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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Two kinds of Cherry Snowballs: which one is your favourite?

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summary: cherry snowballs revisited once more; our cherry snowball recipe; Happy New Year! SAVEUR magazine’s take on Mum’s cherry snowballs; Luxardo Cherries are still maraschino cherries; I love happy endings, don’t you? (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

With the buildup that we were given of Luxardo cherries, we were expecting great things!

cherry snowballs I’ve mentioned in the past how much I love SAVEUR Magazine….

Last September, I noticed an announcement on the SAVEUR Facebook page that they were looking for Reader Submitted stories and recipes for their December issue. I submitted three stories, including the story about the cherry snowballs, laboriously shaving each story down to 200 words. This was no mean feat for me, what with my second name being “Verbosity”! :hohoho: :stomp: :hohoho:

And then I completely forgot about them. (continue reading…)

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Wordless Not-Wednesday: sandwich bread??



sandwich bread??


Thursday, 26 December 2013

Merry Boxing Day All!!

Filed under: food & drink,hunger — ejm @ 10:30 EDT

summary: Happy Christmas; feasting; what to do on Boxing Day

Rejoice Greatly! (© ejm)Rejoice Greatly! (© ejm) In spite of an ice storm, a limb from our giant silver maple cracking and laying itself down to rest on our roof, power outages across the city and province, plunging sub-zero temperatures, snowy icy roads, fear of power outage because of another even larger tree limb hanging precariously on the electrical wires that feed our whole street, we have had a blessed and happy Christmas. I hope you have too! (Remarkably, the second branch is a low priority branch, with still over 50,000 Toronto homes without power because of tree branches that have broken the lines. I don’t expect that the workers, who have been working 24 hours a day since early Sunday morning, will get to it until at least next week.) (continue reading…)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Again I say, let them eat cake!! (BBB December 2013)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Modern ‘Lardy’ Cake; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) December 2013

Wait a minute!! Are the BBBabes confused again and can’t remember the difference between cake and bread?

aloo paratha Last month we made bread that was unyeasted. This month we returned to using yeast to make a wondrous thing called “Lardy Cake”.

And yet it is neither cake, nor does it contain any lard.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. Whatever it’s called or however it’s misnamed, it’s delicious! And really easy to make too. What could be better? (continue reading…)

Saturday, 16 November 2013

aloo paratha revisited (BBB November 2013)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Aloo Paratha (Potato Stuffed Flatbread); a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) November 2013

Ah comfort food! Just the thing when it seems the world is turning upside down.

aloo paratha When Karen murmured that she thought maybe we should make stuffed parathas this month, I immediately responded: “Ooooh! J’ADORE aloo paratha! We were just talking about the fact that it has been ages since we’ve made them. I’ve made Madhur Jaffrey’s (plain and stuffed) and Mark Bittman’s look similar.”

What’s Paratha, you ask?

A parantha/paratha is an Indian unleavened flat-bread, and is mostly consumed in the northern regions of India. The word Paratha (Parantha in Punjab) is an amalgamation of the words parat = layers and atta= flour and which obviously combines to mean layers of cooked flour. [...] The Aloo Parantha is merely a variation or deviation, (whatever way you may want to see it) of a basic parantha. [...]

The traditional way to have the Aloo Parantha would be with a big dollop of fresh homemade butter on a stack and with some yogurt and spicy pickles on the side. And the best way to enjoy these paranthas [is] in good company, laughter and someone serving these hot on the plate straight from the skillet!

-Soma, eCurry: Aloo Parantha – Potato Stuffed Flatbread

I told T about this month’s BBB choice and he was as excited as I. Parathas are perfect for breakfast! Or lunch! Or dinner! (continue reading…)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Everyday Sandwich Bread (WFD/WBD 2013)

Filed under: baking,BBD,bread - yeasted & unyeasted,food & drink — ejm @ 15:36 EDT

feed the hungrysummary: Sandwich bread; Thanksgiving; information about World Bread Day, World Food Day and BYOB (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

I don’t know why this batch of bread ended up so flat. Did I let it rise too much before shaping it? But it’s still bread and it’s good. And we’re thankful that we have it.

Everyday Sandwich Bread for World Bread Day (WBD 2013) and World Food Day (WFD 2013)

sandwich bread It was Thanksgiving this past Monday. Like so many other people in Canada, we had our celebratory Thanksgiving dinner on the weekend, so that on Monday, we could have sandwiches with the leftovers.

And how fortunate are we? We gather around our Thanksgiving tables, happily sharing the traditional feast. And we are thankful. We might even stop to briefly think about less fortunate hungry people in the world. And then because it makes us a little bit uncomfortable, we quickly jump up to get a second helping.

Let’s face it. Many of us don’t even know what hunger means.

How sad it is that in this world that CAN feed everyone, there are still huge numbers who do know what hunger means. Some of them many never know anything else, with little hope of getting even the smallest crust of bread or a few grains of rice, let alone the rest of the ingredients that go into our Thanksgiving feasts and our every day bountiful tables.

Yes, they know what hunger means. How unfair is that? (continue reading…)

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