This months theme with the #ONatural campaign is about Spring and we embrace it. Well as you know, if you follow me along Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we love Spring. It’s the season of blossoming, Beltane/May Day is celebrated as we welcome the sun, fertility, renew and Spring is also a great time to start a detox.
Some of our Spring traditions that I am adopting this year is to eat with the seasons. If you read my past post about Manger, a beautiful french cook book her recipes are based on the seasons and I like this way thinking and eating.
We also celebrate May Day and Beltane with planting some basil. We are waiting for the seeds to germinate, we check on them daily and sing:
Tiny seeds, containing life!
They travel upon the wind and bring to us abundance.
Flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit…
all the bounty of the earth.
We give thanks to the seeds,
for the gifts that are to come in the harvest season.
What’s in season for Spring in Canada? Asparagus, artichokes, beets, fava beans, fiddleheads, garlic scapes and green garlic(I love these!), lettuces, nettles, peas and radishes. In fact, I love artichokes, here a favourite recipe from the Manger cook book I mentioned earlier.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
Note: You will only be using the artichoke hearts for this recipe.
4 large artichokes
4 eggs, separated
250 ml/ 1 cup full cream milk
60 g/ ¼ cup butter
30 g/ 4 tbsp flour + extra for dusting ramekins
25 g/ ¼ cup grated Gruyère or Comté cheese
Salt and black pepper
For the artichokes:
Trim artichokes stem and cook in boiling salted water until tender – approx 45 minutes to an hour depending on size. Drain, remove leaves, remove fuzzy choke and reserve the heart (fleshy center part). Purée artichoke hearts with a vegetable masher until smooth.
For the cheese béchamel:
On a medium heat, melt butter and add flour. Whisk until smooth and gradually add milk whisking away. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until sauce thickens. Off the heat, add grated Gruyère or Comté, stir until melted. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then add the egg yolks, one by one, followed by the artichoke purée. Mix well until smooth.
Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy. Add a pinch of salt then continue whisking until stiff. Fold egg whites gently into in artichoke/béchamel mixture.
Grease 4 ramequins with butter and dust with flour on all sides including base lightly. Fill the ramequins to 1/2-inch from the top with mixture.
Cook in preheated oven 180°C/ 350 F for 25-30 minutes. Serve immediately.
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