Archive | January, 2016

Mushroom & Lentil Soup with Lemony Massaged Kale

Mushroom & Lentil Soup with Lemony Massaged Kale

You know it’s winter in Vancouver when you can’t find your raincoat or umbrella because they’re hanging in the shower, still not quite dry from the last time you used them. It’s the time of year that warm, hearty food is really appealing, the kind that lights a tiny furnace inside you. The kind that used to make you salivate as the smell drifted upstairs while you were (pretending to) do your homework. Enter this awesome soup.

Mushroom & Lentil Soup with Lemony Massaged Kale

My sister ordered a bowl of soup like this in a restaurant while I was visiting her in Amsterdam (PS –the Dutch do soup really well, I think it might be the antidote to their chilly, all-weather bike riding). It was simply called ‘lentil soup’ on the menu (at least the English version) but she gave me a taste and it was so rich and flavourful, but most interestingly, there was a nutty pop happening that totally worked. It came from toasted pine nuts –not as an expensive, toasty garnish, but stirred right into the soup.

(more…)

Herb & Lentil-Stuffed Eggplant Baked in Tomato Sauce

Lentil & Herb-Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplant is a funny one. Many people say that they don’t like it, but it is tricky to cook, so I can’t help but think that some of those people have only tried it when it was poorly prepared. It is so exotically beautiful with its big round curves and deep purple sheen, it’s at least got to be worth a second chance, right?

Lentil & Herb-Stuffed Eggplant

I happen to be a lover of eggplant (or aubergine, a more suitable, dignified name that the rest of the world seems to call it). It is bland and creamy and a willing, soft vessel for flavour. It’s like the beanbag chair of foods (if the beanbag chair looked like a modern Scandinavian recliner until sat on/cooked at which point it turned into a beanbag chair). Am I selling it? I think I’m off topic.

(more…)

Italian Radicchio with White Beans & Fresh Herbs

Roast Radicchio with White Beans & Parsley

I’m so culinarily inspired right now, I feel like I want all of the other stuff in my life to disappear for a while so that I can just cook through some of these thoughts before my head explodes.

Roast Radicchio with White Beans & Parsley

I just spent two weeks in Amsterdam (visiting my sister, bro-in-law and my beautiful new niece) and Rome. Siiiiiiiiigh. As much as I didn’t want any of it to end, I couldn’t wait to get home to my kitchen to tweak some of my fave dishes (including some from Amsterdam, which we’ll get to).

(more…)

Kale Salad with Veggie Chips and Walnut Croutons

Kale Salad with Veggie Chips and Walnut Croutons

As you read this, I am in Rome, probably eating a big bowl of pasta followed (and likely proceeded) by gelato (sorbetto al melone is my fave). When in Rome, right? But in a couple of days I will probably be wishing I had packed elastic-wasted pants and be seeking out the rapini and artichokes side of Italian food, and dreaming about this very salad.

Kale Salad with Veggie Chips and Walnut Croutons

It has all of the things to balance out a decadent holiday season (it’s kale salad after all), while tasting hearty and decadent itself.

(more…)