In ancient China, black rice was called “forbidden rice” because only nobles were allowed to eat it. Luckily, today we mere mortals can harness its salad-perfect, slightly sweet, and nutty taste. Bright and fresh, this salad isn’t only flavourful with a winning mix of textures; it’s packed with nutrients, too.
If possible, use Ataulfo mango for this salad. Its honeylike flavour and custardy texture can’t be beaten. You’re looking for a bit of softness when pressed to indicate ripeness.
In medium saucepan, place rice, 2 cups (500 mL) water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until rice is tender and water has absorbed, about 30 minutes. Let sit, covered, for 5 minutes and then gently fluff with fork. Spread rice out on rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
Line cutting board with a couple sheets of paper towel. Top with tofu and a couple more paper towels. Place another cutting board or other flat object on top, and press gently to extract excess liquid from tofu. Turn tofu block on its side and slice in half lengthwise. Season both sides with curry powder and salt.
In skillet over medium-high, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil. Add tofu to pan and heat until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. Flip and heat until golden and crispy on other side. When cool enough to handle, slice tofu into 1 in (2.5 cm) cubes.
In large bowl, toss together rice, red pepper, carrot, mango, green onions, peanuts, and coconut ribbons. In small bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp (15 m) oil, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, chili sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic. Toss dressing with rice salad and then scatter on tofu cubes.
This salad holds up very well in the fridge for up to 4 days. To serve, simply scoop salad into a serving bowl. However, to keep peanuts and coconut ribbons crunchy, you can add these just before serving instead of mixing them into the salad beforehand.
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.