- Portion size 4 servings
- 1 lb broccoli
- 1 pinch salt
<p>Mediterranean Chickpea Stew</p> Credits: Photography by Ronald Tsang
You can make this hearty soup vegetarian by omitting the bacon, sautéing the veggies in olive oil instead of the bacon fat and substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Use the bottom of a heavy saucepan to crush the fennel seeds, which will release their licorice-like flavour. If you don't have fresh spinach, you can use half of a 300-gram package of frozen spinach; just be sure to thaw and drain it well before stirring it into the soup.
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate to drain. Set aside.
Drain all but 1 tbsp fat from pan; cook onion, mushrooms and celery over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, savory and fennel seeds; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, salt and pepper; cook until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in spinach and lemon juice.
Divide stew among serving bowls; dollop with yogurt. Sprinkle with bacon. Serve with baguette (if using).
<p>Okonomiyaki</p> Credits: Photography by Jeff Coulson
This savoury pancake makes a great starter for a small group or a hearty meal that serves one or two people. Look for okonomi sauce and bonito flakes at Asian supermarkets. If you can't find the more richly flavoured Japanese-style mayonnaise, substitute with regular mayo.
Okonomiyaki: In bowl, toss together cabbage, shrimp, green onions and ginger.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper. In separate bowl, whisk together broth, egg and bonito flakes; whisk into flour mixture until combined. Stir in cabbage mixture.
In 10-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Pour in batter, spreading to edges; arrange bacon over top. Cook until bottom is light golden, 5 to 6 minutes. To turn, using spatula, gently slide pancake onto plate, bacon side up; quickly invert pancake into pan. Cook until bacon is crisp, about 6 minutes. Using 2 large spatulas, transfer pancake to plate, bacon side up.
Topping: Drizzle pancake with okonomi sauce and mayonnaise; sprinkle with bonito flakes and green onions.
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