Aromatic ginger and garlic, salty tamari, spicy sriracha, these green beans are so delicious I could eat an entire pan of them. You blister the green beans in a hot pan, then add in the garlic, ginger and green onions, next… working quickly you add the sugar, tamari and sriracha. This is where the dish transforms from being boring old green beans to coated in a sticky sauce packed with deep caramelized flavours.
If you plant one thing in your garden, I think it should be garlic. A cool season crop that is easy to grow, low maintenance and immensely rewarding. Once you grow your own garlic, you’ll have a hard time going back to the store bought (often bleached and shipped from who knows where) varieties. There’s some kind of magic when it comes to growing garlic… you put a single clove in the ground and 9 months later you have a fully formed head with the most juicy and delicious cloves you’ve ever eaten!
Tangy, salty, crunchy and spicy, these fermented jalapeño peppers make a delicious addition to your morning eggs, nachos, burrito or anything really. This recipe is so simple, I don’t even know if it can be called a recipe… submerge sliced peppers in a salt water brine, let it sit out for a week or so and before you know it you have preserved sour ‘pickled’ jalapeños ready to be enjoyed all winter long!
Sweet, spicy, salty and sour this dish is saucy and comforting. The eggplant is sautéed until cooked through but still has good texture, the sauce is reduced and the eggplant is added to the sauce to soak up all the delicious goodness. The perfect meal during this time of transition, when heat loving eggplants and tomatoes are slowing down their production and I’m not quit ready to dive head first into fall ingredients.
This vegan zucchini banana bread has been my go to snack these past few weeks. A great way to use up zucchini, this recipe makes two delicious loaves. Eat one right away, slice and freeze the other (I separate the slices with parchment paper). With a hint of cinnamon and crunchy walnuts, my favourite way to eat this is topped with a generous amount of tahini (or peanut butter) and fresh blackberries!
Creamy and aromatic this coconut green bean curry is rich yet summery. Here I use the most delicious sungold cherry tomatoes (but you can use any tomatoes you like, even canned ones work well) as a base for the curry and cooked them down to concentrate their flavour. They give the curry a beautiful bright colour and lend a nice sweetness to the dish.
We had the pleasure of watching over Green Fire Farm for a few days. It’s always an honour knowing that these folks (and my farming mentor) trust us with their livelihood. On their farm they have 19 pigs, 14 laying hens, 6 chicks, 2 cats, 1 horse and several acres of fruits and veggies… e-i-e-i-o!
Sweet, sour, spicy, salty… these ribs are unctuous and flavourful! Slow cooked slathered in spices, brushed with honey, vinegar and garam masala then back into the oven to become all crispy and caramelized.
Perfect for a summer picnic or a backyard BBQ, this potato salad is far from the common mayonnaise based salad of my childhood. Toasted spices, lemony red onion, waxy fingerling potatoes and peas that burst in your mouth! So delicious we’ve eaten it with dinner three weeks in a row!
These baked falafels are packed full of herbs and spices, and come out nice and crispy without any deep frying. A light summer meal, complete with fresh seasonal vegetables, quick pickles, fava bean hummus and a parsley tahini sauce. If you can’t find any heads of large leafy romain you can easily make this a salad or throw it in a pita if that’s what you’re craving.