Japanese shredded pickled ginger (shoga) adds striking crimson colour and intense ginger flavour to stir-fries. Find it in specialty Japanese or Korean stores. By comparison, sushi ginger (gari) is light pink, mild and thinly sliced. Use it in a pinch.
These colourful pops are not only beautiful to look at, but they are also packed with healthy, in-season fruit. Mix and match fruits to suit your taste.
I made this dish for my younger son who wasn't too fond of broccoli but loved pasta and cheese. Now that he's older and away at school it's his favourite recipe.
Homey: Pair with Pink Applesauce.
Haute: Pair with Caviar (See recipe links below)
Crème Fraîche is a matured, thickened cream with a slightly tangy flavour, rich, velvety consistency and high fat content (30%). You can buy it or make your own.
Bagged coleslaw, a mix of preshredded cabbage and carrots, brings this sweetand-sour braised dish together with minimal chopping. Using jarred pickled beets rather than fresh ones cuts down on cook time while adding nice acidity.
This filling of minced chicken is given a texture boost with crunchy water chestnuts. It's wonderful stuffed into shiitake mushrooms to serve as hot appetizers.
This robustly flavoured yet light meatless puree is perfect for welcoming guests as they gather in the living room. Serve with water crackers or toasted flatbread.
In Morocco, tagines, or stews, are cooked in a special pottery dish called a tagine slaoui, which has a conical lid that helps capture the steam to produce moist stews in thick sauces. You can use a large Dutch oven or saucepan for similar results. Serve this stew with couscous or warmed flatbreads.
This was a childhood favorite that carried on to the next generation. My children loved it also and my daughter now makes it. It is an economical and easy meal, which was important as there were seven of us. Use the basic recipe or use your favorite sausage (I use breakfast or pork)or vegetables (I like bell peppers) to make it your own favorite meal! I sometimes add italian spice to change it up.