Pasta tastes best made fresh, but if you don’t have a good Italian shop close by that sells fresh pappardelle, use a tagliatelle noodle (dried noodles work well, too). Wild mushrooms grow in our backyard in Tofino; however, city dwellers can find a wide variety in better produce stores. I particularly like portobello, cremini, and shiitake.
1 1/2 lb (750 g) pappardelle pasta
1/3 cup (80 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 lb (750 mL) assorted mushrooms (we use lobster, chanterelle, and pine)
3/4 cup (180 mL) leek whites, washed and sliced
1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
1/3 cup (80 mL) white wine
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups (350 mL) arugula
3/4 cup (180 mL) Parmesan cheese, grated
3 Tbsp (45 mL) Italian parsley, chopped
Pepper, freshly ground
In large, heavy-bottomed pot, bring 6 1/3 quarts (6 L) salted water to a boil. For fresh pasta, cook 4 minutes at a rolling boil, stirring constantly to prevent clumping. For dried pasta, follow directions on box.
In large saute pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, mushrooms, leeks, and garlic. Saute for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently until all mushrooms are soft.
Add salt and white wine. Continue cooking for 3 minutes until most of the wine is absorbed. Add vegetable stock; reduce for 2 minutes. Add pasta, toss well, then fold in the arugula and half the Parmesan cheese.
Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and separate into 6 pasta bowls. Finish with remaining Parmesan and freshly ground pepper to taste.
source: "SOBO's Sophisticated Bohemians", alive #304, February 2008
In Japan, it’s a custom to eat kabocha squash on the day of the winter solstice as a symbol of good health. In fact, kabocha squash contains cancer-fighting antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein. It’s also full of fibre and vitamins A and C. We’ve made a roasted version dressed in a sweet and tangy marinade that’s sprinkled with sesame seeds before roasting in the oven. The remaining marinade, full of ginger, tamari, and red pepper flakes, is used as a dressing to further flavour the squash. Know your squash You’ll recognize kabocha squash by its dark green rind and round shape. Its yellowish-orange flesh is sweeter than other types and has been likened to a cross between sweet potato and pumpkin. The rind is quite hard but is edible when cooked. Wash squash well and take care while cutting. You can microwave the whole squash for 4 to 5 minutes prior to cutting to help soften the rind and make things a bit easier.
This homage to the sun plays out visually as well as nutritionally. To celebrate the return of the vitamin D-giving sun, this dish of eggs, spinach, and yogurt with a hint of spice is a vitamin D party on a plate. A single serving of these eggs contains 12 g of protein and more than 70 percent of the RDA of vitamin D. Taking inspiration from the Turkish egg dish çilbir, the creamy yogurt is drizzled with a little bit of olive oil that’s been flavoured with chili flakes and sweet paprika. Lay out components separately and then mix them up to savour the creamy texture and delicious smoky flavour. Eggs and a drop of vinegar Adding acidic vinegar to the poaching water changes the structure of the protein (as does cooking) and helps the egg hold its shape by making that process happen more rapidly.
Tarts are timeless, and a good tart is always a people-pleaser. And who doesn’t love something with chocolate in any form? This classic tart is so easy to make with fresh fruit and hints of orange in a delicious chocolate crust. Once firm, it cuts like a dream into 16 easy slices. Fruity faves This remarkable tart lends itself well to a bevy of flavours. We conjoined raspberries with chocolate and orange in our tart. But you can stretch the boundaries with all sorts of fruits such as mango, pineapple, and papaya. If you’re longing to go somewhere tropical but the opportunity has scooted away, make this timely tart and fill it with the flavours of the tropics.