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Espresso panna cotta

November 14, 2019

      Panna Cotta in Italian means cooked cream, which essentially, it is. It is a rather loose “pudding’, not set so hard that it is stiff, and should have a slight jiggle on the plate. Normally you would serve panna cotta un-moulded. This often requires dipping the molds in hot water to loosen it up and inverting it onto individual dessert plate. It takes some coordination and “hold your breath” moments, hoping that... View Article

Mushroom Soup with Foraged Hedgehog Mushrooms

November 14, 2019

    Here is a mushroom soup that I made with foraged hedgehog mushroom from Scott Moran @kelownaforager.  These are special, fragrant variety that is similar to chanterelles but the underside does not have the normal gills or pores but rather soft hair or spine-like structure under the cap. I first tried them this summer and was quite taken by their perfume. It was quite amazing really, such prominent fragrance. I used them un different... View Article

Clean the fridge salad with sherry vinaigrette

November 13, 2019

      If you buy a lot of food inevitably some vegetables will linger in the fridge, not going bad but needing to be used. This is the time to put a few of them together and make a nice crunchy salad that is substantial enough to stand on its own as lunch or light dinner with good bread. This hardly require a recipe but here are a few ideas of might go into... View Article

Three lentil soup

November 13, 2019

    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 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 make... View Article

Fat free dairy free apple muffins

November 12, 2019

    I made these little guys while visiting my daughter Alexis in Toronto. My daughter Jade and I flew to visit Alexis who is expecting a baby in January. We had a fun gals week, eating, shopping, cooking and relaxing. Too bad they all live so far from us. These are simple muffins that do not contain dairy or fat. The little bit of sugar is optional, I forgot to add it when I... View Article

Grilled Sourdough with Sage pesto and Gruyere

November 12, 2019

    Grilled cheese sandwich is a classic. I don’t make it often but throughly enjoy it when I do. My favourite way to grill the bread is in a panini maker. I like the grill marks and it crisps the outside while keeping the inside soft and chewy. I brush both sides of the bread with olive oil before grilling, to enhance the crisping of the outside. This time I had sage pesto in... View Article

Roasted butternut squash with hazelnut butter and pomegranates

November 11, 2019

  As much as I missed summer, fall produce kind of makes me forget about it eventually. This is late fall squash season and butternut, acorn, delicata, buttercup and more are piled high on the stands at the markets. I do my share to support local producers so I buy a lot of them. They look lovely on the counter, waiting their turn to be cooked, bringing a seasonal element and beautiful shapes and colour... View Article

Pumpkin Waffles with salted caramel whipped cream

November 9, 2019

    Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon A pinch of salt 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin puree (I had leftovers) 3/4 cup oat milk 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup melted butter 2 eggs Directions:  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and mix. Combine pumpkin puree, oat milk, orange juice and melted butter in another bowl and mix until... View Article

Chocolate Bundt Cake

November 8, 2019

    Bundt cake is my go to cake for everyday “countertop cake”. I also make it when I have guests, so they can help themselves to a piece of cake without much ado. Usually the standard bundt pan is fine but recently I bought these beautiful cake pans by Nordic Ware and have been enjoying the interesting shapes they create. They also slide out of the pan with ease. I made a couple of... View Article

Canneles de Bordeaux

November 6, 2019

    These little beauties have a reputation of being very complicated to make. True, if you plan to use the bees wax the traditional Bordeaux method calls for greasing the inside of the molds. This did not appeal to me for some reason, although I did start with good intentions and went out and bought the wax (who knows if it’s the edible kind, I bought it at a candle shop). In any event,... View Article

Chocolate Ganache Truffles

November 5, 2019

  I had leftover ganache from something I made the other day so I indulged in a few truffles. I tripple rolled them first in honeycomb I had also made the other day, then in cocoa powder, and last in ground candied hazelnuts, one of my favouriote things to have on hand in the kitchen. My leftovers only made a few but her is a recipe to make more. You should keep them in the... View Article

Roasted beet soup

November 4, 2019

  Making a beet soup doesn’t have to be a big production. You can use raw or cooked (roasted) beets and simply grate them in a food processor instead of chopping with a knife. I had a few roasted beets in the fridge that didn’t get used so I made them into a soup. I usually add a few potatoes at the beginning, or put cooked potatoes in the soup bowl when serving and pour... View Article