What’s not to love about a generous bowl of fettuccine tossed in a creamy vodka sauce?
Better yet, here is my gluten, dairy and guilt free version! So what makes this non-dairy version creamy?
Have you looked around shops or local flea markets over the past two years and noticed the particular trend of birds being on everything? From graphic tees, mugs, hats and bags, there are flocks in every direction. Well, one of my favourite shows, Portlandia, aired a skit a few years back mocking just that. They also poke fun at everything hipster, which I find extra amusing as I live directly in Toronto’s biggest hipster community. I should also mention that my housemate IS the original hipster. Something which he will never admit to, but then again, no true hipster ever would.
(Above, is a video clip from Portlandia, this clip is from YouTube. I do not own this video.)
When I first heard someone speak of chimichurri, I thought it had to be some kind of exotic animal or perhaps a reference to that song from Mary Poppins. But as it turns out, chimichurri is actually a sauce similar to pesto. It is usually vinegar and/or oil based with plenty of fresh, finely chopped herbs and garlic.
Rapini , also known as broccoli raab, is a bitter green primarily used in Italian and Portuguese cooking. Rapini is low in calorie content but rich in vitamin A, B-6, C, Calcium, Magnesium and Fibre. If bitter doesn’t appeal to you, there are many ways to prepare Rapini to cut its bitterness. Once I tired rapini that had been prepared along with other fragrant ingredients, I became hooked, and it is now one of my favourite vegetables.
Behind every great dish, is a story…
Fresh rolls are delicious and healthy. Did I mention they also look super impressive with minimal effort required? Bonus!
Whether you are entertaining or just need a quick meal idea, fresh rolls are a simple option that can be easily accustomed to appease any palette or that particularly picky eater! Do you have leftover veggies in the fridge? A rotisserie chicken? I like to keep a roasted chicken from the deli in the fridge for snacking on. Those pre-roasted rotisserie chickens can be awesome! Just carve it up and use it in a fresh roll to put an exciting spin on leftovers!