Round-Up June 25th

 

I’ve been in the midst of planning recipes for my beautiful glut of apricots. Ten pounds of beautiful, sweet, luscious, comically perfect fruit and indecision!  In the meantime, check out these interesting and mouth-watering links.

 

I always love finding recipes that are incidentally healthy – these elegant little quiches are crustless, low-carb, vegetarian, and gluten-free. I’d make these for a picnic and serve them with a fresh herbaceous salad.

 

Next on the list of delectable healthy hand-held snacks is this recipe for Avocado, Chicken, Broccoli Rabe Summer Rolls from I am a Food Blog. The flavorful fillings are wrapped in rice paper for the perfect combination of meaty, creamy, vegetal flavors in every bite. The dipping sauce looks amazing too. I love that this is such a customizable meal – vegetarians could substitute seared tofu or homemade mushroom bacon. I would be inclined to replace the vermicelli with julienned daikon radish or kolrabi for more crunch and fewer carbs.

 

Fennel is one of my favorite vegetables. I love the flavor, and even the most ardently anti-anise person I know enjoys eating it too. This pesto from Not Derby Pie uses the oft-overlooked fronds and would be delicious on everything from sandwiches to roasted vegetable to pasta. Over at The Guardian, Rachel from the excellent blog Rachel Eats details four uses for fennel covering some my favorite dishes – salads, soups, creamy gratins, and crunchy salads.

 

I love the intersection of design, technology, and cooking, this little oven is exactly that.

 

This fascinating article discuses one of the newest crops in Scotland – tea! I’d love to get my hands on some of it and compare it to other teas from around the world.

 

Due to recent health issues, I have cut alcohol from my diet, but I am desperate for really excellent cocktail cherries for nibbling, serving over ice cream, or garnishing a Shirley Temple. The world’s best cocktail cherries from Luxardo are delicious, but rather spendy. If you can find sour cherries, it might be worth trying to make them at home.

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