Blinis make for an excellent nibble before dinner; the yeasty mini pancakes can cradle just about anything from cheeses to jams to luxe caviar. A sliver of smoked salmon and a dollop of mascarpone cheese may be at the very top of that list. Add roasted beets, star anise, and pomegranate seeds as Yvette van Boven does in Home Made Winter, and you'll have a gem of a dish on your table.
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A hearty sweet and savory salad for wintry weather.
This Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower with Salted Yogurt, Mint, and Pomegranate Seeds from Cook This Now elevates an already wonderful head of roasted cauliflower with a lovely selection of eastern Mediterranean elements.
Some believe that summer tomatoes need nothing more than a sprinkle of salt for that perfect tomato experience. I'm betting those folks haven't tried tomatoes sprinkled with sumac, the sour-aromatic red spice. Of course, the Turks have known about sumac's affinity for tomatoes for a while. This Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad from Silvena Rowe's Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume tops lovely, in-season tomatoes with crunchy ruby-hued pomegranate seeds and a dressing of sweet and tart pomegranate molasses and sumac.
The bittersweet-ness of this salad comes from the radicchio, sour blood orange segments, and tart pomegranate seeds dressed with a reduced orange-maple vinaigrette, which is really more of a syrup with a touch of aromatic orange flower water. The toasty pine nuts and little spoonfuls of creamy ricotta dolloped on top also complements the bitterness.