In my world breakfast doesn’t begin until coffee is present and accounted for. More often than not it’s thick, black espresso, lovingly nicknamed “jet fuel” made on the stove top in an old fashioned percolator. If I’m not at home, it’s a coffee shop Americano, but either way I want it to be strong, dark and bold. I don’t add cream or sugar to my coffee, but I do enjoy coffee in sweets like my Coffee and Cream Cake or warm coffee over vanilla bean ice cream for a classic affogato. Bittersweet is a flavor profile I really love. Coffee and cinnamon both fall into this category and I find them quite remarkable together, so these Cinnamon Espresso Oats were a somewhat obvious breakfast hybrid for me. They are simple to prepare – this is barely a recipe – but they make up for it in the complexity of their nuanced flavor. I’ve dressed them up here with some creamy slices of banana and crunchy green pumpkin seeds because I find oats to be at their best when they are part of a textural landscape with a variety of things going on. All alone they can be a bit, well, stodgy, but add a crunchy crisp something or a soft fruit and they get infinitely more exciting.
Tag: fall recipe
I really, really love Fall. It’s my favourite. I love the crispness in the air, the changing leaves and the cooler, darker weather with the promise of the holidays and then shortly after, spring. Mostly though, I love cooking in the fall. I love the farm to table inspiration of the harvest, I also love slow cooking where the bulk of the work is done by the oven or a heavy, simmering pot. For me, Fall and Winter are the most ‘traditional’ seasons for cooking, not surprisingly because of the holidays and the ideas of big family meals garnished with tradition and steeped in expectation. Hmmm, there’s good stuff there, but also, a colossal amount of pressure. Shouldn’t cooking be a fun and rewarding activity? I tend to think so. We have to do it, so we may as well make the most of it. If the prospect of a ‘traditional’ family meal centers around a turkey, (not everyone’s traditions are the same, I realize), then I might have just the thing for you: a departure from what Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners of yore may have looked like, but also a nod to the classic turkey and every good feeling that comes from slow roasting meat with herbs and serving it with finesse.
Something odd has happened lately: all I want to eat is Asian influenced dishes. Growing up in Vancouver this isn’t wildly surprising since examples of excellent food from every imaginable Asian locale is available. I have sushi on the regular, I frequent a hole in the wall Thai place but usually, especially at this time of year, I’m roasting hunks of meat and root vegetables, basting and braising and using more rosemary than seems sane. For whatever reason, maybe the chilly, foggy, damp-to-soaking weather, my palate is all about the hot, sweet, salty, sour of Asian cuisine. (more…)
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. (more…)
Where does the time go?
We are already facing mid October next week. It’s hard to believe that this weekend is (Canadian) Thanksgiving and Halloween is not far behind.
I always feel most inspired, in all areas, in the fall. Something about its drama and beauty makes me want to snuggle in and read more, create more, cook more, share more. It’s such a comfortable and comforting season. One thing I’d like to try my hand at more this fall is bread and yeasted recipes. (more…)