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stone fruit salad

Stone Fruit, Hibiscus Fruit Salad

July 31

I am a fruit fiend at this time of the year. One of my favourite weekly rituals is to go the farmer’s market and choose the best-looking produce that I can find. Obviously, this includes a variety of fruit, straight from the Okanagan Valley. I tend to go for berries, which are beautiful, juicy jewels that make my oatmeal and yogurt so much better and stone fruit, which I love eating on their own, as a snack. Despite the fact that stone fruit are far less reliable than berries- is there anything worse than a mealy peach? – they are my absolute favourite. I typically don’t cook or bake with my summer fruit because they are so delicious raw but when I was faced with making a light dessert for a BBQ last week, I couldn’t think of anything more delicious than a stone fruit, hibiscus fruit salad.

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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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fattoush salad recipe

Fattoush

March 31

Last night I held book club at our place. I toyed with the idea of making tons of new stuff that I could share up here, but decided to go with a tried and true meal (curried lentil soup, kale salad with dates, pita and sumac, and some chocolate chip cookies) especially since it had to be vegan and dairy free. Anyway, eating the salad reminded me how glorious salad with some crispy bread in it is. Unfortunately, I’m not used to cooking for more than two people and there were no leftovers to satisfy my cravings. Instead of making the same salad today, I decided to make another crispy bread wonder: fattoush.

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soba noodle with eggplant and mango

Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango

December 11

‘Tis the season for potlucks and parties. It’s been quite some time since I’ve felt like I’ve had such an active social life. While it’s sometimes exhausting, the holidays are also a wonderful time when people make an extra effort to get together and celebrate with one another, usually around food. I have been sitting on this recipe for quite some time. It’s one of my favourite ones from Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty. If you’ve never heard of this cookbook, it is filled with beautiful photos and original vegetarian recipes. Of the handful of cookbooks that I own, two of them are by Ottolenghi (the other one that I have is Jerusalem). He has a beautiful style of writing and I find his recipes very inspiring in the sense that they are not flavours or ingredients that I would normally think of, so just flipping through the pages of his books gets my mind going.

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