Lemon Garlic Fiddleheads and Asparagus

Oh it’s my favourite time of the year again! My Dad has a small farm up north and in the spring and summer he starts bringing home some of our own fresh produce! Not huge crops, but enough to supplement our meals. Organic produce from our own remote backyard! Right now we’re not harvesting vegetables that we’ve planted. No, he’s been bringing me foraged things like Wild Leeks and these cute little Fiddleheads! Last week he brought me home quite the bountiful harvest of them, so I dreamed up a recipe that really puts them front and center. If you don’t have someone gathering these for you, you may be able to find them at a local Farmer’s Market!

Just in case you haven’t seen Fiddleheads before…this piece isn’t to scale. The baby fern shoots are much smaller than Asparagus…I’ve taken some artistic liberties here!

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Dragon Eye Salad with Dragonfruit, Mango and Longan

Hey everyone! I’m pleased to announce that I’m now contributing over at Feast On It!
On the 21st of each month I’ll have an extra recipe posted over there. Here’s this month’s recipe.

This fresh-tasting salad was inspired by a desire for some juicy fruit, and a jaunt through my local fruit market. I’d never tried Longan Fruit before, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance to eyeballs. Rather than being put off, I was inspired by the imagery. I decided to pair them with Dragon Fruit, and this tasty Dragon Eye Salad was born.

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A Prize-Winning Fresh Mozzarella and Homegrown Tomato Salad

Ah yes, here’s the post you’ve been waiting for! It’s Kate Ground‘s prize of a recipe and illustration featuring her favourite ingredient, Homegrown Tomatoes. Believe it or not, I used to hate raw Tomatoes. In fact, I used to hate all Tomatoes, even cooked ones! I know, it’s blasphemy. I’m now a convert, and I bow down to the deliciousness of a plump, ripe, in-season Tomato. This salad is quite something. It really allows you to savour the freshness of the ingredients, so I really suggest you use in-season, local, perhaps even homegrown Tomatoes, if you can, for the best results!

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I’ve got new T-Shirts, and they’re Happy to Meat You!

So, I’ve been working on a few projects lately, some bigger and some smaller. The huge ones I can’t really talk about in detail, but let me say that there are cool things happening in the shadows which will be revealed this summer! But, as for the smaller things, I can talk about them whenever I please, and so I’m here to tell you that I have a brand new shirt design!

Delicious, nutritious! They want to become a part of your wardrobe in addition to being part of your daily diet!

They’re available through my spreadshirt store, The Boaketique! Get ‘em while they’re sizzling. : )

Spicy Sweet Sausage Hash

Well, the giveaway is now closed, and the winner is Kate Ground! Her favourite ingredient is Homegrown Tomatoes, and there will be a recipe and illustration coming your way next week that features them.

However, all this talk about favourite fruits and vegetables made me think about MY favourites. Honestly, it’s difficult to choose. Variety is great! That being said, there’s something really delicious and comforting about Sweet Potatoes. I can certainly say that they are one of my favourites, and I know that they are one of my boyfriend Mike‘s favourites as well! So here’s a recipe that I cooked up for the two of us the other day in honour of our mutual favourite vegetable.

By the way, did you know that fresh Turmeric looks very similar to Ginger? I certainly didn’t until I did some research for this piece! This recipe uses dried Turmeric, but it’s definitely a cool thing to know.
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Deadly Horseradish Sauce

There’s a fantastic little Fruit Market in the area where I work. The produce is great, and for a really tiny store, he carries a fantastic variety, including a great organic selection. I’ll often pop in there and get some inspiration for a dish. The owner is always stocking interesting and unusual things…sometimes things I’ve never seen before! Recently I saw that he had a little sign on the door which read, “We are selling Fresh Horseradish!!!!” Now, my Dad and I love prepared Horseradish with our steak! However, commercial prepared Horseradish tends to contain all sorts of odd and unwanted ingredients. I figured it was fate calling me to make my own!

Now, I will warn you…this is strong stuff! Don’t try this without taking some precautions.

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