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Provençal Millet-stuffed Artichokes

Provençal Millet-stuffed Artichokes

I bought my first garlic press this week. It just seemed like the right thing to do after waving my cyber arms around enthusiastically about pulverized garlic and its health benefits a couple of weeks ago.

Provençal Millet-stuffed Artichokes

One of my Chef Instructors (1000 years ago) used to say that they were for housewives (she herself was/is a woman) but I now realize that most of my favourite cooks (and people!) are in fact housewives, so I am more than ready to embrace the garlic press. And nice to not have turmeric residue all over it when I want to use it (unlike my microplanes). So, in honour of earning my housewife wings, we are busting out a garlicky recipe this week to celebrate (don’t worry, you can tone down the garlic if this terrifies you).

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Curried Red Lentils

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Lentil Curry

I just got home from a sunny few days in San Francisco where we climbed hills, ate all of the green food (there is seemingly a creative salad/cold-pressed green juice on every corner), watched the pelicans, climbed more hills, talked about how much harder it is to climb these hills while 30 WEEKS PREGNANT (that was mostly me) and ate more food.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Lentil Curry

It is one of my favourite cities and we had the best time. A small part of me considered faking early labour so that we could stay a little bit longer (I once faked a broken leg as a kid to get out of a slow day in ski camp, I’m sort of that person).

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Roasted Whole Eggplant with Tahini Sauce & Fresh Herbs

Roasted Whole Eggplant with Tahini and Fresh Herbs

I’m a tiny bit Lebanese, (the part that decided my taste buds and arm hair), which is why I think I am so drawn to the flavours of the Middle East. When I am out, I always order the eggplant. It is sometimes overcooked and often a greasy disaster, but when it is right, it is like magic. And unless I’m with my sisters, I usually don’t have to share :)

Roasted Whole Eggplant with Tahini and Fresh Herbs

I also pay attention when I see people making recipes with eggplant that don’t involve deep frying (why is it always deep fried?). These dishes often fall into the Middle Eastern category, an area of the world that knows how to love and respect their eggplant.

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Veggie Paella

Veggie Paella

I listened to a podcast recently, a recording of a Lucky Peach event called ‘Eating Out Loud’. Just like the magazine, it was creative, hysterically funny, artistic, irreverent and at times, totally bizarre. Different people spoke/sang/told stories, including Chef David Chang, one of the founders of the magazine (and of Momofuku Restaurant Group and other awesome foodie things).

Veggie Paella

I love him. I loved watching him on Mind of a Chef, I love his passionate but self-deprecating articles in Lucky Peach, I’m totally a fan. Which is why in this podcast, when he referred to paella as ‘the most overrated food in the history of the world’ I had to do the 15 second rewind to make sure I had heard him correctly. It’s not like I share his food philosophy in general, but this still surprised me. Paella?!

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