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Shredded Carrot and Chickpea Salad

Shredded Carrot and Chickpea Salad

July 25

My market stall neighbours sell healthy snacks. I always think it is funny standing there as they describe their flourless, sugarless treats and I look down at my bagels, filled with (glorious) gluten, white flour and sugar. I am, however, always surprised when we share a customer, but I guess in the end, you can’t argue with tastiness whether it’s a healthy snack or more of a treat. A whole section of their snacks is various flavours of roasted chickpeas. Until they came around, I totally forgot about these little guys, which are in many ways the perfect savoury snack. I used to love making them and sprinkling them over homemade hummus. They are simple, easy to make, customizable, pretty filling, healthy and crunchy. So, last week, I made a batch of slightly spicy, salty chickpeas and threw them in a salad, which turned a simple bowl of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber into a light, summer meal.

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poached peaches and cream

Poached Peaches and Cream

July 6

Part of me can’t bear to do anything other than shove my face with fresh, raw fruit now that everything is in the markets. I love berries a lot but if you made me choose, I think stone fruit would be my favorite. Especially peaches and nectarines. There is probably nothing better than a juicy, sun-warmed peach that pulls perfectly away from the pit. I am so grateful they are back. However, I couldn’t get the idea of poaching peaches in their own juice out of my head. I was watching Masterchef Australia (hooray! I still can’t get enough of that show…) the other day and one of the contestants cooked carrots in their own juice. I thought this was a pretty brilliant idea but because I am not such a fan of cooked carrots (although I am tempted to try them like this! I will report back) I decided that peaches would be a great way to try this intriguing technique. And so, I decided that poached peaches and cream was a very acceptable way to use my beautiful raw peaches.

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rolling pasta

Fresh Pasta 101

June 26

I’ve mentioned a number of times how obsessed I am with Masterchef Australia. I actually applied to Masterchef Canada (which is quite different) but didn’t get past the interview round. Oh well. The point is, I realized that if I were to ever aspire to any sort of Masterchef dream I would have to learn the basics, sans recipe. I noticed that some people go on the show (not the Australian version) and don’t know a basic pasta or pie dough or cake recipe. Isn’t it obvious that something of that sort is going to come up?

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