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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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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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Poutine with Homemade Gravy

I saw this recipe for Poutine gravy and thought I had to give it a try. As usual I have put my sticky hands all over it, not to mention that I found the quantities required to be more than a little vague for certain key items. I tried to intensify the meatiness of it by concentrating the stocks, and …

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Crazy About Potato Seedlings

As you know by now, if you are a regular reader, Mr. Ferdzy and I have all kinds of bees buzzing around in our bonnets. One of them is the idea of growing potatoes from seeds. Actual seeds, from an an actual potato fruit, not seed potatoes. Up above, you see us – okay the bottom half of Mr Ferdzy …

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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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Mid to Late Summer Hodge-Podge

When I looked at all the lovely vegetables we have right now, I couldn’t decide which one to cook, so it was “All of them, Katie!” I’ve made Hodge-Podge before, with a slightly different selection of vegetables. This one will take you later into the summer, once the peas are gone (which, let’s face it, they are). We ate this …

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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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Fiddlehead & Potato Salad

I think I have missed the wild leek season. I went into our back forest to check on our transplants, and they are doing well but not expanding. Give them another couple of decades, I guess. We don’t have any fiddleheads growing in our woods but I did find some in a local shop. They make a good addition to …

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Trevor’s Champ

“boiled potatoesspring onionsbutter, grated cheeselittle milksalt, pepper Mashed together. Carrots may also be added. “                                               from Dad’s cookbook, circa 1983 Champ is so simple it is hardly a recipe, but please indulge me as I indulge myself in some nostalgia. Circa 1983 was a bit later than I would have expected …

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