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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Oooooh, popovers!!

Filed under: — ejm @ EDT

summary: popovers (Yorkshire Pudding) are insanely easy to make; (click on image(s) to see larger view and more photos)

Several weeks ago, I bemoaned the fact that I had never taken any photos of our popovers and said “I must make popovers soon!” …I did make them the following week. And again at the beginning of January. And again last night. Here at last is the proof:

popovers Back in October, Katie (Thyme For Cooking) posted Popovers – easiest bread possible! Really! I couldn’t agree with her more. They really are the easiest things to make. And SO satisfying too!

I remember almost fainting with anticipation whenever Mum made popovers. I can conjure up the aromas of the roast resting on the counter and feel how chapped my hands were from peeling all those potatoes and carrots and see Mum carving little cross patterns into the Brussels sprouts and hear the gentle clatter of silverware and good china as someone set the table.

Yes, I adore popovers! What am I saying? WE adore popovers. With way too much gravy. It doesn’t matter what kind of gravy either – roast chicken gravy, pot roast gravy, dark chocolate-chili gravy, duck à l’orange gravy – they’re all good. (please continue reading…)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Golden fish curry (Indian-style)

summary: recipe for coconut fish curry; garnishing with toasted peanuts and coconut; we love our Magic Bullet; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

curry Swoon… This was so fabulous. It was so good I thought I was going to cry.

T made the curry sauce with, among other things, butter and shredded coconut and butter (did I mention there was butter?) edit after T gave me the recipe: Bzzzzzzzt!!! WRONG!!! There is NO butter. Not one ounce. It’s coconut milk…. and onions. The gorgeous gold colour was from adding a red pepper to the mix and then whirring the whole thing in one of our favourite toys: the Magic Bullet.

Once the sauce was prepared, T dried off some tilapia fillets and coated them with turmeric. He then fried the fish and once it was done, he added the still warm sauce.

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

news flash: barley is good!!

Filed under: — ejm @ EDT

summary: mushroom risotto orzotto; removing deep seated prejudices about barley; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

barley For ages, I held onto the ridiculous idea that I didn’t like barley. Even though Katie (Thyme for Cooking) has been repeatedly reminding her readers about the barley’s virtues. She has also not left out the fact that it tastes good too, noting that barley is not just in beef/barley soup, but is also a primary ingredient in many types of beer and whiskey.

[B]arley [...] has more than 3 times the fiber of brown rice, or blueberries; more than twice that of whole-wheat spaghetti or an apple. In addition it’s high in selenium, tryptophan, copper, manganese and phosphorus. It’s been shown to help lower cholesterol and control Type 2 Diabetes. It’s fiber is particularly friendly to the bacteria that live in your gut, keeping your intestines healthy and happy. And it tastes good.

-Katie Z, Why eat barley?, Thyme For Cooking

Katie uses barley in stir-fries, stews, salads and gratins. The photos and descriptions of the various dishes look fabulous.

So. Why did it take me so long to believe her?!

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

snowflakes: the good kind

Filed under: — ejm @ EDT

summary: citrus fennel snowflakes; perfect way to use up syrup after candying peel; submission for YeastSpotting; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

I was looking through our desktop photos folder and realised that I had completely forgotten to post about this wonderful bread!

snowflakes It’s January and of course, here in the frigid north, we do have to expect to see snow. I, however, am not the biggest fan of snow. Sure, it’s pretty. And there is something really magical about watching it softly falling and covering the world in a beautiful sparkling white blanket.

But it’s cold. And once the luster has worn off, it turns grey. And lumpy. Or slushy. And then when the temperature plunges, lumpy AND icy.

However, I saw some fabulous looking snowflakes on Susan’s (Wild Yeast) site. Sure she is in balmy California. But SHE knows how to make snow!

I had lots of lemon syrup as a byproduct of the candying of the lemon peels [...] And the shaping was just me playing around to see what showed up, and perhaps longing for the December snow(flakes) I used to know in Vermont

-Susan, Lemon Anise Snowflakes, Wild Yeast

In December, after making Stollen, I too had a lot of citrus syrup lying around. So I decided, as opposed I am to snow even in December, to make some snowflakes too.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Cuban Bread in NO time!! (BBB January 2012)

BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Cuban Bread based on a recipe by Bernard Clayton; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) January 2012

Call me Thomas. Yes, even though I saw the other BBBabes’ Cuban bread, I still didn’t believe it.

Cuban Bread (BBB) Bread in two hours? Doubt it, Ralph!

But that’s what the recipe claims. And I just proved to myself that it’s true.

So. Next time someone says “But I don’t have TIME to make bread from scratch!!” I can point them to this amazing recipe. (please continue reading…)

Monday, 2 January 2012

I ♥ artichoke hearts!

summary: recipe for preserved artichoke hearts; pizza for New Year’s Day; Happy New Year! (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

For ages, I’ve been meaning to post about the preserved artichoke hearts. Here it is at last. Better late than never.

artichokes When we were shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, we saw one of the stores in the predominantly Italian area of town was selling boxes of baby artichokes. Ontario artichokes – twelve artichokes in the box!!! We couldn’t resist buying them; we love artichoke hearts!

We talked about what we were going to do with all those artichokes. Naturally, Hollandaise Sauce was mentioned. And then Blue Cheese dressing. But still, that was a lot of artichokes for us to consume. And we suddenly thought about preserving the hearts.

We love preserved artichoke hearts almost as much as fresh artichokes. Who doesn’t? But the little jars of artichoke hearts being sold here are prohibitively expensive. No doubt they are trying to make us think that preserving artichoke hearts is prohibitively difficult.

Let me tell you; nothing could be further from the truth. It was insanely easy. And the results? Infinitely better than the supermarket jarred versions.

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