Skip to content

Category: Food and recipes

Brunch and Cables.

10-02-2015_07

10-02-2015_05

10-02-2015_06

10-02-2015_03

10-02-2015_04

10-02-2015_09

10-02-2015_08

10-02-2015_02

10-02-2015_01

As I’ve mentioned before, H and I are doing Sunday brunch with a few friends, alternating between our apartments. It’s one of my favourite things… shuffling in from the snow, making cups of coffee and tea, mixing ingredients for pancakes, maybe knitting a few rows if there’s a spare moment.

Right now, I’m working on my Aidez… I’m hoping to finish it before the weather gets too warm to wear it (although given the temperature this week, it’ll be awhile). I’m about halfway through the back, which will be the longest part since there are so many charts at once. I’m still in love with this colour… Cascade Eco+ in 958 Cinnamon.
(Rav link)

How has your week been so far?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

13 Comments

Snow storm.

03-02-2015_06

03-02-2015_07

03-02-2015_08

03-02-2015_03

03-02-2015_04

03-02-2015_05

03-02-2015_02

03-02-2015_01

Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting // My hat for the mystery hat swap. Since taking these photos the other day, I’ve actually knit the whole body and I’m blocking the hat. Almost ready to send off to my partner!
(Rav link)

Reading // Irene N√©mirovsky’s Suite Francaise for a class I’m taking. I have such mixed feelings about it. It’s such a beautifully written novel, but so sad.

Loving // The return of the snow. It’s been so cold here but without any snow, and if it’s going to be cold, it might as well be pretty too! We woke up to about a foot of snow on Monday morning… so pretty!

Baking // These muffins from Oh She Glows. They were a bit too banana-y for my taste but H liked them.

Listening // To the new NPR Invisibilia podcast… such fascinating stuff!

Excited for // The return of spring and being able to garden again!

What have you been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

17 Comments

Scones with blueberries and cream.

28-01-2015_05

28-01-2015_07

28-01-2015_01

28-01-2015_02

28-01-2015_03

28-01-2015_04

28-01-2015_08

28-01-2015_06

L came to visit last weekend, so I made a quick batch of these scones and we had them with fresh blueberries (an indulgence in Canada in January!) and whipped cream.

These scones are my favourite plain scones- they’re not sweetened, so they’re perfect for topping with fruit and cream or even just butter and jam. The recipe is really quick and easy, so if you’ve never made scones before, I’d encourage you to give it a go!

Scones
Adapted from Edmonds Flour.
Yield: approx. 2 dozen scones

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter
1 – 1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C / Gas Mark 7).
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or two butter knives. Add milk until dough just comes together. Knead gently. Roll out onto floured surface and cut circles using a mason jar or a glass. Bake in preheated oven for 10 mins or until tops are golden brown.
Serve with blueberries and freshly whipped cream.

What are you favourite toppings to have on scones?

4 Comments

Morning Glory Muffins.

20-01-2015_02

20-01-2015_04

20-01-2015_01

20-01-2015_05

20-01-2015_03

I made a batch of morning glory muffins this week and they’re perfect- they remind me a lot of the morning glory muffins at a cafe in the town I grew up in. I’ve included the recipe below in case any of you want to try it.

The reusable silicone muffins cups were a Christmas gift and I love them! I think they’re from Ikea but I can’t seem to find them anywhere online. They’re quite similar to these ones though.

You’ll also notice a sneak peak of my new apron in the photos above! G made it for me as a Christmas gift and I love it. More pictures to come.

Morning Glory Muffins
(Adapted from Once Upon a Chef)

Yield: 2 dozen medium muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp dried ginger
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups grated carrot (approx. 2-3 large carrots)
1 cup grated apple (approx. 2 small apples) (I used macintosh)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup wheat bran
3 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C / Gas Mark 5).
Place raisins in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit while preparing the rest of the recipe.
Combine flours, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl. Add carrot, apple, coconut, sunflower seeds, and wheat bran and mix throughly.
Combine eggs, oil, vanilla, and orange juice in a small bowl.
Add wet ingredients into large bowl and mix thoroughly. Drain raisins and stir into batter.
Spoon batter into lined muffin tin and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are browned and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Enjoy! Let me know if you decide to try them out.

4 Comments

Christmas cake.

23-10-2014_01

23-10-2014_02

23-10-2014_03

23-10-2014_04

23-10-2014_05

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mum and I baked our Christmas fruitcake. The recipe is my grandmother’s and you’re supposed to bake it way ahead of when you want to eat it, and baste it with alcohol every week. Right before Christmas we’ll add a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing. It’s such a big cake that it takes 4-6 hours to bake, so we finished late into the evening. I always hear people complaining about fruitcake, but this one is really delicious. It’s always our first Christmas baking of the year and now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas… only a few more months! (Although I have a lot of knitting to do in that time!). If you’re also impatiently waiting for the holiday season to start, you can see all of last year’s Christmas posts here.

What are your feelings about fruitcake? Love or hate?

Linking up with Heather.

6 Comments

Brunch.

15-10-2014_06

15-10-2014_02

15-10-2014_03

15-10-2014_01

15-10-2014_04

15-10-2014_07

15-10-2014_05

When I was home for Thanksgiving last weekend, my mum made brunch on my last morning there. Homemade waffles and lots of toppings! We like Jennie’s waffle recipe and the waffle iron is this one.

What are your favourite brunch recipes? I love breakfast food so I’m always on the lookout for good ones!

Linking up with Heather.

Follow on Bloglovin

2 Comments

Thanks.

12-10-2014_01

12-10-2014_02

12-10-2014_03

12-10-2014_04

12-10-2014_05

Two orders of business today:

First, happy thanksgiving! (It’s Canadian thanksgiving this weekend, for those who live south of the border and are thoroughly confused). I hope you all have a lovely weekend enjoying the chilly fall weather and eating delicious food. We celebrated a day early since my dad will be away for the rest of the weekend.

Secondly- thank you for sticking around even though I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like lately. The truth is I’m struggling to squeeze blogging in with everything else I’m doing. This space is important to me, though, so I’m going to keep trying to make it work!

2 Comments

Peaches and Cherries.

Peaches in a pot

Ontario honey

Peach preserves

Peach preserves

Cherry jam

I’ve been doing some more preserving this week… peach preserves and cherry jam! Both turned out quite well, I think. The peach preserves are from the Food in Jars blog (sliced and preserved in honey with lemon zest) and the cherry jam is the basic fruit/sugar/pectin/lemon juice formula from the inside of the pectin packet. The cherry jam is lovely on toast and the peaches are perfect mixed into some yogurt… I imagine they’ll both taste even better in a few months when good produce is scarce!

Have you been making any jam or preserves lately? I’m on a bit of a jam making spree right now so if you have a favourite recipe or flavour, I’d love to hear about it!

Linking up with Heather.

Follow on Bloglovin

7 Comments

Pickles.

Soaking overnight

Soaking overnight

Prepping jars

Full stovetop

Pickles!

Pickles!

My garden finally produced enough cucumbers to make pickles, and even though these are my first pickles, they turned out really well! The recipe is from one of my current favourite canning books and is definitely a must-try. The yield is small (4 pint jars), so it’s easy to make a batch and tweak the amount of dill and garlic. I’ve included the recipe below- let me know if you try them out!

Garlic Dill Pickles
(Adapted from The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving)
Makes 4 pint (500ml) jars

Ingredients:
(For soaking overnight)
3 lbs (1.5 kg) pickling cucumbers (about 6-8 large)
8 cups water
1/4 cup coarse pickling salt
(For the brine)
2 cups white vinegar (5% acetic acid)
2 cups water
2 tbsp coarse pickling salt
(For the jars)
2 tbsp dill seed
4 cloves of garlic, peeled

Cut off the ends of the cucumbers (if you are sure which is the blossom end, you can just cut it off rather than both ends- it will make your pickles lose their crunch!) and cut the cucumbers as desired. Smaller cucumbers can be left whole, or larger ones can be quartered or cut even smaller. In a large bowl, stir 1/4 cup salt into 4 cups water until dissolved. Add 4 cups of ice water and the cucumbers and let bowl sit in the fridge overnight or for 12 hours. Rinse with cold water.

To make brine, in a medium saucepan, combine white vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Into each hot jar, place 1 1/2 tsp dill seed and 1 clove of garlic. Pack cucumber into jars and pour in the brine, leaving 1/2″ headspace. Check jars for bubbles, screw on sterilized lids, and process in water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Sealed jars are shelf-stable for 1 year and are best eaten at least 2 weeks after canning. We find the flavour is best if the jars sit for 24 hours after opening before eating them.

Happy Thursday- I hope you are all having a lovely week so far!

Linking up with Heather today.

Follow on Bloglovin

14 Comments

All things purple.

WIP: Hitofude

WIP: Hitofude

WIP: Hitofude

Yarn for baby sweater

Hitofude and cookbooks

I’m still working on my hitofude cardigan… I’ve got one more lace pattern repeat for this section (which is, if I’m reading the pattern correctly, the sleeves). The construction of this cardi is so interesting that it’s like a surprise each time I read and knit the next part of the pattern. The whole garment is knit in one piece, no seams, without breaking the yarn once. Such a creative design.
(Rav link)

I also need to cast on a new project soon… I know two people who are having babies in September, so I picked up this fingering weight yarn in two shades of purple at Romni Wools when I was in Toronto last week. Do you have a favourite baby sweater pattern (preferably that would work in 2 colours)? I was thinking maybe this one or this one.

I haven’t been reading a ton of non-academic stuff recently, but I have been cooking a lot and trying out recipes from a bunch of different cookbooks. I love that I can take cookbooks out of the library and try a few recipes before deciding whether or not to buy the book! Here are a few of my recent favourites:

Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers
Super Natural Every Day, by Heidi Swanson
The Sprouted Kitchen, by Sarah and Hugh Forte
The Oh She Glows Cookbook, by Angela Liddon

I hope you’re all having a great week!

Linking up with Yarn-Along.

Follow on Bloglovin

20 Comments