So last weekend, I watched a video about genetically engineered food and some unfortunate rats. Don't worry, I'm not becoming an opinionated health freak. I've been reading up on this and that, trying to stay rational, and generally making an effort to be aware of what we eat - and I already thought we were pretty good in that area. Yet, case and point, I read the ingredients on our peanut butter, only to find it's made with soy and hydrogenated oil. What?/Why? I never bothered to check [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...]
This Sweet and Smoky Sausage and Vegetable Stew is the first thing I made when I got back home from BC. Admit it, we all do things that make no sense. The grass is greener, that sort of thing. Case and point, drive 16 hours only to get cooped up in a tiny remote cottage (read: no internet), which is okay for the first few days, but after a couple of weeks you go stir crazy. Then all you can do is look at trees and swat those long-legged overgrown mosquito things (those ones) that wobble around [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...]
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...]