The first day of spring may be a hop, skip, and a jump away. But the weather here in Toronto clearly didn’t get the memo. As I write this snow is falling outside my window. Thankfully, the ground isn’t cold enough for the snow to accumulate in any major way. So I doubt I’ll have to take a shovel to it, but man, it’s still kind of crushing. And I know this isn’t the last of the snow, not by a long shot. That’s why I’m keeping my winter boots at the ready and recipes like today’s Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup in my back pocket. Let’s face it, we have at least another month of soup season ahead of us, so let’s dive right in.
Miso Pork Udon Noodles with Asian Pear
Noodles never fail to bring comfort. From the bowls of chicken noodle I sniffled my way through as a child, to the pho I crave when things don’t go my way, noodles have always been there. And with the world being what it is right now, I’d say we could all collectively use a bowl. So I present these Miso Pork Udon Noodles as a possible contender. What you’re looking at here is lightly braised ground pork, onions, and cabbage tossed with chewy udon noodles coated in a velvety miso-spiked sauce. Naturally, I added a fried egg because when it comes to comfort food, it always pays to put an egg on it.
Fried Burrata Salad with White Balsamic Dressing
I am completely aware of how uncalled for this Fried Burrata Salad is. Burrata is a decadent treat all on its own. So to roll it in potato starch, egg, and panko before deep-frying it is a, um, little much. But we are in the middle of February and Valentine’s Day adjacent, so I’d say a little indulgence is allowed, advisable even. So rather than question the virtuousness of this dish, let’s just make it, enjoy it, and move on with our lives.
Carbonara Risotto with Oyster Mushrooms
We’re at the point in winter when I shift from attempting to enjoy the season to attempting to survive it. And how do I survive my most hated of seasons you ask? I let my cravings rule the day and eat my weight in comfort food. Is it healthy? No. Does it feel good? Yes. Will I keep doing it? I think today’s Carbonara Risotto answers that question. But in all seriousness, this is the time to be gentle with yourself. Regardless of what the groundhog had to say, if you live somewhere that has winter there is likely a lot more winter to be had. So I say, find joy where you can during these dark cold months and I found joy in this risotto. So let’s talk about it. It’s a much better topic than Seasonal Affective Disorder anyway.