Who needs a healthy dose of veggies after that long weekend chocopalooza? (I do.) Something crunchy and cruciferous, to give my jaw a workout. Something to provide a nutritional ballast against all that ham, all those cinnamon buns, and so many handfuls of eggies. And so it was good timing that a few food blogging friends had organized a virtual cookbook launch for our mutual pal Mairlyn, who recently launched a cookbook of Canadiana, Homegrown.
Mairlyn is a professional home economist, food writer, TV personality and Second City alum (yes, she’s funny), and the author of several cookbooks with a focus on healthy eating. In her latest, she celebrates Canadian cuisine from Saskatchewan-farmed lentils to Nova Scotia scallops to Saskatoon bread pudding from the prairies, with over 175 recipes gathered from members and students of the Ontario Home Economics Association. Flipping through, the maple Brussels sprout slaw – contributed by Amy Whitson, PHEc – nearly jumped off the page and begged me to make it. I left out the horseradish, not being a fan, and when I found my radishes were a bit spongy, I swapped some tart apples for a similar (yet less peppery) crunch. I also added some pumpkin seeds, just because.
Here’s a taste of some of the other dishes in Homegrown:
Mardi over at Eat.Live.Travel.Write. made Spicy Red Lentil Soup
Jan from Family Bites made Maple Apple Cheese Spread
Renee from Sweet Sugarbean made a Kale Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing
Amy from Family Feedbag made Quebec-Style Pea Soup
Charmian from the Messy Baker made Zucchini and Carrot Breakfast Muffins