Healing Winter Foods

Thai Kale Soup | www.purplehousecafe.com

I’ve recently had a couple more recipes published to the Pete’s Fine Foods blog – one for an awesome Thai Kale Coconut soup that will help you get your greens in a warmer, maybe-even-more delicious way than the ubiquitous green juice.  The other is a variation on the Ayurvedic kitchari, which is meant to help restore the body and immune system, as well as detoxify without all the deprivation.

Kitchari Bowl | www.purplehousecafe.com

 

Fig and Maple Overnight Oats

Fig & Maple Overnight Oats | www.purplehousecafe.com

This is the most indulgent healthy recipe I can think of…tons of fibre, probiotics and antioxidants plus beautifully juicy figs, cacao nibs and vanilla star anise-infused maple syrup.

Find the recipe here.

Recipes With Pete

La Tourangelle | www.purplehousecafe.com

 

I’ve had the good fortune of working with one of my favourite local grocers, Pete’s Fine Foods, to develop a few recipes for some of their most interesting specialty products.  For those of you who have never had the pleasure of stepping into the sensory cacophony that is a Pete’s store, imagine finding the largest selection of both fancy imported and local foods – many of which are grown on Pete Luckett’s own property in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia – and getting completely lost in a world of culinary possibility.  

The recipe pictured above is a hearty salad of pistachio encrusted salmon, beluga lentils, candied squash, apple and pistachio dust drizzled with a simple vinaigrette of pistachio oil and lemon.  

Then there was this duck leg confit that I tossed with papardelle, local chanterelle mushrooms, and an exquisite cherry anise hyssop jam.  Though I was a little speculative about my idea to make pasta sauce out of jam (nothing like thinking outside the box…) it was outstanding.

Tagliatelle | www.purplehousecafe.com

 

Also, there were these pumpkin chestnut truffles, which were so incredibly devour-able, and yet sophisticated and nuanced in their flavour.

Chestnut Truffles | www.purplehousecafe.com

 

I’m excited to keep sharing with you some of the creations that are coming out of the Purple House Cafe kitchen via Pete’s Fine Foods, and, as always, on my business site, Nalumana Women’s Wellness.  

See you soon.