Chanterelles provide a wonderful earthiness to the flavour of this soup, but feel free to experiment with other exotic varieties. The key is freshness.
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter
2 cups (500 mL) wild chanterelle mushrooms, brushed and chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) walnuts, shelled
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup (125 mL) carrot, diced
1/4 cup (60 mL) celery, diced
20 fennel seeds
10 coriander seeds
10 cumin seeds
2 Tbsp (30 mL) garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp (30 mL) ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 cup (125 mL) dry white wine
5 cups (1.25 L) chicken stock
1 cup (250 mL) whipping (heavy) cream
2 fresh or dried bay leaves
2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh summer savoury leaves, removed from stem
1/2 cup (125 mL) organic nasturtium flowers, chopped, stems removed
1/2 cup (125 mL) whipping cream
Place butter in large stainless steel, noncorrosive pot over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add mushrooms, walnuts, onion, carrot, celery, fennel, coriander, and cumin seeds, and saute until onions are translucent and carrots begin to soften (about 10 to 13 minutes).
Add garlic and ginger, and saute for 5 minutes. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Add white wine and increase heat to high. Reduce wine until approximately 1/4 cup (60 mL) remains. Add stock, cream, and bay leaves, and bring to boil. Then, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat; remove and discard bay leaves.
While soup cools, prepare garnish. Place whipping cream and nasturtium flowers in medium-sized bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. (Using only yellow nasturtium flowers will give a nice contrast to the soup.)
Once soup has cooled for 30 minutes, pure in blender at high speed in small batches for 2 minutes each, or until very smooth. Return puree'd soup to pot. Bring to boil and serve. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish each with a dollop of whipped nasturtium cream. Serves 6.
source: "Sooke Harbour House", alive #311, September 2008
Made from chickpea flour, chickpea pasta has a similar taste and al dente texture to regular pasta, but with a lot more dietary fibre and protein. That makes it a healthy base for this colourful vegetable-forward pasta salad with tasting notes of the sunny Mediterranean. Hummus serves as a surprising backbone to a creamy dressing. Stir it up When preparing chickpea pasta, stir it a couple of times during the first minute of cooking and then start taste-testing the noodles a couple of minutes before you hit the recommended boiling time on the package. They can turn mushy quickly. And expect a lot of foam, so skim it off with a spoon, as needed, during cooking.
The idea is pretty simple: start with adding a dressing to a jar and then layer on various ingredients such as crisp veggies, buttery fish, and greens. Bingo … salad in a jar that’s ready to go when you are, with not a limp green in sight. Perfect for weekday lunches and healthy quick dinners. Wild salmon or Arctic char are good stand-ins for rainbow trout. Lentil love When preparing lentils for a particular dish, consider adding extra to the pot of simmering water. Cooked lentils freeze well and can be used as an easy plant-based protein addition to future salads.
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This happy jumble of vegetables is not only beautiful to look at but also scrumptious. Try to use a rainbow of different colours for the most striking salad presentation. Feel free to replace the dried apricots in the dressing with another dried fruit you may have on hand. Dried cranberries, dried cherries, or golden raisins are all delicious alternatives.