May 182019

Cookbook Coming Soon!

Cover of upcoming e-cookbook: Produce Basket Cooking
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Follow Unfortunately some medical issues are extending the intermission of Strawberry Fest 2019. I was hoping to be back to it by today but my body just isn’t cooperating. I promise I will work on having a better prepared lineup of posts for you in the future! I don’t want to make you wait for tasty recipes. This post may contain affiliate links. These help me support the blog so I can continue bringing you more recipes. All opinions are my own. But in the mean time, how about some teasers from my soon to be released freebie? I noticed…Continue Reading

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May 142019

Banana and Coffee Cake

Single slice with remaining loaf of banana and coffee cake with banana and white jug
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Follow A tender banana cake with a hint of coffee and a sweet cold-brew drizzle. Today will be rather brief, but I committed myself to two recipes each week for you and I intend to stick to it despite life things trying to get in the way. I do have another recipe to add to the strawberry fest of the last couple weeks, but I’m afraid it will have to wait. And so I present an excellent banana and coffee cake. Not a coffee cake, but a banana cake with coffee – semantics are important. Speaking of, what makes something…Continue Reading

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May 112019

Strawberry Cilantro Chutney

3 jars of chutney, one open
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Follow A chutney with fresh strawberries, herbal cilantro, and a hint of spice from ginger and white pepper. And for more spring strawberry madness: strawberry cilantro chutney! I really wanted to create a semi-savory strawberry garnish, and cilantro or parsley seemed to be the key (also I have both of those in the garden now). I tried eating both herbs with fresh strawberries before setting off in a direction. While I liked the parsley, it could too easily dominate the strawberries. The cilantro was a better balance, highlighting the herbal flavours in the fruit without overwhelming them. Chutney is one…Continue Reading

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May 072019

Strawberry Bars

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Follow A strawberry curd with fresh bites of strawberries on a nutty oat and whole wheat base for a not-too-sweet and creamy treat. It’s strawberry season! Well ok, in California strawberry season lasts from April to November sometimes, but the best ones are here now. I have several strawberry-centric recipes coming up for you. Including several for when you let yourself buy the whole flat at the farm stand and now you need to use them up fast. I have been waiting to share this recipe since last year – strawberries were still in season for me, but not most…Continue Reading

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May 042019
Two plates of farro salad and flowers on a table
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Follow Asparagus and favas in a warm farro base, tossed with some mint and lemon for a light meal highlighting the best in early spring vegetables. I like dishes which highlight the flavors of their primary ingredients with their simplicity. Especially during spring and summer when produce is so plentiful and flavourful. This is one of those recipes, capturing the flavours of early spring in asparagus, fava beans, and young onions. Add some farro for its nuttiness and mint, and all you need in terms of dressing is a squeeze of lemon. Of course if you have someone in your…Continue Reading

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Apr 302019

Carrot Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel

Carrot cupcakes with several on cake stand
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Follow Tender carrot cake studded with walnuts and candied orange peel, in cupcake form topped with mascarpone frosting. Great for decorating as little or as much as you like. I know posting carrot cakes is customary before Easter, but since I don’t celebrate, it didn’t really occur to me to do so. But it’s still spring, there’s still tasty fresh carrots coming out of the ground, and is anyone really going to argue with cupcakes? And a good carrot cake recipes is nice to have at any time of the year. I adapted this recipe from a cookbook I use…Continue Reading

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Apr 272019
Creamy fennel caper gnocchi side shot
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Follow A recipe for homemade gnocchi with a bright and creamy sauce that answers the what to make with fennel question. I’ve tried making gnocchi a few times in the past. Usually the recipes I find call for 2 eggs and the dough ends up far too sticky. I can’t get good pieces to form and they get very crumbly in the water while boiling. Add to it that I do not have the typical tools to mash a potato finely and, well, I’ve never wanted to share the results even with friends. This post may contain affiliate links. These…Continue Reading

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Apr 232019

Garlic Mint Beets

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Follow A brighter spring take on roasted beets, marinated with mint and garlic and drizzled in yogurt. This post may contain affiliate links. These help me support the blog so I can continue bringing you more recipes. All opinions are my own. H really loves beets. Unfortunately I occasionally run out of interesting ways to incorporate them into a meal. Personally, I get a little bored of steamed, and while roasted with olive oil and pepper is excellent (particularly in a salad), I wanted to try for something lighter and more spring-like.   I pulled the last of the winter…Continue Reading

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Apr 202019
Side view mixed greens spread with potato wedges
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Follow A versatile sauce made from any leftover greens you have, with a hint of garlic and spring onion. Ever wonder what to do with radish, turnip, or even carrot greens? You could certainly make pesto variations, and I suppose this is one – with a few tweaks. What greens can be used for this? Almost any. I haven’t tried a significant portion of kale or beet greens, and I’m guessing those would change the texture and processing time given their thicker cuticle (that’s the exterior part that makes a leaf stiff – not in reference to a nail bed),…Continue Reading

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Apr 162019

Super Citrus Cake

Citrus cake with a blue stripe towel
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Follow An amazing citrusy cake with cream and multiple types of fruits and a slightly caramelized glaze. Well here’s another creamy citrus dessert before it gets too far away from citrus season. In this cake I originally used tangelo, lemon, and mandarin, but you could use a variety of different fruits. Using grapefruit in the cake and orange for the glaze would also be great. It you want an intense orange flavour, you could certainly use orange in all layers. I started off considering a loaf cake with a glaze and serving cream alongside, but I rarely make layered cakes…Continue Reading

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