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Atypical Nanaimo Bars

19 Feb
  1. Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars top view
    I was super proud of the raw, vegan Nanaimo Bars I’d just made but I was trying to be sneaky and not say ‘raw’ or ‘vegan’.
  2. Julie kindly pointed out what you might already know.
  3. To which I replied…
  4. @dinnerwithjulie oh really?! Shows how many times I’ve made them — never!
  5. In any case, this recipe is such a treat, super easy to make, and much better for you than the traditional variety. Now, someone come pry me away from them…
    Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars

Berry Breakfast Pudding

20 Nov

I’m generally more of an Eggs-Benny type than a Sweet-French-Toast type for breakfast, but the other day I was craving something sweet, light and berry-ful. I’d seen a berry strata dish awhile back and decided to give a version of it a go, keeping things simple using what I had available in the fridge. This pudding (as I’ll hereby determine it was) turned out kind of like a cross between strata, bread pudding and soufflé; a little bit eggy, just a little sweet and puffed up nicely. These babies dropped quickly, so serve immediately.

Berry Breakfast Pudding

4 eggs
1/3 cup almond milk (I’d like to try this with coconut milk to see what a higher fat content would do to the texture)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup frozen berries
3 slices bread, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch of nutmeg

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Testing a Gluten-Free Pie Shell and Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

4 Apr

I was given a Piccola Cucina gluten-free pie shell to test out and decided to make one of my favourite pies – Lemon Meringue! I particularly like to make this pie when it’s cold out, to remind me of warmer times to come. It’s also perfect for the upcoming Easter weekend if you’re having company over for dinner. Give it a try with any type of pie shell.

Lemon Meringue Pie (modified from the Joy of Cooking)

Lemon Curd
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cup Boiling Water (1/2 cup cold, 1 cup boiling)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
4 eggs
3 tablespoon Butter
1/2 cup/~2-6 Lemons, juiced and zested

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Spicy Caraway Cheddar Biscotti & Food Blogger Bake Sale Wrap-Up

14 Feb

This past weekend I participated in the 2nd Annual Food Blogger Bake Sale. The event went off amazingly well with fellow food blogger, Vincci Tsui (www.cecinestpasunfoodblog.com), at the helm. I believe we raised over $2000 for Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids, but will follow-up with exact numbers!

I made these savoury biscotti and packaged them in twos. If you like biscotti, cheese and spice, then these are for you! A delicious base for any cheese, pickle, jam, preserve…really anything you’d usually spread on a cracker. I usually double this recipe, because for all the baking time and how delicious they are, you’ll wish you had when you’re all done!

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Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale

8 Feb

The Food Bloggers of Calgary are coming together to put on a bake sale this weekend, February 10 & 11, 2012. All proceeds will go towards Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out! I’ll be there with Savoury Cheese & Caraway Biscotti, recipe for which I’ll post after.

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Spiced Maple Pecans

4 Feb

I forgot to post my Om Cooking article from the Bodhi Tree’s December 2011 Breathing Room Newsletter. Even though it was aimed at Christmas giving, the same principals can be applied throughout the year!

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Gift giving is something I like to do all year round, but of course, more so around the holidays. However, I’m not your typical gift-giver. My attitude around gifts changed the year I started making my own Christmas cards, writing a message to each of about 50 friends. The process was special to me, methodical and meditative. I was proud of what I made and the time I put into them; what I gave and to whom didn’t matter so much anymore – I was happy knowing that each person who received a card would be beaming with joy when they got something in the mail besides a bill.

What can you make that will bring you joy first? What skill can you showcase? Contemplate these questions this year and you might find that it brings a renewed excitement to what can be a stressful and frantic time-of-year. Anything you make yourself that brings you joy will bring others joy.

If you need an idea to get started, try this month’s recipe. Packaged in mason jars or bags tied with ribbon, this is one gift that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce or Shakshuka

23 Jan

This egg dish is so simple to make and would be great for a big brunch where you didn’t want to spend a lot of time slaving over the oven. After posting this picture to Twitter/Instagram, I was informed that it’s called Shakshuka. I did a little research, and though this recipe isn’t the traditional form of the dish, it’s definitely along the same lines.

You can add whatever herbs and spices catch your fancy. Also, add any type of sausage, bacon or ham you like. I made a vegetarian version just by omitting the sausage and adding a few more whole tomatoes.

This was on the menu for the Interactive Monday Night dinner at Market 17 I hosted last week. Read about the Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cheese Biscuits I made for it too. So. Yummy.

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Melt-in-your-mouth Cheese Biscuits

18 Jan

I made these a few days ago for the Interactive Monday Dinner hosted by Casel Marche. It’s a dinner to introduce new people to Market 17 and J. Webb Wine Merchant using Cassis Bistro’s space. Not only do I love introducing people to good food, I love any opportunity to have free reign at a grocery store!

My theme was Breakfast (my favourite meal) for Dinner. I knew I wouldn’t have a ton of time to cook, so I chose simple items that still packed the wow-factor.

These biscuits from Canadian Living were so melt-in-your-mouth, even I was surprised! Whenever I’m making a cheesy pastry, I like to double the amount of cheese, so add as much or more of what’s called for in this recipe.

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Gingerbread Houses from Scratch!

22 Dec

I made an appearance on Breakfast Television today! It was a little nerve-wracking but super fun. Here’s a link to the CityTV video of the segment.

Chatting with Tara!

My friend Kendra came over to help me assemble and decorate one house for the show. Making this a group activity makes it much faster and more fun!

Here’s the recipe that my friend Trisha sent to me. It’s from a very old Better Homes & Gardens. I’ll continue searching for a link, but for now here’s a PDF version of the gingerbread recipe & template.

Homemade Gingerbread Houses (and/or cookies)

1 cup shortening (I used butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup fancy molasses
1/2 blackstrap molasses (I just used blackstrap. Makes the gingerbread much darker)
5 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp each of baking soda, salt, cloves and cinnamon

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Chocolate Quinoa Cake

20 Dec

The first thing I’d like to say about this cake is make it. Make it now. Or soon, if you’re at work or some other important place that would frown upon you leaving to make a chocolate cake in the middle of the afternoon.

The second thing is: share it once you’ve made it. This cake is too good to have all to yourself. Or at least, you might feel a tad guilty after finishing it off so to avoid any guilt share it with one and all.

The third is: you will not believe that it’s gluten-free. I’m not much of a gluten-free baker, so the fact that it turned out great even for me is a very good sign!

Finally, and somewhat related: I’ve resorted to using my Instagram photos of my food. The Winter light here in Calgary is making it very difficult for me, a novice photographer, to get good light for photos! So, if anyone has any good, cheap photography tips for Winter, please let me know.

This recipe came to me through my friend Kendra who found it at Dinner With Julie. Julie excerpted the recipe from the book Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood in a post featured on The Family Kitchen. Continue reading

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