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Heirloom Panzanilla with basil vinaigrette

September 3, 2016

With the abundance of ripe and delicious tomatoes out now we use them every day in some form: salads, sauces, jams, gazpacho, tarts and more. We haven’t tired of them yet and by the time we do, it will be the end of their season and we will move on to something else. This is the beautify of eating seasonal food, before you have had your fill, they are gone. Since for me a meal without... View Article

Yellow beans with tomato vinaigrette

August 31, 2016

Here is a recipe for yellow beans using the tomato vinaigrette from the previous post. Serve it warm or at room temperature but not cold as the oil in the dressing needs to be liquid (it thickens in the fridge). Yellow beans are soft and buttery and the acidity in the vinaigrette compliments them beautifully. Substitute green beans if you don’t have the yellow variety. To cook, steam the beans or cook them in boiling... View Article

Potato salad with hard boiled eggs

August 27, 2016

Here is a recipe for a simple potato salad that works well with any summer meal. It can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a couple of days without diminishing its quality and travels well to a boat or a picnic. I don’t know about what it’s like where you live but here certainly it is beginning to feel like fall. We wake up to cooler temperatures and a little rain... View Article

Summer beets with white balsamic-honey vinaigrette

August 26, 2016

Summer beets are completely different species than their winter counterpart. In the summer beets are fresh, cook quickly and their natural sugars come forward in a subtle and delicious way. I prefer roasting beets (unless I intend to pickle them) as roasting brings out their flavours beautifully. I don’t trim them too much before cooking, to avoid the juices from running and some of the flavour with them. It’s not a bad idea to wear thin... View Article

Grilled Corn and Black Beans Salad

August 10, 2016

Corn in Kelowna is wonderful. We get it directly from the growers, freshly picked that morning and still cool from early morning breeze. The season for corn is fairly short so we try to take advantage of it and include corn in much of our summer cooking. Corn should be cooked soon after you buy it as it tends to convert its sugars into starch and loses the crisp texture and sweet flavour quickly. I... View Article

Grilled Romain Salad with creamy vinaigrette

August 6, 2016

One of my favourite salads on the menu at the Eldorado in Kelowna used to be their grilled romaine salad, unfortunately no longer offered. So, if I am in the mood for a grilled romaine I have to make it myself. So it’s time to post the recipe, which is really no recipe at all, just a method. This is a rather substantial salad and quite filling, so depending on the size of the romaine... View Article

Heirloom carrots with yogurt and almond-honey dressing

August 2, 2016

Don’t you love summer vegetables? I get so excited at the markets and come home with piles of produce, often with more than I can reasonably cook. This week carrots were the highlight. Organic, heirloom thumbelina and other mini carrots of exceptional quality straight from the grower and of course, irresistible to me. As it happened I had lunch at Cedar Creek the other day, a local winery now owned by Mission Hill Family Estate... View Article

Endive, blueberries and candied pecan salad with creamy vinaigrette

July 24, 2016

Endive usually features in my fall salads but I love how it pairs with blue cheese so when I am in the mood for blue cheese in a salad there is nothing like Belgian endive to make it with. I was travelling south of Kelowna with a friend yesterday and bought beautiful blue cheese from Poplar Grove, a . I wanted to use it before forgetting it is there, which can happen in my always... View Article

Heirloom tomato salad with Mona’s (Sunshine Farm) basil vinaigrette

July 22, 2016

We are just on the verge of tomato season here in the Okanagan and where better to get your tomatoes than at Sunshine Farm in east Kelowna. Run by Jon and Sher Alcock and their family, the farm is an intimate, hands-on operation that takes pride in quality and preservation and specializes in heritage rare and organic seeds from which they grow their produce. The Alcock’s daughter Mona Johannson, one of the best chefs in the Okanagan,... View Article

Summer vegetables dinner

July 20, 2016

Instead of posting a recipe I thought I’d photograph a mid week all vegetables dinner and offer that as an inspiration instead of just a recipe. A dinner like this requires imagination but as long as you know your way around the ktichen, you can reproduce it easily with the simple instructions I provide below. We are lucky here in Kelowna to live minutes away from several beautiful small organic farms that sell their produce... View Article

Cauliflower confetti salad with barley, roasted grapes and tahini dressing

July 18, 2016

Grain salads can be quite beautiful when combined with colourful seasonal vegetables. This salad would make a good option for summer entertaining because it is all inclusive:  it has grains, vegetables and salad greens all in one dish. The barley can be cooked in advance and kept in the fridge, but the vegetables are best cooked the day you serve it. I made this salad with three colours of cauliflower: white, orange and purple, but... View Article

Watermelon and raspberry salad with maple vinaigrette

July 5, 2016

I have posted a few watermelon salads before but one more wouldn’t hurt. Watermelon makes a refreshing summer salad and it combines surprisingly well with a number of surprising sweet and savoury things such as raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and even some salad greens. Local raspberries are available now, lush, soft and delicious, so why not use them as much as I can? This recipe though is straight forward: watermelon, raspberries, mint, chopped candied nuts and... View Article