Winter might be over but you must be mistaken if you think that the soups are leaving this kitchen! Oh no, soups are a year round thing if you’d ask me, they just change from season to season. Winters are for hearty and warming soup with bold flavours, in spring I like to serve more light and fresh soups, during summer we have our cooling and refreshing soups and in fall everything involves either squash or pumpkin related so yeah, pumpkin soup?…
I love edible flowers, they make a perfect decoration for smoothie bowls or any other dish you want to give a floral touch to, plus some of them taste as amazing as they look! Now artichokes aren’t really decorative foods, but when it comes to edible flowers they are my favourite, baby artichokes, big artichokes, they are all equal to me and I could eat them for days.
Normally I just cut off the tops of the leaves and throw them in a pot of boiling water and eat them with a little dip on the side, but roasting them takes them to a whole other level of awesomeness. This way you can add even more flavour to the already delicious flowers!
Tip: Whenever you buy an artichoke make sure to eat it as soon as possible! you can keep them for a couple of days but the quality of the product will quickly decrease, so don’t let them sit out too long.
One thing to keep in mind if you’ve never had artichokes is that you will not get a complete meal, this is an appetizer or snack. It takes a bit of preparation and might seem anti climatic, but it’s all about the taste, remember it’s about quality, not quantity.
I made a little dip to go along with the artichokes, but honestly you don’t need it! They are perfect as is, but if you do want to make a dip, I mixed a little bit of mustard with some hot sauce, added a little squeeze of lime juice and bam! Just the way I like it, hot and spicy.
As for spices I used cayenne, dried basil and garlic chips. You can use garlic powder if you’d like, but dried garlic chips add a nice crunch to the final dish, yum!
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Now let’s get cooking!
These holidays i’m making sure me and my family our gonna get a good dose of deliciously roasted vegetables, cause even the veggie haters cant resist a good vegetable roast. Not only does it taste really great, they also look festive, making them a perfect dish for the holidays. And feel free to play around with your favourite vegetables as this is your dinner and your rules!
This was also the first time i tried fennel, i’ve seen it a million times before but i just didn’t know what to do with it. While ingredient shopping for this recipe the fennel was staring at me and before i knew it the fennel found its way to my grocery bag. the moment i cut the fennel i was surprised by its smell “is it me or am i smelling liquorice” i thought, but i was right it did smell like liquorice my mother confirmed. I myself am not a big fan of liquorice but loved the taste of the roasted fennel, id did have a slight liquorice taste but nothing overwhelming, it’s simply delicious.
When it comes to dinner our family never has a specific kind of cuisine were working with, we always mix things up, so to accompany the roasted vegetables i made some curried rice. Some of the perks from coming from a mixed family is that the table is always filled with dishes from around the world. After the holidays i’m gonna work on veganizing some of my favourite dishes growing up, cant wait to share those with you!
I love fresh herbs, and what’s a better excuse to go wild with fresh herbs than a roast? You guessed right, nothing! You can really use any herb you love but i especially loved using thyme and sage in this recipe. And lets be honest garnishing your food with fresh herbs will only add to the presentation and festiveness of the dish. It also doesn’t hurt that thyme and sage are the herbs with the highest amount of antioxidants, i am in love!
Now i’ve added another dish to my holiday menu, you can find the fun and creative recipe for garlic bread here. I hope you’ll love this recipe as much as i did.