Category: Snacks

Fava bean & avocado crostini

Today, we’re going to talk about these peculiar beauties.

Photo (c) Catherine McClelland

Tomatoes are the rock-stars of late summer, with their jewel tones and juicy acidity. They eclipse some of their costars, like tomatillos, okra, and fava beans–which is a shame.  Continue reading

Happy Easter!

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Each year, I have a brief fling with marshmallow Peeps that stretches from February until Easter Sunday. I buy them by the dozen and eat them, chick after chick, until I can’t stomach any more. They’re one of the few junk foods that I make an exception for. The little faces and beaks just tip me right over the edge.

As of today, the Peeps body count is hovering around eight dozen.

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Avocado Halves & Soy Sauce

This recipe is my earliest food memory. I remember standing in my living room in New Zealand, four years old, and I could see out the window that it was already dark outside. My parents were trying to put me to bed, but I caught a glimpse of a late-night snack in the kitchen. I wanted one too.

“You won’t like this, Catherine,” my mother insisted. “It’s avocado. The flavour is too strong for you.”

Issue a challenge like that to a child, and you will get a declaration of war.

When she did give me some, a soft green avocado half with a little spoonful of soy sauce nestled in its hollow (“And don’t spill it on the carpet, Catherine.”), I sat carefully on the couch with it and finished the whole thing, bite after bite of salty umami richness.

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