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Smashed & Marinated Asian Cucumbers

Smashed, Marinated Asian Cucumbers

These cucumbers have been following me. A friend of mine posted a version on Instagram, which started my internal obsession, while another friend has been giving me the weekly heads up about mini cukes at our local Farmer’s market. I guess we all need some cooling down (one of cucumber’s finer talents).

Smashed, Marinated Asian Cucumbers

One of my fave foodie mags, Bon Appétit is also on the cucumber train. They had a version of these cucumbers in a recent issue that caught my eye and got me excited. I love it when people are bold enough to colour outside the lines and throw caution to the wind (even if it’s in a safe, food-related way). Any time you can trade in fancy knife skills for the side of your rolling pin and call it fancy, I am SO in.

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Cauliflower ‘Cous cous’ with Roasted Veggies & Tahini Sauce

Cauliflower Cous cous with Roasted Carrots

Finding out that cous cous is just pasta in a different shape was a big disappointment for me. This was before quinoa was a household name, and before I really cooked many whole grains (let alone knew about soaking them first), and I thought I was doing a good thing for my body by choosing cous cous over pasta.

Cauliflower Cous cous with Roasted Carrots

Once I learned more about whole grains and what on earth to do with them, I subbed in all kinds of grains for cous cous in related recipes, it’s actually a really easy thing to do, somewhat seamlessly.

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Avocado ‘Hollandaise’ with Black Garlic & Roasted Asparagus

Avocado Hollandaise with Black Garlic

Hollandaise still gives me anxiety. It takes me back to cooking school when it was always part of the practical exam and later to high end restaurants, where we had to keep it warm, but not too warm or it would split and you’d have to make it again mid-service, which was far from ideal. High food cost, chef scowls, rapid heartbeats -hollandaise-fear was a real thing, even once it became second nature. I still have hollandaise-mares.

Avocado Hollandaise with Black Garlic and Roasted Asparagus

My version of it is much more laid back, and frankly, suits my personality way better. It is totally plant-based, no eggs betting against you, and your biggest stressor will be adding the acids in time to the avocado once you cut it open so that it doesn’t oxidize. That’s not really stress though, just life.

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Thai Hazelnut Noodle Bowl

Thai Hazelnut Noodle Bowl

There is this amazing noodle shop a little bit too close to where I live. It serves a small menu of Asian-style soups and noodle bowls using local, high quality ingredients. I always go there with the intention of getting a warm, noodle-y soup, but always, without fail get the same exact thing, because I am totally addicted to it: the hazelnut noodle bowl.

Thai Hazelnut Noodle Bowl

It’s so good, I find it hard to keep up casual conversation until I can see the bottom of my bowl, and sharing is (obviously) out of the question. This bi-weekly good time is inspiring my dish today. It isn’t a direct re-creation, but a version of it, given a healthy, cancer-squashing bump.

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