Welcome to our new series on the blog – Eating the Alphabet. We will be “eating” our way through the alphabet in this series. We will be sharing with you different foods, recipes, favorite meals and restaurants that have been inspired by a different letter in the alphabet. First up is the letter ‘A’:
Lorien says: As I was thinking of which foods I wanted to feature for ‘A’, I was going through my memory of meals I’ve had, which veggies are my favorite, which spices I’ve been using lately, now that Spring/Summer is here which foods I’m craving….. and I decided on apricots and asparagus for their simplicity in preparation this time of year. They’re fantastic on their own or a tiny something takes them over the top.
Apricots: Apricots are heavenly by themselves or in jams, in salads, in drinks, in sorbets, in ice creams… for all these reasons they’re a favorite of mine in the summer. I’m really looking forward to trying these recipes this summer: Apricot-Chile Hot Sauce, Gluten Free Apricot Strawberry Cake and Apricot and Pistachio Crumbles with Vanilla Ice cream. (image)
Asparagus: When asparagus is in season and when they’re cooked right, asparagus is as addicting as french fries to me. My favorite preparation of asparagus is simple – roasted with a little cheese, breadcrumbs and lemon sprinkled on top. Combine that with eggs or pasta, or both, I can eat various variations of these ingredients weekly. (image)
Joanna says: Asparagus, Arugula, Artichoke, Avocado…what a great letter to start of a series all about our favorite foods. It’s hard to choose with all these options – but if I had to pick my favorite food beginning with the letter ‘A’ I’d have to say…errrr…I really can’t pick a favorite when it comes to artichokes and avocados. That’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. I just can’t – I love them both too much.
Avocado: I’ve never grilled avocados myself, but I’ve had them in restaurants and they are so good! It seems like a strange concept at first – cooking avocado? But it works, and it’s simple to do. This recipe includes grilled tomatoes, garlic, chiles, cilantro, sea salt…what more could you want really. And if you’re entertaining outdoors, these avocados are easy to assemble and the presentation will impress. You grill the halved avocados with the skin on and fill the hole with the grilled tomatoes and chiles – eat with a spoon – skin on. I’m absolutely trying these for my next BBQ.
Artichoke: My new obsession is the combo of shaved artichoke and truffle. Ever since having the Artichoke Crudo and Celery salad at Bacaro I can’t stop thinking about this pairing (I made my own version at home the other night and I have to say – it came out great). This recipe from Saveur looks like a good one to try at home too. Garlic, lemon, baby artichokes, white truffle, Parmesan. Yum. Perfect for a light Spring dinner.