Saturday, February 14, 2015

Macaron Hearts with Raspberry Buttercream


Hello everyone! Hoping you are all having a wonderful Saturday. It was a bit snowy here in Edmonton but the light in the condo thankfully allowed me to take a quick photo of these beautiful heart macarons this morning before the day's festivities. This year's Valentine's day ended being different as we celebrated a friend's wedding! To celebrate I made these heart shaped macarons.

To make the macaron shells follow the instructions I have in my Macaron 101 post and in the Macaron 102 post

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Savoury Tomato and Ham Pie with a Cheddar Cheese Pastry Crust



I don't typically plan our meals, as often Dan finds ingredients in the fridge and makes something for dinner. This pie is the product of our "meal planning" (i.e. how to use up a lot of leftover braised pork shoulder). When we thought of what to make with the leftover ham, comfort food came to mind and who doesn't love pie? There is no hard rule that says pies must be sweet and adding cheese to this pie dough not only makes it tasty but also keeps it flaky.

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 Cup of grated cheddar cheese (we used tillamook cheddar)
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk

Filling
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 can of plum tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • Approximately 1 cup of leftover roasted ham/pork shoulder chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons All purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 egg white, beaten


Monday, December 29, 2014

So Gouda! Artichoke Appetizers


Christmas 2014 is over, but the New Year is just around the corner! I made these filled artichoke hearts topped with gouda for Christmas Day appetizers and I am sure they will do well for upcoming New Year events and parties! 

For this post, I teamed up with my friend Michelle from The Tiffin Box and Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). The DFC provided me with the ingredients to try out one of their recipes from their Winter Warmth Collection titled "Exotic Artichokes with Gouda". 


I really liked the use of fresh herbs for the recipe. I am admittedly not a fan of parsley but with the combination of the fresh mint and dill, I barely noticed! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Kimchi Roasted Cauliflower




You have probably been reading about how cauliflower is the "new" vegetable to cook with. Or, maybe it is what all the food websites that Dan and I have been reading are telling us. So, of course we needed to try out a recipe to test this theory of how cauliflower is the 'it' vegetable. 

This recipe is inspired by a recipe from the Thug Kitchen Cookbook. There is no frying of any kind which makes this cauliflower dish truly healthy! By adding in the kimchi, it reminds me of a dish from an exciting restaurant in Edmonton called Tavern 1903 (which recently closed) called KFC - Cauliflower Fried Chicken.


Feel free to adjust the spice level to your preference. The kimchi we used in this recipe was one that we had made with friends about a month ago. 1 head of cauliflower is good for 3 to 4 people.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Homemade Candied Cranberries Step by Step


Bowl of homemade candied cranberries that look like ice-frosted berries.

Here are some neat treats to make for others, to serve at gatherings or to bring to potlucks that we have been making. These are essentially "raw" cranberries that have been candied. Think of them being a cranberry center with a crispy sugary shell.

I brought some of these to a work potluck and they were very well received! So, here is the recipe as even those that don't bake can make these creations! 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of fresh (never frozen) Cranberries
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup + 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest

Mise-En-Place: A cup of fresh cranberries, a cup of sugar, and a cup of water.
*We bought our fresh, never frozen cranberries from Costco! They had the best looking cranberries around!

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