This detoxifying tempura will be sure to jazz up any dinner party! Garlic scapes arrive in late spring and are similar to asparagus in texture but pack a distinct garlic taste that’s slightly milder than the bulbs. They’re great pickled, on the grill, or turned into a wonderful pesto.
The key to ensuring cauliflower is baked evenly is to make sure florets are cut in even, bite-sized pieces.
In food processor, make pesto combining garlic scapes, grated Parmesan, pistachios, basil, and mint, and pulse into a rustic, chunky paste. Slowly add olive oil and whirl in until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Trim stem and leaves from cauliflower. Cut cauliflower into bite-size florets. Chop stem and leaves.
In saucepan, sauteu0301 garlic over medium heat until caramelized, about 2 minutes. Add chopped cauliflower stem and leaves and a few of the florets, reserving remaining florets for oven-baked cauliflower tempura. Continue to sauteu0301 until cauliflower has begun to soften. Add milk, harissa, and bay leaf; cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or until mixture is very soft. Remove bay leaf. Transfer mixture to blender and pureu0301e until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if you wish. Set aside while making breaded tempura coating for remaining florets.
Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C). Using three separate bowls, place flour in one; eggs with a splash of water in another, whisking to blend; and bread crumbs stirred with oil in the third. Dust each cauliflower floret with flour, then dip in egg wash and roll into bread crumbs. Place in single layer on rack over parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently dab with oil or lightly spray each floret with a little oil to lightly coat. You want your florets to be even-sized and to air fry them for crispness. If you have a convection oven, or an actual air fryer, follow cooking directions specific to them. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Timing will depend on how you are baking them.
To serve, place a ladle of cauliflower pureu0301e in centre of plate and swirl. Place a couple of roasted cauliflower florets on top. Drizzle a little Mint Scape Pesto around dish and garnish with a few small mint and basil leaves and some radish slices, if you wish. Repeat.
This recipe is part of the Root to Stem 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.