This Week in my Kitchen

Lentils and Roasted Peppers Tartine

You may have noticed that I am a tartine fan. If it’s on bread, I love it. Tartine is simply a slice of grilled bread with a topping and you can find a few of the tartines I have posted here. I mentioned in another post that Holt’s Cafe in Toronto has some lovely tartines on their menu made with Poilane breads from Paris and whenever I am in Toronto I go to Holt’s for one of their tartines (let’s face it, it’s the clothes and shoes too). I used to have bread shipped to me from Paris (a little crazy, I […] 

Green Salad with Apples, Goat Cheese and Honey Vinaigrette

A beautiful salad is a work of art. The colours, textures, composition and flavours are appealing to both the eye and the palate. Whether you serve it on individual plates or pile it on a large platter for guests to helps themselves, always consider these elements when composing your creation. When dressing a salad, less is more. You don’t want to overwhelm the greens with too much dressing, too strong flavours, too much acid or too much oil. The oil to acid (vinegar or lemon juice) ratio should be nicely balanced, you know it when you taste it.  The dressing […] 

Cabbage, Farro and Vegetables melange

I am not very good at using the freezer but my fridge always has some cooked items ready to be incorporated into my daily adventure in the kitchen. Any time you’d look in my fridge you are likely to find a container with cooked grain or legumes, homemade dressings and sauces in little jars, store bought sauces that I like, creme fraiche etc. These items make it easy to quickly assemble a lunch or dinner which at out house are usually pretty simple but fresh. One such item that came in handy today is a container with cooked farro from […] 

Breakfast tartine – tomatoes, eggs, hollandaise

Just in case you think I am holed up in here and cook-photograph-write and never go out, that’s almost but not always the case. Yesterday my foodie friend Val and I went on a foodie excursion south of here and had a blast. We call these the “two foodies and a hummer” excursions and we do them quite often. We stopped for coffee and pastries at Bliss Bakery in Peachland, photographed golden delicious apple harvest at an orchard in Lake Country, had a fabulous and leisurely Joy Road Cuisine de Terroir lunch at Black Hills estate Winery on the patio in […] 

Plum Kuchen

Here is something to do with the abundance of prune plums at the markets. Plum kuchen is a simple, one bowl cake topped with plums and I think it may be the original coffee cake. There are many versions for this recipe. Some are made with yeast, others are similar to tarts and still others look like a crumble. I think originally plum kuchen was made with yeast dough and it is a worthwhile undertaking, but takes a little longer to prepare. Many cultures claim it as their own, from Germans to Jewish to Bavarians and other Eastern Europeans but […] 

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