Serve with rice.
- Portion size 4 servings
- Credits : Saskia Holditch
- 1 bunch leek
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 soup cube
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Serve with rice.
<p>Spiced Pear Galette</p> Credits: Photography by Ronald Tsang
Galettes are the perfect fall dessert because you get all the flavour of a flaky fruit-filled pie but with a rustic home-style look. Firm Bosc pears are ideal for baking; they stay crisp when ripe and keep their shape.
Pastry: In bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle with ice water; toss with fork, adding up to 2 tbsp more ice water if needed, until dough comes together. Shape into disc; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough into 17-inch circle; transfer dough to parchment paper–lined large rimless baking sheet.
Filling: Spread butter over pastry, leaving scant 2-inch border; sprinkle with 1 tbsp of the sugar and the cinnamon.
Toss together pears, flour, ginger, nutmeg and remaining sugar. Arrange in even layer over buttered pastry. Fold over pastry edge to make 13-inch round.
Whisk egg yolk with 2 tsp water; brush over pastry. Bake on bottom rack of 375°F oven until golden, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave honey on high for 10 seconds; brush over filling. Sprinkle with salt (if using).
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
<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).
The Ultimate Beef Stew image Credits: The Ultimate Beef Stew image
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
The Ultimate Banana Bread image Credits: The Ultimate Banana Bread image
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.