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05 May

Radishes with Lime Juice, Chile, & Mint

Well I’ve given you the title, which is also basically the recipe, if we want to call this a recipe, and since I have nothing else on the go today, we do. At least I do. I was surprised at what a nice little salad this was. I’ve been trying hard to keep the radishes watered and it seems to …

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Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce on Ribs

The rhubarb has risen up and is at its prime, so the question also arose: what to do with it? It would go well in a barbecue sauce, I thought, and sure enough when I searched there are lots of recipes out there. Most of them suffered from my usual complaint about vegetable-flavoured sweet things: too much sweetener and not …

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Asparagus Salad with Garlicky Dried Tomato Dressing

I see lots of recipes calling for both asparagus and tomatoes, but I am never really convinced that they go together all that well. In spite of that I decided to try making a dressing that would use up some of our large store of dried tomatoes and last season’s garlic. I really loved the resulting dressing, and it went …

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Lebanese Spicy Roasted Potatoes (Batata Harra)

Here’s another one that we ate at a restaurant and then went home and made it for ourselves because it was so good. It’s roasted potatoes (restaurants are probably just as likely to fry them) tossed in a spicy garlic-cilantro dressing with lemon, kind of like gremolata gone wild.  I used about a quarter cup of cilantro in this because …

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Turkey Sorrel Rolls

These were lovely. Apparently there are stuffed sorrel rolls in Turkish and Balkan cooking, but it’s a slightly different variety that is probably sturdier. The French sorrel leaves which I am growing were a bit delicate. Still, they held together well enough with gentle handling. Turkey went well with the mild flavours of the vegetables. Serve these with rice, or …

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White Bean & Asparagus Salad

I thought this was going to be a fancier salad, but as I was making it I kept thinking, “But it doesn’t really need that”, and I left it out, and lo, it didn’t really need it.  Simple is good especially when it is the freshest and best-tasting simple things. I used some nice big fat Deseronto Potato beans for …

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Haskap – Rhubarb Nectar

Haskaps aren’t quite ripe yet – I made this last year. Given that they have about a two-week season though, you should be ready for them when they are ready.  Given the proportion of rhubarb to haskap that I used, I expected this to taste much more rhubarby. It’s there in the background but that mysterious unidentifiable haskap flavour predominates. …

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Crustless Fiddlehead or Asparagus Quiche

I had a more traditional quiche in mind, but when push came to shove there were yogurt, sour cream, and cream cheese in the fridge all clamoring to be used up.  It didn’t seem right to go out and buy more dairy products. Actually, the light  tartness of the yogurt, sour cream, and cream cheese went really well with the …

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Spinach & Apple Salad with Balsamic Dressing

You want the very best spinach for a salad this sweet and simple. Other than washing that spinach, this goes together very quickly. This is a side salad, not a meal salad, and I think it would go with just about anything. Apples are the last of the season; look for Red Prince or other long storage apples. I think …

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Mint & Barley Soup

Apart from cooking the barley – which is a 5 minute chore to set up the evening before, providing you use a rice cooker – this is a quick and easy soup to make. The barley and carrots give it just enough substance, the green onions and mint give it a lively flavour of spring greens. Yogurt and lemon juice …

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