Chocolate chips hold a special place in our heart. They truly are that one ingredient that can make any dessert better! We like to add them to pretty much anything: smoothie bowls, pancakes, ice cream, cookie dough; the list goes on and on.
While we focus on (and maybe obsess over) the nutrients, vitamins or calories in our food, food social enterprises like Newcomer Kitchen are using food's potential to open minds, build healthy communities, and open minds. "You are what you eat" takes on new meaning if we consider not only what is in our dinner, but how and with whom we are dining.
Unless you have a friend or relative from one of the islands, it's virtually unknown to the majority of the populace. This is a good and bad thing. Good -- because these islands preserve some of the most untouched and natural beauty left in the world. Bad -- because if you're not here, you're missing out.
I'm confident you're familiar with dried figs, but fresh? They're sweet and juicy with that little bit of crunch from the seeds is a side benefit to the number of delicious health benefits. So what would happen if we took this pleasure food and lovingly coated it in one of the greatest aphrodisiacs, chocolate?
Icewine is perceived as the untamable beast of the wine family. Have you ever heard someone pronounce their undying love for it? Highly unlikely. Most of the time, I get "oh, it's far too sweet" as a response-- and it becomes an afterthought--- perhaps a novelty to try and have with either dessert or cheese.
I began experimenting with some classic nutrient-packed ingredients and then did something I rarely do: I added a protein powder to the mix. The key was to make a fibre-rich, protein-rich and fat-rich recipe: the trifecta of a power snack. And so, I landed at a chocolate dipped, vanilla macaroon.
What does it mean to "connect with our food"? There's so much hype and hysteria over this phrase that it's difficult to cultivate an organic experience these days. Not so with the Stratford Chefs League.
And feast we did; it was an endless bounty of trattoria delights. We began with an array of vivid greens. A toss and tumble
This gluten-free berry crumble is featured in my book UnDiet -- called the All Season Fruit Crumble for the very awesome reason that you can literally use whatever fruit is in season to make this -- berries, peaches, pears, apples... (Please refrain from experimenting with watermelons.)
Happy Canada Day weekend! What I love about this Summer Corn Salad recipe is that with the very same ingredients, you can enjoy this cooked or raw and can be used in so many ways.