Crab Arancini...

... Starts with good Risotto. This is the most delicious way to use your leftover risotto. We made a fresh flavoured risotto using homemade vegetable stock, all the usual alliums; garlic, onion, shallots - fennel, a generous heap of parmigiana, and a good glass of rhone style white wine (marsanne,...

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Classic Gremolata

You can make gremolata many ways, but the classic recipe comprises these three ingredients; lemon zest, garlic and parsley. It's parsley's place to shine in the sauce world. It is traditionally meant as an accompaniment to meats, but I love to use it just about everywhere, including here on this Gonfietti...

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Soup from Don's Watercress

  Don doesn't like watercress. Or so he thought. Nor, did he realize it is an edible on his Oyama farm's water access road. From springs bursting out from Okanagan native brush, down the hillside, I found an abundance of verdant green sprouts of watercress, one of my favourite wild...

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Thanksgiving Turkey Farro Soup

This recipe is all about squeezing every last drop of gratitude out of Thanksgiving by using every morsel of food that's leftover. From parsley stems to leek tops, and the turkey carcass, you will revisit thanksgiving with a decidedly italian flavour. The highlights of this soup are the treasured parmesan...

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Half Way

  Half way. 6 months into 12 months, a year of market, farm and wild only eating.  I am so thrilled and a little speechless for what incredible evolution has occurred since the start in early April. I have been eating like this for years, loosely though. But this year,...

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Elderberry Ice Cream

These pretty sprays of deep indigo berries line the rural streets of town. They are likely in your town too. I have long wanted them to last as a floral arrangement, alas, they are too delicately attached to the stem to hold on, for a bouquet that won't drop an...

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Kale Caesar

As the greens fade to black, there's Kale, reaching out from the spoils of Summer's garden. The heartiness of this robust earthy green does well with the clinging viscosity of a truly traditional caesar dressing. Kale meet garlicy, parmesany umami.    Dress your kale well. Don't try to spread the dressing...

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