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Roasted Summer Potluck Veggies with White Beans

Roasted Summer Potluck Veggies with White Beans

If you’ve ever been to a steakhouse and aren’t a steak person, you’ve probably noticed that the veggies are an afterthought. Under/over-seasoned, under/overcooked, generally unattended to and unloved. I don’t know if this is because they assume nobody eats them anyway, but if you’re only really eating the veggies, it’s not that cool. And even if you’re there for the steak, why should the guys it’s sharing a plate with be overlooked, especially with all of the menu brags that the steak quality gets?

Roasted Summer Potluck Veggies with White Beans

I think about food too much, but I do still think this is a strange oversight. And I’m definitely not telling you to go to a steakhouse; I’m actually hoping to show you how to show up to a friendly, omnivorous bbq without being the guy who brought the hummus.

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Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

I get antsy during tomato season if I don’t have a satisfactory number of local tomatoes in my house at all times. It’s a short season and the alternative during the rest of the year is so sad in comparison that I feel tremendous pressure to make the very most of one of my favourite food seasons (and yet I feel close to no pressure for so many seemingly more important things…).

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

So, short of the Spanish Tomatina Festival, tomatoes have been on, in, under and around everything that has been happening in the kitchen these days. Usually just salad like the Avocado Caprese or this one from last summer with avo croutons, but as you saw last week, there has also been pasta.

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Portobello Mushroom Curry with Fresh Beet & Daikon

Portobello Mushroom Curry

This recipe is based on a legendary dish from one of my favourite places in Vancouver.

Vikram Vij and his wife, Chef Meeru Dhalwala, have a sidekick restaurant to their hugely popular Indian meets the Pacific Northwest restaurant ‘Vij’s’ (a giant lineup away from an exotic and comforting good time). It’s called ‘Rangoli’.

Portobello Mushroom Curry

Every Sunday night, Vikram and Meeru used to come into a French restaurant where I used to work, and request a vegetarian menu. It just happened to be that Sundays were the nights that only the women in the kitchen were working (we used to joke that it was Lileth Fair night). We loved the challenge of putting together something special for them with the ingredients that we had each week, and it became something we looked forward to.

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Vegan Shakshuka with Roasted Turnip & Green Chickpea Pancakes

Vegan Shakshouka with Green Chickpea Pancakes

A dish called ‘shakshuka’ has been filling my social media feed lately. It’s becoming more common in local brunch spots, which I think is cool because it’s a veg-focused option that isn’t covered in maple syrup or wrapped in bacon but has big flavour and is totally beige-free (why do traditional breakfast-y foods often lack colour?).

Vegan Shakshouka with Green ChickpeaPancakes

I was teaching a cooking class the other night and one of the (awesome) cooks in the catering department where I work had made this for staff meal. I had already eaten (I always eat before I teach or else my brain stops working partway through class), so I was going to say no thank you until he put it down in front of me and I realized that it was all of my favourite things.

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