Ginger Lover's Spice Bars
These festive cookie bars are easy to make–be sure to have everything readily available for quick mixing. They taste even better as they age.
1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C) and oil a 9 x 13-in (23 x 33-cm) baking pan. Sift together in a large mixing bowl:
4 cups (1 L) organic whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cardamom powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL) clove powder
1 Tbsp (15 mL) baking powder (non-alum)
Divide this dry mixture in half and set half aside.
2. In a large sauce pan, heat together until butter is melted and the mixture is all gooey and liquid, but do not allow to boil:
1 1/2 cups (355 mL) honey
1/2 cup (125 mL) molasses or maple syrup
5 Tbsp (75 mL) butter
2-in (5-cm) piece fresh ginger root, grated
Zest (finely grated peel) of one organic lemon
Add hot honey to half of sifted flour mixture and stir well to make a thick, sticky batter.
3. Add to batter:
1 cup (250 mL) crystallized ginger, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) raisins
1 cup (250 mL) raw pecans, coarsely chopped
Mix well. Add remaining flour mixture 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time until well mixed.
Spoon and pat dough evenly into pan to about 1/2-in (1.3-cm) thick. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Bars will be very soft after baking and will harden as they cool. Remove from pan while still warm; slice into 3 x 1-in (8 x 2.5-cm) rectangles. Cool thoroughly and store in tightly closed tin. Makes about 36 bars.
Sweet Ginger Tea
This hot and sweet ginger tea will get your “chi” life force energy flowing more freely.
In a stainless steel or glass pot, bring 2 cups (500 mL) filtered water to a boil. Grate a 2-in
(5-cm) piece of unpeeled organic ginger root into a teapot. Add 2 Tbsp (30 mL, or
to taste) honey or maple syrup to ginger. Pour boiled water into teapot and stir well until honey is dissolved. The ginger will float to the top. Cover teapot and let steep for 10 minutes. Sip slowly and feel the glow ginger brings. Makes 2 cups (500 mL).
source: "Ginger Garlic Gourmet", alive #289, November 2006
The combination of warm chocolate and the coveted mandarin orange makes this a holiday classic perfect for an intimate dinner party. Almond flour along with hemp hearts deliver healthy fats and protein and keep the cake gluten free and moist, removing the need for any additional oil or butter in the batter. A tiny drizzle of olive oil poured over the mandarin-encrusted top and a pinch of salt bring out the sweet flavour of the mandarins. Mandarin top Zest mandarins and reserve 1 Tbsp (15 mL) zest for use in the recipe. Set mandarins aside, leaving them unpeeled. When cake is baked, trim mandarins by slicing off top and bottom to form a flat edge. Then placing mandarin on the edge with peel, slice into 3 equal wheels. Repeat for each mandarin. Now, gently remove peel, being careful to keep wheels intact, and arrange on top of the cake, filling in holes with smaller sections trimmed from a wheel.
These Swiss chard bundles deliver scrumptious holiday flavours in nutritious fibre- and protein-packed parcels. Sweet potato, quinoa, and cranberries scented with thyme and rosemary make for a delicious and satisfying combination of flavours. Roll it up Place Swiss chard leaves in large bowl. Fill kettle with water and bring it to the boil. Pour boiling water over leaves and allow them to soften for about 2 to 3 minutes. With tongs, remove leaves to plate. Lay leaf out on flat surface, face down. Remove the thickest part of central stem by making a notch at the bottom of the leaf and removing it. Overlap remaining loose ends. Place about a heaping tablespoon of filling near the bottom of the leaf and roll it up, tucking in the sides as you go. Place bundles seam side down in Dutch oven.
There’s nothing like a roast to feed a crowd. These lean pork tenderloins will reign at the buffet table and will be equally enjoyed hot or cold. Simply prepared with a rub scented with the flavours of your favourite apple pie, the meat is roasted and rested to retain its juices before being laid out on peppery arugula leaves simply dressed in a classic vinaigrette. When is pork done? Has your pork ever come out dry? It could be all down to a number. In 2020, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its recommended internal temperature from the previously published 160 F (70 C) to 145 F (63 C) to allow for rest time. The new standard reflects a clearer distinction between temperature taken prior to rest time and after. During rest time, the internal temperature continues to rise, reaching the desired 160 F (70 C).
With citrus season upon us, what could be better than a classic fennel and orange salad? It’s light and refreshing, a perfect balance to heavier holiday meals, with a boost of vitamin C to boot. This version adds delicious crunchy cabbage and the bright juiciness of pomegranate. Perfect for sharing, this salad comes together quickly, and the flavour combination is sure to wow at any party you bring it to. Orange supreme To segment or “supreme” the orange, slice top and bottom off the orange so you have a flat surface to work with. With the flat edge on the cutting board, run your knife around the orange, removing skin in sections from top to bottom. Once all the skin is removed, hold the orange in your hand and carefully insert your knife along each section, cutting through to centre to remove each piece, avoiding the pithy sheath. When all the segments have been removed, squeeze what remains of the orange over bowl to extract all of the juice. If you’re not using segments immediately, keep them in the juice so they stay fresh and moist.