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November 13, 2011

lazy day rosa


I recently spent an afternoon driving an hour and a half away to do some ethic shopping at the local-ist Italian market,  I came home with a pantry load up of all things Italian… olive oil, olives, pasta, cheese, salami … you can understand why after all that I just had to make a pasta dish… and I had to celebrate the very last of my garden fresh broccoli!

I also have a million things to finish up today as the snow line creeps downwards and ever closer to our spot on the mountain, this change of seasons means not only a change of pace and food but of comfort and challenges on our rural homestead,  the garden is almost all in, although I have Brussels sprouts, carrots and beets still thriving along with a tiny amount of kale… what a sad time. Good thing my pantry is loaded with the tastes of spring, summer and fall to get us through the winter. And with everything on my plate these days, my goal tonight was a quick dinner that tasted like it had simmered away all day:

This rosa sauce is thickened with boursin cheese and ricotta, and is flavoured with caraway and hot Italian local pork sausage, in a spicy tomato base served with baby lasagne style noodles. Meaty and full of fuel for a long night of building before the snow comes and decides to stay.

Start by browning:

1/2 lb of italian pork sausage meat in a good glug of olive oil

add 2 minced garlic cloves

1/2 of a small leek finely sliced

1 tbsp whole caraway seeds


and a good pinch of hot chilli flakes.

bubble and brown once sausage meat is nice and golden de-glaze the pan with a splash of red wine.

then add 1.5 cups of itailan style crushed tomatoes

a handful of fresh parsley and another glugg of olive oil

allow sauce to simmer while you start to boil and cook pasta (something with lots of ridges and ripples to hold a chunky sauce) at the same time you add the pasta to the boiling water add to the sauce:

2 tbsp boursin cheese (or cream cheese)

2 tbsp ricotta

and 1.5 cups of finely chopped brocolli

and a splash of cream, simmer on low for another 5 minutes.

Once pasta is cooked strain and reserve about 1/2 cup of water to add into sauce along with noodles. toss with a final glug of olive oil and serve with fresh grated parm.

The caraway is my favourite thing in this dish… i just adore pork and caraway together especially with leek (a pretty classic English combination) turned itailan. there are certainly days for quick and hearty meals and today was one of them.

November 13, 2011

chilli ginger kale chips

I was just barley able to get this picture taken.. as I had to fight off the family to keep them from dunking into this bowl for more kale chips!

On this warm and wet Sunday afternoon my daughter was after something to keep her occupied so I challenged her to make her own kale chips (as she had been asking me for weeks to make some but I just wasn’t ready to give up the last of my harvest, at least not  for a snack food that wasn’t always on the top of my favourites list!) But when your 9 year old is begging for you to let her snack on more kale… how can you say no?

So I sent her out to the garden and she returned with a huge colander full of pretty purple kale leafs, which she washed and chopped and removed the stocks from, then she created this great marinade :

In a small bowl combine:

1/2 tbsp miso

2 tbsp spoons nutritional yeast

1/3 cup braggs

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tbsp chili oil

1 minced garlic clove

1″ of minced ginger

Mix well then pour over kale bits and get your hands in there and really rub the marinade into the kale. lay the bits on your dehydrators sheets and dry at low heat for about 4 hours (start the first hour on high then reduce heat for the last 3)

Yum we all just loved the chilli hit at the end and the zesty bright flavours… and the whole batch is nearly devoured as I sit here writing not 10 minutes after removing them from the drying racks.