Happy day-before St. Patrick’s Day!
Whoever first thought to combine chocolate and mint deserves some kind of lifetime achievement award, at least in my books. It’s one of my all-time favourite sweet pairings, so much so that I was rarely found without a box of Junior Mints in my purse during my high school years. These days, I eschew those high-fructose corn syrup droplets of yum in favour of more natural alternatives. I have found some pretty fantastic organic dark chocolate + mint bars over the last few years that satisfy the craving and taste infinitely better, but today I wanted to give a nod to the Irish side of my heritage and celebrate the holiday in a healthful way.
People ask me all the time where I get inspiration for my recipes, and of course, that ends up requiring a bit of a lengthy reply. Cookbooks and food blogs of course inspire me, as do my own taste buds and whatever happens to be in the fridge when I decide to cook, but more often than not it’s a simple trip to the farmer’s market or grocery store. I sometimes ignore what’s in season to feed a craving, but it’s always much more rewarding to work in tandem with what nature has to offer. It forces you to get those creative juices flowing and perhaps cook with unfamiliar ingredients – I made a lasagna with celeriac noodles the other day and… mind blown! Plus, seasonal produce tastes WAY better and lets you feel good (and just a little smug) about doing your part to support local farmers.
Coleslaw was a frequent dinner companion when I was growing up, and despite being a really picky eater, it was always a winner in my books. My parents made it simple and light, with an olive oil and lemon vinaigrette, and for a long time that’s how I thought all coleslaw was prepared. Then one day I discovered that thick, goopy, green mess they call coleslaw at fast food joints and chain restaurants. I thought to myself, “What’s the point of a salad if you’re going to drown it in mayonnaise?”. Well, that question has never been satisfactorily answered, but fortunately I have come across much more pleasant variations on the coleslaw theme since then. My favourite for the last year or so has been kale slaw – who knew you could slaw (and verb) anything? Continue reading
I’ve got a couple of really fantastic recipes to share with you guys before we leave for Europe on Thursday, but since that has to wait until I have some free time to cook tomorrow, I thought I’d throw you a bone and give you something quick and tasty to chew on in the meantime (hah!). This recipe isn’t going to be the best thing you’ve ever eaten, but it tastes great and is perfect for when you need a quick meal or packed lunch that is full of veggies and really satisfying. What could be better than that? Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate… and avocado? These things do not go together! Well, let me tell you, there is a party in my mouth right now and you’re all invited! This pudding is amazing. It has a wonderful depth of flavour, and offers such a thick and creamy chocolatey explosion in your mouth, you’ll want to eat it all in one sitting. I nearly did, believe me. It is best served cold, but if you’re anything like me (ie. impatient) you will want to eat a least a little right away. I literally scraped down the sides of my blender with my fingers so as not to waste even a drop. For this reason, I will have to be slightly vague on how many people this serves – you might not want to share! Continue reading