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Asparagus Omelette

March 22, 2024

Morning, time for a weekend breakfast and asparagus are showing up at the stores, not yet local.  Chop some asparagus into small diagonal slices and steam or cook in butter and salt.  Slice additional stems lengthwise on a mandolin and steam or cook in butter. To make the omelette whisk 3 egg, pour into a pan with melted butter and cook until half done, stirring with a fork. Spoon asparagus on one side, add grated... View Article

Banana date muffins

March 22, 2024

Morning. Here is a quick and delish muffin recipe you can make in one bowl. Enjoy with a cup of morning tea or coffee. .In a bowl combine:1 banana, mashed1 cup soft dates, chopped2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 cups AP flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon saltMix ingredients in order. Once you have added the flour do not overmix.  Spoon into 6 larger muffin cups. Bake at 350F about 20 -25 min or until done,... View Article

Pita bread

March 22, 2024

Don’t you love having foodie friends? They are the best. Earlier this week we spent a day with Beth at @giantsheadkitchen baking pita breads and ciabatta buns. Beth (medical doctor who love to bake) has a commercial kitchen attached to her house that many restaurants would envy. Her husband has a wood working shop next to it where he creates, among more complex projects, one of a kind intricately designed cutting boards you see in the image... View Article

Mashed potatoes croquettes

March 22, 2024

If you have leftover mashed potatoes and an air fryer you can make these crispy outside, soft and cheesy inside potato croquettes.  3 cups mashed potatoes passed through a ricer to remove any lumps.3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan or pecorino.3 tablespoon chopped chives Mix ingredients with a spatula until incorporated. Roll into bite size balls. Prepare three plates, one with rice flour, one with 2 egg whites whisked with a tablespoon of water, one with seasoned bread... View Article

Onigiri

March 22, 2024

Onigiri – Japanese rice balls compressed into a triangle. I made them two ways, plain and fried.  Onigiri is a classic Japanese snack that you see in almost every bento box. It can be shaped into a ball, a cylinder, a triangle or any creative shape that strikes your fancy.  Onigiri can be plain, stuffed or just seasoned.  Plain are partially wrapped with a strip of nori to keep the rice from sticking to your... View Article

Roasted cherry tomatoes with bocconcini

March 22, 2024

Roasted tomatoes on the vine with bocconcini. I roasted the tomatoes in the air fryer at 400F for 3 minutes but drizzled them with olive oil first.  Add salt and pepper after they are done. Serve with bocconcini, a drizzle of balsamic and good bread.  Not sure how you feel about air fryers. I didn’t at first and gave away my first one (a few years ago) but bought one again recently and love it.... View Article

Fresh pea soup

March 22, 2024

Green pea soup with fresh dill. I found that a good way to use up things in the freezer is by making them into soups. I have made tomato soup with last year’s tomatoes and now this pea soup from market peas that I put in the freezer last summer.  Sauté a chopped shallot or two and a couple of garlic cloves in a bit of olive oil until soft and fragrant.  Add about 3-4... View Article

Japanese watermelon raddish salad

March 22, 2024

Morning. Still trying to get over the Japan trip jet lag. If I comment on your post at 2:00 am you know why. So I bought a Japanese cookbook by @cheftimanderson and I am having fun with it. The book is called #yourhomeizakayaand has wonderful, accessible recipes. I have marked quite a few to make.  This beautiful pink salad is grated watermelon radish with a sweet and salty dressing and nori shreds on top. I find it very... View Article

Japanese cake roll

March 22, 2024

One item I saw everywhere in Japan was these beautiful cake rolls, made in different flavours and filled with whipped cream, fruits etc. it was available at the 711 and at fancy department stores food floors. I think it’s known as Hokkaido roll (named after the Hokkaido milk), or just referred to as fuwa fuwa meaning fluffy). The formal name may be Nihon no Roru Keki. Whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful soufflé like... View Article

Shredded Salad with Hazelnuts and sweet and tangy dressing

March 22, 2024

Shredded salad with hazelnuts and sweet and tangy dressing. For the salad I used carrots and watermelon radish shredded with a vegetable peeler shredding blade. I added radicchio cut into thin strips with a knife (not torn) and chopped parsley.  Add a handful of dried cranberries and toss everything together.  Dressing:1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon Dijon1 tablespoon cider vinegar4 tablespoons olive oilCombine ingredients and whisk to emulsify. Toss the salad with some of the dressing.... View Article