Avocado and Ruby Grapefruit Salad (page122)
Nachos with Refried Beans (page 190)
Now this recipe was met with a completely different reaction from family! I had made flatbreads with the Magic Dough for CCC in September so decided to make the Nacho variation of the Refried Beans Foldover instead. Made with white beans and tomatoes, this dish of refried beans flavoured with onions, garlic and oregano had an almost Italian spin on it. I used frozen cooked white kidney beans and canned tomatoes and used the mixture to top some baked whole wheat tortilla "chips", finishing with Monterey Jack cheese, Greek yogurt and a tomato-kumquat salsa. Without the traditional black beans and cumin, the flavour of this was totally unexpected but really tasty. A new family favourite that will definitely be made again.
Cheesy Peasy Puff Turnover (page 220)
We all need recipes like this in our lives: fun and very quick to put together with pre-rolled frozen puff pastry and frozen peas. The recipe calls for strongly flavoured cheese but I used a last bit of Gruyère I had in the fridge and since it didn't have a very strong flavour it really allowed the sweetness of the peas to come through which, baked from frozen, were bright green and fresh tasting. This made a really delicious snack that was a huge hit with family but I think it would make a nice lunch with a salad as well.
Winter Stir-Fry with Chinese Five-Spice (page 288)
Simply fabulous! Including parsnips and brussels sprouts certainly set this stir-fry apart from anything I've ever made before but it was the Chinese five-spice that was responsible for the dish's heavenly aroma and complex flavour. I particularly loved how it played off of the sweetness of the carrots and parsnips - such a great combination. I think I'll use it to season my next batch of roasted carrots and parsnips.
Roasted Squash and Shallots with Merguez Chickpeas (page 365)
Potato Rösti (page 391)
Next month, Andrea is giving us the chance to play catch-up and make recipes that were featured in previous months. There are so many I wish I had made - we'll see how many I can squeeze in! In the meantime, visit CCC to read all of the February entries.