Recipes

Tomato Soup Recipes
Apr09

How to Make the Best Tomato Soup

It’s spring time in the Okanagan and tomatoes are in season! Our favourite way to use these tasty vegetables is to turn them into a fresh, fragrant soup – just perfect for lunches or chilly evenings. We’ve rounded up some of the best tomato soup recipes for you to try:

Tomato Soup Recipes

  • Roasted Tomato Soup with Herbed Croutons 
  • You will just love this Roasted Tomato Soup that uses all fresh ingredients and tells you to how to make the best croutons from scratch. There’s nothing else to say about this simple yet effective recipe; try it out for yourself at thoughtsoverchai.net.

  • Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup
  • Sometimes lentil soups can be hit or miss! We recommend trying this recipe but substitute out that can of diced tomatoes for some fresh local Okanagan produce. And of course, the other advantage of this recipe is that it is vegan –  so can be enjoyed by everyone. Check out the full recipe and other ideas at cookieandkate.com.

  • Best Ever Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
  • This recipe is a yummy treat which is served with radish, roasted chili, feta, avocado, lime and corn tortillas. Rachel also notes that charring the vegetables is the trick to getting a smoky broth – perhaps you could also roast fresh tomatoes rather than using them out of the can?  Worth a try!  Check out this delicious twist on the classic tomato soup at rachaelhartleynutrition.com

What’s your favourite tomato soup recipe?  Or perhaps you have an alternative way to use these delicate vegetables that you think we should know about? Share your ideas in the comment box below.

Fancy cooking up these delights in the comfort of a home away from home?  If your answer is yes then please get in contact today to book your summer vacation at La Casa Cottage Resort – we would love to have you here!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Kale Green Smoothie
Mar12

5 Kale Smoothie Combinations for you to try

Kale is in season in the Okanagan so head down to your local grocery store and pick up some beautiful fresh produce! When most people think of kale, they picture horrible green drinks that taste of vegetables.  However kale can be made delicious when added with the right ingredients. It is extremely good for you and health-conscious individuals love it because of the low calorie count, zero fat and high levels of fibre.

Kale Smoothie Recipes
Why not try one of these combinations?

These high energy smoothies are the perfect way to kickstart your body – let us know which is your favourite! We are sure that you’ll agree with us when we say that these are way better than eating kale on its own…

Fancy drinking these smoothies on your own patio next to a turquoise swimming pool with the Okanagan sun burning down on you?  If this image sounds ideal, contact us today to book your summer vacation at La Casa Cottages – we would love to have you here!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Parsnips Recipe
Feb12

Make Parsnips the star of Winter in these recipes

Canada’s winter is long and cold so is the ideal time to get experimental in the kitchen.  Parsnips, due to the chilly temperatures, are now in season in the Okanagan so why not try out different ways to use this sweet root vegetable?

Parsnips are high in fibre, potassium and vitamin C!  This means that there are so many health benefits that come with eating them.  Why not take a look at some of these recipe suggestions below?

The suggestion to make a parsnip bruschetta almost seems bizarre to those of us that have visions of the traditional mozzarella, basil and tomato type dish. However we urge you to try this.  Parsnip puree (made with sea salt, garlic and butter) served with rocket leaves and parmesan shavings on a warm ciabatta roll… Does it really get better than that? Check out the full recipe on bbcgoodfood.com .

Now most of us probably already know how to make roast parsnips (or think we do!), but no-one does it better than Jamie Oliver! Check out his suggestions for cooking the ultimate honey roast parsnips. If you’re not a fan of honey, then he also mentions how adding parmesan and flour can really crunch those parsnips up! Please visit jamieoliver.com for more information on these variations.

You might not think that parsnips are a dessert item, but they really can be! Because of their sweeter taste, parsnips go well with spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – add these together with flour, eggs, sugar and (another surprising ingredient) butternut squash to make a rather delicious winter dessert. To look up the official recipe and ingredients list, please check out this link via delish.com – we fully recommend.

 

These mouthwatering recipes are sure to get you inspired in the kitchen! The question is: which one will you try first?

For other recipe recommendations, please check out our related blog posts here.  We love to see our guests getting creative in the kitchen – send us a photo on Facebook or shoot us a comment below so that we can see how you are spending your winter days!

If you’re already thinking of summer, then don’t forget to contact our reservations line on +1-888-226-5566 to book your cottage vacation at La Casa Cottages – we’d love to have you!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Leek Recipes
Jan08

Beat winter with these heartwarming Leek recipes

Fresh produce is the highlight of the Okanagan region and just because it’s the winter, doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of local goods to go around. This month we are highlighting the sister of the onion:

The Leek!

One of the Allium vegetables, Leeks have a variety of health benefits and that’s why we are giving you a selection of recipes that highlight the delicate flavor of this underrated vegetable. They’ll get you through the winter months and might help prevent catching a cold or two!

Leek Recipe

 

Nothing beats a homemade soup in the Winter. Instead of making the typical Potato & Leek soup, why not try one of a different variety?  All you need for this simple recipe is butter, leeks, parsnips, broth, potatoes, apples and herbs!  Melt butter, cook everything until tender – then stick in a blender and voila, you’ve just made a marvelous meal.  Check out the full ingredients list and method via chatelaine.com .

Anyone who loves goat’s cheese, will really enjoy these tasty lunchtime pastries. Enjoy the combination of the mild leeks with the melted goat’s cheese, all on top of a thick puff pastry base! The key to the success of this recipe is it’s simplicity. For ingredient’s list and method, please visit olivemagazine.com .

Inspired by the Jewish tradition of Potato latkes, these Leek fritters are to die for. Using a very small shopping list, these savory treats are perfect on their own, with apple chutney or as an accompaniment to a main meal. All you need to get started are leeks, eggs, olive oil and breadcrumbs!  These really are best eaten on the day of cooking, so don’t leave them sitting out for too long. Check out seriouseats.com for the full ingredients list and method.

What’s more comforting than a warm Chicken & Leek pie? This recipe suggests using puff pastry, which will make your pie topping light, crispy and golden! Another top tip to take away is to slow cook the chicken legs so that the meat is falling off the bone.  This will help get a lovely juicy chicken filling.  Check out the full ingredients list and method via seriouseats.com .

 

These recipes are perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon when it’s snowing outside – stock up on groceries, head to your cottage and cook away!  For other recipe recommendations, please check out our related blog posts here.  We love to see our guests getting creative in the kitchen – send us a photo on Facebook or shoot us a comment below so that we can see how you are spending your winter days!

If you’re already thinking of summer, then don’t forget to contact our reservations line on +1-888-226-5566 to book your cottage vacation at La Casa Cottages – we’d love to have you!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros