A great first course bursting with flavours and easily adjusted for use with various types of fish. Salmon works well, as does the less costly albacore tuna. If you don’t have garlic oil, simply crush a clove of garlic into a cup of canola oil and bring to heat before cooling–voila, garlic oil.
500 g ahi tuna loin
1/2 cup (125 mL) garlic oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) capers, chopped
1 small shallot, finely diced
3 chives, sliced
1 sprig of dill, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
1/2 lime, juiced
Cut tuna into 3/4 in (2 cm) cubes. Add tuna to garlic oil in a pot over medium-high heat and slowly bring to just under a simmer, gently turning tuna until it begins to flake. Remove from heat and let cool in oil.
Drain and reserve excess oil and place tuna in mixer along with capers and diced shallot. Mix evenly without pureeing mixture. Add sliced chives, chopped dill, salt, and lime juice to tuna mixture. Add a few tablespoons of garlic oil to adjust the tuna spread to desired consistency.
Check seasoning and serve immediately or put in the fridge and serve the next day.
To serve: Use a pair of teaspoons to mould each serving into the shape of a large almond, then place on crostini. Garnish with fresh herbs. Alternately, put the tuna spread into a serving dish and crostini in a basket beside for your guests to serve themselves.
source: "West Coast Wonder", alive #301, November 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.
This easy, yet impressive, vegan dinner is packed with oven-roasted flavour and proves that creating satisfying weeknight plant-based meals is entirely possible. If working with a small oven with only room for one sheet at a time, you can prepare the tofu and vegetables in batches separately.