Chilled soup is perfect for those hot summer nights and this is a refreshing change of pace from more traditional gazpachos. The acidity and sweetness of the soup is beautifully balanced by the rich warmth of the scallop.
8 cups ( 2 L) seedless watermelon, hulled/cubed
3 cups (750 mL) cucumber, peeled/cubed
1 honeydew melon, hulled/cubed
1/4 cup (60 mL) cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) dry white wine
2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey
2 Tbsp (30 mL) grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined. If you prefer more texture, pulse rather than puree. Add water as needed if blending proves difficult.
6 fresh large jumbo scallops
3 Tbsp (45 mL) canola oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil (reserved)
Heat a cast iron pan until slightly smoking. Toss scallops, canola oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Remove pan from heat and quickly place scallops in pan before replacing pan immediately back on high heat. Cook for 1 minute or until seared golden around the sides. Add olive oil and allow it to spread across pan before quickly turning all the scallops and cooking for no longer than 1 minute.
To serve, pour chilled soup mixture in wide-based bowls to no more than 1 1/2-in (3.75-cm) depth. In the centre of each, position a seared scallop while still piping hot for delicious contrast and aroma.
source: "Glowbal Thinking", alive #297, July 2007
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.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.
This versatile salad featuring chickpeas in a bright, fragrant dressing, holds well in the fridge. Make it in advance or keep it for leftovers. Nigella seeds, also known as kalonji, lend a sweet, nutty flavour with an ever-so-slightly bitter edge that pairs perfectly with sweet potato’s sweetness. Chickpeas please! Chickpeas are a great source of dietary fibre; just 1 cup (250 mL) contains 42 percent of the recommended daily allowance. They’re also a very good source of manganese, which is important for calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation.
Wait, isn’t mousse all about egg whites? Turns out, aquafaba––the viscous liquid left over after cooking chickpeas––fluffs up pretty well, too. And no, it doesn’t make the mousse taste like chickpeas. Plus, you don’t need to worry about using unpasteurized eggs, and it’s vegan-friendly. To reduce the sugar content, skip the praline and simply toast the pecans. Aquafaba FAQ Why is my aquafaba only whipping to soft peaks? Depending on your chickpeas, the aquafaba could whip to stiff peaks or quit at soft peaks with liquid below. If it doesn’t fully whip, scoop off the fluffiest foam on top and leave any liquid. The result will just be a more coconut-forward mousse. What do I do if my whipped coconut cream coagulates and bubbles when I add the aquafaba? Don’t worry! It’s not a bad thing. The cream will just be heavier and more textured (again, not bad), so make sure you use it as the base layer of the mousse so as not to weigh down the ethereal pear mixture on top. If you just want the light-as-air pear mousse layer, you can skip the coconut milk entirely and fold all the aquafaba into the pear purée.