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More Summer Eats

August 11, 2006

While the weather seems to have calmed down a bit, it is still very much summertime here  in Southern Ontario, lots of herbs and lovely delicious vegetables bursting away on stalks, ready to be eaten are growing away happily and I’m very happy to be eating them.

I feel slightly guilty for buying my produce from Dominion last night and can only imagine what local food would have made the gazpacho I put together taste like, for the imported and greenhouse grown stuff I combined together was quite flavourful.  And it was easy to make, too!

You’ll need:

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 a red pepper
  • 1/4 red or white onion 
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup coriander
  • 4-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups tomato juice

Feel free to add anything else you have on hand that tastes delicious raw.  Celery, avocado, zucchini, even carrots or parsnips in small quantity.  Cut and dice everything up, and throw them into a food processor or blender and pulse until very finely combined.

Add a dash of salt and lots of pepper, and then transfer to a glass bowl.  Refridgerate for at least 2 hours.  Then, serve with an Italian soave wine and of course, enjoy! 

Cool Food

July 30, 2006

Contrary to what many believe, it does get quite hot in Toronto during the summer.  Ways to beat the heat are deeply embedded into our genetic makeup, and often they involve cool drinks and a bit of shade in the outdoors.  That’s my favourite way, anyway.  And so with another hot weekend, Ross and I sat outside and read peacefully while taking sips of icy vodka-based drinks of white cranberry and peach juices.

Our snack was light and fresh, cucumbers meant for pickling that we’d picked up at the St. Lawrence Market that morning, sliced thinly and doused generously with white vinegar, lemon juice and coarse black pepper.

We’d learned about this from someone who was quite drunk at a pub on St. Patrick’s day, who was from Greece, and was quite surprised that nobody served anything like this here during the summer months.  Paired with beer, these cukes are definately refreshing and are quite portable for picnics or lunches at work.

Asparagus Soup with Red Pepper Coulis

May 21, 2006

Spring has brought life to everything green and with it, the asparagus season in Southern Ontario. My boyfriend's mother loves to visit farms and pick her own vegetables, so we were pleasantly surprised after she'd given us a large quantity of asparagus to work with. Do expect more features on this lovely vegetable shortly.

Ross blanched the lovely buds immediately and prepared them for freezing and he asked me to think of ways to use it, so here's just one idea based on this recipe.

You'll need the following:

  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup leeks (use the white part only)
  • 1/2 a white onion. Scallions or shallots would be fine too.
  • 1/4 cup potato, peeled and cubed into 1/4" pieces.
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh asparagus
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet and sweat your leeks and onions. Try not to let them brown.

Add onions, leeks, potato to vegetable stock and allow to boil for 10-15 minutes until potato is soft and easy to break apart. Then, add your asparagus and lower heat. Cook for another 5 minutes until tender and remove from heat.

Blend 3/4 of the soup with either a hand blender or an upright if you've got one. (remember to vent it!!) and make your coulis.

Red Pepper Coulis

  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and cored.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tabasco or other vinegar based sauce

Chop red peppers up, but don't worry about making it neat.  Do the same to your onions. Add oil to a small skillet and cook until soft.  Transfer to a vessel large enough for immersion blending, or again if you're more culinarily inclined, your blender, and blend until smooth.  Strain loosely, season with Tabasco and set aside. 

Ladle soup into bowls, and drizzle coulis over soup.  Feel free to make pretty designs with a toothpick, but I was really hungry so I just served it up. 

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