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Aromatic Creamed Beet Greens

Aromatic Creamed Beet Greens

I have expressed my admiration for spinach in previous posts, but this fall has produced a bounty of beets and beet greens. So I am switching my veneration away from spinach and towards the humble beet and beet greens.

People say beets taste like metal, mud, wood, even dirty socks. (Yes, I have friend who confessed that last one to me, which makes me laugh). Please stop hating on beets. They are delicious in so many ways.

Even if you really don’t like beets. Rather, even if you kind of hate them and possibly dread the thought of eating them, you’ll love this recipe. It’s an easy way — a first step of sorts — to gain some appreciation for the beet, by using the greens.

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Avocado & Daikon Salad with Raai Strawberry Dressing

Avocado & Daikon Salad with Raai Strawberry Dressing

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we? Today’s memory is gardening. It was prompted by the view from my bedroom window. This year’s garden is on its last legs. It happens every year – the sunlight grows a little less warm, leaves and vines become wilted and turn brownish.

This change in the seasons reminds me of how the whole process started. It jogs memories from the past and how early spring meant getting up extremely early (too early for a little kid to be up) and planting. Dad was the gardener in the family. My mom assisted here and there, but Dad was the one diligent about remembering to water and weed.

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Quick Roasted Green Beans

Quick Roasted Green Beans

Every year, I fall in love with a new vegetable. Perhaps I am a romantic at heart. It’s possible. Last year, I was fascinated by Brussels sprouts. This year it is green beans. They seem to be a mainstay in every garden. Easy to grow, but no one ever is overly excited about actually eating green beans. Let’s face it, green beans suffer from neglect. They are boiled or steamed. Their lovely green hue drained of its vibrancy. Often never seasoned. Basically, they are an afterthought. Shoved limply into the shadow of whatever main dish holds the spotlight. It’s a tragedy, especially since green beans have serious promise.

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Coconut Confetti Corn

Coconut Confetti Corn

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey and side dishes. Most cooks are loyal to their turkey recipe, so scene-stealing vegetable side dishes can offer an opportunity for adventure. This new approach to corn invests ordinary ingredients with extra significance, boldly overturning traditions and juxtaposing flavours. Coconut confetti corn is a dish delectably satisfying that will make vegetarians and non-vegetarians feel loved and looked after.

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Yam Conspiracy – Savory Spiced Yams & Sweet Potatoes

Yam Conspiracy – Savory Spiced Yams & Sweet Potatoes

I love potatoes. I realize this is quite the declaration, but it is true. Versatile. Comforting. Supremely accommodating. They are perfect any time of the day. Some days, I try to sneak them into every meal. If this does not happen, rest assured I get my daily fill. For me, after hours of writing, the end of the day is always capped off by a craving and indulgence in potato chips. I go through flavour and brand rotations – Plain. Rippled. Salt & Vinegar until my tongue can no longer tolerate the acidity. Sometimes, Jalapeno because I am hooked on heat.

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