By using vegetable noodles instead of rice noodles in this pad Thai, we amped up the nutritional value and visual appeal of the dish without compromising on flavour.
To pack this recipe up for a weekday lunch, keep dressing separate and mix it in just before you’re ready to eat.
In medium bowl, whisk together Spicy Peanut Butter, tamari, lime zest, lime juice, lemongrass, ginger, coconut sugar, and water until well combined. Set aside.
Drain tofu, wrap in clean kitchen towel or a couple of layers of paper towel, and press to squeeze out some excess moisture. Cut into 1/4 in (6 mm) cubes and set aside.
Using a spiralizer, julienne peeler, or mandoline, cut daikon and carrots into long julienne vegetable noodles. Transfer noodles to large bowl and add bean sprouts, snow peas, red cabbage, green onions, cubed tofu, cilantro, basil, and sesame seeds. Drizzle with about half the dressing and gently toss everything together using your hands. Divide among serving bowls, drizzle with some additional dressing, and garnish with some extra sesame seeds, if desired.
This recipe is part of the Nut + Seed Butters 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.