This is a great addition to antipasto plates, salads, or as a fancy garnish to the Canadian classic, Caesar cocktail.
2 bunches asparagus*
1 cup (250 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) natural white vinegar
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar or Sucanat
2 tsp (10 mL) kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 or 3 sprigs fresh dill
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cumin seeds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) mustard seeds
2 - 500 mL Mason jars, lids, and screw bands
*1 bunch skinny spears = about 38 pieces
Sterilize jars and lids for Mason jars. Trim asparagus bottoms so spears fit about 1/2 in (1 cm) below rim of a 500 mL jar. Blanch asparagus in boiling water, then immediately cool in ice bath.
In saucepan, bring water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil. Portion garlic, dill, and seasonings into 2 piles and set aside.
Working quickly, place 1 herb and spice pile in bottom of each jar. Then add asparagus spears, tips pointing downward. Depending on thickness of spears, plan on 1 bunch for each jar. Be sure to pack in as many spears as possible. Pour boiling brine over top, leaving 1/8 in (3 mm) at top of each jar. Wipe rims, then cover with sterilized lids and lightly tighten screw bands.
Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes; remove carefully. Best to let sit a few weeks to let flavour develop before eating. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
Makes 2 - 500 mL Mason jars.
Each 2-spear serving contains: 5 calories; 1 g protein; 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g fibre; 30 mg sodium
source: "Spring's Green Goodness", alive #331, May 2010
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
This dark beer-marinated chicken uses the convection setting on your oven to create a crispy skinned bird. Convection cooking circulates air around the meat, crisping it like rotisserie without needing a spit or a lot of oil, similar to an air fryer (which you can also use!). If you don’t have a convection setting on your oven, you can simply bake the chicken for longer at the same temperatures as below, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F (74 C). You can use any dark beer, but our pick is, obviously, something German. Oktoberfest barbecue You can also grill the whole chicken on a barbecue—which makes for an impressive presentation and a gorgeously crispy bird—but it’s best to spatchcock it first (take out the backbone) so it cooks more evenly and quickly. Make it fast! If you don’t want to make an entire chicken—or if you want your dinner to cook faster—use this marinade (without stuffing the chicken cavity) on chicken breasts, thighs, or iron-rich chicken livers instead.
At Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, there are always people walking around selling large pretzels, says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who moved to the city in 2018. The large pieces of golden, twisted pretzel dough come topped with coarse salt for a savoury crunch with every bite. “They don’t come with any dipping sauce,” Gilles says, “but you could dip it in sauce if you had ordered something else”—say, the honey mustard or stone-ground mustard you might have with your bratwurst or sauerkraut balls. But don’t feel bad if you prefer to break from German tradition and dip them in caramel or tahini instead! There’s no need to flour a surface when rolling out your dough; the psyllium keeps it from sticking.