This is my variation on the recipe that my mom always made (and still makes today). There is nothing better on a cold winter’s day to have a piping hot bowl of chili. So, you may be asking, why are you sharing this recipe now, in April. Well, as you know, we live in Ottawa, and they are calling for snow this week, so I thought that sharing my recipe for chili made perfect sense! 🙂
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This is likely my favourite recipe out of the New Dieters Cookbook. My sister was actually the first person who made it. I remember it was so good I asked for seconds (and likely thirds). Then the next time I was over for a visit, I asked her to make it again. Yep, it is that good!
This is a title that grabs you and makes you want to read more 😉
We have been making numerous trips to Havelock and Campbellford this summer to deal with Dad’s Estate. Not exactly how we had planned to spend our summer, but it has allowed us to see Cherie, Dwayne and Sam more than we normally do over the summer. So that is a definite plus!
I hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend. Jamie and I travelled back to Hamilton so that we could spend time with our families. Normally Mother’s Day is a lovely spring day, with the sun shining and flowers blooming, but yesterday was exactly the opposite. We had rain, freezing rain, snow and a few glimpses of sunshine. Not the ideal day to host a family BBQ in Mom’s honour.
I really want to force the warm weather to be here to stay. When Jamie and I moved last December, we moved downtown. We are so close to bike paths and walking trails that weave in and around Parliament Hill and Gatineau, but the weather really has to improve for us to do more exploring. As part of my defiance of the still too cool weather, I have been making a lot more warm weather foods. This mango salsa is a summer treat that goes well on its own or as a delicious topping for a turkey burger.
With spring finally here I want to dive into salads. There is something about the warm weather that makes us want to eat cold, crisp foods. Last year I used fennel for the first time in a fennel, apple and chicken salad. Fennel wasn’t the star of that salad; it was more of a complimentary character. So, since a year has passed, I figured it was time I gave fennel a staring role in one of our meals. Since I enjoyed the combination of fennel and apple so much before, I searched out a recipe with those two ingredients. Here is the result of that search.
Jamie and I actually went searching for fennel recipes at different times, but we both thought this one would be the perfect starting point. It is nice to think that we are in sync 🙂
This recipe is from the Epicurious site. I have used recipes from this site before. I still rave about how great the coconut cream pie turned out, and I found the recipe on Epicurious. Now that I have jumped into the world of the Smartphone, their app was one of the first that I downloaded.
This recipe appealed to me, because it is coleslaw. I am a huge fan of coleslaw. My favourite (and don’t judge me on this) is Dixie coleslaw. You know the one, it is fluorescent green and you can buy it by the gallon at the deli counter. I don’t know why, but there is something about that coleslaw that I find mildly addicting. Hmmm, I wonder if I can make that at home? I have never tried, but now I think I have found a summer project.
Another reason I wanted to make this was because it was a great excuse to bust out the mandoline that we received as a wedding gift. I haven’t used it as much as I thought I would, but with the ingredient list calling for thinly sliced fennel, celery and julienned apples, it was the perfect opportunity.
The difficult part about making this dish is the waiting. Oh, and making sure that all the thinly sliced ingredients make it into the bowl! 😉 Is there anything more appetizing that thinly sliced fruits and vegetables that provide a satisfactory crunch? If you can wait 24 hours, this coleslaw is the perfect marriage of summer flavours. Jamie and I served it with some homemade sausage patties and devilled eggs. A little taste of summer in the middle of spring. Awesome!
Do you have a favourite coleslaw recipe? Or a summer-time guilty pleasure that compares to my Dixie coleslaw addiction?
Epicurious – Celery, Apple and Fennel Slaw
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp white sugar
- 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced using mandoline
- 2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced using mandoline
- 1 tbsp chopped fennel fronds
- 1 firm, crisp apple (I used Fuji), julienned
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl to make your coleslaw dressing.
- Add sliced celery, thinly sliced fennel, chopped fennel fronds, and julienned apple; toss to coat.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Let sit in fridge overnight to allow flavours to combine.
When I was at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference in April, not only did I meet Canadian bloggers, but I also met a lot of Canadian Sponsors. One connection I made was with Rachel, a representative from Lentils Canada.
Are you surprised that Canada grows lentils? I was a bit surprised to learn this too. During my conversation with Rachel I learned that lentils can be used in a whole variety of ways, not just soups or chili (which is how I was used to seeing them).
Even though the first day of spring was over a month ago, I feel like we are still waiting for Mother Nature to wrap her head around the idea that winter is over. We have been enduring crazy temperature swings. Warm one day (no jacket, wearing short sleeves warm) and the next day we wake up to an ice storm.
In trying to keep warm weather thoughts in mind, I decided to whip up a batch of devilish eggs. Nothing says warm summer days like the tastiness of a devilled egg. Who doesn’t love devilled eggs? Little bites of egg salad in a handy edible container of egg. Egg stuffed with more egg = Awesome!