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Sauce Gribiche with Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Gribiche Sauce

This sauce stole my heart many moons ago when my French chef had me squish hardboiled eggs through a fine mesh sieve. I was a little bit panicky inside, because I really should have been setting up for service, and brunoise-ing veg for a mystery sauce probably would have been something I would have taken care of earlier, given the option. We served it as a special amuse bouche that night for some phantom VIPs, underneath a piece of briefly seared tuna. It was f-ing great.

Gribiche Sauce

It wasn’t until later that week that I realized the reason I liked it so much was because it had all of the components of a fish & chips-style tartar sauce. The stuff you ask for extra of when your Dad takes you to the beach for a greasy lunch. I love it when classic flavours can span fine-dining, to the very most casual classics, and now to the healthy, nutrient-dense world of food.

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Beet Carpaccio with Fresh Horseradish & Watercress

Beet Carpaccio

Weird that the words beet and beef are similar and they work interchangeably in this recipe, isn’t it? Weirder that they are both filled with iron too, something that most people lack if they have cancer and are going through treatment. Maybe it’s the taste of iron that goes so well with horseradish?

Beet Carpaccio

I’ve never been a big meat person but beef carpaccio, when done well, was something I could never resist on a restaurant menu. I think it was because of the extra thin slices of raw beef (totally different texture) and the contrast of the inevitable salty mustard/horseradish/peppery greens topping.

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Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potato Salad, Dandelion Greens and Dill Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Dandelion Greens and Dill

This salad was the all time favourite of a client who I cooked for for many years. She was very low maintenance thanks to the fact that she really loved all food and also because she wanted this same salad at least once a week. I haven’t been able to look at it for years (I got pretty sick of it) but I was thinking about it the other day and thought I’d give it another try.

Quinoa Salad with Dandelion Greens and Dill

It brought back lots of memories (as food can really do) and I remembered why it got so much love in the first place. Its flavours are well balanced (bitter greens with sweet potatoes and fresh, grassy dill), it is hearty (protein-rich quinoa, beefy broccoli and fatty almonds) and it’s easy to take with you as a snack or lunch on your way out the door, or wrap up in a collard with some avocado (how I judge the merits of all grain-based salads).

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Potato-free Salad

Potato-Free Salad

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against potatoes. In fact, they are one of my favourite foods of all time. When you leave their skin on (and avoid French fries and potato chips), they are full of potassium and fiber. I even wrote a recipe for a bright and cheery purple potato salad last summer that is totally worth checking out.

Potato-Free Salad

The only problem with potatoes (beyond some of the unhealthy recipes that they find themselves in) is sometimes they take the place of veggies that pack more of an anticancer punch. Cauliflower, kale’s pale and flowery but feisty cousin, makes a great replacement for potatoes both flavour-wise and nutritionally. It is full of antioxidants, helps protect cells from DNA damage, has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects and helps inactivate carcinogens. Seriously. I see this as a worthy swap, something worth trying out in all of your favourite potato recipes.

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