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This Week in my Kitchen

Cherry tomato vinaigrette

I would venture to say that this vinaigrette is so good that it doesn’t require a salad. Give me this dish with a crusty baguette and leave me alone and I would finish it right off the skillet, still warm and you will hardly need to rinse the skillet. As all good food tends to be, it is super simple and depends on the quality of ingredients. I was watching a food show on Netflix the other day and the chef (quoting another chef) said that mis en place begins at the farm. Mis en place refers to gathering the ingredients […] 

Potato salad with hard boiled eggs

Here is a recipe for a simple potato salad that works well with any summer meal. It can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a couple of days without diminishing its quality and travels well to a boat or a picnic. I don’t know about what it’s like where you live but here certainly it is beginning to feel like fall. We wake up to cooler temperatures and a little rain drizzling, watering the pants outside and refreshing the air. I don’t mind the season change here in the Okanagan as the temperatures remain mild. In […] 

Summer beets with white balsamic-honey vinaigrette

Summer beets are completely different species than their winter counterpart. In the summer beets are fresh, cook quickly and their natural sugars come forward in a subtle and delicious way. I prefer roasting beets (unless I intend to pickle them) as roasting brings out their flavours beautifully. I don’t trim them too much before cooking, to avoid the juices from running and some of the flavour with them. It’s not a bad idea to wear thin kitchen gloves when working with beets as their juice can stain your hands. There are a few varieties of beets commonly available especially in the […] 

Corn Recipe Roundup

Corn hardly needs an introduction. Nothing says summer more than fresh corn on the cob with a little butter and a generous sprinkling of sea salt. A corn feast of eating a bunch of corn freshly picked that morning and bought directly from the grower is the best food memories of our summers. Leftover cobs can be stripped of their kernels with a sharp knife and the kernel used on their own with a little butter and salt, or added to beans, salad, other vegetables or made into soups or fritters. Corn is more than simply a fun summer food […] 

Let them eat (strawberry) cake

What cake did Marie Antoinette have in mind when she said “Let them eat cake”? What she supposedly said was “Qu’il mange de la brioche”, not exactly translated to “let them eat cake” but close enough in the sentiment. Perhaps she never said that at all and the phrase was unfairly attributed to her, but in any event, had she been alive still she’d be “eating her words” as that phrase is seen as the utmost indifference to people’s suffering. She is also believed to have said that she is terrified of being bored. We spent a month in Paris […] 

Fougasse with olives, thyme and rosemary

Baking bread feels so authentic, so fundamental to cooking. Just think of all the cooks over millenia baking bread for their families and communities all over the world. I don’t bake bread all the time but as is my style, every now and then I go all in and bake all kinds of breads for a while and then move on to something else until I revisit this art again. The inspiration for this round of bread baking was dinner at God’s Mountain catered by the one and only Dana of Joy Road Catering. Dana is a true treasure and […] 

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