Hey there lovelies!

How are you today? I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend of traveling, but here’s to hoping the next couple of days at work will fly past. Today’s featured recipe and new thing both come from my Montreal trip. I know Try Something New Tuesday is supposed to show you new things that I’ve tried on Tuesdays, but hey, it’s my blog so I can bend the rules, right? Right. Here goes!

1. Recipe of the Week. When summer rolls around, I’m ALL about salsa. Spicy salsa, mild salsa, blow-your-head-off-outrageous salsa, and fruit salsa – I love all kinds. On the weekend, Leanne and I were brainstorming recipes and she suggested making some sort of corn-free tortilla chips. I can’t eat tortilla chips on their own, so I took full responsibility for creating the salsa recipe. We began with these ingredients:

ingredients for kiwi salsa

kiwi cut in half

After chopping them all up into tiny pieces…

chopping kiwi

…adding a squeeze of lime juice, and stirring everything together in a bowl, this is what we had:

mixing salsa

mixing salsa 2

That’s Kiwi Cilantro Salsa, and it’s so great that I’m giving it the spotlight this week. It was beautiful, and after sitting in the fridge for an hour or so, the flavours were amazing. But what about those corn-free tortilla chips?

amaranth on spoon

Leanne is an allergen-free goddess, so when she suggested using amaranth, I was pretty confident that it would work.

pouring amaranth into pot

We boiled up a pot of it on the stove, and after letting it cool (because it was SUPER sticky), began shaping small rounds with our fingers and laying them on her Silpats. The rounds needed to be as thin as possible in order to crisp up, so this took us a little while to do. But after baking the crackers in the oven for about 25 minutes, both of us were surprised and impressed by the result.

cooked amaranth

making amaranth crackers

Luckily, Leanne hid the salsa on me so when the crackers were finally ready, we still had some salsa to take photos of.

kiwi cilantro salsa with amaranth crackers

kiwi cilantro salsa with amaranth crackers 2

….but it sure didn’t last long – that salsa is totally addictive! I’ve got a feeling that I’ll be remaking it several times this summer.

Click here for the recipe!

kiwi cilantro salsa with amaranth crackers

2. Crudessence. This was the restaurant that Leanne and I went to lunch for on Saturday. She told me that it was one of her favourites since she moved to Montreal, so it was high on our list of places to visit. There are two locations, and since our travels that day had us hiking up Mount Royal, we went to the Mackay one.

inside of Crudessence

Crudessence serves raw, gluten-free, vegan dishes and is an extremely environmentally-conscious company. Serving healthy, delicious food is just a part of what they do. The folks there are just as passionate about what comes out of the kitchen as they are about educating visitors on how eating living foods can help to make us happier and more energetic. They source ingredients locally, use compostable containers, deliver food by bicycle, and host workshops for families and health centers. Pretty great, don’t you think?

crudessence menu cover

So what did we eat? Well, to start, I was really intrigued by the sushi on the list of appetizers. When it came out, the dish looked even more impressive than it sounded on the menu.

crudessence sushi

Maki rolls with vegetables, sprouts, and curry pate, serves with gluten-free tamari sauce.

crudessence sushi 2

Aren’t the rolls gorgeous? I loved every single bite (maybe even more than my main course!) and am going to be doing a re-make sometime over the coming weeks at home.

Next up was our main courses, and Leanne and I both ordered the same thing:

crudessence salad menu

The dressing I asked for was Crudessence’s fat-free Tibet, which was so amazing that I’m pretty sure I could drink shot glasses of it. I’m not sure what the ingredients are, but I think it’s probably a mixture of ginger, tamari or Bragg’s liquid aminos, and agave. Like the sushi, I’ll be trying this at home!

amazing tibet dressing at crudessence

crudessence salad

I totally forgot to ask for my salad without the sauerkraut (no matter how hard I try, I can’t bring myself to like it!) but the rest was fantastic.

crudessence salad

See those bits of avocado and the pumpkin seeds? Yep – they were my favourite part!

The service was fantastic and if I lived in Montreal, I’m sure Crudessence would see a fair bit of my paycheques going their way. The menu is full of other dishes I’d love to try, and if you happen to be traveling to the area, I highly recommend checking them out!

crudessence sign

So tell me…

  • What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever visited while traveling? What did you have?
  • Fruit salsas: Are you a fan?