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This Week in my Kitchen

Mini banana pancakes with banana and blueberries

Summer is time for leisurely breakfasts on the patio and although most of the time it is oatmeal or whole grains, sometimes I indulge in a little treat. Pancakes and waffles with fresh fruit, maple syrup and whipped cream are high on my “indulge” list.  And I like them small: compact and puffy little disks that can play the main role or be a side-kick, whatever else you are serving. For this recipe I chopped up a banana into the batter and then chopped another banana and mix it with blueberries to serve alongside or on top of the pancakes. […] 

Artichoke Fritters with Sorrel Aioli

It’s a perfect summer day here today and I was lazying in the hammock for a while reading a book but soon visions of the kitchen lured me in and I stepped inside to see what I can make. I am (almost) always ready to cook something. No need for dinner today as we are off to a Joy Road dinner in Penticton so I thought perhaps a little appie to have before we leave may be nice. Many people find working with artichokes intimidating and it’s true that they a little more labour intensive than other vegetables.  In this […] 

Orzo with radicchio, broccolini and Feta

I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen this week. I have discovered the Apex Trail leading up to the top of Knox Mountain and got completely hooked on the hike and the area and have been going there every day. I hope this enthusiasm continues through the summer and fall because it is such a good workout in a gorgeous setting with spectacular Okanagan views. I do pack a lunch, enjoy it on top of the mountain and continue hiking along one of the many trails in the area before heading down while my legs still carry me and […] 

Laura Calder Chocolate Mousse

I have written about Laura Calder before so you know I love her recipes. They are often simple enough to prepare yet are sophisticated with clean and layered flavours. Just like food should be. This little chocolate mousse is a quick dessert from her latest book Paris Express and I wanted to share it with you. You can serve it simply with whipped cream and fresh berries or elaborate with spun sugar. To be honest, I need something tart to go with chocolate, like a raspberry o sauce and I have served it with a spoonful of raspberry sauce on top.   […] 

Red wine poached honey belle pears with gorgonzola and walnuts

I saw these pears at the store the other day. You think of pears as a fall fruit but this honey belle pear variety is only available here for a short time in the spring, from March to May. It’s a New Zealand pear, small and colourful with a pink blush over a lovely green background. It has a sweet flavour and crisp texture and I enjoyed eating it fresh, sliced into salads and poached in a bottle of red wine. Poached pears with creamy gorgonzola and walnuts is one of those moment in cooking when the stars are aligned. […] 

Tacos with refried beans and roasted cauliflower

On a recent extended stay in the Yucatan I attended a cooking class (several, really) and watched local Maya women making corn tortillas by hand, beautiful, symmetrical, thin and perfectly formed round tortillas. When you watch them making it seems so simple, roll the dough into little balls and slap it into a perfect rounds between the palms of your hands. Not so fast. Try and do it yourself and let’s see how easy YOU find it. So today for some unknown reason I got the urge to make my own corn tortillas. From scratch. By hand. It doesn’t need […] 

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