Archive for November, 2009
I recently spent a few days in Las Vegas for a conference and a mini-vacation. It’s not a place I would have chosen to visit without a reason, but nonetheless it was nice to trade in our chilly Canadian fall for a sunshiny place for a short while. In addition to great restaurants, great shopping, and the impressive art and architecture for the new CityCenter development, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few artfully designed garden spaces inside the hotels. Here are a few images to chase away the winter blues! (more…)
Most of the food I make has a strong bias towards being healthy. This recipe is an exception to that rule. It’s probably only good for your soul. Lots of butter, lots of sugar and white flour. Still, they are very good: lemony with a perfect poppyseed crunch. I’ve added a few fresh cranberries and a sprinkle of raw sugar on top. (more…)
Peel 1 cup sunchokes and coarsely chop. Peel 2 cups potatoes and coarsely chop. Add to a pot of boiling water along with 2 cups coarsely chopped carrots. Let the water boil down as everything softens and add in 1/2 cup finely diced onion for the final 10 minutes of cooking. Drain off some of the cooking water into a measuring cup and then puree the vegetable mixture in batches, adding in a bit of the reserved cooking water to get the texture and thickness you like. Add it all back into the pot, season with salt and pepper, heat through and serve with some cheese and crackers.
A bottle of pinot noir is also a tasty addition if you have it handy.
This is a recipe from “New Vegetarian,” by Celia Brooks Brown. It’s an excellent book, and this is recipe has quickly become a favourite in our house. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, easy, a bit fancy and so tasty! We have a gorgeous, brightly-coloured serving plate that was given to me as a house-warming gift several years ago by one of my stylish uncles (I’m fortunate enough to have several!) and I love it for this dish. (more…)