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October 4, 2019

Green cauliflower hummus

  Hummus is one of the universally liked dips and is very easy to make at home. The plain version is my favourite but I do explore adding other flavours and some are quite successful. check here for other hummus recipes on the blog. For this recipe I had beautiful green cauliflower so I cooked, pureed and used some in the hummus mixture. the colour and flavour were very enticing so I am sharing the... View Article

September 30, 2019

Dutch Baby Savoury Pancakes

Ingredients Makes 2 8″ pancakes Pancakes: 2 eggs 1/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon sugar A pinch of salt 2 tablespoon parsley 1/4 cup flour 1/2 tablespoon butter for each skillet Toppings: 3 cups mushrooms (chanterelles) 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil Parsley, thyme optional Salt and pepper   Eggs, one or two per person Creme fraiche for drizzling.   Directions The pancakes: Preheat oven to 425°F. Place the eggs, melted... View Article

September 28, 2019

Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

  I recently bought a Breville ice cream maker and have been having fun experimenting with a few flavours and ingredient. The first one i made was salted caramel ice  cream, one of my favourite flavours, the second was this chocolate ice cream to be sandwiched between two soft chocolate cookies. If you don’t want to make the ice cream just use any store bought ice cream and use it instead. the cookies making the... View Article

September 25, 2019

Easy all purpose bread dough

  I love good sourdough and have my favourite bakeries where I get it. Now and then I venture into making a sourdough starter myself, keeping it going for a few months until we leave for extended travels, and bake sourdough bread with my own starter. At other times I may just want a quick bread that doesn’t require a long rise and overnight preparation. When that happens I usually make this quick and easy... View Article

September 19, 2019

Lentil salad

  Grains and legumes are a big part of our food at home, served on their own , combined with other ingredients or made into delicious winter soups. There are different kinds of lentils and each lend itself to different preparation: Brown lentils are soup lentils for me as they don’t retain their shape well when cooked and in a soup, melt into beautiful creamy oblivion. Mind you, I often use a few different varieties... View Article

September 18, 2019

Compressed Fruits with Homemade Mascarpone

  One of the things I started to do this summer is compressing fruits in a sous vide vacuum sealer. Compressing fruits displaces the air in the fruit resulting in a more dense texture, intensified colour and concentrated flavour so it makes an interesting ingredient to use in some dishes. To compress fruits Depending on the fruit you use either leave them whole or cut into slices, cubes or another shape. In this case i... View Article

September 16, 2019

Flatbreads

    For me bread is the thing when it comes to food. Without bread I hardly feel like I have eaten and I never serve a meal without it. Usually it would be a good sourdough from a bakery, or a great crusty french baguette, or an epi baguette with the crusty wheat shift style “elbows ready to be pulled apart. I love them all and do not discriminate but occasionally I like to... View Article

September 9, 2019

Vegan No Fat Pancakes

  I was in the mood for pancakes and made them for dinner, so there. Why not? Breakfast for dinner is apparently a good thing. I had a small box of wild huckleberries, foraged by Scott Moran in the mountains of BC, and used them both inside the pancake batter and scattered around the plate. The white stuff on top could or could not be whipped cream, I admit nothing. And the drizzle you see... View Article

September 7, 2019

Radishes with Nasturtium Butter and Maldon Salt

Radishes with butter and salt is a quintessential French thing. The traditional way of serving them is slicing the radishes  in the center, but not through the stem, and sandwich them with a bit of butter that oozes out of the sides. You then dip them in good quality salt that would stick to the butter and you pop them into your moth. there is something about this simple food that is so fresh and... View Article

September 5, 2019

Sage Pesto

Sage pesto Here is an easy recipe for a pesto that doesn’t use basil and goes well with vegetables. Sage grows in my rooftop garden as a perennial that comes back strong and vigorous every year. In fact I had to cut it back early in the season to prevent it from going too wild. I make this pesto much like a basil pesto but changed the core ingredients to sage and pistachios or walnuts... View Article

September 4, 2019

Summer tomatoes with grilled sourdough

  There is nothing like a good ripe tomato in the summer. Not much needs to be done to it other then slice and place on top of a delicious slice of grilled bread, perhaps with a drizzle of olive oil, special sea salt and a twist or two of black pepper. Sometimes I brush the grilled bread lightly with a pesto, made with either basil or my garden sage that it threatening to take... View Article

September 2, 2019

Plum Galette

  Once you learn how to make a galette you have an easy dessert to make with a variety of summer or winter fruits. It works as well with rhubarb, peaches or plums as it does with apples and pears of fall. Leave the sugar out, add a little salt instead and you have a pastry good for a variety of savoury filling as well, from caramelized onion to tomatoes and more.I make the dough... View Article