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Appetizers and Hors d’oeuvres

Lo-Bak Pancakes

I love dim sum! It’s such a pity the nearest purveyor is mighty close to 2 hours away by car. Whenever we go, we order 2 dishes of lo-bak go; that is to say radish patties. One of them is just for me, and the other is for the rest of the table. Yes! It’s my favourite! It’s also kind …

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Turkish Eggplant & Potato Kofte

These were yummy! And a rather different take on the theme of Turkish patties. They make a good appetizer or vegetarian main course. Serve them with rice and salad. If you had leftovers, I think they would make a different and interesting sandwich filling. Not that we had leftovers.  In addition to being vegetarian, these are gluten-free. 4 servings1 hour …

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Great Aunt Verna’s Tomato Jam Pickle

Last call to finish up the tomatoes! With all the hot weather we’ve been having, we are rolling into the end of the season with more ripe ones than usual, but it seems very clear the weather is about to turn.  I’ve posted at least one recipe that I can recall from Treasured Recipes of the Mount Family before; here’s …

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“Chaat” Corn Salad with Tomatoes

This is a very simplified version of a popular Indian recipe, but as usual I can’t really get half the typical ingredients. For some reason I did have the amchur powder and the black salt, which with the cumin are probably the most distinctive flavours for this dish, and I decided it would have to do. I don’t know that …

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Bruschetta Margherita

In January we start planning the garden, and select our tomato varieties to grow. In March we start them inside, in little pots. By late April and through early May we haul those pots in and out according to weather, and water them daily, and watch them anxiously for aphids or other problems. We heave a sigh of relief when …

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Tsukune (Chicken Patties) with Yakitori Sauce

These were quite a lot of fun to make! As you can tell from the photo, I have acquired a sandwich press/grill and have been using it. I think I made panini exactly once, and then it’s been more burger-y things non-stop.  I see no reason not to cook them in a skillet, though, if that’s what you have. Like …

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Summer Fish Cakes

These are a little different from the classic fish and potato fish cakes, being made with corn and zucchini instead of the usual potatoes. Nothing wrong with that! Serve them with the same chow-chow, tartar sauce, or wedge of lemon that you might serve with more typical fish cakes. Accompany them with some lovely sliced tomatoes and a roll, and …

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Zucchini & Ricotta Phyllo Roll

Okay, here come the zucchini! They seem to be the one thing the heat doesn’t slow down, as long as they are watered.  There is, of course, a distinct resemblance to Spanakopita here. Since zucchini is less robust in flavour than spinach, I paired it with a mild cheese and kept the herbs fairly discreet. It’s still a lovely summer …

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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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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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