Recipes – Storytelling – Delicious Photos

November 9, 2013
by sarah
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Hollandaise Sauce (and Salmon Eggs Benedict)

We’ve talked before about how poorly I keep journals? How I have great intentions and find fresh stationery thrilling, but never follow through? Yeah, seems that I’m the same way with keeping a calendar too. When I’m at work, I live and die by my calendar – I am almost always early for meetings and I faithfully record everything so I’m on time, well prepared and everything is accounted for. As soon as I leave the office, all that goes out the window. Somehow I have managed to be a busy person with lots of ideas, places to be, people to see, all by essentially winging it. How is it possible that I’m ever in the right place at the right time? And possibly more important: What does this have to do with Hollandaise Sauce (and Salmon Eggs Benedict)? Continue Reading →

November 5, 2013
by sarah
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Butter Tarts

I have never known anyone who hates raisins as much as my niece, Justine. When she was a little girl someone made her a carrot cake for her birthday and lo and behold: raisins. Too sweet to draw attention to the offending fruits, she ate around them, eating all the cake and cream cheese frosting. It wasn’t until the table was cleared that the small pile of discarded raisins was found under her napkin on the edge of her plate. Well, 20 years later, nothing has changed. Continue Reading →

September 29, 2013
by sarah
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Carrot Cake Waffles with Caramelized Pears

Let’s do lunch. No, better yet, let’s do brunch.

Whoever came up with brunch and made it ‘a thing’, was a genius.

It’s the perfect meal because it perfectly balances the much needed slow-start on a weekend morning with the rigors of being social. It forces you up and out of bed, but too early, and it’s a fairly finite commitment – your afternoon almost always asks other things of you – and if it doesn’t pour yourself another mimosa and get back to chatting. Going out for brunch is the epitome of weekend luxury, but it’s nearly as easy to do it at home – whether it’s just you, brunch for two, a family affair, or you have friends come by, it’s a low key way to entertain and since no one expects much of you before noon on the weekends, you can stay in your slippers and ease your way into the day. Continue Reading →

September 26, 2013
by sarah
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Apricot and Nectarine Brown Sugar Crisp

Crisps were one of the first desserts I learned how to bake. I presume that is because they are simple, economical and very hard to ruin. The beauty of their simplicity is that even though there are not a lot of ingredients, and they don’t require intense techniques (chop, mix, sprinkle), crisps are surprisingly complex in flavour and give you a great bang-for-your-buck when it comes to texture. They are also a great way to use up over ripe or excessive fruit – something you may find yourself with at this time of year and this change of season. Continue Reading →

September 22, 2013
by sarah
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End of Summer Salad

This one’s a quickie … both a quick post and  a quick salad to make (it will disappear just as quickly). I was trying to think of a poetic analogy for this salad, a winsome bit of prose for you, and here is the best that I came up with:

This end of summer salad is like the last slow song at a high school dance. It’s your last chance to be in this moment, a culmination of everything you knew was already there, just waiting for you to step off the wall, set down your punch and complete the scene. A last crescendo of summer on a plate before the fantasy ends.

 

 End of Summer Salad

2 medium zucchini (courgettes), juliened

2 C fresh corn kernels

1 C concord grapes

2 C cherry tomatoes, halved

3 or four sundried/ovendried tomatoes, rehydrated in some warm water and juliened

a large handful of mixed fresh basil and parsley, torn or chopped.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Add coarse salt and pepper to taste.