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artichoke pesto

artichoke pestoMaking use of what’s in your cupboard before expiration date always feels good.  I am guilty, at times, of having to throw food out.  According to Second Harvest, Canadians waste $31 billion of food every year of which 47% is wasted in the home.  Over 30% of fruits and vegetables are rejected by supermarkets because they aren’t attractive enough for consumers. The primary contributor to consumer food waste is high expectations—demand for high-quality, aesthetically-pleasing food is a key factor behind the volume of food waste among consumers. I reject ugly-looking fruit or veggies when there are visible signs of spoilage.  I don’t know why I expect my food to last longer.  The refrigerator is meant to prolong the life of fruits and vegetables and perhaps psychologically I have time on my side and, regrettably, that isn’t always the case – mea culpaContinue Reading →

Bresaola with Shaved Artichoke

Bresaola is one of those Italian specialty meats that’s difficult to find on a regular basis so when I saw it at Eataly I grabbed a package – strike will the iron is hot.  In the past I’ve come across recipes calling for bresaola but never had the chance to make and now that I had the opportunity I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it…funny that!  I spotted an artichoke and decided to prepare the dish as if making carpaccio.  Bresaola is a salt-cured, air-dried beef, is very lean and originated from northern Italy.  This recipe is super easy to make.

bresaola slices
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
Parmesan cheese, shaved
fresh parsley, chopped
fresh lemon juice
extra-virgin olive oil
1 artichoke – cleaned and thinly sliced (use a mandoline or potato peeler)

Arrange bresaola slices on a platter.  Top with shaved artichoke slices, garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, parsley, Parmesan cheese and seasoned with pepper.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  The beef slices can be slightly chilled or at room temperature.  A simple yet elegant antipasto best served with fresh bread.  Enjoy with a glass of red wine!