New this week

May 23, 2020

Lemony Risotto with Spruce Tips and creme fraiche

I have heard of spruce tips and seen them used in food but haven’t cooked with them before. The other day I was at pottery with Shelley at @blueapplestudio talking both food and pottery and Shelley asked if I have used spruce trips before. She mentioned a risotto she had at an event where the chef served risotto with spruce tips. That’s all it took to ignite my culinary curiosity. Shelley picked up a handful... View Article

May 21, 2020

Cucumber and zucchini ribbons salad with radishes, ricotta, lemon and dill

Spring salads are so good because this is the time farmers get their first greens and the quality os superb. This is a simple salad made with thinly sliced ribbons of cucumbers and zucchini, beautiful local radishes and local fresh ricotta, all brought together with fresh dill, shoots, lemon and dill oil. If you are not inclined to make dill oil use good olive oil.

May 19, 2020

Dutch baby pancakes with blueberries, creme fraiche and bluberry compote

I enjoy making Dutch baby pancakes now and then. I don’t know why they are called Dutch though. When we were in holland they were no where to be found and whoever I asked, did not know about them. What they have in Holland are the little proffertjes, small round delicious pancakes that you can have all day long. These are reminiscent of popovers as they puff up in the oven and create a bowl... View Article

May 4, 2020

Red Lentil Dal with buttermilk flatbread

Dal and rice go so well together so now and then I have to make it. It does need something fresh so a smashed cucumber salad and sliced tomatoes are a nice side along with sort of raita. I had whole red lentils this time so this is what I used but I have made it with split red lentils and it works just as well. The flatbread is made with buttermilk instead of the... View Article

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