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Fennel and Apple Coleslaw

Coleslaw in glass bowl on bamboo mat

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?

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Adapted from:
Epicurious – Celery, Apple and Fennel Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl to make your coleslaw dressing.
  2. Add sliced celery, thinly sliced fennel, chopped fennel fronds, and julienned apple; toss to coat.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Let sit in fridge overnight to allow flavours to combine.
  5. Enjoy!
 
 

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#FBC2013

Connie at Food Bloggers of Canada Conference

This past weekend Cherie and I attended the first ever Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. The event was presented by Canada Beef and was held at the Hockley Valley Resort. It was amazing! From Friday to Sunday, it was all about food, networking, seminars and more food. Did I mention that there was a lot of food? 🙂

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Memories

 

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Peanut Butter – Chocolate Duos

Cookies out of the oven

Last week I received my regular issue of What’s Cooking magazine from Kraft. I love this little mail-out. The recipes are usually quick and easy, and it is always fun to look at glossy food pictures to find inspiration.

This issue was no exception. I found a few recipes that I wanted to try, especially this cookie recipe. When I opened up the magazine to this recipe, I knew that I would be baking this weekend. I consider myself lucky that my colleagues enjoy Monday mornings when I bring my baking in to share 🙂

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Chicken with Sautéed Leeks and Sweet Potatoes

Chicken with sautéed Leeks and Sweet Potatoes

This is a tried and true recipe that I have been making for over four years! It is from the Autumn 2008 issue of the LCBO magazine. Actually, we first made this in the fall of 2008 when the magazine was released. What I love about this dish is that it is a one pot meal. Since everything is cooked in the same dish, it makes cleaning up after dinner a breeze.

I like to make this for dinner guests. Once it goes into the oven, it gives you time to visit and enjoy a glass of your favourite wine before the timer goes off 😉

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Chicken, Entrée, Paleo, Vegetables

 

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Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stack 'o Cookies

Well, I finally am sharing with you my ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is my tried and true recipe that I have been using for years. It is the perfect combination of chocolate, pecans and, of course, rolled oats. Cookie perfection! 🙂

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Baking, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts

 

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Chili Chocolate Brownies

Chili Chocolate Brownies

With Valentines Day happening this week, I thought I would share with you a spicy brownie recipe. Nothing says Happy Valentines Day like chocolate, especially when it is complimented with a hint of heat.

The pairing of chocolate and spice isn’t new. In fact, one of my favourite desserts that I have experienced here in Ottawa is Chili Chocolate Ice Cream from the Smoque Shack in the Byward Market. It is so confusing for your taste buds to have to cooling sensation of chocolate ice cream, but then the heat from the cayenne pepper hits you and your instinct is to eat more of that cooling ice cream, but that is where the heat is. It is such a delicious and vicious cycle 🙂

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Baking, Chocolate, Desserts

 

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Warm Broccoli Slaw

Pulled Pork with Warm Broccoli Slaw

On Monday I shared with you the totally delicious and amazing pulled pork that I had made on the weekend. I had found the recipe on a site called Primal Bites, and was very impressed with the texture and taste of this dish. The original recipe was called Paleo Pulled Pork 3 Ways. Although I didn’t plan on it, I ended up making one of the recommended leftover meals – Asian Pork and Slaw.

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Oven Roasted Pulled Pork

Oven Roasted Pulled Pork

I have been spending a lot of my free time watching the Food Network. Specifically, I have been watching a lot of episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I don’t know what it is that draws me to this program, but I just can’t get enough of it. It is like I have an un-natural attraction to burgers 🙂

So, in watching an abundant amount of this program, I have come to realize that anyone with an oven and a few hours to spare can make delicious pulled pork. I always thought that I had to have a smoker in order to make a proper pulled pork, but a lot of the restaurants on this program dry rub their pork shoulder and roast it in the oven for hours. It looks like it comes out tender, juicy and fully shred-able. Based on my viewing, I decided to give this a try.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Entrée, Paleo, Pork, Sandwiches

 

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Cauliflower Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato Cauliflower Hummus

I have tried making a variety of different hummus recipes, and have loved each one. I am still amazed at how simple it is to make, and totally regret all the money I threw away by buying it pre-made in the grocery store.

As part of trying to stick (more or less) to a Paleo diet as part of my getting back on track for the New Year, hummus has been off my list, as it is made with chick peas, and they contain a lot of carbohydrates.

However, I have found a new hummus substitute and I couldn’t be happier. Drum roll please – Ta Da – Cauliflower Hummus 🙂

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Egg Muffins

Egg Muffins - fresh from the oven

As part of my new year’s quest to re-discover healthier eating patterns, I decided that I need to make more of an effort to have breakfast everyday. I have fallen into a rut of just having a cup of tea or coffee for breakfast, but not eating any food. It causes me to get really hungry in the morning and then I find myself snacking or grazing all the way to lunch time. I know that having a real breakfast is going to be key to getting back on track.

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Baking, Breakfast, Entrée, Paleo, Vegetables

 

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