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A Year in Lucy's Kitchen

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One of Canada’s favourite culinary personalities returns with the companion volume to  the award-winning Lucy’s Kitchen — an inspirational collection of recipes for every month of the year.

The resurgence of farmers’ markets, along with economic, environmental and health concerns have more and more people cooking for themselves. Now with Lucy’s help you can eat better at home than in any restaurant. Try a family-friendly Victoria Day celebration with Firecracker Chicken Salad and S’mores Squares, entertain foodie friends with a Caribbean Paella and Chocolate Baby Cakes or try a new take on Indian cuisine. From hearty winter braises, through spring salads, summer grills and luscious fall feasts, this book shares the pleasures of the table with family and friends.


Carrot, Parsnip and Celeriac Stir-fry


Substitute other vegetables to suit your taste-turnips, rutabaga and sweet potatoes or squash are all good choices.

2 cups celeriac, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups parsnips, peeled and cut in  ½- inch pieces
2 cups carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
3 tbsp butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp chopped chives

COMBINE celeriac, parsnips and carrots in a pot. Cover with cold salted water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Drain.

HEAT butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 5 minutes, or until browned and heated through. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chives.

Halibut with Spiced Moroccan Sauce


The combination of spices and colours makes this a real taste treat and feast for the eyes. I make it with fresh tomatoes in summer and good-quality canned tomatoes in other seasons.

1⁄4 cup chopped fresh coriander
1⁄4 cup chopped parsley
2 tsp chopped garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
Pinch cayenne
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1⁄4 cup lemon juice
1⁄2 cup white wine
2⁄3 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
4 halibut fillets (about 6 oz/175 g each)
1⁄2 cup cracked green olives

PREHEAT oven to 425°F.

CHOP coriander, parsley and garlic in a food processor. Add oil, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and puree. Add lemon juice and combine. Reserve 2 tbsp spice mixture.

COMBINE wine, tomatoes and remaining spice mixture in a baking dish. Place halibut in baking dish in a single layer, skin-side down. Spread reserved spice mixture over fish.

BAKE for 15 minutes. Add olives and continue to bake for 5 minutes, or until white juices appear on fish. Serve fish with sauce.

Spicy Green Beans


The deep-frying changes the texture of the beans and makes them as addictive as French fries, and a perfect foil for the fish. This dish can be prepared ahead and then quickly stir-fried to reheat before serving. You can also spread the deep-fried beans on a baking sheet and reheat them at 400°F for 5 minutes.

Sauce 2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine or dry sherry
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp hot Asian chili sauce, or to taste
1⁄4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 tsp finely chopped gingerroot
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 cups vegetable oil
2 lb (1 kg) green beans, trimmed
2 tsp balsamic vinegar

MIX together soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, sesame oil and chili sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

COMBINE shallots, ginger and garlic in a separate small bowl and set aside.

HEAT a wok or deep skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil. Heat to about 350°F, or until a cube of bread browns in 15 seconds.

ADD beans in batches and fry for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until crisp and wrinkled. Place a strainer over a bowl and carefully transfer beans to strainer with a slotted spoon as they are ready. Let sit to drip until cool.

REMOVE all but 2 tbsp oil from wok. Add shallot mixture and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add beans and sauce and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until beans are coated with sauce and heated through. Drizzle with vinegar and season with salt.
Lucy Waverman

About Lucy Waverman

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Lucy Waverman is a Cordon Bleu — trained chef and the award-winning author of eight cookbooks, including Dinner Tonight and Home for Dinner. Her food column, “The Home Chef,” appears every Saturday in the Globe and Mail, and she is also the Food Editor of the LCBO’s Food & Drink. Her most recent book, A Matter of Taste (with James Chatto), was shortlisted for a James Beard Award and won the Gold Medal at Cuisine Canada’s 2005 culinary cookbook awards. From 1972 to 1990, Lucy owned and directed The Cooking School, a Toronto school devoted to the teaching of good cooking. She was the food expert for CityTV’s Cityline for twelve years and still appears regularly on television and radio shows across Canada and the United States.

  • A Year in Lucy's Kitchen by Lucy Waverman
  • October 13, 2009
  • Cooking
  • Random House Canada
  • $29.95
  • 9780679314585

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