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Brussels Sprouts Zeytinyagli

The vegetables in this Turkish dish are nearly identical to the ones in Winter Hodge Podge, but the effect is surprisingly different as they are presented in a tart and zingy sauce. And of course that combination of vegetables is still very delicious. I didn’t have a red pepper but a number of the versions I saw of this did …

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Vegan “Turkey” Roast

Here it is, the time of year when I start thinking of something vegetarian for Christmas. This year I am following up on last years’ Vegetarian Sausage with a vegetarian “turkey” roast, also based on gluten flour and legumes. (Or it’s a “chicken” roast, if you want to think of it that way.) I’m planning to use this mixture to …

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Leek & Celeriac Soup

I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to put into this soup, but I was afraid it would be plain and dull. NO! It was delicious and indeed it didn’t need anything more. Well, Mr. Ferdzy lobbied for sour cream, but he is also Mr. Fat-Tooth so there is that. I thought it was excellent without it. Note that …

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Winter Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge is a traditional dish from the Maritimes made with early summer vegetables, but here are the same principles applied to early winter vegetables, and very good too. I have been making this quite often, and it never fails to make me happy. A simple protein dish will be all that is required to finish the meal.  6 to …

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Fondant Potatoes & Turnips

Well, this was my very first attempt at Fondant Potatoes, and I can’t say I did a lovely job. I know exactly what happened – wrong potatoes, unclarified butter, and did not cook long enough – and let those things happen anyway. They were delicious anyway, so no few regrets. First off I didn’t use waxy potatoes – I used …

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Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts & Parmesan

I saw an orecchiette and Brussels sprouts dish on Pinterest, and thought it was so pretty, the way the Brussels sprouts leaves echoed the size and shape of the pasta. Of course, when I then made a dish with orecchiette and Brussels sprouts, it wasn’t anything of the sort, because I used our home-grown Brussels sprouts ranging in size from …

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Barley, Wild Rice, & Mushroom Pilaf

This is as similar to some of the roasted vegetable salads I have been making lately as a it is to a true pilaf, I would have to say. The predominance of the grains makes me willing to call it a pilaf though. All kinds of favourite things here – I love the chewiness of the grains, the umami of …

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Roast Chicken in a Clay Pot (Romertopf)

I’ve had a Romertopf (clay pot) for roasting meats for quite a long time, but I don’t feel like I get as much use out of it as I would like. I guess one of my new year’s resolutions will be to try to use some of my appliances more often than I do, and this can go down as …

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Turkey & Mushroom Stuffed Leeks

Our leek crop this year is looking very nice, in spite of the fact that leek moths showed up for the first time in the late summer. One day they were looking magnificent, and the next they started to look chewed, wilted, and tatty. Mr. Ferdzy dumped impressive quantities of diatomaceous earth over them a couple of times and they …

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Warm Chicken & Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

I seem to be on a kick for warm salads of roasted vegetables. This is a salad, I guess, and not a casserole, but it definitely inhabits the borderland between the two. Mr. Ferdzy was a bit perplexed by it but proceeded to eat truly startling quantities of it, so it’s a happy habitation, I would say. Wild rice is …

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