Truth be told, I haven’t always loved cauliflower because I don’t like it boiled, and I don’t really love it raw either. But when I started roasting cauliflower, it changed everything. It became a whole new vegetable! I usually roast cauliflower in the oven, but since summer is (sort of) here in Vancouver, I decided to try it on the BBQ this time. The results were pretty good, so I decided to share the recipe with you. Happy BBQ-ing!
If you have ever tried the “nutter” smoothie from Whole Foods, this recipe is for you. I love that smoothie, so I decided to recreate my own rendition at home. I’ve replaced the almond butter with peanut butter (more affordable) and swapped the almond milk for soy milk (higher in protein), and added hemp seeds and frozen berries to boost the nutritional value, and because, they’re delicious.
This month I had some fun in the kitchen with my friend, fellow food blogger and dietitian, Marilyne Petitclerc, author of the French cooking blog, menoum.co. Together we created a springtime dinner menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients. We had a blast preparing this simple and nourishing meal, and I think our dinner guests can attest that it was a success! Although spring was slow to arrive in Toronto this year, the tulips are out, and so are some of our favourite local springtime vegetables: asparagus and fiddleheads. What the heck are fiddleheads? Yes, my thoughts exactly when I first encountered them. Fiddleheads are actually a type of fern that grows along river banks in Canada during the spring, and you can even harvest them yourself! We ‘foraged’ our fiddleheads at the St. Lawrence market in Toronto. Serve fiddleheads at your next springtime dinner gathering to intrigue and impress your guests.
The Springtime Dinner Menu and Recipes:
- Kale salad with blueberries and feta
- Roasted asparagus and fiddleheads
- Pasta with roasted golden beet pesto (see recipe below)
- Fresh rhubarb sauce over vanilla ice cream
One night I had a serious craving for chocolate mousse. The recipe I normally make is from Julia Child’s cookbook, but you have to make it the day before (or wait 8 hours) and there are many steps… Let’s just say it’s something you make for friends who you really love. So I decided to do a little experiment, and was shocked at how amazing it turned out! And what’s better – I didn’t even have to add sugar (sorry, dietitian moment). The coffee and sea salt intensify the flavour of the chocolate. To-die-for. And it takes no time to make. Dangerous, I know.
This is one of our go-to weeknight favourites. And it makes delicious leftovers for your lunch the next day.