2015年01月27日

Gascony road trip

I first became acquainted with Agen prunes when I went to Gascony in 2012. As my friend Mardi (eat live travel write) puts it: “if someone thinks they don’t like prunes, give them one of these and they’ll change their mind.” It’s totally true.
 
Agen prunes (pruneaux d’Agen) have been developed to have the perfect balance of sugar and acidity. They are moist, delicious and very addictive. I always bring some back with me when I go on my French road trips.
 
Speaking of road trips, while I was cruising along the autoroute last December from Gascony to the ferry terminal in St Malo, snacking on prunes and daydreaming about car snacks (and Armagnac, also good with Agen prunes), I got to thinking that these prunes would make a great alternative to dates in a homemade raw snack bar recipe. I’m talking about snack bars of the Larabar / Nakd bar variety; basically a nut and dried fruit mush, expensive to buy, delicious to eat, and actually really easy to make at home.
 
Dates are the default fruit binder in homemade raw bars, but they are SO sugary that it makes me wonder if these raw bars are any better for you than a Snickers bar (for your reference, a “Cashew Cookie” Larabar has 230 Calories and 18g of sugars while a Snickers bar has 250 Calories and 27g of sugars - food for thought!).
 
Not long after I got home I tested my Agen prune theory. It turns out that the prunes are even better than dates for binding the ingredients together, and they have almost half of the sugar as dates. I love their flavour, less cloyingly sweet than dates and with a character all of their own.
 
In this recipe I’ve combined the prunes with walnuts, a nut which I’ve always found a nice compliment to prunes, and are also purported to be “the healthiest nut”  for their high level of antioxidants. I also added cinnamon (I love cinnamon) and coconut flakes (I love the texture), though you could keep it pure and simple and omit these ingredients, or get creative and add your own spices and add-ins.
 
And so, from my Gascony road trip, a road trip snack is born! And this isn’t only for road trips - I’m going to be bringing these on hikes and bike rides, too.
 
Lastly, if you think you have to go all the way to Gascony to get their delicious prunes, fear not - Waitrose now stocks them, and no doubt a Google search will reveal more online stockists. (Even so, you should go to Gascony, because it’s amazing!)
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2014年07月18日

my Peach Sorbe

There are so many tasty elements in these lettuce cups. Sweet white wine balances tartness of lime juice. Peaches are one of the flavors of GFV’s Sweet White Blend so adding grilled ones was in order. Plus those sweet peaches contrast hot jalapeño peppers. Salty soy sauce is mellowed with honey. Fresh ginger and garlic’s earthiness is brightened with cilantro. Cabbage and radish add crunch under tender pork. It’s all piled on top of crisp Boston lettuce leaves. Are you hungry yet?

It’s time to fire up the grill. Sunday Supper is proud to partner with Gallo Family Vineyards sharing grilling recipes and BBQ wine pairings. Head to the store and get GFV’s Sweet White Blend or Merlot when preparing for your grilling occasions. There is a $1 off coupon or rebate available (depending on your area). Scroll down to find a list and links to recipes from Sunday Supper contributors and check out Gallo’s grilling recipes too. Oh, and on the subject of peaches, did you see my Peach Sorbet?

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2014年06月18日

Collard Vegetable Wraps

A fresh vegetable filled wrap with a creamy, cooling basil hemp seed sauce that’s perfect for lunchboxes, picnics or a light meal thermal tea cups.

Collard Vegetable Wraps with Creamy Basil Hemp Seed Sauce gourmandeinthekitchen.com  Collard Vegetable Wraps with Creamy Basil Hemp Seed Sauce

I’m a bit infatuated with wraps lately.  I attribute that in some part to my increasing desire for fresh raw vegetables during the warmer months of the year, but the real genius of wraps is that they are so simple to prepare yet endlessly adaptable Adon jewelry.

In fact making raw vegetable wraps is really more assembly than it is cooking.  You start with a hearty green for the base like chard or collard leaves, add a pile of thinly sliced vegetables, then finish with a generous drizzle of dressing and the whole thing is done before you know it Web Vulnerability Scan.
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