Mixed Greens with Apples and Cider Vinaigrette

A delicious simple salad that goes with absolutely everything – this dressing is about to become your new house favourite

 

Mixed Greens with Apples and Cider Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  1. Cider Vinaigrette
  2. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar – or balsamic vinegar
  3. 3 Tbsp. minced shallots
  4. 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  5. 2 tsp. honey
  6. 1/2 cup light olive oil
  7. 1 crisp red skinned apple, cored and thinly sliced
  8. mixed greens for 6
Instructions
  1. To make vinaigrette: Whisk together ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Toss apples and mixed greens with dressing using just enough to lightly coat greens.
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Whipped Potato with Celery Root

Perfect company for your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey and you can make this dish a day or two ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Celery root does wonders for the humble potato and it’s easy to find in your supermarket. Peel it as you would a potato

 

Whipped Potato with Celery Root
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Ingredients
  1. 1 celery root , peeled and chopped
  2. 4-5 baker potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  3. 2 Tbsp. butter
  4. 3 Tbsp. sour cream
  5. grated zest of 1 orange
  6. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook celery root in simmering salted water until tender. Drain and puree in food processor. Cook potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash mixing in butter and sour cream. Add orange zest to mashed celery root, then add to mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 6.
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Patrick’s Salad

This salad is literally the perfect accompaniment – it goes with everything and by simply adding some chicken, you’ve got dinner

Patrick’s Salad
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Ingredients
Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup wine vinegar (red or white)
  3. juice of half a lime
  4. 2 tsp. soy sauce
  5. pinch of cayenne pepper
  6. 1 large garlic clove, minced
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  9. 2 Tbsp. minced red onion
  10. 3-4 Tbsp. sugar
Salad
  1. romaine lettuce
  2. 1 large red pepper
  3. snow peas
  4. slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. To make dressing: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a jar and refrigerate.
  2. Wash and tear romaine into bite-sized pieces. Cut red pepper and pea pods into long strips. Add toasted almonds. Toss with dressing just before serving.
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Roasted Squash Soup with Apple and Brie

Simply the best squash soup – it’s goodness in a bowl

Roasted Squash Soup with Apple and Brie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large butternut squash
  2. 1 carrot
  3. 1 medium onion
  4. 1 leek, white portion only
  5. 2 Tbsp. butter
  6. 8 cups chicken stock
  7. 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  8. 1 bay leaf
  9. 1 tsp. sugar
  10. salt and freshly ground pepper
  11. 8 oz. (250 g) Brie cheese
  12. snipped chives
Instructions
  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place cut -side down on pan and bake at 350 F. until tender, about 45 minutes (or microwave cut-side down in a few tablespoons of water, covered, about 10 minutes).
  2. Chop carrot, onion and leek into 1″ pieces and place in large pot. Gently saute in butter. Do not brown. Scrape flesh from cooked squash and add to vegetables. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add apple, bay leaf and sugar to stock mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Remove bay leaf and puree soup in batches. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Slice off outer skin of Brie and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Place cheese in bottom of soup bowls and fill with hot soup. Garnish with chives.
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Spinach Salad with Pears, Brie and Raspberries

Your next forever favorite salad

Spinach Salad with Pears, Brie and Raspberries
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Ingredients
Dressing
  1. 3 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar
  2. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  3. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  4. 1/4 cup fresh raspberries, mashed
Salad
  1. 10 oz. (283 g) bag baby spinach
  2. 2 ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 lb. (250g) Brie cheese, room temperature, sliced
Garnish
  1. raspberries
  2. slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. To make dressing: Whisk ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Wash spinach and remove any long stems. Divide among 4 plates. Garnish with pears, cheese, raspberries and a sprinkle of almonds. Drizzle with dressing.
Notes
  1. Serves 4.
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Chilled Minted Spring Pea Soup

Oh, the joys of spring – this is certainly one of them

Chilled Minted Spring Pea Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Tbsp. butter
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 1 small leek, chopped
  4. 1 celery stalk, chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 3 cups petite peas, fresh or frozen
  7. 4 cups chicken stock
  8. 1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped mint
  9. 3/4 cup light cream
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. 6 sprigs mint
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan. Add onion,leek and celery and saute until softened. Do not brown. Add garlic and gently saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add peas, chicken stock and mint to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes until peas are tender. In blender, puree soup in small batches. Strain through sieve.
  3. Stir in cream and chill. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in cold soup plates and garnish with mint.
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