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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

November 1, 2017

Vegetable galette with cream cheese pastry

With a bumper crop of Swiss chard in my rooftop garden I have been looking for ways to use up what is left after the summer. I saw a picture of a vegetable tart in a magazine while waiting for an appointment and thought I could adapt it to use with the chard waiting to be harvested. I used the rainbow chard for this recipe, with thin stalks of many colours and still tender leaves. You... View Article

October 25, 2017

Potato salad with curly endive and homemade lemon aioli

I never tire of potato salads and although I make them mostly in the summer when potatoes are garden fresh, this year I am extending the season as the weather is not that bad. My friend Philly gave me a bag of organic potatoes the other day and I made good use of them, transforming some into a leek and potato soup and the rest into this delicious salad. I usually steam potatoes rather than... View Article

October 20, 2017

Roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes

If you follow me on facebook you may know that I went to the market the other day and brought just about the entire market home with me. I was too excited to leave anything behind, it being the end of the season and probably one of my last market trips this season. Living at the 50th parallel has its disadavantages. In spite of the fact that there are only two of us at home... View Article

October 18, 2017

Sticky date pudding with salted toffee sauce

One of my favourite fall desserts is a sticky toffee pudding, dense and moist, drizzled with sticky toffee sauce and served with ice cream. It doesn’t matter what I have for dinner, there is always room for this dessert. I have a few recipes that I rotate when making this pudding but I always keep my eyes open for something new and I found this one in a new dessert book. For those of you... View Article

September 19, 2017

Flatbread with pears and blue cheese

So I never make (or buy) one of anything and when I made the previous pizza I also made this one. I bought beautiful firm pears at the market the other day (yes, it’s fall produce) and thought they would be beautiful on pizza. Usually pear and gorgonzola is the flavour combination I like but I didn’t have gorgonzola and blue cheese worked just fine. I sliced the pears paper thin on a mandolin and... View Article

September 15, 2017

Grilled halloumi with cucumber salsa

Halloumi is one of the only cheeses I know that doesn’t melt and keeps its shape when grilled. This white cheese with firm texture and salty flavour originates from the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean and found also in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisines. Halloumi keeps its shape when cooked because of its high melting temperature but once fried you need to serve it immediately, it does not benefit from sitting around. In... View Article

September 14, 2017

Pizza with mini king oyster mushrooms and feta

We were in Vancouver a couple of days ago and of course went to Granville Island. We still have great produce available in Kelowna since it’s not winter yet so I didn’t buy that much, but still, indulged in a few things. One thing I found were these beautiful mini king oyster mushrooms and I bought a lot. Some of the mushrooms went into a pasta dish, others into vegetables packets roasted in a parchment... View Article

September 9, 2017

Chilled spiced tomato water

Tomatoes are ripe and juicy now and one fun thing to make with them is tomato water. Making tomato water became trendy a while back but I am slow to jump on the bandwagon. However, we had a flavour packed chilled tomato water soup at a recent multi course dinner at the #chefmeetsBCgrape that inspired me to make this soup now. To make tomato water you blend ripe, juicy tomatoes with basil, garlic, shallots and... View Article

September 7, 2017

Lime tarts

I was looking around the cookbook section at chapters a few weeks ago and found this lovely little book inside a beautiful box that looked like a chocolate or high end pastry box. Sure enough it was Laduree’s book Sucre featuring Laduree recipes for its world renowned pastries and sweets. It was the only copy and of course I grabbed it. It started me on a dessert making mania that hasn’t stopped yet. No one... View Article