Raspberries are perhaps the hottest commodity in any garden—but people tend to be less keen on eating a bowl of raspberry leaves, although the leaves have a long and storied medicinal history. Combined with orange and rosemary, raspberry leaves make a surprisingly decadent-tasting herbal iced tea.
Tip: Make ice cubes out of freshly squeezed orange juice if you prefer a more citrus-flavoured beverage, or freeze some of the tea into ice cubes with raspberries in them.
Double duty If you make a more concentrated version of this tea by using 3 cups (750 mL) water instead of 4 cups (1 L), it can be turned into a bubbly beverage. Fill your glass halfway with iced tea and top up with sparkling water.
Place rosemary, orange, and raspberry leaves in jug or jar that holds at least 4 cups (1 L).
In covered medium pot, bring 4 cups (1 L) water and marmalade to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
If using fresh herbs, allow water to cool for 1 minute before pouring over rosemary, orange, and raspberry leaves. If using dried herbs, pour immediately. Steep for 10 minutes.
Strain out solids and return liquid to jug or jar. Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours.
Serve chilled tea over ice and garnish with orange slices.
Reminiscent of the stuffed cabbage of yore, the flavour profile of these stuffed chard smacks of cozy fall. It looks all fancy, but everything comes together surprisingly quickly. If desired, you can use turkey or pork sausage and brown rice. Time-saver tip For larger grains, such as wild rice and spelt, it’s a very good idea to soak them for several hours before cooking. This will slash the cooking time by about a third. If not soaking the wild rice, add roughly 20 minutes to the simmering time.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.