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What the (house) doctor ordered: Sweet Potato Sformato

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” in my flat. If it’s not my teeny tiny closet, it’s our teeny tiny bookcase. If it’s not the teeny tiny bookcase (which is actually a good size; it just suffers from a plague of books), it’s my teeny tiny kitchen cupboards. While I’m normally pretty good about “editing” my life on a regular basis, sometimes it just all adds up, in what I can only assume is a concerted effort to drive me absolutely batty. Read more…

A Vegetarian’s Christmas in Wales: Luxury Cauliflower Cheese

Hello, friends- how are the dwindling days of 2010 treating you? Myself they’re treating fine, though not exactly as planned. Perhaps you heard of the snow that blanketed Britain pre-Christmas, sending airports and train stations into disarray and scuppering the holiday plans of many? Well, I was among that many. My parents, due to fly into London for a family Christmas, Landmark-style, were forced to abandon their travel plans and remain in Canada instead. Read more…

A brief aside: Roast Broccoli with Lemon and Cheese

Roast Broccoli with Lemon and Cheese

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the one-dish meal. Fussing about with multiple pots and pans is just not for me, and nor is doing multiple sets of dishes afterward. The way I see it, if something needs a side dish to complete it, how good can it be? Read more…

(An Affront to) Good Taste: Long-Cooked Broccoli with Buttermilk

Long-Cooked Broccoli with Buttermilk

As with anything, trends in the food world come and go. Some are short-lived (cake pops, anyone?), some a little more tenacious (sigh- cupcakes) and some become broader movements that are difficult to define until we’re past them. So, what movement are we in now? I don’t profess to be an expert at this stuff, but I believe we’re currently in an age of under-cooking. Read more…

Crumbs on crack: Roast Veg with Nutty, Spicy Pangrattato

 Roast Veg with Nutty, Spicy Pangrattato

Let’s face it: there are not that many ways to make a veggie side interesting. One of the reasons I tend to be a one-dish-meal kind of girl (you know, besides being lazy) is the tricky matter of making a great side dish. Not only does it have to be interesting on its own, but it must also complement whatever the main dish is: a tall order for some humble veggies, no? Read more…

My festive side: Maple Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Shallots

Maple Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Shallots

Can you believe that Christmas is a mere 15 days away? I’ll admit- despite the passing of time and my best efforts, I’m not feeling all that Christmassy this year. For the first time in my 26 years, I’ll be spending Christmas away from my family, traveling instead to the English coast to be with my boyfriend’s. Though I’m looking forward to experiencing Andrew’s traditions, it does feel a bit anticlimactic to be spending the holiday season in England. Read more…

By the wayside no more: Soy Braised Carrots

soy braised carrots

I’m gonna come right out and say it: carrots are pretty boring, yes? I mean, I like them and all, and I get that a lot of you probably do, too. Understandable, because there’s a lot about carrots to like: they’re pretty, they’re sweet, and if you believe universal parent-imparted wisdom, they’ll make you see in the dark. Read more…

Wildcard Wednesday: Jerusalem Artichokes

jchoke pan

I know, I know, it’s not Wednesday. But “Wildcard Thursday” doesn’t really have the same ring to it, and besides, I made this on Wednesday. Er, actually, come to think of it, I made this on Tuesday, intending to blog about it on Wednesday… Well, never mind. The consuming of and blogging about the meal in question bookended a Wednesday, so it still kind of works. Read more…