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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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Savory Asian Pancake with Cucumber Sesame Salad

Gluten free Asian Pancake with Cucumber Sesame Salad

The inspiration for these pancakes comes from those Chinese green onion pancakes. If you’re like me, you might have tried them before and wondered why they tasted so good, Googled them, read their ingredients, and then decided that maybe they should fall onto the once in a while and hopefully not that often list.

Gluten free Asian Pancake with Cucumber Sesame Salad

Although they are inspired by them, these pancakes are not the same. In fact they might only have green onions in common, which is not a bad starting point for a freaking delicious savory pancake.

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Kimchi, the Crushing-Cancer Way

I had a dream the other night that I smelled like old cabbage and everyone around me was too polite to say anything. I have been spending a lot of around fermenting cabbage lately… So far nobody has been bold enough to tell me that I smell like sauerkraut, but clearly my subconscious thinks I might. Oh god, DO I?!

Cancer-Crushing Kimchi

At least I am on trend. Home fermentation projects are picking up steam, which is great news for the world’s intestinal health. Imagine a world where all of our intestinal bacteria was in balance! It could only lead to world peace.

Cancer-Crushing Kimchi

Kimchi, a spicy, more interesting version of naturally fermented sauerkraut, is a Korean staple, and I totally understand why (and that’s before we even get into the health benefits). It is tart, salty, pungent, complex and sooo very addictive. The version that I make is not authentic, as I have kept the ingredients fresh and as local as possible (no rice starch or fish sauce etc) but it is equally delicious and addictive.

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Wintery Spring Salad

Spring is a funny time of year for food. We start to crave fresher flavours – salads, smoothies and more raw food, even if Mother Nature is telling us not to put away our winter clothes just yet. This salad speaks well to this awkward time of year. It is fresh yet hearty and full of raw, lush winter vegetables, allowing us to curb those spring time cravings and still eat locally.

This combination of vegetables could be thinly sliced or grated to create more of a traditional coleslaw, but I like the chunkier dice and slice, which really makes for a juicier salad (I’m looking at you cabbage!). My Mom was actually the first person I saw do it this way, no kale massage, no small slices or dices, no apologies, just bold, beautiful vegetables, embracing their voluptuous fibers. You can taste the confidence. Not pictured – a sweet bartlett pear to bring out the sweetness in the vegetables, just dice it up and toss it in with the rest.

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These vegetables vary in colour and pigment, which means that we are getting a large variety of antioxidants from this salad. On top of that, we have the kale and cabbage, both being from the powerful cruciferous family, offering up their mighty I3c (Indole-3-carbinol), crushing cancer like it’s their job.

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It needs to be properly dressed to come together. This dressing is tart and rich, and it compliments this salad very well. It’s creaminess comes from avocado and soaked cashews (instead of mayo/yoghurt), and it is where the fat comes from too, no need for refined oils (we are all about whole fats whenever possible). Add as much garlic as you are comfortable with, if too much raw garlic makes you feel hung-over (anyone?), just add one small clove and some extra green onions. (more…)