Here’s proof that hummus can take on many personalities, and this unexpected dessert version is a tasty filling for stuffed dates, resulting in sweet and creamy portable rocket fuel. Extra hummus is a great dip for fresh fruit.
Not all workouts require reaching into a feedbag. In general, bike rides and other exercise outings lasting fewer than 90 minutes won’t require supplemental energy as long as pre-workout nibbles have been sufficient.
Beyond the 90-minute mark, an active body can often benefit from extra calories to keep energy reserves from bottoming out. A good portion of these calories should hail from carbohydrates since these are the primary source of energy for hard-working muscles, and stores are limited. Aim to take in 30 to 90 grams of carbs for each hour of activity.
In food processor container, place chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, tahini, vanilla, and a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust level of sweetness if desired.
Using a knife, slice an opening in dates (without cutting them all the way through into two halves) and remove pits. Gently pry dates open with fingers and spoon in hummus filling. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. If desired, sprinkle cacao nibs onto top of stuffed dates. Transfer filled dates to a small zip-top bag for transport.
This recipe is part of the Tasty Portable Power 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.