Turnips: the unsung garden hero

I love summer. All winter, I scowl at the paltry selection of flaccid grocery store root vegetables, exhausted by their long journeys from China or Mexico and collapsed on the shelf in a jumbled heap.  In summer, when fresh veggies are in season and our garden is at its best, I bask in the pleasure…

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower: ever tried it? If you haven’t, you should.  I’ve enjoyed this tasty cruciferous friend in roast veg mixes alongside sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and onions, but it’s also yummy on its own. Roasted cauliflower is supposed to be the way to prep cauliflower for people who don’t like cauliflower.  I’m not one of…

Curried Tofu Bites

What to do with tofu? It’s one of the most common questions that arises when faced with a block of soybean curd.  Many a person has told me (sadly) “I don’ t like tofu”, usually followed up with such explanations as “It tastes bland” and “I don’t like the texture.” This is kind of like…

Chard, Chickpeas, and Caramelized Chips

Check out this chard. I visit one of my favourite farms every Wednesday, and this week, I was taken over by this gigantic chard.  If chard could knock one down based on dimension, freshness, and squeaky-green beauty, I would have been flat on the farm store floor.  Instead, I snagged it, took it home, and…

Anti-recipe #1: Honey Mustard Chickpeas

Confession: I oppose recipes. Perhaps that’s too strong.  They’re nice for ideas and suggestions.  Inspirations, possibilities.  Like a good honey mustard sauce recipe, which I was looking for the other day, when trying to find a way to make tofu (my craving) in a way that both the fella (a tofu-hater) and I would enjoy. …