Lemon Coconut Truffles

Lemon Coconut Truffles

I wanted to do something Easter-y this year, but I wasn’t totally sure what that meant to me. We covered chocolate pretty thoroughly for Valentine’s Day (check it out) and what really tastes like Easter to me in a nostalgic way is simply steamed artichokes (also my very first post ever) thanks to being lucky enough to spend Spring break in Southern California during artichoke-season (swoon).

Lemon Coconut Truffles

Then I started thinking of all of those beautiful pastel colours that represent spring and Easter so well. I know this should apply to flowers, but remember Trolls? My Mom had a kids clothing store when we were growing up that was also known as Troll headquarters because she sold such a big collection of them (one of my younger sisters had like a million of them while the rest of us settled for Westbeach sweatshirts).

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Creamy Lemon and Dill Dip

Creamy Vegan Lemon and Dill Dip

When I first got into Personal Chef work I was cooking for celebrities, the kind of people who can afford to pay the very best people to work for them. As a Chef who had only cooked in restaurants, I totally knew this and it made me nervous. I was confidant in my cooking but this was a different kind of cooking. Many of my clients wanted healthy food that tasted like bad for you food. I mean, who doesn’t?

I had never even heard or raw or macrobiotic cuisine before I started in this line of work. It just happened that my Mom was diagnosed with cancer around the same time, so I had an extra big reason to pay attention to these new, exotic, interesting ways that people were eating to stay healthy (or skinny or like, a good actor or whatever).

Creamy Vegan Lemon and Dill Dip

I loved the new challenge of this somewhat uncharted territory. After years working in fine dining, I knew exactly what buttery dishes, braised meats and rich desserts tasted like. It was just about finding these flavours within these healthier new parameters.

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Radicchio Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash & Hazelnuts

Radicchio Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash and Hazelnuts

My obsession with radicchio doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Luckily, although she turns the colour of of one when she’s mad, my baby didn’t come out an actual radicchio, despite the amount that I ate while pregnant.

Radicchio Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash and Hazelnuts

Besides its fresh, subtle bitterness, crisp lettuce-y texture and nostalgia it brings for the outdoor markets on the cobblestones of Rome, there’s another reason that we eat a lot of it in our house. It’s the same reason that versions of this salad and this salad happen an awful lot at our place too. Radicchio, despite its fragile-seeming texture, is robust and lasts for quite a while in your fridge.

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‘Honey’ Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I made/shot this recipe from start to finish with a reluctantly snoozing/slightly sweaty 4-week-old strapped to my front. I bribed her with a kilo of Brussels sprouts via breast milk for the next 24 hours. It totally worked. The point being, it’s a speedy recipe and a simple way to make Brussels a little more interesting and flavourful.

Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts

We use a roasting/steaming method to roast the sprouts. This just means that we throw a splash of water onto the roasting sheet. Without the water to create some steam, they take a lot longer to cook and can come out a little bit too tough.

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