Lentil, Quinoa & Vegetable Stew

Lentil, Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

The first time I tried this recipe was thanksgiving weekend of last year when I went home to see the family, and my mother made this for dinner. It had grown chilly outside, what with the leaves turning colours and the sun setting early, and we were all wearing sweaters (well, I was anyway) at the dinner table. It had been a long ride […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: UPDATE (part 2 of 2)

DIY Flavourings, Fermented Food, and Other Fun Stuff

Some of you may remember my first post about homemade vanilla extract from June in which I split 2 vanilla beans down the middle, added them to 3/4 cup of vodka, and set the mixture aside. It has been a little over two months since then, which means it is time for a check in. Comparing my experiment to pure vanilla extract from the store seems the […]

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Cupcake #11: Raspberry Lemonaide

Raspberry Lemonaide Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I decided to celebrate the last of summer by making a drinks inspired cupcake recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cupcake magazine,. The magazine has been resting on my coffee table since the middle of June, taunting me with its glossy photos of cupcakes covered with swirly coloured icing and fancy long-stemmed cherry garnishes. From the moment I picked the magazine […]

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Bits of summer: basil flowers, growing eddoes and harvesting jalapeno peppers

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It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Even though it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and sandles most days, that doesn’t change the fact that the days are getting shorter, kids and teachers are getting ready for school to start, and my calender screams “hey you, it’s September!!” whenever I glance at it. When I look back on […]

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Grow your own peanut plant: Part 2 (UPDATE)

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Some of you may remember that I started growing a peanut plant some months ago. I am very happy to report that the plant is alive and well on its way to producing actual peanuts. First let’s look at what it’s been up to. So far, it has survived the affections of my cat Eowyn. It has produced a couple […]

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Fettuccine with Spicy raw Tomato, Herb, and Caper Sauce

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I’ve had this cookbook for years called The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. It has really fantastic looking recipes that use fresh herbs and vegetables. Being a student at the time this book was given to me, I felt taunted by the pages of delicious homemade pasta sauces (calling for 3 cups worth of fresh herbs) and side dishes that […]

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Cupcakes # 8, 9, 10: Almond-Apricot, Coconut-Lychee, Pineapple-Rightside-Up

Almond-Apricot Cupcake Filling

So I haven’t been baking as much as usual lately, probably due to the heat of summer, being busy with work and maybe just a bit of general laziness. When I do manage to open the bottom drawer of the stove to take out my dull and rusting cupcake pan, I find myself drawn towards fruit. I love fruit, yet I haven’t tried […]

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This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

It is a Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. The mercury in the thermometer is climbing high and the sun shines brightly on my balcony. I step outside with a watering can, squinting, and within approximately 2.5 seconds the armpits of my 100% cotton t-shirt are soaked with sweat. The high-pitched humming of cicadas pierces through the chugging sound of a tortured air conditioner. Oh, lord. How am I supposed to get […]

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Summer salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and homemade balsamic vinaigrette

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  I was inspired to make a salad the other day when I was grocery shopping after work and realized that everything in my basket was either processed or full of starch. Potatoes, frozen chickenless nuggets, and bagels are okay but there should be something green on the dinner plate too. I immediately thought: fresh mozzarella salad! Someone had told […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: Part 1

Homemade Vanilla Extract: Part 1

A few months back, a friend of mine became very excited about vanilla beans and sent me a link with instructions for making vanilla extract. I decided immediately that I would have to make it. If you’re a fellow baker, then you already know how often vanilla extract is called for in recipes and how expensive it is to buy the […]

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