Thursday, September 19, 2019

Toasted Sesame Cheesecake with Black Plum Coulis (gluten free, optionally low-carb/Keto)

Do you believe in serendipity? True 'eureka!' moments? Sometimes an accidental kitchen 'aha!' can lead to delicious results. This Toasted Sesame Cheesecake with Plum Coulis is the product of a chance flavor combination that turned into one of the best desserts ever to come out of my kitchen!

Like many parents, I have to turn out lunches for my children every day. The summer started out strong... homemade grilled cheese sandwiches, veggie-filled quesadillas, and make-your-own mini pizzas. Everything was all fun & games until the last week of August, when other life events kicked back into gear, and spare time for lunches fell by the wayside. Gone were the days of creative meals with inventive ways to sneak in vegetables. Suddenly in-vogue was 'things that are quick and easy to make'!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fresh Chimichurri Sauce (Keto & Whole30 Diet Friendly)

This summer we had a fantastic opportunity to travel to the amazing national parks in Alberta, Canada with my husband’s entire family. It’s a fun, loud, and boisterous crew, of six individual families. This was the first time we were brave enough to head somewhere outside of the country with our pack!

We came in from both coasts, to have an adventure in the Canadian Rockies. We hiked, we swam, and we even found ourselves out in the middle of Moraine Lake in a canoe. It was heaven on earth to be paddling through those turquoise waters and towering mountains!

Part of my role was assembling dinner reservations for the whole troop. That’s reservations for 23 people - 11 of whom were children. Daunting for sure, but we found some outstanding local restaurants. We ate. We ate WELL. Alberta is known for it’s cattle ranches, and beef is a stable. I’m not always one for red meat, but the steaks were delicious, and found on every menu. One evening we even managed to escape the kiddos (they were babysat by their saintly grandparents), and our group tucked into a restaurant featuring some delicious tapas and cocktails.

A dish that blew me away in its simplicity was a superb grilled strip steak paired with an herby green chimichurri sauce. It was beefy and rich - filled with umami flavors, but chimichurri cuts right through the fattiness with a vinegary zing that perfectly balanced the meat. It was amazing.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Dried Fruit & Nut Sourdough Bread

Sometimes you hit on a recipe that strikes just the right chords. Over the last few months of my sourdough starter/bread endeavor, I've read countless baking blogs, and bought my fair share of bread cookbooks to help in my 'education'. One of these reference books has been an absolute standout; not only in technique and troubleshooting, but also in guiding the creation of one of my favorite bread recipes to date.

The Tartine Bread cookbook, by Chad Robertson (of Tartine Bakery fame), is an essential baking cookbook for anyone interested in bread making. It is approachable for the beginner bread baker, but in-depth enough that I highly recommend adding this text to your kitchen shelf. Recipes include basic sourdough boules, shaped baguettes, and more complex pastries such as sourdough croissants & brioche. Robertson not only explains how to make these delicious recipes, but why these techniques work.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Frosted Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls with Jam

What is your first memory of eating a cinnamon roll? Was it in your grandmother’s kitchen, still warm from the oven? Was it a convenience store version – a bit tough and sticky, but satisfying to those cinnamon sugar urges? Or perhaps it was at the mall food court of the 1990’s, where the seductive aroma could be detected wafting around the promenade? For me it’s the first one above - my Mum’s kitchen made my rolls, and they were pretty good. At the same time, being a member of the Gen X/Oregon-Trail era, Cinnabon rolls are what I remember best. Puffy, ultra sweet, and with frosting that hurts my teeth just thinking about it. To my teenage self, they were heaven!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wildberry Jam with Crème de Cassis

Well, we’re finally filling up the extra fridge & deep freezer that we keep in the basement. Usually the only time we are at “full capacity” is before a big holiday dinner or party. That’s when the house becomes (almost) literally stuffed to the rafters with dishes and covered plates. Nowadays, my three hungry, growing boys are driving me to stock up on extra supplies - even after filling up the larder, I still have to make two trips to the market each week to restock!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sourdough Starter

It’s been a while….

I’d love to say that I was off travelling the world, or publishing a bestselling cookbook (oh, how I wish that was true for real!), all these months. My children have grown bigger, some seasons have come and gone, and the only bits & pieces that I’ve shared of my kitchen adventures have been through the blog’s Instagram account.