Welcome to my empanada world. I recently became obsessed with learning to make them, curled seal and all. The good news is, I tested the recipe three times (that's over 100 empanadas over 3 days... and none are left over), so if you stick with me you can easily develop an empanada obsession, too... Empanadas are a South American snack, and each country and region has their version and specialty. What I love about them is how easy it is to adapt a filling - whether sweet, or savory. I filled [Read more...]
Need a quick dessert for tonight? This is a super easy plum galette that you can make in a flash. Galettes are rustic open tarts that can be filled with whatever you want, and I have a huge weakness for them (which would explain why I have more than one galette recipe on this blog). The ingredients are simple, and the crust doesn't require pre-baking. I change the fillings with the seasons: plums, peaches, pears, apples, and even savory versions with sweet cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and [Read more...]
The naan I buy comes in a big plastic bag. It's t heavy, garlicky, and never the freshest, either. I don't know why it never occurred to me that I should see how to make naan bread at home instead. I like to use naan as a handy accompaniment to mop up fiery curry sauces, but it can be served just on its own and topped with meat, cheese and roasted vegetables. It's typically eaten brushed with butter, but olive oil is also acceptable. There are many other recipes out there and I noticed [Read more...]
We don't talk enough about chocolate - and I'm going to fix that right now, especially when the prep to belly time here is 30 minutes - that's right. This Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Buttermilk Ganache is moist, chocolaty and just lightly spongy, with melted chocolate oozing down the sides...oooooommmmm... It's a chocolate lover's fix... that time of the month fix... or, because you just want to stay in bed and eat cake kind of fix... or all of the above.
When we spoke last time, I told you that I'm getting into this cold weather head-on, and I wasn't kidding. Actually, I'm in full winter celebratory cooking mode now, root vegetables, stews, pumpkin overload and mulled drinks. I even made peace with parsnips, one of my most hated vegetables, which can only mean I've gone mental. Winter can make you mental here, I'm simply embracing the insanity and rolling with it... and making lots of bread stuffing. Our Canadian Thanksgiving came and went, [Read more...]
Our farmer's markets are overflowing with late summer produce, especially plums and peaches from British Columbia. I made a few versions of this custard cake over the season, alternating with using cherries, pears, apples and raspberries. Pure bliss. There are some tricks and pointers, which I will now explain... Really really important: don't over-beat the custard batter, which make the cake tough and chewy, rather than soft and pillowy. I made this mistake a few times when cutting my teeth [Read more...]
My Fig, Pear, and Brie Galette adventure started with a half-eaten blueberry cake, quietly incubating under a tea towel for a week. Until the little buggers started flying out everywhere. Next thing I know, I'm running to the back lane, cake, container and all, feeling terrible for throwing out my mom's cake pan, but unable to lift the towel and face the horror underneath. As careful as I was, some fruit flies remained at large, looking for their next victim. It was obvious that the 5 kilo bag [Read more...]