Category Archives: vegetarian

(new category) not all vegetarian recipes have been labelled yet

Gluten-free Experiment – you win some; you lose some

summary: recipe for caramelized onion dip and Gluten-free crackers …hmmm; there’s a reason that wheat is so popular; new servers; comments are allowed but I can’t always access the blog; (click on images to see larger views)

The nightmare continues. My webhost has installed new servers. They say they are lightning fast. Alas, they are so lightning fast that for over week I often couldn’t access my site at all…. I have been trying to post about these crackers since Monday. If you see this post, it means that by a miracle I managed to stay connected to for more than 2 minutes…. :stomp:

GF crackers They look pretty good, don’t they? Don’t let looks fool you….

From time to time, I take snacks for the coffee break at work. There is one celiac and one person who is allergic (she goes into anaphalactic shock if she eats wheat) so I thought it would be fun to make something that everyone could eat.

I did an internet search and found what looked to be really good crackers at Clean Green Simple: Rustic Rosemary Herb Crackers

[T]hey make a great portable snack.
-Jessica, Rustic Rosemary Herb Crackers, clean green simple

Perfect!! It was exactly what I was looking for! Continue reading

green bean sabzi (WFD 2014)

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 NiƱo 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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Stir-fried beets, Indian style (WHB: curry leaf)

summary: recipe for South Indian Beets (stir-fried beets and curry leaves) from a recipe in SAVEUR; problems with photographing Indian food so it looks good; information about curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) and WHB; (click on image(s) for larger views and more photos)

Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) #447??: Curry Leaf (Murraya koenigii)

Not long ago, I complained about the choice of words in SAVEUR magazine, specifically “The India Issue”. But I don’t think I was magnanimous enough to mention that in spite of their poor choice and/or distinct lack of words, they did get several things right.

beets One of those things was the “beetroot thoran” from Kerala on page 72. When we read about stir-frying beets with curry leaves and coconut, we knew we had to try it!

Because I can’t stop buying beet tops (j’adore stir-fried beet-tops!), we always have beets lying around in the bottom of the vegetable bin in the fridge. But we don’t always have curry leaf on hand. Continue reading

this IS the best carrot cake

summary: We make the best Carrot Cake with so much cream cheese icing, it will make you sick; Happy Birthday, T! (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

T’s birthday is in early January. We’re always so full from Christmas that he always defers his cake until later. The other day, he said, “Isn’t it time for my birthday cake?”

carrot cake As always, the kind of cake was left to him. I was surprised when he didn’t choose Black Forest cake and instead decreed that it would be carrot cake. Yes!! J’adore carrot cake!

It’s easy to make. And. It. Is. Delicious.

And good for you! Think of all the vitamins!

The practice of combining cheese, fruit, and nuts dates back to ancient times. These were often served at the end of a meal because they were thought to aid in digestion.

– Food Timeline: History Notes

Hmmm, do you think the ancients meant cream cheese? And if some vegetables are added, will it be even better for the digestion?

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Snow? Again??? Taking Comfort with Chocolate (Bookmarked)

Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee - SAVEURsummary: recipe based on SAVEUR magazine’s Chocolate Bark; SAVEUR magazine comes through again! information about Bookmarked Recipes;

Bookmarked Recipes - last Sunday of the MonthBookmarked Recipes #33: Chocolate Bark

It snowed last night! Again. And… pretty, isn’t it? But. It’s March! :stomp: :stomp: Will this winter never end? :stomp: :stomp:

snow in March


Luckily, we do have running electricity and the furnace, stove and oven are working. But we have to – eeeeeek – walk everywhere because bicycling on icy Toronto roads, in our neighbourhood where people LOVE to drive their cars and don’t really believe that two-wheeled vehicles belong on the road, is out of the question.

We are pining for spring and barbecue weather. (I’m beginning to wonder if it will ever come again.) In the meantime, we are comforting ourselves with hearty soups and stews. And finishing off the last of the Christmas goodies. Continue reading

Corn Tortillas from Scratch (Bookmarked Recipe)

summary: recipe for corn tortillas from scratch; no need for a tortilla press; information about Bookmarked Recipes (click on images for larger views and more photos)

Before now, we have always bought pre-made corn tortillas because we didn’t have a tortilla press. It turns out that it’s insanely easy to make really good tortillas from scratch WITHOUT a press.

Bookmarked Recipes - last Sunday of the MonthBookmarked Recipes #25: Corn Tortillas

tortillas Every time we go to our favourite South American store in Kensington Market to get dried chillies, pinto beans and/or pre-made corn tortillas, as T is waiting in line to pay, I go to the shelf with the tortilla presses and gaze at them longingly. They have not terribly expensive cheap-looking cast-aluminum presses and expensive beautifully constructed heavy heavy heavy cast-iron presses. And I think how cool it would be to make our own tortillas.

But by the time I think that maybe, just maybe, this time we’ll take home a tortilla press, we’ve already paid and it’s time to go.

The last time we were at the shop, we came even closer to buying a press. Because that time, after seeing Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) making tortillas by whacking a ball of dough with the flat of a frying pan, we decided to buy a small bag of Masa Harina and try making our own tortillas. We asked for tips on making them and as one fellow was telling us how much water to put into the dough, one of the other guys whipped over to my favourite shelf and hauled the larger cast iron press off the shelf and brought it to the counter.

They were going to ring it up too. But we nixed it. We said we’d give it a try with a heavy frying pan first.

  1. Pinch off a golf-ball sized piece of dough and use your hands to flatten into a round shape.
  2. Set the dough on a piece of plastic and cover with another piece of plastic. Use the back of a heavy cast iron pan to flatten the dough.

-Chuck Hughes, Food Network (Canada) | Chuck’s Day Off Homemade Tortillas

Well! NOW I’m glad we didn’t spend the money. It turns out that we don’ need no stinkin’ tortilla press! Continue reading