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Posts tagged ‘potatoes’

A Tribute to Spring

Spring Flowers

Guacamole with Tortilla Chips, Pistachios
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon and Parmesan
Roasted Halibut with Gingered Tomato Mango Salsa
Mini Potatoes Anna
Mixed Berry Gratin
Chocolate Cookies

Gardens are bursting with colour and markets here in Vancouver are selling gorgeous fresh halibut, asparagus and berries. OK, the asparagus and berries are not exactly local yet, they are from California, but they do taste more like the real deal at this time of the year. This menu is a tribute to my favourite season, Spring: full of colour, new growth, and promise. I hope this menu lives up to your spring expectations! Read more

A January Menu for 6

Baba Ghanoush & Crackers
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Christmas Salad
Red Wine Braised Duck Legs
Fennel, Celery Root and Potato Purée
Arugula Salad
Grand Marnier Soufflée with Crème Anglaise

With busy schedules it is difficult to find the time to entertain friends at home, but with this menu plan you can spread the work out over several days. Following each recipe here you will find suggestions for advance preparation and at the end I have added shopping lists. I hope you enjoy this winter menu and time to relax with your guests. Read more

Potato Cakes

2 lbs. russet potatoes
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 T. parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
1/4 c. vegetable oil

Place whole unpeeled potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer about 15 minutes, until potatoes are partially cooked. Drain, cool for about 20 minutes and peel. Grate potatoes and mix with green onions and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Shape into a log 4 ” in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, cut into 1/2″ slices. Heat 2 T. oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat, and fry pancakes, three at a time, until well browned on both sides and cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. Makes 6 cakes.

A Late Summer Dinner Party for 8

Guacamole with Crunchier Tortilla Chips
Heirloom Tomatoes with Burrata Cheese and Basil
Short Ribs with Potato Puree and Swiss Chard
Pecan Torte with Nectarine Ice Cream

We’re being treated to summer weather here in Vancouver but I am still feeling the familiar transition into Fall. ‘Back to School’ is in the air, leaves are beginning to change colour and sprinkle the sidewalks, and I’m getting ready to put away the barbecue and crank up the oven.  Read more

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