Category Archives: Condiments

ZEN AND ART OF PICKLED DILLY GREEN BEANS

Pickling is a state of mind.  Ask anyone who pickles.  There is something rather atavistic about preparing food to be stored away for the coming winter.  Not to mention a wonderful feeling of accomplishment as you tuck away jars of … Continue reading

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RILLETTES DE SARDINES … SARDINE PATE

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We all love appetizer recipes that go together quickly and have easily obtainable ingredients –  preferably already in your pantry.  Rillettes de Sardines (sardine pâté)  fills the bill to a T. I found this recipe in a cookbook by David … Continue reading

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PUTTANESCA SALSA – a quick recipe

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  Take the classic ingredient for Puttanesca sauce.  Deconstruct the recipe. Now it becomes  an extraordinary salsa perfect for everything from grilled sausages and fish  to grilled bread. Using this basic recipe you can joyful indulge in your own favorite … Continue reading

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ZEN AND THE ART OF PISTOU

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She rose early. Waited for the sun to dry the dew on the emerald basil leaves. Then before its rays could steal their fragrance she filled the basket. The heavy perfume of basil filled her kitchen. Mozetich’s music – Postcards … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE SUPER QUICK, SUPER EASY PICKLED RED ONIONS

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How can anything that looks this good, tastes so delicious, be so easy to create.      It took me just ten minutes and a few ingredients to make these pickled red onions that last for several weeks in your refrigerator. Pickled … Continue reading

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WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A LEMON … MAKE PRESERVED LEMONS!

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In 1988 Paula Wolfert’s cookbook,  WORLD OF FOODS,  introduced me to PRESERVED LEMONS.    The dishes in this book share common elements:  deep, earthy flavours;  richness without heaviness; and “big” flavour.  Paula Wolfert is probably America’s most outstanding food writer.    This … Continue reading

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ZUCCHINI HOT DOG RELISH

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  This is a deliciously tangy and colourful relish.   It is the go-to condiment for hot dogs, burgers and any cold or cured meat that could do with a little relish.   It is simple to make.  You simply chop your … Continue reading

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LIGHT BASIL SAUCE (sauce legere au basilic)

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    There’s a small clay pot of basil growing by my front door.  It’s there so I can brush my hands over the leaves releasing its sweet fragrance each time I pass it by.  Out in the big vegetable … Continue reading

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PISTOU (basil pesto without nuts)

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  Leave your garden for a week and you return to a garden spilling over with the bounty of summer.  Grab a basket and capture the taste of summer. Fill your basket with basil. Grab some garlic. Put on the … Continue reading

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INSTANT SWEET PICKLES

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This is a divine pickle recipe you can eat-right-away.  It’s perfect when you have a craving for sweet/sour flavor.  It gives a wonderful lift to your favorite deli meat sandwich.  It is positively addictive on a grilled hamburger.  I also … Continue reading

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