It’s not even the middle of May and it was 25 Celsius here yesterday. When it’s warm and bright like that I want to eat dinner in the back yard, with a great cocktail or a cold beer, and let the day just fade away into the evening. Something easy, fresh, bright, lime wedges doing double duty in glasses and on plates. Laughter, sunset, the din of the city as it cools and slows down again for another balmy night; this is the landscape of perfect summer cooking and eating. But what to make?
Easy: fish tacos! Continue Reading →
I’m such a sucker for smoked foods. Nuts, cheese, meat, fish, if it’s been cooked over fire or better yet treated to a woodsmoke sauna and fully indoctrinated with smoky goodness, I want to eat it. So you might imagine my joy when my friend Andrew started Wholly Smoked and started churning out amazing small batch smoked foods for friends, family and Continue Reading →
How is it Sunday again? This weekend has slid by without permission or warning. Highlights include: sunshine and lots of it, drinks and snacks with some friends, one of whom is moving overseas this week, the best cannoli in the city, sleeping in one day, getting up early the other, reading, writing, a clean house and a lot of laughs. Around here, Sunday usually means a pseudo-traditional Sunday dinner. By that I mean that we all sit at the table and the meal itself is usually something that propels us into the week with some leftovers. This particular Chili Rubbed Roast Chicken makes it into the rotation frequently because it’s so easy and versatile.
I usually do chickens 3 at a time. With five people in the house we can easily go through one and a half chickens at dinner and then leftovers go into lunches as plain pieces, chopped and added to salads and sandwiches, or for another dinner that week, shredded and used in tacos or burritos. Sometimes, it’s just eaten cold from the fridge as a snack. That’s how we roll. The recipe is after the jump, happy fleeting weekend, everybody! Continue Reading →
Welcome to Thirsty Thursday! It’s a new thing. Every week we will be posting a delicious beverage or cocktail just in time for you to make it yourself over the weekend. This week it’s The Brown Cow, a bit of a throw back to days of malt shops and poodle skirts. Somehow still, everything looks better with a cherry on top. Read on for the recipe and how-to after the jump or check out a few of these past drink features: Continue Reading →
If there’s one thing I always have on hand, it’s frozen berries. Their primary use is smoothies or in place of drink diluting ice but when I want a quick dessert, I don’t think twice to tumble them into a baking dish, add a few pantry staples and toll the whole thing in the oven for a Quick Mixed Berry Crumble. Do I feel the least bit of guilt for using frozen fruit? Absolutely not, and neither should you. Continue Reading →
T-minus a week until the most over-manufactured, high-expectation-low-return “holiday” of the year: Valentine’s Day. That’s seven days until florists are ravaged of anything “long stem” and drugstores are depleted of all their heart-shaped candy. Greeting cards will clog up the mail system next week and classrooms everywhere will each host at least one sad, un-chosen kid who didn’t get a Valentine, or enough Valentines, or the Valentine that their little heart was waiting for. Now, before you go calling me a cynic or reaching deep into my psyche for why I hate Valentine’s Day, let me save you the time and effort: I don’t. Continue Reading →
You may look at this recipe and think, “Radishes? Roasted? Really?” and you wouldn’t be alone. I was dubious too. The carrot and parsnip make perfect sense. We know, and love them, as roasted, deeply caramelized jewels alongside many winter dinners. But radishes? Aren’t they for spring crûdites plates or for salting and eating straight from garden? Apparently they are fit to be roasted and taken beyond salads. Who knew?
One final treat recipe before the New Year! This one got away from me and was supposed to be posted mid December so it could make it onto your holiday baking roster, but such is life. Too much shopping, always too much wrapping paper (I couldn’t resist all the plaids and rustic patterns this year), and lots of treats took up my time and bandwidth, plus trying to wrap up projects and just getting down to the everyday business of life. It’s been a wild month and a great finish to a very good year. I hope your Holiday(s) were excellent and filled with whatever you wished for. unless it was these Cranberry Bars, in which case, I may have failed you utterly. Let’s have a look at them, shall we? Continue Reading →