summer cooking

Cold Spring Rolls

Food Geek: Cold Spring Rolls

An easy recipe that can double as an appetizer or a light dinner. These cold spring rolls were made with rice paper sheets, carrot, celery, cucumber, red pepper and thai basil. The key to cold spring rolls is giving them enough flavour and moisture so they don’t taste like a boring salad or raw vegetables. For these I layered the flavours with different sauces to make them more interesting. I used sweet Thai chili sauce, teriyaki sauce and a poppy-seed dressing. A great quick and easy summer treat

Figs, Ricotta and Marmalade

Noms: Figs, Ricotta and Marmalade

It’s so easy to make fresh figs taste good! This simple appetizer is a great summer treat that takes minutes to make but looks beautiful when plated. I baked my figs until they slightly browned then added a dollop of ricotta cheese, citrus marmalade and an alternating sprig of mint or thai basil. I added a squirt of fresh lime to enhance the citrus flavour and add a punch. Next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I want to add some crushed chilli flakes for a bit of a kick. Nonetheless this simple appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Noms: Mushrooms and Cauliflower

sauteed garlic and mushrooms with a cauliflower, roasted garlic, roasted bell pepper mash

Felt like being a bit more creative in the kitchen today 🙂 I’ve never been one to make many vegetable mashes but I think that will soon change! I love the difference in texture between the creamy mash and the firm mushrooms. Cauliflower is also a great alternative to mashed potato, they’ve got lots of nutrients and are much lower in starch. I blanched my cauliflower, so it became a bit tender, then blended it along with some other spices for flavor. Delicious!