Saturday, April 19, 2014

Food

FRESH HERBS: Recipe for minted lemon and olive chicken wraps

Fresh mint so rarely gets its due in America. We gladly pair it with chocolate and fruit, but it almost never makes appearances in savory dishes. But the rest of the world knows better, adding it with abandon to all manner of savory dairy, vegetable and meat dishes. That’s because a little bit of its naturally sweet, herby flavour can go a long way to playing up the savory elements of a dish.

People challenged to eat and drink on $1.75 a day to understand extreme poverty

TORONTO — During a challenge to eat and drink on $1.75 a day to understand the reality of extreme poverty, Nadia Chychrun realized the sacrifice parents will make to ensure their children are fed.

:Recipes for pancakes, split pea soup and curry cost a total of $1.70 a day

Here are some low-cost nutritious recipes created by culinary experts for the Live Below the Line challenge, which is raising awareness of global poverty. The total cost for the three meals is $1.70, which is in keeping with the daily total of $1.75 set out by the World Health Organization as the amount that people living in extreme poverty have to spend per day on food and other expenses.

FRESH HERBS: Recipe for tarragon-fennel clam chowder

Many cream-based chowders suffer from the same problem — it’s hard to taste anything but the cream.
Admittedly, all that fat is mighty delicious. But if you’re going to go to the trouble of making a chowder, wouldn’t it be nice to taste some of the other ingredients? So we set about making a simple clam chowder that draws on fresh herbs to marry the various flavours.

FRESH HERBS: Recipe for basil-tea truffles

Chocolate truffles with tea and fresh basil? Yes!

THE HEALTHY PLATE: Recipe for pan-seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes and chilies

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy.

Versatile fiddleheads: recipes for on the grill, in risotto and on pizza

Nick Secord of fiddlehead grower and distributor NorCliff Farms Inc. suggests you can swap fiddleheads for broccoli and asparagus in your favourite recipes. Or here are some other recipes to try featuring fiddleheads.
Fiddleheads on the Grill
3 dozen fiddleheads
15 ml (1 tbsp) butter, cut into 0.5-ml (1/8-inch) cubes, or olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garlic, to taste
Lemon wedge

THE HEALTHY PLATE: Recipe for pan-seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes and chilies

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy.

Homemade loaves of fragrant Easter bread central part of religious celebration

LONDON, Ont. — Easter would hardly be Easter for many families of European heritage without the centuries-old tradition of rich, often sweet and ornate loaves of homemade Easter bread.

Recipes for paska, hot cross buns and Italian Easter bread

Here are some recipes so that you can try your hand at baking traditional homemade Easter breads.
Lovella’s Paska
Lovella Schellenberg of Abbotsford, B.C., says the aroma of this bread is “just amazing.” The recipe makes enough for four or five loaf pans or you can free-form little twists or use muffin tins, but you have to adjust the baking time and watch the oven closely.

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