Category Archives: veg

Amy’s all-purpose batter

Amy’s famous batter makes a light, loose and crispy coating for anything from eggplant and zucchini to soft-shelled crab and shrimp. Many have stood at the kitchen counter, watching her every movement, hanging on to every vague instruction and approximate … Continue reading

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Roasted shallot chutney

preparation time: 10 minutes cooking time: 50 minutes emergency contact: camille This sweet and sour chutney, adapted from a Nigel Slater recipe, is simple to make and extremely versatile. The chutney can be served with roasted meats, fish, pasta dishes, … Continue reading

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Citrus-chile spaghetti squash

preparation time: 15 minutes cooking time: 40 to 60 minutes (oven) or 15 to 20 minutes (microwave) emergency contact: camille Squash season is here! This recipe is faster and easier than the prep and cooking times suggest. Most of the … Continue reading

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Bitter melon with beef in black bean sauce

preparation time: 20 minutes cooking time: 20 minutes emergency contact: amy or arnold Bitter melon is available at most Asian markets from spring through autumn. Choose melons that are firm, unblemished and 15 to 30 cm in length. Pale green … Continue reading

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Quick pickles: cornichons

Above is some very tasty quick-pickled okra from Wholefoods. Below is a basic, quick pickle recipe adapted from that of a farmer at the Louviers market in Normandy. tiny cucumbers (finger-sized is best) – 1 lb coarse salt – 2 … Continue reading

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Very green salad

This salad was inspired by the appearance of Turkish green plums (erik) at the nearby Italian grocery store. The plums are small and slightly tart, and the sign at the market recommended them to be served chilled with a bit … Continue reading

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Green goop (dow bahn soh)

preparation time: 20 minutes cooking time: 45 minutes chilling time: several hours to overnight emergency contact: carol This is hands down the most requested recipe from the 54 Leacock menu. Dow bahn soh is Shanghainese peasant fare — a chilled … Continue reading

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Chinese radish cake (loh bak go)

dry ingredient soaking time: 4 hours to overnight preparation time: 1+ hours cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes emergency contact: dorothy With Chinese New Year just around the corner, it’s loh bak go time. There are many varieties of white … Continue reading

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Poached leek salad

preparation time: 15 minutes cooking time: 10 minutes emergency contact: camille leeks – 6 to 8, washed and trimmed in rounds white wine – 1 cup chicken broth – 1 cup toasted walnuts – 1/2 cup sugar – 1 tsp … Continue reading

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Tomato sauce

preparation time: 15 minutes cooking time: at least 45 minutes emergency contact: carol tomatoes – 10 to 15 chopped shallots – lots, 1/2 cup or so minced cooking wine or chinese rose wine – 1/4 cup sugar (or maple syrup) … Continue reading

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