Okay, I know today’s Fiddlehead Farfalle with Saint-André Cream Sauce bears more than a passing resemblance to my last recipe, but… there is no but. I have no excuse. When spring hits I fall into a vat of cream sauce and vibrant greens. I’m speaking metaphorically, of course, but even this exaggeration occasionally borders on the truth. I’m not sure if it’s due to my excessive exposure to Pasta Primavera as a child or my aesthetic preoccupation with pairing green and white, but to me, spring cuisine means cream sauce, greens kissed with garlic and butter, and glass after glass of white wine.
I’m back once again to wreak havoc and mess with a classic. Today, I will piss off all of France with this Grilled Asparagus Croque Monsieur. Yes, I went ahead and made the celebrated and beloved Croque Monsieur vegetarian. I know, right? Gasps all around! Fortunately, I’m not important enough to cause an uproar. No one, save my beloved blog readers, will know I have committed this piece of culinary blasphemy. But, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I have a handful of vegetarian friends and I like to cater to them from time to time. Plus, let’s be real, the best part of a Croque Monsieur is the cheese, not the ham. So is the concept of a Grilled Asparagus Croque Monsieur really so disrespectful? Don’t think about that too hard.
If you’ve read this blog before, you know I have a tendency to rant. And, more often than not, those rants tend to be about the weather. Remember this gem from February? In my defense, I am from Nova Scotia and complaining about the weather is kinda our thing – it’s kinda a thing for most coastal populations. Although I’ve called Toronto home for nearly 10 years now, sustained exposure to Lake Ontario doesn’t take the Maritimer out of the girl. So today, I’m gunning for spring and it’s diabolical plan to limit my enjoyment of this Cantaloupe Caprese Pasta Salad and its inability to reward me for my heroic survival of winter.
After sharing gratuitous shots of various smoked meats in my last post, I felt it necessary to provide something for the vegetarians in the crowd. This Sweet Potato Poutine with Morel Gravy is my gift to you and while it may not be something glamorous I sniffed out while globe-trotting, it is beyond delicious. But really, I’m not a saint; poutine is inherently delicious. It’s not exactly hard to make french fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds taste good. But you have to admit a morel gravy is a touch unique, a touch decadent, a little more complex than the average. So whether your vegetarian or otherwise, pull up a chair and marvel at this mashup of Canadian street food and fabulous fungi.