Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle

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Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle
A lightly crunchy pickle with the perfect balance of sweet, acidic, and sea flavors.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add the vinegar, water, kombu, garlic, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to ensure the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes (the liquid may not come back up to a boil, which is fine, the goal is to just slightly soften them).
  2. Transfer to a quart sized canning jar and allow to come to room temperature. Seal with a lid and transfer to the refrigerator. Enjoy within two months.
Recipe Notes

I sliced the carrots using the 3mm setting on my Oxo mandoline (which translates to about .12 inches).

“Salvaged Tomato” Tomato Stock

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"Ugly Tomato" Tomato Stock
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan and over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Transfer to several small air-tight container (I use canning jars) and cool to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator if you plan to use within a few days; otherwise, store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Recipe Notes

I call for anchovy paste only because that is what I had on hand. You can substitute a couple minced whole anchovies or leave them out all together if you prefer.

Carrot Falafel

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Carrot Falafel
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Drain the chickpeas, discarding the soaking liquid. Process all of the ingredients except for the oil in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the bowl as needed. Form the mixture into 1 tablespoon-sized disks, about 1/2 inch thick and 1 inch wide, and arrange on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. (The falafel can be refrigerated at this point for up to 2 hours or frozen for up to 3 months.)
  2. Add about a half inch of oil to a cast iron or non-stick skillet (or enough to come half way up the falafel when added to the pan). Heat oil over medium heat until shimming and add enough falafel to cover the skillet without crowding. Fry for 3-5 minutes, or until brown and crispy and then flip and fry on the other side, adding more oil if it looks dry. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain and continue to cook the remaining falafel.
  3. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Mustard Green Harissa

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Mustard Green Harissa
Makes about 1 cup
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Servings
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Instructions
  1. Add cumin, coriander and caraway seeds to a small stainless steel or cast iron skillet and toast over medium-high heat until lightly brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add to a blender.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12" non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the mustard greens, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to the blender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the blender and process until fully broken down, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as necessary. Transfer to a clean storage container and refrigerate for a week or freeze for up to 6 months.
Recipe Notes

If you purchase larger, less tender mustard greens, you may need to extend the cooking time (the greens I purchased were the size of spring mix greens).

Spring Onion Soup

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Spring Onion Soup
Fresh, vibrant, simple soup; adapted from Plenty More
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat until foaming has subsided. Add the onion bulb and zucchini, along with 1 teaspoon sea salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and just lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the stock and bay leaf, cover, and bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and add the onion greens and peas and simmer for another 2-3 minutes, or until the onion greens are just soft. Remove from heat, add fresh herbs (start with 1 tablespoon) and puree using an immersion blender (easier but you won't get a really smooth texture) or transfer to a blender in a couple batches (more time consuming but you get a smoother texture). Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, adding the additional tablespoon of herbs if desired. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature before storing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Garnish ideas are listed above in the "Variation" section.
Recipe Notes

1) you can serve this hot, room temperature or chilled, making it a great soup for any time of year; 2) I used parsley as the fresh herb addition when I garnished it with creme fraiche and then cilantro when I garnished it with tempeh, but I think basil or tarragon would be great as well.