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My mom says, “This is the best bread I have ever had.” And my mom has had a lot of good bread, much of it made by her, so I consider that the strongest endorsement for this delicious chocolate sour cherry bread.
This isn’t a sweet bread, just a loaf of my usual no-knead (Jim Lahey recipe) bread, with the addition of sour cherries I picked in summer and froze, and some good quality dark chocolate. If you’re unfamiliar with no-knead bread, it’s a bread that is left to rise overnight. It is baked in a dutch oven, which helps to create a crunchy crust. So delicious! Just takes a bit of planning ahead – there’s very little hands-on time, but you need to move the dough a few hours before baking.
It was the most delicious the day it was baked, and while still a little warm. But it was also very nice the next day, toasted, with a little butter.
Feel free to add a bit more chocolate or cherries if you want!
What you need:
2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup rye flour (or use all ap flour)
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 & 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 & 1/3 cups water, room temperature
6 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli 60%, Bittersweet)
1 cup pitted sour cherries (if using frozen cherries, do not thaw before adding)
What you do:
In a large bowl combine the flour, yeast, salt, chocolate and cherries. Add the water and stir just until it comes together. It will look a bit shaggy, but it’s fine.
Cover the bowl with a lid, plate or plastic wrap and leave to sit at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours. Eighteen-ish hours is preferable, especially if it’s a little cooler in your place. This time around I left mine even longer, and it was probably my best ever.
About two hours before baking time, spread out a large piece of parchment paper and put a coating of olive oil over it. Use a spatula to coax the dough out of the bowl, and then use floured hands to gently form it into a loaf, and place it seam-side down onto the parchment paper. Invert the bowl over the dough and allow this to sit for about 2 hours.
About 1/2 an hour before baking, turn the oven to 450°F/ 232°C. (If using a Romertopf/clay baker, make sure you have pre-soaked it, and then place it in the oven BEFORE turning the oven on.) If using a cast iron dutch oven, place it in the cold oven to heat along with the oven.
When the oven is ready, gently place the dough, seam side down, into the lidded baker. This should be pretty easy to do, since you can just pick up the corners of the parchment paper and transfer the whole thing into the pot. If you want to, you can use a sharp knife to make a few slashes a few centimetres deep into the top of the bread.
Place the lid on the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. After that time, remove the lid and bake for 15-25 minutes. The crust should be dark, and the bread should sound hollow when you tap it.
Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack for about an hour. When it is hot it will be too sticky inside to cut, but after an hour the bread will still be warm enough for the perfect tasting experience.
Burgoo is a popular Vancouver restaurant that serves the best comfort food. I tend to order this tomato soup because there aren’t a lot of meals on their comfort food menu that a lactose-intolerant person can eat.
Not only is this soup lactose-free, but it is soooo delicious! Also, it’s quite easy to make – once you’ve chopped everything up you just simmer for an hour, purée, and you’re ready to go.
I made a few changes to the recipe: since I am making it in Winter, I didn’t have fresh tomatoes that I thought would enhance the flavour. The recipe called for some canned and some fresh, and I have used all canned tomatoes. I added a few carrots, and I made the recipe a little bit smaller so it would fit in my pot.
This soup is even better after reheating, and freezes really well. I love making a massive batch and freezing most so I can have a healthy soup anytime I need it.
Just a word about the wine: please use a wine you would actually want to drink. If you like a sweeter red wine (ick), then you should probably use less brown sugar. The alcohol burns off, so there is none left in the soup, should you be serving it to people who don’t drink alcohol.
This serves 6-8 people.
What you need:
2 – 796 mL cans of whole or chopped tomatoes (San Marzano are the best!)
3 cups water
250-375 mL your favourite red wine
1 very large sweet onion (or two small ones), chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
optional: olive oil for drizzling before serving
What you do:
Put everything in a large pot.
Gently bring it up to a simmer.
Simmer for one hour with the lid off, stirring from time to time.
Purée, and if you want a super smooth soup, run it through a sieve or food mill.
Taste to see if you want to add more salt, pepper, or anything else.
You can make your own hummus! It’s so easy, delicious, and saves you money! Whether you use canned chickpeas or cook them from dried, it’s easy to make a great hummus. When I make hummus at home, I appreciate knowing exactly what goes into it, and adding more or less of whichever flavours I choose – and for me it’s all about the lemon right now!
This recipe is a variation of the hummus recipe I make often, but in this one I’ve added lemon zest along with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Plus a bit of cumin and hot sauce to perfect it.
You can use canned chickpeas, or prepare your own from dried chickpeas. I highly recommend removing the skins from the chickpeas to make a really creamy hummus. If you use split dried chickpeas, they are already skinless, so you will not need to remove the skins, but the flavour is a little different than the regular chickpea. Of course, you can always keep the skins on, but your hummus will not be as smooth. If you’ve got the time it’s worth a try, and removing the skins can be somewhat meditative.
One of my favourite meals that includes hummus is hummus kawarma, a Lebanese dish with lamb. Of course hummus also great with fresh pita, or as a veggie dip. I also love to toast day-old pita brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt to make crackers, and then dip them in hummus.
What you need:
1 & ¼ cups dried chickpeas (or one 540mL can)
1/3 cup tahini
4 or more tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
cumin, to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon)
hot sauce (optional) to taste
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt to taste
5 or more tablespoons ice-cold water
What you do:
Cook the chickpeas ahead of time, so they are cold when you use them to make the hummus. If you are using canned chickpeas I highly recommend removing the skins. This is a bit of work, but here’s what I do: I drain them, then put them in a large bowl with water. Then I rub some of them between my hands, and a lot of the skins come off that way. Then I go through them and pull off most of the remaining skins.
Place your drained chickpeas in a food processor or blender. Process them until you have a thick paste. Add the tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, a little hot sauce, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt; blend this. With the machine still running, drizzle in some of the ice water and let it mix for several minutes. You will get a very creamy paste. Taste to see if you want to add any more lemon juice or any of the seasonings. Add more water if you think it needs it to be smoother; I like to add a bit more water than I think I will need, as hummus tends to thicken up a bit when refrigerated.
Cover and refrigerate if you are not using it right away, but remove from the fridge at least half an hour before you want to eat it.A little drizzle of good quality olive oil is a nice way to top it off when serving.
I have to say, I was against the idea of a potato taco in the beginning – kind of like I was against the idea of a potato pizza – but in both instances I was proven wrong. The creamy potato and black bean filling in these tacos, paired with this fire-roasted salsa, makes them a pretty awesome treat!
It’s pretty simple really, just cook some potatoes (I used a purple one because I had fresh ones from the garden), open a can of black beans (or make your own from dried beans). Smash them together with some spices, add a little cheese, throw it into a frying pan in a tortilla, and you’re done.
Here’s a breakdown of what you need to feed two people, and the process:
Imagine you walk into a kitchen and you catch a waft of lemon, butter and blueberries emanating from the oven – heaven, right? That’s what these are.
It’s pretty rare that I post almost the same recipe within a few months, but these are so good that I had to make them again, with a very slight change – even more lemon!
They are really light and fluffy, packed with blueberries, a nice hit of lemon, and a crunchy cap.
The last time I made these, I made a few minor changes to this recipe. I used the zest of a whole lemon instead of half, and I added the baking powder and baking soda a bit later in the process to avoid over-mixing it. For the Turbinado sugar topping I used a bit less than the suggested 3 tablespoons, and it still had a nice crunchy top. This time around I used some lemon juice in the batter to amp up that flavour, and to balance the sweetness of the muffin. I also rubbed the lemon zest into the sugar to release more of the oils, bringing out the flavour.
I also made a mistake with these! I used half a cup of butter instead of 5 tablespoons – oops. But the flavour was awesome!
If you are using frozen blueberries you should leave them in the freezer until you are ready to add them.
The trick to successful muffins is not over-mixing the batter, which will cause you to have a dense muffin. Another trick – bake them as soon as the batter is in the muffin tins so they don’t lose any of their leavening.
Makes 9-11 muffins. They are the very best the day they come out of the oven, but warmed up with a bit of butter in the next few days they were quite good too.
What you need:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
zest from a whole lemon (finely grated, only the yellow outer peel)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup plain yogurt minus 2 tablespoons
1 large egg
1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/4 to 1 & 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons Turbinado (sugar in the raw) sugar
What you do:
Prepare your muffin tins by lining 9 of them with paper liners, and then spray the liners with baking spray. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Place the sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl, and work the zest into the sugar with your fingers to release the oils.
Melt the butter, then whisk it into the sugar and zest. Whisk in the yogurt and egg until smooth.
Add one cup of the flour to the sugar mixture and stir it in until there are still some clumps. Now combine the remaining half cup of flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Very lightly fold this mixture into the batter, until it it is mostly mixed, with a few lumps.
Fold in the berries until they are just combined. You should now have a very thick batter, especially if you just added frozen berries.
Divide the batter between the 9 muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with a bit of Turbinado sugar.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Test them by inserting a toothpick in the middle; if there is any batter sticking to the toothpick let them bake a few minutes longer. If you hit a blueberry, you might want to poke the toothpick into another spot to see if they are done.
Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack.
Perfect for a Fall day, this soup is warming and hearty, but not heavy. Served with a beautiful baguette from Beyond Bread, this made a delicious dinner for two with plenty of leftovers.
You can make this as a vegan soup, or use chicken or beef broth. The soup consists of some veggies, both dried and fresh mushrooms, a splash of sherry, tomato paste, and broth. A good quality broth is important here, so homemade or a better quality like Pacific would make a tasty soup.
The recipe comes from the Yvette van Boven’s ‘Home Made Winter’ cookbook. Her recipe calls for spelt, but gives the option of barley, which I used because that was what I had in my cupboard. I added a few extra carrots, less oil, and a dab of butter at the end. I used chicken broth because I had it on hand, but look forward to trying it with mushroom broth. I changed the order of when to add the salt and pepper, adding it at the end so it doesn’t get over-salted, and so the salt doesn’t make the veggies mushy. As well, adding pepper too soon can make it the soup taste bitter. My scale is broken right now, so I guessed that 25 grams of dried mushrooms is about 1/2 cup, and that tasted great. For the fresh mushrooms I used a combination of Button and Cremini, the white and brown ones you find easily in the grocery store. If you substitute for more interesting mushrooms, please let me know in the comments below what you used and how you enjoyed it!
What you need:
25 grams dried mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
500 grams (about 1 lb) fresh mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
100 grams (about 1/2 cup) barley or spelt
2 tablespoons tomato paste
a splash or two of dry sherry
1 litre (4 cups) mushroom, vegetable or chicken stock
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
What you do:
Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl and pour hot or boiling water over them, just enough to cover. Let that sit for about 20 minutes while you get started with chopping.
Once the onions, carrots and celery have been chopped, heat the olive oil on medium heat, in a large pot. Sauté the vegetables until the onions begin to soften.
Stir in the garlic, then add the fresh mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until they begin to release their juices, about 10 minutes.
Raise the heat and stir in the barley or spelt, allowing it to absorb the mushroom juices.
Add the mushroom soaking water and the tomato paste, cooking until you smell a sweet aroma, and then add the splash of sherry.
Add the broth and the soaked mushrooms (I chopped mine first), then bring it to a simmer. Leave it simmering on low heat until the barley/spelt is cooked to an al dente texture. I checked mine after 30 minutes and it was almost done.
Season with salt and pepper, and add a dab of butter if you wish.
For my 500th blog post I give you this simple Orange Olive Oil Cake. So easy to make, but a big flavour bomb! I have barely turned my oven on all summer, but this one called out to me, and I had to try it. And . . . rave reviews! If cake at breakfast is your thing, then this is the one for you, but it’s good anytime. It’s so easy – combine the liquids, add to the dry, bake. Eat. Yum. (You will need some kind of device to zest the orange – a microplaner, part of your grater, or an official zester; I prefer the microplaner.)
This cake is super moist, and super flavourful thanks to all the lemon zest. And the olive oil seems to pair really well with the citrus.
My oven is a gong show, and I never know when it’s going to heat up or cool down, so I do my best to guess (one of the reasons I haven’t been baking much lately). For me this was done almost 15 minutes before the suggested bake time because my oven was so hot – and it still turned out great! So if you are a newer baker, or have a really unpredictable oven like mine, this recipe seems to be a no-fail one.
I ate and gave away a lot of this cake, and then I froze a portion. It’s so nice to have something in the freezer that you can pull out when you need it!
zest of 2 navel oranges (I used very large oranges)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2/3 cup whole or homogenized milk
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 & 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (about 155 grams)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt or 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
What you do:
Prepare an 8-inch cake pan by cutting a round piece of parchment paper to place in the bottom. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Place the rack in the bottom third of the oven.
Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, then mix it together.
In another bowl combine the sugar, zest (I use a microplaner to do this), eggs, orange juice, milk and olive oil.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined, scraping the bottom and sides to make sure all the flour is incorporated; it might seem a bit weird, but it’s okay to have some lumps.
Pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, at which time the top should be browned and a cake tester should come out mostly clean. (Note – I put the cake pan on a baking sheet because I thought it might spill over – it didn’t though! Whew.)
Let the cake cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and then turn the cake onto a cooling rack.
This flame-roasted tomato salsa is excellent any time of year, even in the cooler seasons when it is challenging to access super tasty tomatoes. It’s really easy to whip up, but you do need to plan ahead so that you will have some roasted garlic on hand. I’ve started roasting a bunch of garlic bulbs and freezing them so I can make this awesome salsa anytime I want. I have served it with tortilla chips, but my favourite way to eat it is on beans and rice.
Recently I’ve been buying a lot of the Las Margaritas fresh salsa – it is just so good! But I can only find it in one store, and it is often sold out. So the difficulty finding it, combined with the nearly $8.00 price tag, made me start looking for a way to make it at home.
And . . . I found it! In the Thug Kitchen Cookbook! Yay!
I only made one change to the recipe, and it was a tiny one. I used sweet onions, and typically use them in all my recipes that call for onion because they don’t make me cry as much, plus I think they taste better. The most recent time I made this salsa I didn’t have any green onions, and it was still really good without them.
Friends have been encouraging me to share some of my simple, go-to recipes. I often don’t think of them as a recipe, because it’s something I throw together based on what I happen to find in the fridge.
Today I had some leftover avocado, leftovers of a gorgeous fire-roasted tomato salsa (recipe to come soon!), and some sourdough bread. Although the rest of the continent seems to have eaten a lot of avocado toast, I had not until today!
The hardest part of this recipe is buying the perfectly ripe avocado.
I also made a sunny-side-up egg so I could dip the toast in the egg yolks – mmm good!
What you need:
a slice of bread – I used sourdough
half an avocado
your favourite salsa
hot sauce (optional)
What you do:
Mash the avocado up with a fork. Add a bit of salsa and mix it in.
Toast the bread. Top it with the avocado and hot sauce.
This week I bought an Instant Pot, so I’m now busy trying recipes to get a sense of how it works. I’ve tried out a few recipes, and I’m learning how to tweak them in ways that I enjoy. You can totally make this in a pot on your stove too!
This one is a delicious winner! It has a nice creamy texture and lovely flavours of mushroom, white wine, butter and olive oil. So nice on a piece of toasted bread or crostini! It satisfies those umami cravings. For me this was a part of a picnic spread of cheese, mushroom pate, bean salad, and some veggies.
I made a few changes to the original recipe: In my instructions I have clarified a few details that were not well-described in the Instant Pot Recipe Booklet, and some that were omitted. I used a combination of dried mushrooms instead of just porcini. I also cooked off some of the moisture after pressure cooking because it seemed to liquidy. I added pepper at the end instead of before cooking (I think cooked pepper tastes more butter), and I topped up the liquid in the dried mushrooms with white wine instead of water – yum! I transferred my mushroom mixture to a food processor instead of using an immersion blender because I wanted to make sure I had a really creamy paté; I’m sure the immersion blender does a nice job too – and who doesn’t love fewer dishes!!! I also used a high quality olive oil to add in the last stage. I might also drizzle some on the top in the future!
Next time I will add a sprig of rosemary to the pot before it cooks – doesn’t that sound delicious?
The recipe serves 4-6 people. Or two. If you are self-isolating or just selfish.
What you need:
3/4 cup dried mushrooms, rinsed
1 tablespoon butter (use olive oil for vegan recipe)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, sliced
500 grams (1 lb) cremini or white button mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup dry white wine (plus a little more)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons good quality Parmesan cheese, finely grated (use vegan Parmesan for vegan recipe)
What you do:
Place the dry mushrooms in a measuring cup. Pour boiling water over them until it reaches just over 3/4 cup. Push the mushrooms down, then put a tight lid or plastic wrap over the measuring cup.
Slice the shallots and mushrooms.
Add the olive oil and butter to the Instant Pot, then sauté the shallots for a minute. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté until they are golden brown (mine didn’t get golden, and it was awesome anyways).
Pour the 1/4 cup wine in and allow to evaporate.
Add the mushrooms and their soaking liquid, along with an extra splash of wine. Add the salt and bay leaf.
Close and lock the lid, and then set the Pressure Cooker to 12 minutes. When the time is up, use the Quick Pressure Release.
At this point I sautéd off a bit of the liquid – you can decide if you think this is necessary. Discard the bay leaf.
Once slightly cooled, add the cracked pepper and Parmesan cheese. Use an immersion blender or food processor to blend until smooth.