10 . 12 . 14
I wanted a perfect ending. I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, leaning into change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
– Gilda Radner
Barely adapted from newly released Green Kitchen Travels by by
- 2 large onions, peeled and halved
- nub of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 star anise
- 4 cloves
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 fennel bulb, quartered, stalks removed
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp shoyu or soy sauce
- 8 cups vegetable stock
- 1 head of bok choy, quartered
- fresh thai basil
- fresh mint
- 2 cups beansprouts
- handful of limes, quartered
- 1 lb brown rice noodles
- shaved sweet onion slices
Heat oven to 450.’ Place onions and ginger slices onto a baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 minutes until the edges are starting to brown. Place spices in a heavy-pot and dry roast until aromatic, stirring to prevent from burning. Add vegetable stock, shoyu, carrots, fennel, and roasted onions and ginger. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain soup base through a fine mesh strainer to remove vegetables and debris, then return strained broth to the pot and reheat. Cook noodles according to packet instructions. Prepare serving bowl(s) with cooked noodles, bok choy, beansprouts, onion, fresh herbs, and lime wedges. When ready to serve, pour over hot broth and serve immediately.
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09 . 08 . 14
Mango Chili Rice Salad
Inspired by the flavors of Bali, Indonesia. Images captured in our temporary Penestanan, Ubud home + kitchen. We’re home, now.
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 mango
- 1 cup celery leaves (or) cilantro
- 1 cup mint
- 1 cup basil
- 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
- 1 cup green onion
- 3 leaves kaffir lime leaves
- 6-8 shallots
- 3 stalks fresh lemongrass
- 2-3 chilies of choice
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- several limes
- salt to taste
In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling. Slowly add 1 cup long grain rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook about 45 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed. Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork before serving.
Segment mango into bite sized pieces. Set aside in a bowl or prep plate. Julienne celery, mint, basil, and parsley or keep leaves whole – however you prefer. For this variation I kept the herbs whole. Set aside. Cut green onion AND chili(es) of choice at a bias, add to prepped herbs and mango that you’ve set aside.
Chop shallots and fry in a small saucepan over medium heat in coconut oil for 5-10 minutes. While the shallots sizzle, prepare fresh lemon grass stalks. You will need a very sharp knife, as the stalks are quite firm. Remove the lower bulb and shed any tough outer leaves. Slice into thin rounds and pound the pieces with a pestle & mortar until softened and fragrant. Add to the shallots. Cut kaffir lime leaves into thin strips with scissors, add to shallots and lemongrass. Let simmer for another 5 minutes or until slightly browned and fragrant. Add a bit of coconut oil if the mix starts to dry out.
Toss together cooled rice and the prepped herbs, mango, etc. Pour fried shallot mixture over the salad and toss again. Add salt and juice of several limes as desired.
07 . 21 . 14
I had the opportunity to work with Campbell’s Canada this spring to develop seven whole grain summer side dishes using their chicken, vegetable, and beef broths (available in the US as Swanson). I usually say no-thanks to jobs like these, but this project in particular involved a level of collaboration and creativity that I think most “big box” brands would be apt to follow suit. It was SO refreshing to work with talented and inspiring women (all women! girl power!) who are less interested in the BUY BUY BUY message and focus on the LET’S ALL EAT WELL message. The goal was to pair the best of summer produce with broth-cooked grains that stood up to the protein stars of a backyard BBQ.
After several weeks of recipe development and pre-production, the Campbell’s team brought me up to headquarters in Toronto for a brief media stint a few days before the wedding. Toronto is a SUPER neat place, if you haven’t been, and there was something really empowering about spending my last single-lady days stomping around the city and dining solo at the high-tops of Momofuku (other favorite stops include: Oak + Fort, Nadege, Bar Isabel). Although it was tough to leave town with family coming in for the wedding, working with Campbell’s has made it financially feasible for us to take an extended honeymoon in Bali (!!!) in a few weeks. Although I ALMOST compared rolling basil leaves for chiffonade as something NSFW at my cooking demo at St. Lawrence Market, I had loads of fun, met some amazing people, and had the chance to feed a few new faces and friends.
Check out all seven recipes at cookwithcampbells.ca.
Shaved Fennel, Orange, Candied Pecans and Toasted Millet
Zucchini Ribbons, Millet, and Pine Nuts with Herb Dressing
Roasted Spring Carrots over herbed Kamut
Fresh Apricot, Jalapeno, Mint Quinoa Salad
Roasted Vegetable and Pearl Barley Salad
Farro Caprese Salad
Thai Quinoa Salad
** As you can guess, this post is sponsored by Campbell’s Canada. All opinions are my own.