Easy Recipes Inspired By My West Coast Kitchen Garden On Vancouver Island

Main Dish

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Hazelnuts

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Hazelnuts

This week’s recipe is inspired by one of the dishes I tried recently at Pluvio in Ucluelet. My version is much simpler I’m sure, but gets deep flavour from roasting the cauliflower and stirring in a little hazelnut oil at the end adds a nutty richness. (Below a pic of the delicious Pluvio version which was garnished with local sidestriped shrimp-HEAVEN!)This soup is a perfect starter but also a light lunch or dinner. I served mine garnished with homemade croutons (crispy outside, soft inside), parsley and fresh hazelnuts grown right here in Campbell River. It is equally good made vegan by using nut milk and veggie stock instead of dairy and chicken stock. Enjoy my friends 🙂

West Coast Wild Mushroom Soup

West Coast Wild Mushroom Soup

What makes this mushroom soup different than others is that the mushrooms are pureed with a secret ingredient for the body of the soup. A small amount of this amazing flavour bomb enriches and deepens the flavour and makes this stand out from every other mushroom soup you’ve likely ever tried.

Wild West Coast Prawns In Tomato Fennel Broth And Grilled

Wild West Coast Prawns In Tomato Fennel Broth And Grilled

My brother and I who spent a few seasons deckhanding together would ceremoniously eat the first prawns of the season raw before then cooking up a feast. Often we ate them steamed or pan fried with garlic butter (cook gently just until opaque and immediately remove from heat so they don’t over cook) but after we’d had our fill, it was time to get creative. I can’t count the number of recipes we tried over the years but it was a lot! Today I’m sharing two recipes, Spot Prawns In Fennel Tomato Broth and simple Grilled Prawns.

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco De Mayo

A roundup of fast, fresh and easy Mexican style recipes to help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Salud my friends!

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli? This Broccoli Cheese Soup Is The Answer! (Gluten-Free)

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli? This Broccoli Cheese Soup Is The Answer! (Gluten-Free)

Do your kids love broccoli? No? Then this week’s recipe is for you because this will convert most kids especially if you omit the word broccoli and call it “Cheesy Vegetable Soup”. Today’s recipe is not particularly pretty but it’s a weeknight favourite in our […]

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

This fruit salsa recipe is made for using up overripe fruit or whatever fruit you have an excess of. The fruit is easily interchangeable-use oranges, melons, peaches or even strawberries, kiwis or grapes, whatever needs using up.