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Flora’s seasonal recipe: roasted vegetable puree

11 Oct

4744510812_15f1812af3It may look like baby food, but boy is it good!

Get creative with your fall vegetables and puree them into a smooth and soothing dish.

As the weather gets cooler, drizzlier and damp, I turn to warming foods that will ground me and make me feel great inside and out.

I was so cold the other day that I decided to preheat my oven and roast vegetables, since it’s my favorite dish. This time though, I wanted something more fluid vs. chewy so I thought, why not blend my roasted veggies with a little bit of water, and make a puree?

Instead of stopping at the roasting stage, I went one step further. That one step made my day so much warmer!

Here is how:

Makes 4-5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sized potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • 2-3 cups water, the more you add, the soupier it will get

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F. Rinse and chop up you carrots, celery, potatoes and chop your red onion (if you have different vegetables lying around, use those up instead). Add olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and mix. Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on how small you chopped your veggies. Stir them midway to make sure they’re cooking on all sides. Once lightly brown, soft, and fragrant remove from the oven. Add veggies into a big bowl, then add water. Blend with an immersion blender (or food processor) until smooth. If you blend less, you’ll get a chunkier consistency. Serve immediately, and garnish with some rosemary, and a drizzle of olive oil if you’d like. If you make too much, you can always save some for lunch the next day.

Photo courtesy of Miss Messie

Flora’s seasonal recipe: Italian potato salad

23 Jul

557268_404383529620588_1275511543_nAn Italian recipe from my kitchen? Shocking right?!

This one is one of my favorites, especially during summer, when it’s hot out and cooking over a stove is just not as fun as it is when it’s 11 degrees outside and gets dark at 4pm! I keep reminding myself to enjoy every minute of these slow summer months, to take advantage of the long days, cool mornings, and magical evenings, even in the face of week-long heat waves.

As part of my summer celebration, I absolutely love making this salad. It brings back many memories of childhood, and tastes similar to panzanella, another fresh and fantastic Italian summer salad, with the addition of old bread, cucumbers, garlic and capers. Welcome to my world of summer!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 handful basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt + crack of pepper

Directions:

Boil potatoes (or take the easy way out and score, wrap in paper towel, and microwave). Once cooled, dice potatoes into cubes. Cut tomatoes into medium wedges, julienne your onion, chiffonade your basil. Place basil to the side. Add tomatoes and onions into a medium-large bowl. Then add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Let them mingle. Finally, add potatoes, and mix it all up. Finish with a gorgeous garnish of basil. Serve and smile…

Our quick + easy potato latke recipe

23 Mar

We welcome you to cook up these delicious potato latkes at home, they are fun and easy to make. Our cooking class students were big fans of this recipe, they couldn’t be happier to dig into a savory latke served with applesauce after an eventful day of growing and learning. What a satisfying way to end the school day!

POTATO LATKES – 4 ingredients to goodness

30 Nov

December is upon us, holidays and parties and gatherings are lined up. It doesn’t matter what holidays you celebrate, it only matters that we do, in fact celebrate. The days are shorter, the nights are longer. It is time to pull out our best recipes, our most flavorful mulled spiced drinks, and a good story for the fireplace – or the kitchen table.

Yesterday in cooking class, we made potato latkes. It always amazes me how much kids love potatoes. They feel good in the hands, they feel good in the belly. And grated, mixed with eggs, scallions and salt and dipped in hot oil – makes fantastic latkes.

4 ingredients: potatoes, scallions, eggs and salt. Mixed together and then pressed to get rid of as much water as possible. Canola oil for frying in a saute pan, a spatula and 10 minutes or so and you’re set. (you can of course mix it up adding garlic and other favorite spices)

We served ours up in a traditional fashion with homemade applesauce and sour cream.

We ate them in class, at breakfast and a few even made their way into my daughter’s lunchbox.

Happy December to all.