- Portion size 6 servings
- Credits : rockpretty
- 2 parsnips
- 2 carrots
- 1 rutabaga
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 2 rosemary
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
<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).
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Grated apple lends these easy-to-make retro biscuits their tender texture. Choose a baking apple commonly used in pie for the fluffiest, moistest biscuits. Serve them warm alongside soup, stew, chili or a roast dinner.
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The alluring flavours—and aromas—of sticky cinnamon buns are packed into these easy bite-size cookies. They're guaranteed to become a family favourite.
Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Brown Butter Icing Credits: Jodi Pudge
A brown butter spread gives flaky spiced pumpkin scones nutty flavour and an extra touch of sweetness. Overworked dough can become tough when baked; for the flakiest pastry, knead it just until the dough comes together.
Whipped Brown Butter Icing: In small nonstick skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat; continue to cook, swirling frequently, until nutty brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Scrape into bowl. Let cool completely.
In bowl, beat remaining butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in brown butter until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in brown sugar. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
Scones: While icing is chilling, in bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. In separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin purée, egg, buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla; using fork, stir into flour mixture just until ragged dough forms.
Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; knead about 10 times to form smooth dough. Using floured hands, gently press into 10- x 7-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 squares; halve each square diagonally to make 12 triangles.
Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 400°F oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with Whipped Brown Butter Icing.
Makes 12 scones.