Recently, while visiting my local health food grocer, I stumbled across a box full of bagged microgreens. I had never used them before so I decided to purchase them, as they were just too darn cute and colourful to pass up. Perfect as a garnish I thought to myself! Little, delicate edible gardens.
When I sprinkled the microgreens on my supper that evening, I was surprised by how flavourful they were. I took at closer look at the label to find that the mix comprised of baby sunflower shoots, pea shoots, radishes, beets, mustard, and kale.
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.)
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…