routine.

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