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15 September 2014

Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde

Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

It's been an absolute whirlwind being home. I seem to be moving around every few days, packing and un-packing bags and moving into a new room. It's been absolutely crazy wonderful. And while I am not quite ready to sit down and try to put it into words, I thought I'd share a recipe with you all to celebrate yet another great bbq season. As a side, here is a little link love and some tiny tid-bits of my trip.

Long train rides, flights and road trips means this album on repeat.

Canadian girls rock. And these rad girls are so much more than just a pretty face.

Wine, small plates and catch ups with girlfriends do wonders for the soul. Especially when they are here and here.

The best damn vegan + gluten-free treat I've had in a long time. If you're in the area, do it.

I've been eating so much kale here in Canada, but it's becoming so much more than just a leafy green back in France. Inspired.

Dream of waking up to this.

Just for love + smiles. Enjoy!

xx

Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde ⎮ happy hearted kitchen


Cumin Grilled Portobello + Charred Corn Tacos with Spicy Green Tomato Salsa Verde

One last recipe before putting that bbq away. The salsa verde is a great way to use up any green tomatoes in your garden, but tomatillos will work as well. Use whatever you can get your hands on. Salsa recipe adapted from this one.

Vegan + Gluten Free. Serves 2-4.

Ingredients

  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 cobs fresh corn (organic + local is possible)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (about 1/2 cup)
  • Salt + black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 medium green tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, or less depending on desired heat
  • Salt + black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Large handful fresh cilantro

  • 6-8 corn tortillas, to serve

What to do
  1. Make the salsa: turn oven on to broil. Half the tomatoes and quarter the onion and place in a baking dish. Deseed the jalapeno give it a rough chop, then add to the dish with garlic cloves. Drizzle everything in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place under broiler until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. Place all ingredients except tomatoes in a blender and pulse until well combined. Transfer to a bowl. Roughly chop the tomatoes, then add to the bowl. Squeeze over the lime juice and add lots of chopped cilantro. Season to taste. Serve warm or let cool, will keep covered in fridge for a few days. Flavor is best if you have time to let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, then add corn and boil for 3 minutes. Remove, strain and cool. This is an optional step, if you prefer a crunchier kernel you can just add directly to the grill!
  3. Preheat bbq or grill to medium high heat. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil with ground cumin and season with salt and pepper. Remove large stems from the mushrooms and clean with a damp tea towel to remove any dirt. Brush mushroom caps and boiled corn with cumin oil and place on grill. Grill mushrooms on each side for about 5 minutes, or until soft and tender. Corn just needs a little char, so rotate until all sides and nice and crisp. When the corn and mushrooms are almost done add the tortillas to the grill to warm through. Using a sharp knife, remove the kernels from the cob for easy serving.
  4. Slice warm portobellos crosswise and place in tortilla,  add charred kernels and top with green salsa. Garnish with lime wedges and extra cilantro.

5 September 2014

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart.
I am never without it,
anywhere I go, you go, my dear
and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling

I fear, no fate, for you are my fate, my sweet
I want no world, for beautiful you are my world, my true
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant 
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that's keeping the starts apart

I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart.

- E. E. Cummings

All my love, to the moon and back you guys. Congratulations to my dearest buds, Anna + Tom. xx

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata + Grilled Polenta Wedges

Summer lovin', had me a blast! Warm, stewy eggplant and tomatoes with all the Italian flavors served beside crispy polenta wedges, September nights don't get much better than this. Polenta can be made the day before, and these wedges are a great way to use up any leftover cooked polenta. Serves 4 - 6. Vegan + Gluten free.

Caponata recipe slightly adapted from the one and only, Jamie Oliver.

Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 firm medium sized eggplants, cut into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves removed and set aside, stalks finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and drained
  • Large handful green olives, pitted an roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 5-6 medium roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • Slivered almonds, to serve

  • 1 cup quick cooking fine polenta
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Sea salt

What to do

Grilled Polenta:
  1. Bring 3 1/2 cups of salted water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and add in 1 cup of fine grain quick cooking polenta, whisking continuously to avoid clumps. Reduce heat down to lowest setting, and stir polenta as it begins to thicken, this should only take a few minutes. Spread cooked polenta into a baking dish greased with olive oil and set aside to let cool. The longer you let cool to easier it will be to grill, I've made this a day ahead and it works great.
  2. Once cooled, sliced into squares or triangles and brush with olive oil. Grill on a hot grill pan or bbq for a few minutes on each side, until charred and crispy. 

Caponata: 
  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and add in chopped eggplant. Season with salt and stir so the eggplant is coated in oil, adding more olive if it seems a bit dry. Cook on high for 5-10 minutes, stirring every now and then, until the eggplant are golden brown on all sides and starting to soften.
  2. Add in the onion, garlic and parsley stems and continue to cook on high for a few more minutes, until everything is soft and smelling amazing. Then add the capers, olives and vinegar and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and you've scraped off any bits stuck to the bottom. Now add in the tomatoes and reduce heat. 
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes, or longer, until everything is stewy and soft. Taste and season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Before serving drizzle with a little extra olive oil, and sprinkle with lots of fresh chopped parsley leaves and slivered almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature with grilled polenta wedges.


25 August 2014

Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs

Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

I'm just in the middle of packing for my trip home tomorrow. So while I am not really in the head space to write much today, I wanted to share this simple and fresh breakfast recipe with you before I take off. My heart is feeling pretty overwhelmed at the moment, there are so many people I can't wait to wrap my arms around, but I know that I will miss the comfort of Math's arms over the next month too. Can't a girl just get all the ones she loves in the same room together? I guess that is the dream. So for now it's just me, my buddy Ben and an empty suitcase. here we go.



See you on the other side, Canada!

Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs ⎮ happy hearted kitchen
Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

Raw Nut + Seed Porridge with Fresh Figs

A raw summer porridge made from soaked nuts and buckwheat groats. Fresh figs are the season's ultimate finale, so go get your hands on some while they are at their best! That being said, any fresh, seasonal fruit will do. The first time I tried raw buckwheat porridge, I really wasn't sold, but the added creaminess of  cashews and walnuts make this a pretty damn delicious end of summer treat! Enjoy, guys! x


Vegan, Gluten Free + Raw. Serves 2-4.


Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespooon apple cider vinegar
  • 6 fresh figs
  • 1-2 cup raw nut milk (unsweetened, homemade is best!)
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seed hearts
  • A few drops pure maple syrup, optional


What to do


  1. The night before, take out 3 small bowls and place buckwheat groats, cashews and walnuts in separate bowls. Cover the nuts and seeds with water and add 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to each bowl. Let soak overnight at room temperature.
  2. In the morning, drain the nuts and seeds in a sieve and rinse really well. Fortunately for you, buckwheat has this awesome property of making a lush goo, so don't be alarmed if you have little in the bowl, it will get rinsed off and it is totally normal.
  3. Place the rinsed nuts and seeds in a small blender with 2 of the fresh figs, orange zest, cinnamon, and nut milk. Blend until smooth and thick, adding a little extra nut milk if needed, but so much that you make a smoothie.
  4. Separate the porridge between 2-4 bowls, then top with remaining figs (sliced), hemp hearts, a little extra orange zest and a few raw walnuts. Drizzle with a little maple syrup is desired!

18 August 2014

Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa


Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa | happy hearted kitchen
Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa | happy hearted kitchen
Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa | happy hearted kitchen

We've had a few of Matt's buddies staying with us this week, mountain biking, bbq'ing and just being boys. The floors have been pretty muddy, and the fridge is looking sparse but I really don't mind. The house feels full, the dishes get done and one of my favorite sounds in this whole world is hearing Matt laughing outside on the balcony, just being himself with his friends. We never really got to do the whole dating thing, Matt and I. We met, there was a spark and then all of a sudden we fell into long distance. So in the moments when I get to see him as a friend, a brother or a son, I feel like I am getting to know him a little more each time. He is, without a doubt, the most interesting story I will ever read.

These past few weeks have been a little heavy on the financial side for both of us. And although we are both putting in long hours, it sometimes feels like there will just never be enough. I let it get to me a bit more than Matt some days, and other days he is the one to feel the weight. But we seem to balance each other out, to remind ourselves that it is not important and that the bills will get paid. The mountains are always the best cure for busy head. It's the best way to remind yourself that having a body that is healthy and alive is something to be celebrated everyday, and that everything else will work out in the end. I guess the most important things in life really are not things, but are our hearts and who they beat for.

Burgers, however, are a different story, one that needs no introduction. All things good piled high between two toasty wholegrain buns, it's a summer favorite à la happy hearted today, guys. Tis the season of wild mushrooms around here, so here is a funky idea for all you foragers out there. Get out.  Enjoy the sun. Make a burger. A story to know and love.

Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa | happy hearted kitchen
Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa | happy hearted kitchen
Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa | happy hearted kitchen

Thyme Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Fennel Slaw + Roasted Tomato Salsa

All 3 of these components are good on their own, but oh boy are they a triple threat together! The salsa might be my favorite, although please don't make me choose. Summer is not summer until you've had a burger, so get grilling guys!

Vegan. Serves 4. 


Ingredients


Mushrooms

  • 4-8 large mushrooms, portobello or any other large cap brown mushroom will do
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt + fresh black pepper to taste



Salsa


  • 2 large red tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • 1 small red chili, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt + fresh black pepper
  • Extra virgin oilve oil



Slaw


  • 2 cups thinly shaved fennel, fronds reserved
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley and cilantro
  • 1 spring onion, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice og half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon brown rice syrup
  • Salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Wholegrain rolls, or salad, to serve.


What to do

  1. Preheat your broiler to make the salsa. Roughly half the tomatoes, peel and quarter the red onion, chop the deseeded chili into large chunks, peel and smash the garlic cloves and place everything into a large baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place under the hot broiler for 8-15 minutes (depending on the strength of your broiler) until everything is browning and bubbling and the tomatoes have softened. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make the slaw. Thinly slice a few small bulbs of fennel (remove the tough core for larger bulbs). Place in a bowl with chopped parsley, cilantro, spring onion and fennel seeds. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and brown rice syrup until well combined and then pour over the slaw. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Once the salsa ingredients have cooled slightly, remove the tomatoes from the pan and place on a cutting board, then scoop the rest of the ingredients into a small blender and pulse to combine just slightly. Chop the tomatoes roughly and combine everything in a bowl. (You can make this as chunky or as smooth as you like here, but I found this method to be my favorite texture).
  4. Preheat your bbq or grill pan. Clean the mushroons with a damp tea towel to remove any dirt and cut off the stems. Whisk the oil, lemon juice, fresh thyme leaves and salt and pepper in a bowl. Brush the caps of the mushrooms with the thyme marinade and place brushed side down on the grill. Cook on high for 5 minutes, brushing the mushrooms with more marinade as they cook, then flip and grill for another 5 minutes. The mushrooms should be soft and juicy. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Lastly, if using, slice 4 wholegrain rolls in half, brush with olive oil and place cut side down on the grill to toast. Once golden bring to the table with the mushrooms, salsa and slaw and dig in!

8 August 2014

Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom

Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom | happy hearted kitchenSpelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom | happy hearted kitchen
Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom | happy hearted kitchen

Is it just me or is time on fast forward these days? I blinked and all of a sudden it was August. 8th! Summer has been full speed ahead this year, and unfortunately we haven't been very lucky with the weather. Something like 24 days of rain in July had every one around here feeling a little down. My summer wardrobe has pretty much stayed tucked away in the back of my closet, my hike to-do list is no where near completed and my summer ice cream cone quota is far below average. It's been easy to complain about all the rain and clouds, but we've also had some of the most beautiful vegetables at the market this season and every thing around us is really just so incredibly green! All these grey days have made us appreciate the clear ones and get outisde and enjoy it all when the sun actually comes out.

I made these buns on a warm but cloudy day off. Just because. It seemed like the right thing to do. To sit outside, with something sweet, a good book and a cup of tea reminded me that summer is all about slowing down and taking time, no matter what the weather.

An afternoon in the sun, a cool August breeze. Tart, juicy local berries and homegrown chamomile in my tea. Summertime, you still win. 

Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom | happy hearted kitchen
Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom | happy hearted kitchen
Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom | happy hearted kitchen

Spelt Summer Berry Buns with Maple, Orange + Cardamom
This bun recipe is a spin off of my mom's christmas cinnamon buns that I make every year for holiday gift giving. The dough itself can be used for any flavor or filling, but a mix of local berries in August seemed obvious. If you don't think your dough has actually doubled in size, just keep going through with the recipe, they puff up the most during the second rise and then especially in the oven. I filled the pan shown in the pictures above, plus a really tiny one with the end bits and a few scraps. Serve with tea on a sunny afternoon.

Vegan + Refined Sugar Free. Makes 10-15 large rolls.


Ingredients


Dough

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup plant milk of choice ( I used homemade unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole spelt flour, plus extra for dusting

Filling

  • 3 cups mixed berries (blueberries, black currants, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of one orange

Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

What to do

  1. Place maple syrup in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Set aside. Combine coconut oil and nut milk in a small sauce pot and place over low heat. Swirl the pot as the oil melts to keep it from getting too hot. Once the oil is fully melted and combined with the milk, remove from heat and let cool only slightly, then add to a large mixing bowl with the ground flax, salt, maple syrup and yeast. Whisk to combine ingredients.  Sift in flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula in between. Stir in enough flour to make a firm but sticky dough. Then turn onto a floured surface and knead, adding more flour until the dough is smooth and elastic, you might need more or less flour, up to 3 cups. Form a ball with the dough and place in an oiled bowl and flip the dough to coat in oil. Cover with a dry tea towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1.5 to 2 hours, up to 3 hours.
  2. When the dough is ready, combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently with your fingertips careful not to mush up the berries too much.
  3. Punch down the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, then spread over the berries and their juices, leaving a bit of space around the edges. Roll up from the long side, tucking the berries in as you go, once you get close to the egde, pull the long side of the dough up ontp the roll to get everything inside, but you may loose a little juice out the ends. Cut into slices and place in an oiled pan leaving space between the pieces. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about another hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F / 175 C and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and firm to the touch. Let cool. Mix maple syrup and orange juice in small bowl and brush over the top of the slightly cooled buns. Top with extra orange zest. Enjoy!
  5. Buns can be kept wrapped in aluminium in the freezer, then defrosted overnight and warmed up in the oven the next morning. I like to wrap up individual buns in the freezer for when I am feeling like an extra special treat! Enjoy!