Caramelized Onion Bread (BBB October 2014)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Caramelized Onion Bread, based on a recipe in Canadian Living Magazine; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting; information about World Food Day; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) October 2014

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feed the hungryHappy World Food Day! Please remember to do your part to make everyone’s World Food Day happy….

Caramelized Onion bread

This month, it was Katie’s (Thyme for Cooking) turn to choose the BBBabes’ project. Here is her thinking about the recipe she presented to us:

I decided I [w]ould find an extremely simple bread that I would have fun making (and eating) and all of you Babes could make it with one hand tied behind your back and the other holding a glass of wine. […]
 
I wanted something autumnal, savory, pretty even.
 
-Katie, message to BBBabes

Katie found a wonderfully autumnal, savoury and pretty looking bread recipe that was published in Canadian Living Magazine. She thinks she chose a simple bread. Silly her.

Nothing is simple in OUR kitchen!

I confess that I have often scoffed at Canadian Living recipes, but is that really fair? No, not really. It could have been simple, as Katie thought. But as usual, I managed to make it complex.

Still, with the few tweaks {cough}, this bread is not only easy to make, but it’s lovely(ish) to look at and delicious to eat. Continue reading Caramelized Onion Bread (BBB October 2014)

green bean sabzi (WFD 2014)

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feed the hungrysummary: recipe for green bean sabzi; reminder about those in need and that October 16 is World Food Day; FAO’s World Hunger Map 2014 | Prevalence of Undernourished in the Population; list of some of the aid organizations working to feed the hungry; (click on images for larger views)

green beans sabzi The other day, we were surprised to see that green beans were priced at around $2/lb (yes, I know; Canada supposedly went metric eons ago. But, don’t get me started that most stores have not managed to make the switch…). Other vegetables were also priced on the high side even though we are celebrating Thanksgiving and the local harvest.

But we love green beans (so does the furry black fiend) so we bought some anyway.

And then as we were paying, we remembered that California is undergoing a drought. And so is Central America.

So. The next time you gasp in horror that your garden tomatoes didn’t do so well because it didn’t rain as much as you thought it would when you went away on holiday, it would be a good idea to do a reality check.

Here’s what drought really means:

Central America is seeing one of the worst droughts in decades. Images in the media are filled with stunted corn crops, parched land, and starving cattle. The El Niño affect has meant that rains came late and insufficiently. […] In a region where subsistence farmers depend on their harvest for both their family’s food and for income, this means that many families don’t have enough to eat until they can produce the next harvest.”
 
-Elizabeth Scambler, Drought, food security and migration in Central America, September 17, 2014

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Merry Boxing Day All!!

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 Merry Boxing Day All!!

Yay!! It’s Boxing Day!

summary: Favourite Days; A reminder to share the bounty;

pick up sticks © ejm2012 I love Boxing Day. Almost more than Christmas. There is no stress at all on Boxing Day. It’s strictly for relaxing.

Depending on the weather, after lounging over breakfast, we might go for a bike ride in the afternoon. Or play a few rounds of pick up sticks. Or curl up on the chesterfield to read a book while stock is gently simmering on the stove.

And when it’s time for lunch or dinner, we wander into the kitchen and raid the icebox. There are always so many fabulous leftovers from the nights before. The Christmas tablecloth is always still on the table and it’s a simple task to haphazardly place a few knives and forks at each place setting – there’s no need for the formality (as fun as it was) of the night before.

Mmmmmmm… leftovers…. Continue reading Yay!! It’s Boxing Day!

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Gosh! Awsh is Good!

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feed the hungrysummary: recipe for awsh inspired by Yasie Saadat’s description of awsh in “Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens” by Lynne Christy Anderson; every day is World Food Day; reminder of those in need; list of some of the aid organizations working to feed the hungry; (click on image for larger view)

awsh We recently read the fascinating book “Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens” by Lynne Christy Anderson. Along with the often poignant stories, there were a number of wonderful sounding recipes that accompanied each portrait: Lebanese stuffed grape leaves, Russian mushroom casserole, Greek spanakopita, Salvadoran quesadilla (it’s sweet!!) ….

Then we read about awsh in the chapter, “Food, the Great Icebreaker”, featuring Yasie Saadat and her mother, both originally from Iran. As with all the other interviews, this took place in the kitchen. Continue reading Gosh! Awsh is Good!

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Persian Rice (Tah Dig, “bottom of the rice”) – revisited (WHB#345: saffron)

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summary: recipe for Tah Dig (Bottom of the Rice), adapted from our recipe for Persian Rice in the BloggerAid cookbook; information about saffron and Weekend Herb Blogging;reminder about hunger; (click on image to see larger views and more photos)

Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) #345:
saffron (Crocus sativus)

Persian rice I’ve been meaning and meaning to post about this! How on earth did I forget? (Don’t answer that!)

Yesterday, when I was wandering through our photos and archives to prepare for the red rice post, I came across photos of “bottom of the rice” that T made in February. It was great “bottom of the rice”!

We submitted our recipe for this fabulous rice dish that appeared in the BloggerAid cookbook released for sale on Amazon in November/December 2009. 100% of the profit for the cookbook has gone towards the UN’s World Food Program (WFP), specifically school meals. ¹

In February, T revised the cooking method rather drastically, making the preparation much easier and ending up with virtually the same results. Continue reading Persian Rice (Tah Dig, “bottom of the rice”) – revisited (WHB#345: saffron)