Creamy, filling, satisfying, goodness *^_^*
Creamy, filling, satisfying, goodness *^_^*
The inspiration comes from a vegetable soup my grand mother used to make. She used to cut all the vegetables in super small pieces and I always enjoyed the aesthetic of her presentation. You could probably chop everything finely by hand but, if you’re in the lazy club (like me), a hand blender or a food processor work wonders.
This recipe isn’t the soup she used to make but, I would like to think it is as good or at least pretty close.
Delicate, slightly sweet and made with our homemade vegetable broth. The fennel leaves used as garnish but also as a component in the soup really shine with the star anise in the broth. The ginger giving it a nice kick and the lemongrass as the last taste hitting your palate. When it comes time to buy fennel, I always try to get the complete plant with the long rods and a lot of bright green leaves. Back home, I’ll cut it up in “parts” and keep the leaves in a separate container to use them like any other fresh herbs. Next time, I’ll probably add a little extra lemongrass because the taste could have been more pungent and, I would encourage you to do the same if you’re a big fan of lemongrass.
Makes three big portions or four smaller ones. Bon appétit!
I keep a lot of food scraps in my freezer.
Most of them are vegetables, fresh herbs and egg shells because there’s so much you can do with those and it’s almost a blasphemy to throw them out when you spent your hard earned money buying them. It also goes with my “no waste” and “everything should be make from scratch” mentality because it’s very rewarding to create basic staple foods instead of buying them at the grocery. This vegetable broth is a great example of “food recycling” and I really hope you’ll get the chance to try it and make it your own.
Plus, who doesn’t like to know that every pennies spent on veggies will go that much further and you’ll end up having a delicious and personalized broth ready to use in your future creations.
This is a nice recipe for all your meat lovers, vegan and vegetarian hater friends out there.
We all know a few, those people who absolutely despise tofu and would never indulge in a nice tofu anything even if their lives depended on it. It will be able to fool any of those harsh critics and amuse them by the thought of eating unicorn meat.
Make the test, challenge one of your buddies and let’s see if they are able to taste this awful tofu they are so scared of.
What an original and cleaver way to keep your dearest summer herbs during the cold winter months while creating a one of a kind topping and seasoning. I love making salted herbs because you can go pretty much in any direction you want without worrying about bad bacterias…. thank you excessive amount of salt! lol!
This recipe isn’t an official recipe, every year the mix is different and with each different mixture, different recipes are being created. This year, I wanted something basic that could go well with almost everything and here’s the result.
Today’s post is a 2 in 1…
Just the kimchi soup on it’s own is already delicious but once it a while I use to it make something a little bit more filling like this grilled smokey tempeh with lentils and rice filling bowl.
Two very simple, fully vegan recipes that can save you some precious time in the kitchen and keep you healthy and happy *^_^*
“Eat your greens or you wont have any desert!”
…probably a sentence everybody heard a few times during their childhood. I don’t remember being over difficult to feed as a child, beside the terrifying grilled white cod filet with tomatoes my mom used to make (I still have nightmares about it, true story), so I was happy (most of the time) to eat my greens.
Kale was introduce to my diet much later in life. I do not recall my mom or dad buying any but, back then, the trend was more to eat spinach and I clearly remember the creamed spinach side dish my mom used to make. Let me tell you… THAT was insanely delicious and now that I think about it, I’ll have to ask her for the recipe next time I see her.
You could probably make this soup with baby spinach as well. Why do I say baby and no regular spinach? Only because I’m thinking the bitterness of the fully grown spinach might be a little bit too overpowering for the humble and light taste of this soup. While you can still try, I’m thinking that by trying to cover the bitterness, you might feel the push to add more salt and we all know by now that salt is a big no no for our dear arteries.
You can rock this soup in about 1:30 maximum and that’s with the prep included. For those busy and lazy week nights, a comforting soup made with real and a small amount of ingredients is always welcome.
It’s Easter tomorrow and since lamb is one of the preferred meat to eat on this day, I thought this recipe was perfect for the occasion. I don’t think I need to explain again how I like to mix cultures because I have talked about it quit often in my previous posts. Today I’m doing it all over again with these BBQ lamb Spring rolls with sweet maple sauce. Yes maple again… lol I think I’m seriously addicted and you can blame it on the fact that I’m Canadian 😉
They are fairly easy to do, you will only need a bit of patience. The only “tricky” part would be if you never worked the rice paper but the only thing you need to make sure is you roll it tight. My first goal was to make a step by step photo with this recipe to explain you how to roll the rice paper but I found this very useful and well explained link on VietWorldKitchen that I think will be perfect.
You can keep your spring rolls for one day in the fridge between layers of wax paper so they don’t stick together and what I like to do is to add a wet towel at the bottom of my container (under a wax paper) to keep some sort of moisture.
Ok let’s play culture mix-match again 🙂 This time, I am going to see my sweet friends from Mexico to borrow them their famous quesadillas and I’m coming back in Montreal (in the cold) to grab some good butternut squash and see what I can create. True there is quit a lot of possibilities when we think on mixing the sweet taste of the winter squash and the versatility of the quesadillas. Since I had some ground veal in my fridge, I decided to create what I like to call the “winter” version of this Mexican dish. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
To compliment this meal, I decided to make a thyme BBQ sauce that is either good cold or warm and that I’m sure you’ll find more than one use for. Oh and btw, this recipe makes a pretty big quantity of food, it’s good for at least 4-5 people or for your lunch the next day 🙂 Enjoy!