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One for the fans: Spaghetti with Chickpeas

My blog has amassed a small collection of what I like to think of as Random Fans. These are people who have been passed a link by a friend or family member of mine (most likely my mother), and who, rather than commenting on my site, refer their praise back to their own original source. So I get a lot of emails like Your cousin made your chickpea salad and loved it and My friend Sarahs mom made those brownies last week- they were great!. Read more

The Best Reason: Simple Sardine Pasta

If you scanned the recipe page of this blog, you might be led to believe that I was vegetarian. But Im not, at least not technically. Though Ive been meat-free for almost three years now I do occasionally eat seafood, so the term pescetarian more accurately describes my eating practices. Generally though, I prefer to use the term vegetarian for a couple reasons- first of all, many people have no idea what a Pescetarian is, and secondly, its terribly pretentious-sounding, dont you think? 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 wont 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 youve had; pillowy, light-as-air morsels will make you a lifelong convert, but dense hockey pucks hardly inspire fervent devotion. Read more

Table for One: Tomato Sage Risotto

Tomato Sage Risotto

What do you eat, when youre eating alone? Say your husband/boyfriend/roommate is out for the evening, and youre settling in to dine solo. Youve got your favourite embarrassing music on, or maybe youre eating in front of the TV, watching that show you love that they just dont get (my choice would be Gossip Girl or Ugly Betty, depending on the night). Whats on your plate? Read more

Quick, easy, impressive: Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

Broccoli & Cheddar Risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite things to make. Not only is it delicious and relatively foolproof, but its also improbably impressive. Announce to a group of friends that youre making risotto for dinner and someone is bound to gaze at you in wide-eyed incredulity, regarding this as some kind of domestic tour de force. Read more

Predictably Perfect: Roasted Squash with Whole Wheat Pasta

Roasted Squash with Whole Wheat Pasta

We all have our favourite flavours, right? The ones that keep tempting us, year after year, and become mainstays in our home cooking. Also the ones that as food bloggers we have to watch ourselves on, lest we become known as the girl who writes that goats cheese blog. Read more

Guilt soother: Macaroni and Cheese with Leeks and Sour Cream

Macaroni and Cheese with Leeks and Sour Cream

You know how, as food bloggers*, we like to convince our readers that we always eat like this? That beautiful, creative, well thought out and healthy meals grace our tables daily and effortlessly? That we never succumb to take-out pizza, boxed cake mixes or store-bought vanilla extract?

(*Im addressing this to food bloggers because Im convinced that at least 90% of food blog-readers are food-blog writers, too.) Read more

Good, regardless of available light: Pasta with Braised Leeks

pasta with leeks braised in white wine

I hope youll permit me to begin this post with a bit of a rant:

How unfair is it that its only the beginning of August, and the days are noticeably shorter already? Obviously I realize that science (or whatever- physics?) dictates that the Summer Solstice is sometime at the end of June, and after that the days get shorter. Fine, I get it. But if I was in charge of the world (and therefore physics answered to me), I wouldnt let the days shorten until the end of August at least. The whole thing just puts a damper on summer, doesnt it? Read more

A summery plaster pasta: Pasta with Peas, Ricotta and Lemon

pasta with peas, ricotta and lemon

I should probably explain, huh? This dish unfortunately goes by the moniker Plaster Pasta in my house. Charmingly bestowed by Andrew, its from the early days of the recipe, when I was still working out the kinks. As it cooled, the ricotta would firm up and the whole thing would stick together in a rather unappetizing way. Unappetizing for him, I should say. I didnt really mind- it still tasted good! If plaster pasta sounds less than appealing to you, though, not to worry. I fixed the recipe and it doesnt do that anymore. Unfortunately, the name has stuck. Read more

Deliciously (half) baked: Cabbage and Cauliflower Cannelloni

cabbage and cauliflower canneloni, baked

Stuffing pasta with cabbage seems like a half-baked idea, I know. For many of us, doing anything with cabbage seems a bit far-out. I used to hate cabbage- well, actually, I used to think I hated cabbage, which is something completely different. We didnt eat it all that often when I was growing up, so I never really got the chance to decide for myself whether I hated it- but every kid hates cabbage, right? Read more