Happy belated Easter! It surely was a happy one around Loyola House – we had over 200 of our closest friends come to Brunch. We had pastries, muffins, local Bella Roma turkey sausage, smoked salmon scrambled eggs, Thatcher Farms lamb kebab-ed with Cremini mushrooms … oooh, so many things! Topped off, of course, with plenty of chocolate. Thanks to the mighty kitchen staff, some stalwart Jesuit volunteers (and my beloved sisters who dropped by to help with the transformation from First Seating to Second Seating) it was a fast-paced but fun occasion. Now we start planning how to top it for next year …
This blog is coming up on 7 years old! Sometimes I worry about running out of recipes. I shouldn’t worry – the inventive and enquiring minds in the kitchen are always coming up with something new. This month – thanks to Emily – we have a
THAI INSPIRED CUCUMBER SLAW
For the dressing, whisk together…
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids (or plain old tamari)
1/3 cup unsweetened rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup dark sesame oil
2/3 cup peanut butter
Assemble in a large bowl …
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3 English cucumbers, sliced
1/2 c Edamame – out of the shell!
1 large head of cabbage, sliced (we like Savoy cabbage)
1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, chopped
¼ cup sesame seeds -black or toasted white (or both)
Add the dressing and toss well. This salad will benefit from having an hour to assimilate the dressing. Stir it occasionally, then transplant to your favourite serving bowl and astonish your guests with a new taste treat. For those who don’t like cilantro, basil works very well in this salad – if you can get the beautiful, spicy purple basil, so much the better!
Thanks, Emily! And thanks to Natasha for the Brunch picture. I now have camera envy.
Don’t forget that the next Taste of Diversity dinner is barely three weeks away, on May 22. This will be our annual voyage back to Italy – ably guided by our dear friends from the Holy Rosary Parrish. There may be a couple of tickets left … but not for long.
Until next time – take care of each other and keep the sunscreen handy (hope, hope). ❤