The entire carrot, greens and all, makes a flavourful snack served with cucumber coins or celery. Rich in an array of nutrients and healthy fats, this bite will keep you going until your next meal.
Tip: Use raw beets and their greens in place of carrots for an earthy magenta alternative.
For pesto, in food processor, pulse carrot tops until finely minced. Add pine nuts and pulse to incorporate. Add remaining pesto ingredients and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice, until mostly smooth.
For hummus, in food processor, pulse garlic until minced. Add carrots and pulse until minced. Add tahini, lemon juice, water, miso, and cumin. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add chickpeas, blend until smooth, scrape down sides, and blend again, adding more water to thin as needed.
Spoon hummus into serving bowl, top with pesto and a sprinkling of pine nuts (toasted, if desired). Serve.
This recipe is part of the Raw—and Wonderful! collection.
Tourtière is, for me, the dish that best represents Québec. It can be traced back to the 1600s, and there’s no master recipe; every family has their own twist. Originally, it was made with game birds or game meat, like rabbit, pheasant, or moose; that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it with venison instead of beef or pork. Variation: If you prefer to make single servings, follow our lead at the restaurant, where we make individual tourtières in the form of a dome (pithivier) and fill them with 5 ounces (160 g) of the ground venison mixture. Variation: You can also use a food processor to make the dough. Place the flour, salt, and butter in the food processor and pulse about ten times, until the butter is incorporated—don’t overmix. It should look like wet sand, and a few little pieces of butter here and there is okay. With the motor running, through the feed tube, slowly add ice water until the dough forms a ball—again don’t overmix. Wrap, chill, and roll out as directed above.
My love of artichokes continues with this classic recipe, one of the best ways to eat this interesting, underrated, and strange vegetable. Frozen artichoke hearts are a time-saving substitute, though the flavour and texture of fresh artichokes are, by far, much superior and definitely preferred.
Cervelle de canut is basically the Boursin of France, an herbed fresh farmer’s cheese spread that’s a speciality of Lyon. The name is kind of weird, as it literally means “silk worker’s brain,” named after nineteenth-century Lyonnaise silk workers, who were called canuts. Sadly, the name reflects the low opinion of the people towards these workers. Happily for us, though, it’s delicious—creamy, fragrant, and fresh at the same time. Cervelle de canut is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer that you can pop out of the fridge once your guests arrive. Use a full-fat cream cheese for the dish, or it will be too runny and less delicious.