Garlic Scapes and Gooseberries!

For those of you looking for new ingredients to incorporate into your cooking this spring-into-summer, I’m going to turn back to the unusual classics of cuisine! Spring-into-summer is a great time to try new ingredients, pull out old ones in a new way, or reinvent that delicious dish from your childhood. Let’s take a peek at two delicious ingredients and ways that you can bring fresh fruits and vegetables into your life.

Garlic Scapes are an incredible part of this traditional vegetable that most people overlook. In fact, I was just put on their trail a few days ago, and now I can’t get enough! They’re the twirly, curly, green-onion-y growth of the garlic (that thing that starts to sprout if you let your garlic sit too long). Cut off long before garlic harvesting, these sprouts are actually a delicious ingredient that can be chopped up into pestos, sauces, and other dishes.

Garlic Scapes
So what’s the best way to use garlic scapes? From what I’ve heard and in my personal opinion, it’s by making a pesto. Thick on crackers, thin in soups, pesto is a delicious addition to any lunch or dinner. Throw a dollop into your slow-cooker or spread a layer on a boring sandwich for a garlic-y, basil-y depth that you weren’t expecting!

  • 10 Garlic Scapes
  • 1/3 cup nuts (such as pistachios or almonds)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/3-1/2 cup olive oil

Blend and mix for deliciousness that you won’t forget! You’ll never go back to ordinary garlic cloves after this!

And what would summer be without the traditional but oft o’erlooked Gooseberry? Even better, let’s throw these tart-sweet treats into a pie that will wow any of your neighbours! These fuzzy berries can be used when they are firm and tart or soft and sweet, so be conscious of what sort of gooseberries you’re picking to put in your pie, as you may want to add or remove sugar tending to their ripeness.

Gooseberry Pie
I’m going to take this recipe from AllRecipes, but I’ve altered it, so if you would like to look at the original, go here. So, let’s take a peek at this pie, shall we?

  • 3 cups gooseberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 tblsp quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • double crust pastry
  • 2 tblsp milk
  • 1 further tblsp sugar

Gooseberries

  1. Stem and rinse berries.
  2. Crush 1/2 cup berries in the bottom of a saucepan. Combine sugar, tapioca, and salt; mix with crushed berries. Cook and stir until mixture boils. Cook for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat, and add in remaining whole berries.
  3. Pour fruit filling into pastry. Adjust top crust , cut slits for escape of steam. Brush with milk and sugar.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 40-45 minutes.

Good luck with your gooseberries and garlic scapes! Now you have two great recipes to try out and cook as the weather starts to get hot. Celebrate a ripe season with these great recipes and feel free to leave any comments about posts you’re interested in. We’d love to hear about what themes are your favourites and what you’d like us to write more about! Cheers!

-A.

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Spring Fashions

As the weather here is getting warmer and warmer, it is inevitable to think about spring-summer fashions! All this week I have been getting summer fashion magazines in the mail; and I am in love with everything. Even though winter is my favorite season, it is difficult to not adore some of these trends.

 

Bold Prints:

If there is any trend to scare some people, it is probably bold prints. Nothing draws more attention to someone than a giant colorful abstract design on their pants. However, if done right, bold prints can bring a whole new dimension to the everyday outfit.

Pastels:

Nothing is more ladylike than pastels. They are so soft and enchanting!

Peplums:

I am so happy that this trend is catching on! Peplums are absolutely adorable and flattering. The shape is extremely feminine and takes inches off your waist instantly…there is nothing better than that!

Retro:

It feels like everything right now is retro inspired, but I still cannot get enough!

Lace:

 YAY LACE!!! Lace is my favorite thing ever. It is elegant, classic, and edgy all at the same time. If I could, I would make my entire wardrobe lace.

 

Hopefully, you have been inspired to go revamp your spring-summer wardrobe! Happy shopping!

-C

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http://www.mojansami.com/blog/spring-2012-runway-trend-bird-prints/

http://denisesalceda.com/spring-pastels/pastel-runway/

http://stylebakery.com/style-recipes/spring_fashion_trends_2012_peplum_power.html

http://coquette.blogs.com/coquette/2008/09/project-runway.html

http://www.runwaydaily.com/.a/6a00e54ed9ed5388330147e3b1571d970b-popup