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.
Black garlic has a highly concentrated taste - licorice meets balsamic meets the absolute essence of garlic. It's a quick way tin inject a huge amount of flavour into a dish. Get everything chopped and ready for this dish before you start, but don't cook it until just before starting - you want the sprouts to be eaten fresh from the pan.
First and foremost, a tian, is not a recipe, but an oven-proof earthenware baking dish. By extension, everything baked in that dish is called a tian. The Provencal tian is certainly the best known: It consists of vegetables, often zucchini, tomatoes and eggplants.
This recipe comes from our May Book Club read called Delancey by Molly Wizenberg.These dates are a great back pocket trick to make because they are quick, elegant and endlessly adaptable. Serve as an appetizer with warm olive oil and a good amount of crunchy Maldon salt to offset the sweetness or as a delicious dessert after a meal. Try adding them to a salad involving with orange segments, pistachios, some good French cheese and soft buttery lettuce. For a final option, they are delicious at breakfast in a puddle of cold, plain yogurt.