Roasted garlic adds a creamy texture and a buttery flavour to this old family favourite. Garlic is excellent for boosting the immune system at this time of year.
1/2 to 1 cup (125 to 250 mL) garlic cloves
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
6 cups (1.5 L) water
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1/3 to 1/2 cup (85 to 125 mL) local goat’s milk cheese (or other soft cheese)
2 Tbsp (30 mL) local organic butter
4 Tbsp (60 mL) fresh parsley or 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
To roast garlic cloves, preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C). Peel garlic cloves, toss in olive oil, spread on a baking sheet, and roast for 15 minutes, until soft and brown.
While garlic is roasting, bring the water to a boil in a large pot and add the potatoes. Cook on medium-high for 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain and add potatoes to the roasted garlic in a large bowl. Add soft cheese, butter, parsley, and salt and pepper, and mash well. Garnish with more parsley.
source: "Local Eating", alive #300, October 2007
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.