Handpicked Links April 2010

by sophie on April 25, 2010 · 5 comments

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Green Kitchen Stories is a new to me blog with delicious, vegetarian recipes made by David and Luise in Stockholm. My favourites so far include this No-rice risotto with chard and Goats cheese and thyme dip.

High in the top 10 questions I get asked in clinic is “Is it really important to eat breakfast – I’m just not hungry in the morning”?  Michelle May has some great food for thought in answer to the question Should I eat breakfast if I’m not hungry to help you decide if introducing breakfast might work for you.

There’s a real treat tucked away on the BBC web site, a whole collection of irish chef Dennis Cotter’s recipes, taken from his book Wild Garlic, Gooseberries …and Me. Purple sprouting broccoli with leek and shallot farrotto and Roasted asparagus with blood orange aioli sound perfect for spring.

Sometimes the simplest suppers are the best – a current favourite in our house are soft-boiled eggs with purple sprouting broccoli and granary toast soldiers to dip into the runny yolk.

We’ve talked before about how every country seems to have it’s own tomato-based supper staple such as ratatouille and pisto. A new one to me is this Israeli incarnation posted on Smitten Kitchen, a spicy, poached egg-topped number called shakshuka

Kathryn over at Limes and Lycopene has posted a really useful guide on using up your vegetable box and how to waste as little of it as possible.

Edible geography suggests an entirely new food trend – Vegetable Tourism

Gluten free girl has a beautiful Quinoa with Spring Vegetables and Walnut-Kale Pesto, as well as some good tips in the recipe notes on how to tackle a more complex recipe, bit by bit.

Michael Pollan’s messages are certainly catchy and he has done wonders to raise our awareness of the folly of current food production practices but I agree with Janet’s words of caution on following Pollan’s food rules to the letter. After all, some rules are made to be broken

Last but not least, Lara at Cook & Eat’s shortbread rhubarb bars topped with two-tone rhubarb puree and rhubarb curd deserve a mention for being the most beautiful seasonal treats I have seen this year.


kathryn April 27, 2010 at 09:37

Well Sophie, I’m only two down your list of Handpicked Links and I already have a brand new blog of gorgeous food to add to my RSS reader and pore over; and a smashing piece on breakfast which I’m going to use with clients. Excellent, excellent work. Thank you!

Johanna April 27, 2010 at 12:22

great inspiration and food for thought – thanks – I particularly like the article about Michael Pollan – I have been thinking about some of his advice and just trying to find time to write about it. I also love the floral motif on the header

David April 28, 2010 at 22:27

Wow, thank you for shining some light on Green Kitchen Stories! We are really happy to be on your handpicked links list. Thanks!

Elaine April 30, 2010 at 22:51

Hello Sophie.
I saw your post listed in my Google Reader earlier in the week but saved reading it till now so I could really savour the contents.
Every link you’ve featured is tasty, lovely to look at, thoughtful or all three…but you know this means I’ll need the month of May to try out the recipes & really digest the information in the other links.
I also appreciate all the green-ness – so appropriate for April.

Arwen from Hoglet K May 13, 2010 at 15:02

I do like the sound of the beany risotto, and it would certainly involve less stirring! I like the idea of dipping veggies in your soft-boiled eggs too. You’re very good at being strict with the seasonality – I’m impressed.

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