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Archive for June 2009

A tale of two chutneys: Tomato and Coriander

grilled cheese with chutney

I’ve always loved grilled cheese sandwiches. Comfort food at its finest, there is nothing more heartening than two pieces of bread fried with butter or olive oil (I use the latter and can’t tell the difference), with a layer of melted cheese between. My Mum makes the best ones. She has the patience to cook them very slowly over low heat in a heavy pan, essential for reaching that optimum balance of molten inside and crunchy outside. Read more…

30° Veg

red and green veg

Today, it really hit home how the weather affects my shopping habits. It was nearing 30°C by the time Andrew and I got to the market today, and by consequence almost nothing looked appealing. In this kind of heat I’d much rather subsist on smoothies all day than contemplate actual cooking. So today’s wares are a little paltry. Of course this isn’t everything I bought- some rather unattractive (but delicious) lettuce, as well as a few cursory onions also made the cut- but it wasn’t a bulk-buy day by any stretch. Read more…

Grown-up sweet: Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies

cookies

I’ve just realized that I haven’t put anything sweet on the blog this week. Since I know that’s completely unacceptable, I wanted to quickly share this recipe, which I made last week, before I head out to the farmer’s market. Read more…

More Med: Baked Feta and Tomatoes with Parsley Hearthbread

baked feta with bread

A recipe for foil-baked feta has been making the internet rounds in the past few weeks. Originally published in Olive magazine, I first saw it at The Kitchn, and later on one of my favourite home and design blogs, At Home At Home. Of course, from the moment I first saw the ingredients in this recipe, I knew I just had to make it. Read more…

Winging it: Homemade Orecchiette with Romanescu Cauliflower

pasta and romanescu cauliflower

This recipe is a summertime favourite of mine. I first made it last year for a quick weekend lunch and a way of using up leftovers. I like that the lack of any real “sauce” leaves the lovely colour and shape of the romanescu intact and visible. Of course, this would work with any shape of pasta, but I like it with orecchiette. The thick, chewy shape seems to hold its own against the cauliflower. Read more…

Indulgence: Shrimp, Red Pepper and Cheddar Quesadillas

quesadillas

I love shrimp, and Andrew and I used to eat them frequently. Lately I’ve been trying to scale us way back, due to certain ethical concerns, as well as the somewhat alarming news that seafood will be off the menu completely within 50 years. So these days we might have one or two meals with shrimp a month, which is pretty much it for our animal intake. Read more…

Mmm, colourful

colourful veg

I was feeling uninspired to go the the market today, mainly due to the fact that leaving my house requires the putting on of clothing, and I’d much rather hang out in my pj’s all day. Once I dragged myself there, though, I was won over by all the wonderful colours around me. I suppose I was in an aesthetically-focused mood when I chose this colourful selection this morning. Read more…

Sunday breakfast: Pain au chocolat

pain au chocolat with coffee

This morning’s breakfast, made with the leftover danish pastry dough.  Otherwise known as perfection. Read more…

Refrigerator inspiration: Thai-style Carrot and Coconut Soup

soup

It’s that time of year when I become completely uninspired in the cooking department. No matter how excited I am to first see the summer produce at the market, by mid-June I just don’t know what to do with it anymore. Read more…

Sweet Treat: Strawberry Cream Cheese Danishi

danish envelope

I’m well aware that “danishi” isn’t really the plural of danish. But it’s my blog, and I’ll use my Eleisms as and when l please. (It’s a good thing I don’t talk about large mammals here very often, or we’d get into the whole moose/meese thing. I’m quite passionate about that.) Danishi is a term my friend MH and I coined during university, when the only acceptable reason for going to a lecture at the ungodly hour of 8am was the promise of a cup of coffee and a sweet treat from Tim Horton‘s. Read more…