Gratins are one of my favourite side dishes. There are few vegetables that don't taste good in creamy or cheesy sauces and topped with crispy crumbs. Gratins are super simple to make, beautiful to present in a lovely baking / serving dish, and so delicious!
This version features some beautiful potatoes and parsnips. The two pair so well together and taste fabulous in their creamy sauce. I've finished with a traditional crispy crumb topping baked up to perfection in the oven in under an hour. There's so much to love about this dish and I can't wait for you all to try it!
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Visit the All ABout the Animals page for a quick little post about the World Wildlife Foundation.
Next week I'm focusing on Parsnips. Parsnips are absolutely delicious and can be utilized in a variety of ways. They can be eaten raw, boiled, mashed, roasted, or pureed, the options are endless. They are very closely related to carrots and parsley and have a sweet, peppery flavour especially when cooked. Their distinctly sweet flavour comes from enduring the first frost of winter which causes some of their starch to turn to sugars. They are undeniably versatile and so tasty, so this week's all about parsnips!
I have to say, I'm probably the guiltiest of all when it comes to giving in to my own cravings. I get the weirdest cravings out of nowhere and I can't let them go until they are fulfilled. Thing like fried pickles and ranch dressing, cheesy anything, sweets, and salty snacks periodically creep in to my mind and I remain unsatisfied until those cravings are met.
This article breaks down the meanings behind our cravings. Our cravings are so much more than how they manifest themselves to us. It's definitely worthwhile to consider what our bodies actually want from us when we experience these strange cravings.
Here are some of the cravings covered by the post:
What I love about this article is that it truly aims to help you better understand your body. I am going to take a 1 week pledge to recognize my cravings and attack them as this article suggests. If I can avoid the next (entire) bag of pretzels late at night, I'd be ok with that!
Here's a fun idea for all of you looking for a little getaway. Have you ever considered staying on an animal sanctuary? If rubbing the bellies of pigs, cuddling cows, and playing with chickens sounds like your kind of thing, then here's a list of 5 sanctuaries that also offer lodging on site. (See link)
What kinds of things can you expect from a weekend getaway on an Animal Sanctuary?
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.