Spanish tomato toast

spanish tomato toast (pan con tomate)

January 16, 2019

Last week we were in Madrid and are totally smitten.  Mr. S and I have never been before.  He’s half Spanish so whenever we are in a Spanish country, he feels a connection even though he grew up in England. We’ve been to Barcelona before but Spain’s capital tugged at our hearts!  It’s a beautiful,…

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gingersnap cookies

icebox gingersnaps

December 21, 2018

Haven’t found any spare hours to do some holiday baking?  There’s still time and my great aunt’s gingersnaps recipe is a cinch to make.  Audrey was my favorite paternal aunt.  She was an elegant, refined, woman who loved to cook, had a twinkle in her eye, and if you were in her company, she always…

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cabbage & pasta soup

cabbage and pasta soup

December 19, 2018

Baby, it’s cold outside (and I am not referring to the song that seems to have ruffled silly feathers).  We had a cold snap for the past few days and whenever this happens, my body craves soup!  Soup is as old as the history of cooking and enjoyed by the poor and the rich.  It…

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BLT sandwich (brinjal, lettuce, tomato)

December 3, 2018

This isn’t your typical BLT sandwich as it uses eggplant bacon. Say what?  Eggplant bacon has been circulating the web for quite some time but yours truly only recently heard about it when I saw it pop up on Instagram.  Eggplant (aka aubergine or brinjal) is known for its deep purple and glossy skin.  Some…

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strangolatreti (bread gnocchi with spinach & Parmesan)

strangolapreti (bread gnocchi with spinach)

November 15, 2018

I enjoy reading where things originate and even more, the meaning behind it. If you’ve ever eaten light, puffy pillows of gnocchi, you’ll be surprised to learn (or at least I was) to find out that gnocchi can also be made with stale breadcrumbs. Strangolapreti is a traditional dish in the Trento area of northern…

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delicata squash

baked squash slices – easy to make!

November 5, 2018

As a youngster, I never really cared for squash; it was so nondescript when boiled and mashed and usually ended up either too wet or too dry.  That has since changed and I’ve come to enjoy it whether in a salad, casserole or soup.  My kids love my grandmother’s baked squash casserole, however, this is…

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Thanksgiving dinner in a pie.

turkey pot pies

October 12, 2018

Canadian Thanksgiving was last weekend.  Four hundred and forty-two years ago an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient, established a settlement in what is now called Newfoundland.  He held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first…

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Ciro's crostini with his homemade stracchino cheese

Ciro’s stracchino cheese crostini

October 4, 2018

What makes a delicious crostini?  Two words; fresh ingredients.  And when my farmers’ market has an Italian vendor selling his own cheese, I am ONE happy camper!  Ciro Comencini moved to Nova Scotia with his wife, Alessia and their six children (soon to be seven!) in 2013.  His dairy experience started with his family’s farm, just…

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plum hand pies - easy to make

local plum hand pies

September 11, 2018

September signals the slow end of a glorious summer but with it comes the bounty of the harvest.  Stone fruits in Nova Scotia are in full swing now and I CANNOT get enough of peaches and plums!  I recently purchased a bag of plums from Noggins Corner Farm Market and wanted to make hand pies…

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poached shrimp in olive oil & butter

poached shrimp in olive oil

August 22, 2018

If there’s one staple I always have in my freezer, it’s a bag of frozen shrimp.  They’re so versatile and many shrimp recipes out there are easy to prepare, economical and perfect for a mid-week meal.  I recently poached shrimp in olive oil with a bit of butter as a last minute snack; I wasn’t…

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fried Brussels sprouts

fried Brussels sprouts

July 26, 2018

When thinking about what appetizer to serve, most cooks don’t consider using cabbage and even less think about Brussels sprouts!  As a kid, you would NEVER hear me say, “oh yes please, may I have more!”  I disliked them for years.  It wasn’t until I was and at my great aunt’s home when she served…

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tips to make the best homemade salads

what makes a good salad?

July 17, 2018

What makes a salad stand out? Last night, fondly enough, as I was preparing a salad (it was a scorcher of a day) I pondered the same thing.  I looked at the ingredients laid out before me:  avocado, leftover grilled steak, cherry tomatoes, fresh sugar snap peas, leftover grilled broccolini, and chilled lettuce leaves picked…

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oysters

oysters and mussels (PEI’s own merroir)

July 10, 2018

Oysters and mussels get their flavour from the sea much like wine gets theirs from the land (terroir).  The chefs and fishermen of Prince Edward Island are coining their own treasures from the ocean by calling it merroir (from the sea). PEI is famous for its Malpeque oysters all due to a Paris exhibition in…

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