Most store-bought frozen yogourt is loaded with added sugars, artificial flavours, and other undesirables. Thankfully, homemade creamy fro-yo sans ice cream maker is far from a high-flying kitchen feat. Simply blend together tangy Greek yogourt with any sweet seasonal fruit, place in the freezer, and mix regularly to prevent ice crystals from forming. A perfect way to beat the summer heat. Chopped nuts provide nice textural contrast.
Cherries are a good source of vitamin C, which may help reduce the risk of hypertension, according to a recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study.
2 cups (500 mL) plain 2% Greek yogourt, divided
1 1/2 cups (350 mL) sweet cherries, pitted
2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey
1 tsp (5 mL) almond extract
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped unsalted pistachios (optional)
No cherry pitter? Press the narrow end of a chopstick into the stem side of a cherry to push the pit out the other side.
Place 1 cup (250 mL) yogourt, cherries, honey, almond extract, and lemon zest in blender or food processor container, and blend until smooth. In large bowl, stir remaining yogourt into mixture.
Pour mixture into flat airtight container and freeze for about 45 minutes.
Remove container from freezer, remove cover, and, using whisk or fork, stir in icy bits from edges and mix with softer centre until smooth. Place in freezer for another 30 minutes, covered. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for up to 2 hours until completely creamy and soft. Make sure to whip until smooth each time before putting container back into freezer. (It’s a good idea to set a timer so you don’t forget and let the mixture freeze solid.)
Serve topped with pistachios, if using.
If not serving right away, store mixture in airtight container in freezer. When ready to serve, let frozen yogourt sit at room temperature in serving bowls for a few minutes and then stir until creamy again.
Each serving contains: 133 calories; 8 g protein; 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 17 g carbohydrates; 2 g fibre; 0 mg sodium
source: "The Big Chill", alive #358, August 2012
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.