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Pasta with Spinach, Roasted Squash, Shallots & Ricotta

You’ll have noticed that I haven’t mixed squash and pasta before, or I don’t know, maybe you haven’t noticed. I have to say my instinct that they rarely go together still stands. Yes, squash is vegetable, but a starchy/solid one, and I think the combination is usually just a little too stodgy. That said, this was enjoyable.  Sometimes some good …

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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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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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Sorrel & Goat Cheese Soufflé

Not too much happening in the garden yet, but I was able to scrounge a little sorrel and a big bunch of green shallots. I’ve been getting excellent local eggs from a farm down the highway a bit, and I got some goat cheese on sale. So, here we are. We do have a certain amount of asparagus coming up, …

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A Visit to Trend Aquafresh Organics

Last Friday we found ourselves down near St. Catharines, so we took the opportunity to visit one of the many greenhouses in the Niagara area – Trend Aquafresh Organics. This was a medium-sized unmarked greenhouse on a gravel side road. Trend Aquafresh does sell directly to customers, but almost all of their sales are through wholesalers or to restaurants. They …

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Warm Mushroom Salad

Warm mushroom salads were all the rage when I was a young adult back in the early ’80s. No restaurant with any pretensions to style would have neglected to have one on the menu. Inevitably their popularity waned, but they were often very good salads and are worthy of a come-back. I think they are coming back, and hopefully this …

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Red Cabbage Slaw in Cucumber Boats

Cucumber boats filled with red cabbage slaw make a simple but very visually striking salad and they combine very nicely in the mouth too. It’s a bit hard to say how many cucumbers this amount of slaw will fill; it will depend on the size you get and to some degree you will have to eyeball it. I only had …

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Bachelor’s Omelette

This recipe caught my eye while I was leafing through Mrs. Norton’s Cook-Book. A little searching showed me that Mrs Norton had pinched it from Mrs. Beeton, almost verbatim. Tsk tsk. To be fair, Mrs. Norton did improve on Mrs. Beeton to the extent of suggesting that the onion Mrs. Beeton called for should be sautéed beforehand, and I agree. …

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Sweet Potato, Lentil, & Feta Salad

I really hate making other peoples’ recipes. Sure I will take inspiration from things I see out there, but then I want to get my own mitts all over it, and tweak it this way and that way, and make it mine. Of course I have changed this but that has more with my inability to follow the bloody directions …

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