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06 June

Cheesy Pea & Pasta Salad

I have to say right up front that this isn’t the best pea and pasta salad ever; that would be this one, because everything is better with bacon. However, you can’t have bacon with everything, so I will grudgingly admit that this one is pretty good too. It’s still quite rich, lack of bacon not withstanding. I see it more …

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Pasta with Sausage & Turnip Greens

I planted some little Goldana turnips about 5 or 6 weeks ago, along with some radishes. The radishes are pretty much over,  but the turnips are just filling out. Also, they needed thinning! I used the thinnings for this dish, and was quite impressed by them. In spite of how hot and dry it has been they were not bitter …

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Green Garlic & Pea Bruschetta with Chevre

These little cheesy pea toasts would be lovely with a bowl of soup, or cold cuts, or tuna salad, or a light green salad for lunch. Or if  you are prepared to eat enough of them, just a radish or two on the side. They would also do nicely passed as an appetizer.  It would be a bit fiddly to …

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Smoked Trout & Wild Rice Salad with Peas

I  always want to do more with wild rice but it is not the easiest thing to find and when you do find it, the price is also a consideration. I was really pleased with how this turned out though; it is the essence of early summer grounded by the earthy wild rice and smoked fish. This is a dish …

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Haskap Barbecue Sauce on Chicken

Yeah, I know I just did a fruity barbecue sauce. So now I have done another one. And yes, there are definite points of resemblance. Still, there are a fair few points of difference as well, and put on chicken thighs this was a quite different dish. I will probably try this with some other berries. Blueberries or raspberries strike …

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Haskap Upside Down Cake

This is pretty similar to last years Strawberry Upside Down Cake, and why shouldn’t it be? That was a fabulous cake. Since Haskaps are incredibly tart – the American name of Honeyberry is really not accurate – I have upped the amount of sugar mixed in with the fruit. I used 1/3 cup, and thought it was enough, but I …

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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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Strawberry Cucumber Salad

One of my earliest recipes on this blog was for a salad with strawberries and cucumbers. This take is a little lighter and simpler; a side salad rather than a meal in itself. Still, although I have omitted a great deal of cheese and replaced it with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds, I was surprised to take a look …

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Strawberry Oat Bars

It seems to me I now have a series of recipes which consist of classic recipes calling for some other type of fruit than strawberries, in which I have replaced that classic fruit with strawberries, the results then being something better than the original. Strawberry Cream Pie (bye, bananas) and Strawberry Upside Down Cake (adios, pineapple) being the others so …

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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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