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Roasted zucchini

I really like zucchini — such a versatile vegetable! It’s great solo, in stews, stir-fried, whatever! But this recipe uses a technique I’d never tried before, roasting. And it was lovely, like a zucchini custard inside, with lightly crisp edges on the outside.

You’ll need 4 zucchini, olive oil, kosher salt, and Continue reading

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Haddock à la Provençale

Inspired by my online friend, Justin, at Buying Seafood, we picked up some fresh haddock this week at our local market. Now, haddock isn’t something that’s always available in our area (not sure why), but it’s a lovely white fish that goes well with a variety of combinations.

Justin had made haddock in a non-FODMAP-friendly recipe (which was delicious!). I decided to try it using a recipe I’ve used for other fish varieties (catfish, salmon, and tilapia), called “à la Provençale” which basically means Continue reading

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Chicken Koftas, revisited

Three years ago, I posted a recipe for Falafel-coated Chicken Koftas on this blog. (“Kofta” means “ball.”)  It was a made-up recipe that blended Indian flavors (via the garam masala spice mix) and the crunchiness of falafel (from the chickpea flour).

This evening, I’d decided to make this recipe again, as it’s one of our favorites, only to discover that there was no more panko in our cupboard. What to do?

Well, I remembered a brief online exchange with Justin (the Buying Seafood blogger) about the low-FODMAPS diet and so decided to swap out white cornmeal for the panko. And, you know, we actually liked it better!

The cornmeal added a nice rich, slightly earthy taste to the chicken koftas and also a nice crunchy note (because the koftas are rolled in it before sautéing). I think this is our new go-to version of this dish!

We paired it this evening with the 2017 North Gate Vineyards Rosé, a 100% Cab Franc dry rosé with cherry and white pepper on the nose and rich deep cherry and pepper on the long, fabulous finish. Great wine!

Enjoy!

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