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It’s a Party — Start From Scratch Summer Social!

24 May

As I’m sure you all know, I’ve been working with Start From Scratch, a Calgary-based cooking initiative, for just over a year. We are dedicated to teaching university students get back to basics in the kitchen and learn how to cook. In just over a year and a half we’ve educated over 70 students with our free 10-week program. We’re able to do so with the generous support of many local suppliers and restaurants, including some of the talent that will be cooking for you on the evening of June 21, 2012.

My SFS partner-in-crime, Dan Clapson, and I have been planning this event for months and are super stoked to now be able to share details with you of what is sure to be an amazing evening of great friends, delicious food, and superb wine pairings.

When: Thursday, June 21, 2012 – 8pm
Where: Casel Marche, J. Webb Wine Merchant, Market 17
What: Five local chefs and five local food bloggers teaming up to create five delectable, easy-to-recreate dishes for your enjoyment, along with wine pairings. As well there will be lots of awesome silent auction items to bid on.
Cost: $50

Full details can be found here.

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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Buckwheat & Tuna Salad

29 Mar

Here’s the latest from the Bodhi Tree’s Breathing Room Newsletter.

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I had a student ask me about gluten-free lunch ideas and as it turns out, I’ve been formulating an article to address just such a thing.

One of the most challenging things about going gluten-free is trying to recreate foods – breads, pastries, pastas – exactly how you remember them to be. It doesn’t help that the mind tends to embellish fond memories, especially when it comes to food. This presents the perfect opportunity to practice aprigraha or non-attachment. An exact replica of your favourite gluten-y food may never exist. Practice letting go, accepting what is, and move forward, in this case to other recipes (of which there are many!) that are still delicious, nutritious, and satisfying.  To read the rest of this article and see the recipe for Buckwheat and Tuna Salad, take the leap to Bodhi Tree’s blog…

Click here for my summary of gluten-free grains and how to use them.

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

1 Nov

Lentils are a great alternative to using ground meat for Shepherd’s Pie. Green lentils keep their shape, while orange lentils melt into mush; using both gives a similar texture to meat.

This is definitely a dish for potlucks (even meat-lovers like it) and to make when you’re on a budget – each serving works about to approximately $1.50 (depending on how much butter, cream, and cheese you use)!

I like to make a double or triple recipe of this, portion it out into 7″x5″ 3-cup Pyrex bakeware, then freeze for easy weeknight meals. Continue reading

Cooking from Scratch!

5 Sep

I’m super excited to be teaching for Start From Scratch this September. It’s been out there for a little while, but thought I’d post about it here too.

Start From Scratch is a cooking initiative for Calgary university students. It aims to illuminate how simple, cost effective and healthy cooking can be compared to boxed/prepared products. The program runs for 10 weeks (Tuesday class start September 27, 2011; Thursday classes start September 29, 2011) and is completely free thanks to some very generous sponsors.

Here’s a little bit about what we’ll be doing each week:

Week 1: Breaking The Ice

Pastas, sauces and lasagna…because we’ve got to start somewhere, right? Starting with basic pasta and then going to the next level. Kind of like Super Mario.

Week 2: Good Morning Sunshine!

Quit skipping breakfast! Quick morning snacks to grab on the way out the door so you can stay awake in that 9 a.m. chemistry class. Aviv Fried, better known as The Sidewalk Citizen Baker, will be here to bake some great stuff with us.

Week 3: Couch Change Classics

We’re generally pretty budget friendly here at Start From Scratch, but these to-go recipes are for those ‘rummaging in the couch for spare change’ kind of times. Hey, we’ve all been there! You’ll learn how to stretch your dollars without sacrificing taste.

Week 4: This Little Piggy…Came From The Local Market

Do we smell a field trip to the farmers’ market? Yes, yes we do. We’ll be heading over to the Calgary Farmers’ Market to get inspired about sourcing, and utilizing, ingredients from local suppliers. Amanda Middleton from Spragg’s Meat Shop will be coming by the class as well for a butchering demo! Let’s get chopping! Continue reading

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