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Archive for October 2010

Mussels and Veg

I usually go to the farmer’s market by myself on Sundays, both because I like to go early and beat the crowds, and because I enjoy this solitary bit of my weekend routine. Occasionally though Andrew will decide to come with me, and I like that too. It’s nice to have company when shopping, and for some reason, when we shop together we almost always end up coming home with something a little different in our bag. Read more…

In broad daylight: Cauliflower and Broccoli Cake

It’s no surprise that I take a lot of inspiration from the food bloggers around me. Given that there are so many of us, and their recipes are right at my fingertips (rather than all the way on the other side of the room, where my cookbooks live), it’s completely understandable that I turn to fellow bloggers when looking for new content. But in order to avoid the dreaded “recipe thief” label, I try to be a little clever when doing so. If I’m going to post a blogger’s recipe on Kitchenist, it’s usually one that I’ve adapted heavily, and either from an obscure or niche blog, or simply from an older, long-forgotten post. I’m hardly likely to go over to the world’s best-known blog and grab a recipe right from the front page, am I? Read more…

Chase away the greys: Orange-scented Financiers

Do you know financiers? The almond-laden French treat, so named either because of its traditional “bar of gold” shape, or because it supposedly originated in the financial district of Paris? There is a bakery near me which makes wonderful ones, so moist and rich that it’s quite dangerous for me to walk by on an empty stomach. Luckily, this bakery a good 20-minute walk across the park, so I don’t find myself at its mercy too often. Read more…

On bad luck and good lunches: Quinoa Squash Salad

The moral of today’s story is: always check your mail as soon as you receive it. While this probably isn’t particularly helpful advice in the case of say, bills or junk mail (because who wants to open those in a hurry?), I certainly wish that I’d followed it last week. Read more…

Bright Day, Bright Veg

Today was one of those days that remind me why October is my favourite month of all; a bright blue sky, green-and-gold trees, and almost impossibly sunny. The colours seem to have influenced my buying decisions, because why else would I have chosen this particularly vibrant assortment of produce? Read more…

Good Canadian: Pumpkin, Feta and Chive Scones

I take my role as Canadian expat pretty seriously, and I’m not half bad at it. I’ve resisted the mid-Atlantic accent, retaining at least 90% of my Canuck twang, I can name more than ten NHL players off the top of my head, and at least half of the music on my ipod is Canadian (hey, I’m living proof that cancon works). But when it comes to Canadian Thanksgiving, I’m a dismal failure. Some of my expat friends throw elaborate dinners on this holiday, complete with roast turkey, pumpkin pie and horn-o-plenty table decorations. Me? I didn’t even taste a pumpkin pie until two years ago (oh, what I was missing) and I completely forgot about this past weekend’s celebration until Sunday afternoon. Read more…

Thanksgiving Veg

It’s just a regular Sunday around here, but in Canada it’s Thanksgiving weekend. I don’t really have any plans for the occasion, other than a visit to the farmer’s market (check), catching up on Ugly Betty episodes online (check), and doing laundry (working on it). Still, I am thankful for all of those things, except perhaps the laundry. Read more…

Tips for tops: Fluffy Gnocchi

How do you feel about gnocchi? Unlike its close cousin pasta (which every sane person on the planet adores, and if you claim otherwise I simply won’t believe you), gnocchi tends to divide people. I can completely understand, having a love-hate relationship with the little Italian dumplings myself. A lot of it depends on the quality of gnocchi you’ve had; pillowy, light-as-air morsels will make you a lifelong convert, but dense hockey pucks hardly inspire fervent devotion. Read more…

Two Colour Veg

So much for the health diktat of eating produce in a wide variety of colours; today, it seems I was in a red-and-green mood. It’s still a couple months early for Christmas themed posts (and thank God for that), but I thought this two-colour arrangement was quite cute, anyway. Read more…

Time to bake: Stuffed Autumn Focaccia

I seem to be in a baking mood lately. Maybe it’s the turning of the seasons, but ever since we’ve come home from holiday, I just can’t get excited about salads, stir-fries or gratins. I’ll have to curb this habit soon lest I become so doughy that I can’t fit into my winter coat, but for now it’s all cakes, cookies, and breads at casa Kitchenist. Still, I try to sneak in some veg where I can. I’m not whizzing beets into brownies or anything, but with savoury baking at least, there’s room for experimenting. Read more…