Roasted Rhubarb

Roasted Rhubarb

The rhubarb season is coming to an end and if you don't get on things quickly this delicious excuse for a vegetable will be gone for another year.

For those short on time, rhubarb is one of the easiest things to preserve; with just a quick wash and chop it will live happily in the freezer for the better part of a year. But if you have a couple of minutes and want to be handily rewarded for the next week... give this roasted rhubarb a go.

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Potato Flour Fold Over Cookies

Potato Flour Fold Over Cookies

I'm sure there's a Swedish name for these cookies. And the originals probably aren't glitzed up with red and green sprinkles. But in these, authenticity is not the goal. I love them so much just the way they are.

It's a good idea to regulate consumption on these gems because, you know, they're basically just butter. Oh yeah, and because a batch doesn't make that many cookies and you'll want one every day.

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Kimchi

Kimchi

In the middle of winter the comfort of roasted vegetables is undeniable. But around the holidays when eating habits take a turn for the worse and we all needs something a little fresher to brighten up our taste buds and stomachs, kimchi is there for us.

We usually have a couple of jars packed away either fermenting on the shelf or hanging out in the fridge ready to be used. Some favourite applications are on brown rice with a poached egg and some steamed greens, piled on a grilled cheese sandwich, or topping roasted vegetable tacos. Start experimenting and you'll soon find kimchi making appearances in breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This recipe is a great starting point, but feel free to adjust based on your taste - more or less garlic, vegetarian substitutions, pear instead of apple... the variations are limitless.

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Split Roasted Chicken with Preserved Lemon

Split Roasted Chicken with Preserved Lemon

Split roasting chicken has a lot of benefits: you're guaranteed to get perfectly crispy skin, your cooking time is reduced, and the direct contact that browns the bones releases a ton of flavour. This is a recipe I shared during during the inaugural Provence tour this year.

In the south of France you see a lot of North African culinary influence. Here, preserved lemons are finely chopped and stuffed under the skin (with a bunch of garlic) for a bright burst of flavour. If you happen to have a wood fired oven accessible, this is a great recipe to take advantage of the super high temperature and slight smokiness.

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Tart Tatin

Tart Tatin

I'm afraid to say it out loud for fear that I might jinx my good fortune, but in just one week I'm heading over to France to start getting my first culinary tour organized. The last few months of herding French producers into setting defined agendas (a similar process to ushering a hundred children through a candy store), over-analyzing every possible thing which could go wrong, quadruple checking logistics, and recipe testing ALL the foods are about to come to an end.

The recipe testing has been particularly interesting because I'm 100% sure that I'll get to Provence and realize I need to make some ingredient substitutions based on what's in the markets, or, conversely, not available as a grocery staple. That's how I like to cook anyways, so I'm not too stressed about it, but does make creating guides for everyone else significantly more difficult.

So let's start with an easy one: Tart Tatin. A classic French dessert if I ever saw one. You'll easily be able to find all of the ingredients for this tart at any market. And if you're lucky you'll even be able to snag the apples from a neglected roadside tree (there were many musings on whether roadside trees spring up predominantly from people throwing cores out of moving vehicles while we were driving through Oregon and California last week).

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