Thursday, October 27, 2011

Roasted Root Vegetables

Fruits are out of season, now it is the time to enjoy our seasonable root vegetables. During fall, we can easily stock up our pantry with a bag of potatoes, carrots, onions and yams. I also went to farmer's market to pick up some additional root vegetables that I never tried before. Celeriac (celery root) and rutabaga are the ones that I picked up. When I'm confronted to a foreign ingredient, I tend to look up in my mini food encyclopedia on how to choose the best and fresh ones. The encyclopedia also explains how to prepare the ingredient, where it is best use for, as well as the way to preserve it. Unfortunately, this book is only available in French as I am aware of.

I'm pretty sure we all love roasted vegetables, who doesn't? The idea of roasting vegetables might not seem obvious to everyone the first time, even for me. Once you read about it, all you really need is a bit of oil to coat the vegetables, sprinkle it with some spices and herbs to add a new dimension of flavours or to keep simple, simply season with salt and pepper. For this recipe, the quantity does not matter, use whatever you have available in your fridge.

Serves 12 for 6-8 lbs of vegetables
Inspired from Epicurious
Preparation Time: 30 mins
Baking Time: 1 hour 15 mins
Printable Recipe


1 large red onion
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled
1 lb potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
1 lb carrots, peeled
1 lb celeriac, peeled
1 lb rutabagas, wax cut off
4 sprigs of rosemary, leaves removed from stem
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
10 garlic cloves, peeled


1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Cut all vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Place celeriac pieces into a bowl of water with lemon juice, immediately after cutting to prevent from browning.

3. Combine all vegetables and rosemary leaves in a large bowl. Drizzle enough olive oil and toss vegetables to coat.

4. Transfer vegetables to a baking pan. If two baking pans are necessary, place one rack in the center of oven and one in the bottom third. Roast for 30 mins, stirring and turning occasionally.

5. Reverse the positions of baking sheets. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add garlic cloves. Continue roasting for 45 mins until tender, stirring and turning occasionally.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple-Cinnamon Compote

I have a bad cough the past two weeks. Coughing during the day, coughing during the night, I barely have any sleep. I wasn't able to go to work, part of me desperately wanted to get out of the bed and run some experiments.

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Here is a quick recipe if you are looking for a last minute idea, or planning ahead for American Thanksgiving. If you have a few apples left in your fridge, you can make an easy-to-make apple-cinnamon compote. Great as an appetizer, serve with turkey or serve with your french toast. Delicious, healthy and simple. Happy Thanksgiving!

Serves 8
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Printable Recipe


4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsps lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick


1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.

2. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender.

3. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Mash apples until desired consistency. Serve.


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