Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider | Swirls and Spice

Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider: A Side Dish for All Seasons

Cubes of butternut squash braised in apple cider and one simple spice make a very fine side dish.  It’s an easy enough side to accompany roast chicken on a weeknight or weekend.  And with so much flavor and minmal oven time, this variation of squash can easily earn a place on your holiday table as well. Instead of potatoes or rice, why not try butternut squash as a … Continue reading Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider: A Side Dish for All Seasons

One-Pot Ratatouille with Summer Squash | Swirls and Spice

One-Pot Ratatouille with Summer Squash and Okra

The fresh vegetables of summer mingle marvelously in this simple meatless supper or side dish.  While one vegetable cooks, I can chop the next one, saving time and fuss.  I tend to avoid turning on my oven whenever possible in the summer.  Ratatouille is a delicious way to taste the fresh flavors of summer and keep the kitchen cooler. Eggplant is a traditional component, but … Continue reading One-Pot Ratatouille with Summer Squash and Okra

7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots and Za'atar | Swirls and Spice

7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots & Za’atar

Shallot-infused olive oil and Middle Eastern spices impart sophistication to this savory salad.  The ingredients come together in under ten minutes for a healthy side dish or portable lunch entrée.One evening I discovered too late that we were out of lemons.  But I was still set on having chickpea salad with supper. Enter za’atar, distinctive because of the lemony herb sumac, plus a tangy plum tomato.  The result was a harmonious medley of taste … Continue reading 7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots & Za’atar

Pumpkin Fried Rice with Ginger | Swirls and Spice

Pumpkin Fried Rice with Ginger

Golden ginger lends a touch of zing to rice grains and slices of tender pumpkin. Simply toss together a handful of seasonal ingredients to create this fresh take on fried rice. I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with cranberry recipes in my kitchen, but when it comes to pumpkin, I usually pick plain and simple pumpkin pie over anything else.  Until this month I had posted just … Continue reading Pumpkin Fried Rice with Ginger

Molasses Brown Bread Buns

Molasses adds a distinctive deep flavour and rich colour to these fresh buns based on traditional east coast brown bread. I asked a very good friend of mine from New Brunswick what typical maritime food is like.  Besides the obvious seafood specialties, freshly baked brown bread, she told me, was a staple that you would find quite often on the table.   And the inclusion of … Continue reading Molasses Brown Bread Buns

Roasted Radish Risotto

Roasted Radish Risotto

Rosy red radishes and emerald greens pair together in this seasonal risotto.  Topped with toasted pecans, you will find that the sweet, savoury, and hint-of-bitter flavours balance one another beautifully.  This novel twist on risotto makes an elegant side dish or vegan main course. There seems to be some confusion as to when summer starts.  It’s May, and I say that spring is still here. … Continue reading Roasted Radish Risotto