Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nettle Quinoa Soup

Picking nettles is one of the rituals of spring I enjoy the most. A sprouting nettle plant peeking out from the layer of old winter leaves is just plain joyful. And I'm always keen to try something a little different with this delicious perennial.

2 large cloves garlic
1 large chopped onion
1L mason jar of packed nettles
2L vegetable broth
2 large chopped Idaho potatoes
1c red quinoa
1 whole red chili pepper
1/2tsp ground orange rind
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp chia seeds
ground black pepper
sea salt

In a large sauce pot, sauté the onion and garlic until lightly caramelized, then add nettles, stir until wilted. Add the broth, chia seeds (to thicken), potatoes, and whole chili pepper, simmer until potatoes are soft. Blend the mix into a purée.

In a separate pot, steam the quinoa until cooked. Add a little crushed garlic, orange rind, and a sprinkle of apple cider to flavour the grains. Keep the quinoa in a separate container and add to the soup just before serving. Doing this keeps the crunch of the quinoa, which adds an interesting texture to the creamy soup base. Top off with a generous crush of pepper and a pinch of sea salt. May you feel Spring rejuvenate your body with the heat of this early spring soup.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Manicotti Crêpes

1.5c all purpose flour
3 eggs
1c milk
pinch of salt
add water to thin to consistency of thick cream
add all ingredients together, hand blend until smooth
makes 15 crepes

Ricotta cheese (about a cup)
4 chicken thighs
4 hands-full fresh spinach
clove of garlic
pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper

Crush garlic into a little oil in a pan, cook chicken till done, remove, add fresh spinach, simmer till wilted. Chop chicken into small bits, combine chicken, spinach, cheese, in a bowl. Spoon into crepes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Apples and Eve, the Foodie

And now for a different take on the Temptation story ... by Ferris Jabr

“And what variety of apples doth the tree grow?”

And the serpent, puzzled, said unto Eve, “They are God’s apples.”

“But are they McIntosh, Gala, Fuji?” Eve persisted. “Are they heirlooms?”

And the serpent, coiling himself in frustration, confessed that he did not possess such knowledge. But he said unto Eve, “They are the most delicious of all the fruits in the garden. Delicious red apples.”

“Red Delicious apples?” Eve said.

“Uh, yes,” the serpent answered.