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December 13, 2017

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (jam filled doughnuts)

I believe today is the first night of Hanukkah where tradition dictates that you serve foods fried in oil. We are away at our first winter destination and I am not frying anything here, but before we left I had craving for jam filled sufganiyot that are traditional for Hanukkah celebration so I made a batch and shared with family before we left. Hannukah is a festival of lights taking place around Christmas based on the... View Article

December 2, 2017

Tahini and peanut butter cookies

I am trying to wind down the kitchen before we leave next week but who am I kidding? I am sure I’ll be cooking until the last minute. Yesterday was two soups and a fennel and asparagus dish, today these cookies and more. Tahini cookies are not new and I have seen them before but never tried to make them until today. I should have started earlier, they are delicious. Tahini is a sesame seed... View Article

November 27, 2017

Chocolate Waffles with Caramelized Pears

Pancakes and waffles breakfasts are rare in our house these days. There were times when it was a standard weekend fare but then the kids were at home and life was different. Still, now and then I feel like making waffles and indulge: whipped cream, maple syrup, caramelized or fresh fruits, the works. This past weekend was one of those occasions and believe it or not, I made both buttermilk waffles AND chocolate waffles. There... View Article

November 21, 2017

Golden beet risotto

Sometimes I have food cravings and nothing but a risotto would do. It has been on my mind for a while now but with so much fresh stuff in my fridge I just did not get around to making it. Finally it had to happen today. I had a couple of golden beets I picked up the other day and I thought they would be good in the risotto. Cut in small cubes and cooked... View Article

November 18, 2017

Pavlova under a meringue cloche

The idea for this meringue came from my all-time favourite cooking show: Masterchef Australia. I have watched two seasons (more than 60 episodes per season) and to my great frustration instead of continuing with the following season they are replaying the last one. How annoying can they be? I feel like writing to complain (can’t watch it online). I love the Australian show for many reasons and learned a lot watching these amazing young contestants... View Article

November 15, 2017

Three lentils soup with coconut cream

Once fall arrives soup season begins in my kitchen. I make a soup in a large le Creuset pot and then store it in 2-3 mason jars in the fridge so it’s ready to warm up or play with as I wish. Lentil soups are regulars here and I usually mix 2-3 types of lentils together to make it more interesting. Soup for me is second nature and I don ‘t need a recipe to... View Article

November 13, 2017

Paprika roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary

A fragrant dish of delicious herb-roasted potatoes is always a welcome sight at dinner and this is an easy way to make them. The secret to this recipe is steaming the potatoes until partially cooked before roasting. You can do this step earlier in the day and finish the roasting before dinner. Use whatever herbs you have available fresh but potatoes and rosemary is a classic combination, you can’t go wrong with that. I use... View Article

November 10, 2017

Torta di Mele (Italian apple cake)

I would probably choose an apple dessert over chocolate. Did I lose you already? Hang in there. I love the contrast of sweet and tangy and the freshness that apples add to a dessert. When I have a chocolate dessert, I prefer it with a raspberry sauce, a cherry or some other fruity relief to provide contrast and context. Not that I can’t gorge on pure dark chocolate alone, I can do that well, but... View Article

November 9, 2017

Apple Tart Tatin

I have been baking up a storm lately, some of the creations have made to the blog and the rest hopefully will if I get to photograph them. Today I focused on beautiful apples from a local orchard that originally were  intended for an Italian apple cake but ended up in a classic French tart tatin. I made this same desserts last week but it was gone before I had a chance to photograph it... View Article

November 8, 2017

Roasted cauliflower with lemon and pine nuts

You know that cooking vegetables is my “thing”. My fridge is always full of them and they feature in every meal we eat. Cauliflower is one of my favs, a versatile veggie that can be boiled, baked, pureed, roasted or made it into soup. You can even make a cauliflower “rice” by pulsing it in a food processor to rice textured small bits). Cauli goes well with cheese sauce, blue cheese, tahini, lemon, crunchy dukkah... View Article

November 6, 2017

Cream cheese brownies

I have been in a baking mood for some reason and this morning got up and made these brownies before 8:00 am. I had to stop myself from making a torta di mele (Italian apple cake) as well, must save that for tomorrow. What’s up with that? Brownies are usually delicious and when you swirl cream cheese into the batter they are even better. I also added fine zest of a small orange, orange and... View Article

November 4, 2017

Mujadara (middle eastern rice and lentils)

I haven’t made this rice and lentils dish in a while but I consider it one of my favourite Middle Eastern dishes. It’s just that there are so many things to cook and what I repeat other than vegetables tends to be pasta, pasta and more pasta. Basta pasta? I don’t think so. I have seen many recipes for making mujadara and even a few different spellings of the word (mejadra, Mejadara etc.). My preference... View Article