Sandra Valvassori is one of our favourite cooking instructors here at Relish. She's also the face and writer behind her beautiful blog Sandra Valvassori. We have been making her granola for years now and topping our daily morning yogurt. It's naturally sweetened and full of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. We keep it stored in our favourite Weck Jars. It's the perfect thing to keep on hand and get your morning off to a good start.
Basil pesto, the iconic green sauce we slather on everything from pasta to paninis is both ancient and modern. A Latin poem from the year 25CE describes pounding together herbs, cheese, oil and vinegar - making pesto the oldest sauce in Europe. Long adored in Italy, pesto made it's way into North America in the 70's and evolved from a motor-and-pestle affair to a shelf-stable condiment. Pesto literally translates into the word "pounded" and is made from fresh basil, nuts, olive oil, garlic and cheese.
Having just returned from Mexico, I have become obsessed with the all the fresh food I ate there. It was my first trip in many, many years (I don't count my 1980's trip to Acapulco as a cultural experience), and I was overwhelmed with how many amazing dishes I ate. One of my favourite lunches was in San Miguel de Allende at a restaurant called Jacques where I ate the Oaxaca Bowl (pronounced Wa-Ha-Ca). It's a healthy, flavourful Mexican bowl meal filled with roasted chipotle sweet potatoes and peppers, over a bed of warm, seasoned black beans. It's topped with...
Sometimes called a "Hippie" or "Glory" bowl, a Buddah bowl is basically just a giant bowl filled with a mixture of veggies, grains, greens, nuts/seeds and and topped with a delicious dressing. As part of my January fridge clean out, I work on my cupboards too, by cooking up bit packages of grains, toasting opened packages of nuts and seeds and keeping them in the fridge or jars (in the case of nuts/seeds) for easy assembly of a simple but tasty bowl meal. Since I seem to have an abundance of sweet potatoes in my cold cellar, here is my version of the healthy, hearty Buddah bowl.