Category Archives: side dishes

Pan-Seared Balsamic Butternut Squash with Parmesan

Stormy days demand warm comfort food. Today we woke to the sounds of the backyard creek rushing, the waves crashing in the bay, and the wind blowing the rain sideways onto the windows. Welcome November! It was a hunkering down … Continue reading

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Apple Pear Slaw

I don’t know what the climate is like where you live, but here on the west coast of Vancouver Island our gardens are still producing like crazy. Yesterday I had great plans to put my vegetable garden to rest, but … Continue reading

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Thai Coconut Rice

We like to serve this rice with Thai dishes, but it is good with just about anything. It has a subtle coconut flavour and it always seems to turn out perfectly. It also freezes well, so you may wish to … Continue reading

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What to do with ALL THAT Zucchini?

If you’ve planted a zucchini, you’re probably feeling like I am right now. One tiny seed planted in the spring has produced more zucchini than I can keep up with. So today I’m creating a Throwback Thursday post. Here, in … Continue reading

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Garlic Scapes: What do you do with them?

If you grow your own garlic, the scapes are likely ready to be harvested now. Scapes are the long flower stalks that rise from the bulb. Some gardeners believe that they must be cut off once they curl to allow … Continue reading

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Shaved Asparagus Salad

Guess what’s open? Eating fresh-picked asparagus from the farm is a completely different experience than eating asparagus imported from Mexico. While I usually serve it cooked: steamed, sautéed, roasted or stir-fried, tonight we had it raw. This shaved asparagus salad … Continue reading

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Personalized Veggies ‘n Dip

This one definitely comes under the “Why didn’t I think of that?’ category. I pinned it last week, as I thought it was such a good idea. It makes more sense than having everyone crowd around one plate of veggies. … Continue reading

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Crispy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Are you a confirmed sprout-hater? I was, for years. Memories of the smell of my mother’s boiled brussels sprouts kept me from experimenting with them for a long time. Once I discovered that, no, they did NOT have to be … Continue reading

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The Party’s Over

A month of indulging in rich holiday food culminated in a week of exploring boulangeries, patisseries, and brasseries in Paris. I sampled. I savoured. I tried it all. And now the party’s over. Back to Boot Camp tomorrow. Move aside … Continue reading

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Roasted Beets with Lavender

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 lb medium beets, with 1 inch of stems remaining, scrubbed but not peeled 5  or 6 unpeeled garlic cloves 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon (plus 1/2 tsp.) dried culinary lavender buds, finely … Continue reading

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Summer Veggie Gratin (aka Let’s Get Rid of the Zucchini)

Summer Veggie Gratin (aka Let’s Get Rid of the Zucchini) Still have too much zucchini? Try this one. It’s fast, easy, and good–it meets all my criteria for a quick weeknight meal or side dish. Ingredients 3 medium tomatoes 3 medium … Continue reading

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Avocado Mango Salsa . . . with Nectarines

1 avocado, peeled and mashed 1 mango, peeled and chopped 1 nectarine, chopped juice and zest of 1 lime 2 handfuls mini tomatoes (I used mini heirloom), quartered 1 handful cilantro, chopped sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste … Continue reading

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Chia ‘n Cheese Cherry Tomato Crisp

Wow! I was blindsided by this recipe. This dish didn’t sound particularly appealing to me, maybe because the word “crisp” conjures up images of sweet fruit bubbling up through a crunchy topping. It was surprisingly delicious, however, and received thumbs … Continue reading

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Totally Green Salsa

Today is my 95th post (which isn’t particularly noteworthy) but it is my very first post as part of the Food Matters Project. A group of food bloggers take one recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, adapt it, change … Continue reading

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Glazed Hakaurei Turnips

I honestly cannot remember the last time I cooked turnips or even if I have ever cooked them. I’m an official turnip-hater, likely because of a childhood memory of a lump of mashed yellow mush on my plate that had … Continue reading

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