New this week

March 30, 2020

Vegan pancakes

It’s the kind of morning that requires pancakes. Cloudy, blowing outside, cushions flying off all over the rooftop patio. I was almost blown off myself trying to retrieve them in the wind and rain. But, it was fun. I make the pancake plant based without using eggs and oil BUT I can’t give up the whipped cream, so there. You, of course, suit yourself:). They are light and fluffy because of the baking powder so... View Article

March 25, 2020

Waffles with oats and strawberry sauce

I was dying to go out for breakfast this morning but of course, we must stay home. So I made waffles, something I don’t indulge in too often but enjoy it when I do. #quaratinecooking#dontroamstayhome#physicaldistancenotsocialdistance#physicaldistancesocialconnection . So I spent some time with our daughter and baby on video, sang to him (he wasn’t impressed) and got a few smiles and cooing. I think he may like the sound of my voice. Thank you @alexis_honce for staying connected. made... View Article

March 24, 2020

Vegetables Tacos

So I used the taco shells from the other day to make these tacos. Instead of beans I used shitake mushrooms and cauliflower, both chopped fine and sauteed so they looked like ground “meat”. Topping was aa simple pickled slaw, fresh tomatoes and queso fresco. Mexican crema is nice with it too. you can more “stuff”, I kept it fairly simple.

March 23, 2020

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Being at home and not wanting to run out to the store too often may be an opportunity to try out things that we didn’t try before. These flour tortillas are useful whether you like Mexican food or not. Use them for tacos, burritos or fill with hummus, salad or anything you like to eat. These tortillas are very easy to make but best consumed the same day you make them. If you make a... View Article

March 22, 2020

#Pantrysoup – Beans and Pasta

Considering we are not running to the grocery store every day now it is good to have a few recipes of good food you can cook from staple panrty items and this soup is just such recipe. Made with beans, canned tomatoes and pasta, you can whip it up in no time and have a delicious and nourishing soup that for us means dinner. You can use canned beans or dried beans but dried beans... View Article

March 21, 2020

Rice and lentils with roasted vegetables

Mujadara is a classic middle eastern dish that I love and occasionally make. It consists of cooking rice and lentil together and topping with cruspy chopped onion. Simply delish. This is a version of the concept, made with leftover rice and lentils that I had and mixed with roasted ribbons of carrots and parsnips. This business of #stayhome, #flattenthecurve and #quarantinecooking is working well in my kitchen. I hope I am supporting the community by... View Article

March 20, 2020

Parsnip gnocchi with roasted parsnip ribbons

Looking through the outdoor fridge today I found a few parsnips that were still nice and crisp after a couple of weeks in near zero temperature. I peeled a couple into ribbons for a rice and lentil dish I was making and thought I’d make gnocchi with the rest. Parsnip are starchy vegetable but for some reason they work fine mixed in a food processor. I made the entire gnocchi dough in the food processor... View Article

March 19, 2020

Brioche Cinnamon Buns with espresso cream cheese

I have been paying with brioche dough in the last few days using it to make brioche, sugar buns, burger buns and cinnamon rolls. Yesterday I made the dough a little different so I thought it’s worth sharing. The espresso cream cheese frosting is insane:). Love the coffee flavour. Not sure what’s on the agenda today in the kitchen. I think maybe a good soup with odds and ends veggies I have in the fridge... View Article

March 18, 2020

Pad Thai (Vegetarian)

The hashtag for these uncertain times is #flattenthecurve and we are doing our part to keep this pandemic from spreading by keeping a low profile and practicing social distancing. Being at home does not have to mean true isolation. We can schedule a coffee call with the kids, a video chat to see the baby, “online” lunch date with a girlfriend in front of the iPad, a glass of wine in the evening with a... View Article

March 16, 2020

Brioche and sugar buns

Thankfully I love both cooking and baking so when I need a break from one I have the other. This week I am participating in one of those online challenges that are popular among foodies on Instagram and the subject was enriched breads. Those challenges are not a competition but rather an opportunity to connect with like minded foodies from around the globe, see each other’s work, exchange ideas and learn. When it comes to... View Article

March 14, 2020

Roasted pears with ice wine

Did I post this before? I think I forgot to post it but it’s too good to ignore. Roasted pears have a sweet, concentrated flavour and the cooking syrup adds a tangy element that is delicious with the pears. You can serve this on its own, with ice cream, gelato, creme fraiche etc. A sprinkling of something crispy is also nice: candied nuts, chopped honeycomb etc.

March 9, 2020

Vegan fat free “Opera” muffins

I call these Opera muffins because I make them on Saturday morning before we go to the Met Opera live broadcast in a local theatre. In our small town they still seem to allow patrons to bring in coffee and outside food and I have developed a ritual of getting a coffee next door and enjoying a three or four hours opera in the reclining seats of the small theatre. Being a huge opera fan,... View Article