watermelon fruit jelly

watermelon fruit jelly

June 17, 2024

Gelatine desserts have been around for centuries and there are many ways to serve.  One of the first ‘grown-up’ gelatine desserts I made was raspberries in chardonnay jelly. 

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scotch broth

scotch broth

October 23, 2023

When the mercury drops, I turn to hearty soups and stews.  At first glance, Scotch broth sounds more like a thin liquid to be slurped from a spoon.  But don’t be fooled by the name; this stew is thick and so satisfying.   Like most stews, it contains vegetables and meat and is thickened with barley,…

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French Bread Loaf

french bread loaf

October 18, 2023

Have you ever made bread?  The idea of breadmaking can have you running for the hills. 🙂  However, if you start with an easy recipe that isn’t time-consuming or difficult, you will be pleasantly pleased with the results.  Back in January of this year, I posted a recipe for no-knead bread.

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carbonara

Carbonara (American or Italian?)

October 6, 2023

Don’t shoot the messenger! 🙂  The title of my post may stir up a heated debate on the origins of this beloved pasta.  Mi scusi, allow me to explain.  Food historian Luca Cesari, author of A Brief History of Pasta, says carbonara is an American dish born in Italy towards the end of WWII.

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ahi tuna poke

ahi tuna poke

October 5, 2023

Raw seafood may not be at the top of everyone’s food list.  But, if you enjoy sushi, then you’re gonna LOVE a tuna poke bowl.  This Hawaiian dish is a cinch to make and you can add veggies you enjoy the most.  Poke (pronounced POH-keh) in Hawaiian means to slice or cut something.  Poke has…

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plum jelly

plum jelly

September 19, 2023

I have fond memories of jelly desserts.  My mom made many jellied salads and aspics – some I liked, some I did not. As a kid, I was always fascinated with the ‘jiggly dessert’. My siblings and I would break it down by whipping it around our bowls or to see who could try to…

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roasted tomato sauce

roasted tomato sauce

August 29, 2023

It’s tomato season and nothing is more satisfying than fresh, local ones.  Tomatoes have varied uses; one of the most popular is tomato sauce.  My version of marinara sauce uses fresh tomatoes that are roasted in the oven first and then puréed.  A rustic method with little effort but the flavour profile is downright scrumptious!

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cod en papillote

cod en papillote (cod in parchment paper)

August 24, 2023

The French word en papillote means “in paper”.  It’s a lovely technique that requires minor cleanup afterwards.  Cooking en papillote is the combination of baking and steaming in a hot oven.  The food cooks in its juices. You can use parchment paper or tin foil – I’ve used both.  If hosting a dinner party, these…

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tomato stuffed with rice

pomodori con riso (tomatoes with rice)

August 18, 2023

I couldn’t imagine Italy’s cuisine without the tomato.  But in the 15th and 16th centuries, the tomato was considered poisonous!  Later on, the Spaniards showed the Italians how to pan-fry the tomato with onions and eggplant in what we know today as ratatouille.  The Italians soon learned that the ‘golden fruit’ was perfect for flavouring…

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pickled cherries

bocconcini with pickled cherries & mint

August 9, 2023

August is the time of year when local produce is in abundance.   Cherries from British Columbia have been in the farmers’ markets for about a month.  We all have our favourite cherry dish when in season but I’ll bet you’ve never tried pickled cherries.  Yours truly has not.  So, when I saw an Instagram story…

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pork cutlet pizzaiola

pork cutlet pizzaiola

July 28, 2023

With a name like pizzaiola one immediately thinks of Naples, the birthplace of pizza. It is believed that pizzaiola was created as a way to use leftover pizza sauce.  Pizzaiola is typically made with sliced beef or veal cooked with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and oregano.

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blueberry dutch baby

blueberry dutch baby

July 24, 2023

The Dutch baby pancake has been around since the early 1900s.   A cafe in downtown Seattle began offering it on their menu.  These oven pancakes are famous and can be sweet or savoury.  I made a Dutch baby for the very first time for breakfast on Sunday.  Even though it was a hit, I…

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strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

July 20, 2023

The strawberry plant is native to Europe and North America and grew wild for centuries.  I used to pick wild strawberries when I was a kid.  My grandfather loved strawberry jam and used to give us money if we picked the wild version.  Little did I know the strawberry we consume today was first bred…

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