This time of the year always gets me excited. Yes, there’s my birthday and the wisdom that comes with it but I think it has more to do with the allure of watching the city landscape transform after a long, cold winter. Almost overnight, lawns transform to lush green (except my lawn of course!), dormant buds burst open into gorgeous blossoms and birdsong fills the air. It’s also the time of the year when we sow seeds and reclaim our urban gardens. Of all the garden space and pots that we have in our backyard, five pots are always set aside solely for basil seeds. And though that promises a healthy supply of basil in the coming months, at the present moment making pesto requires some creativity. Kale, as it turns out, makes a great substitute. Continue reading “kale pesto”
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. -Aesop
I have the best neighbours. The kind that appear out of thin air to give your car a push when your wheels are spinning on an icy driveway, but otherwise, you would not even fathom that a family of four lived next door. How they figured out that my children were being deprived of a great childhood joy, I don’t know. But early this year, my neighbour ringed our doorbell, holding two jars of homemade yumness. One of these jars contained homemade Nutella.
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A promise is a cloud, fulfillment is rain. -Arabian proverb
With these words, I begin a labour of love dedicated to my three loves, my three outstanding children whom I am so proud to call my own. conifères & feuillus is where I will record, as promised to them, all of our family recipes for them to use one day and make memories around the table of their own. In the meantime, I shall share them with the world. So let’s begin.
I’ve always been one to support the underdog. So I guess it’s only fitting that I begin with red cabbage, one of the most underrated vegetables. For years, even I would pass it by in a grocery store without any thought. I didn’t know how to cook it and if truth be told, I still don’t. But this vegetable is a staple in our household. This simple, easy-peasy salad can be found in our refrigerator at any given moment. We use it for everything from a salad on its own, to an ingredient of a salad, to a condiment for a burger or sandwich. It’s versatile, packed with flavour and nutrition. And did I mention easy!
The key to taking this vegetable from blah to yummy is the balsamic vinegar that you use. Not too long ago, I thought that all balsamic vinegars were the same. Now I know differently and am immensely grateful for it. I use the one featured in the photos (not paid advertising) by Maison Orphée and wouldn’t trade it for any other.
Here’s the so-called recipe.
Red cabbage with Balsamic Vinegar
1 small head of red cabbage, cored and finely shredded
a good drizzle of good quality olive oil
a good drizzle of good quality balsamic vinegar
Toss all the ingredients together. Allow for the vinegar to do its magic over-night or at least a few hours. Keeps well in the refrigerator for about a week.