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.
I made Crepes with Ricotta, Apples and Cinnamon because 40 pounds of apples were staring at me from their box. We picked them in a big happy flurry (look at all the apples we have, yippie!), and that was two weeks ago, and that was that. They're sitting there and waiting for this lazy person to peel them all and stash them away. Problem is, I'm not a canner and maker of things in jars... I convinced myself that no matter what I do, there's that unavoidable chance I'll make botulism, eat it and [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...]
Most of us grew up with some version of pizza around - for me, growing up in pre-democratic Poland, it was in form of "zapiekanki", a halved and toasted baguette topped with cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions, then smothered in ketchup. I think this is how I developed my secret habit of eating pizza with a side of ketchup... yeah. In Canada came frozen pizza, which, when I was 13, I'd cook from frozen in the microwave until it became this cheesy gloopy slop... I don't think I began to [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...]
We've been bbq-ing a lot the past few days, and doing it the easy way - grilled Italian sausages with crusty ciabatta buns stuffed with tomatoes, sweet onions and avocado slices. It's the sort of no-think cooking break that everyone needs sometimes. Last night I did a bit of Asian cooking for a change, and made some Vietnamese Fish Cakes. If you're tired of a bbq & meat repertoire, these fish cakes are a healthy alternative that pack a lot of fresh flavor. Brown these a bit in a non-stick [Read more...]