Archive for February, 2012

Sometimes, There Is No Substitute For Kneading.

February 29th, 2012

Way back in November, I picked up a bag of buckwheat flour at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. I’ve been experimenting with using it in bread, and it wasn’t until yesterday that I produced a loaf I was truly happy with. And guess what? I started out using a no-knead approach, but then I kneaded […]

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Roasted Grape & Balsamic Vinegar Sorbet with Salted Pine Nut Brittle

February 23rd, 2012

A few years ago I had a tub of ricotta and decided to try out a recipe for ricotta pudding. And so began my affair with roasted grapes, for while the pudding turned out to be a bland and mealy affair, the roasted grapes that accompanied it were intensely flavourful and bursting with juice. Over […]

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Sweet Potato Latkes with Maple Mascarpone and Smoked Salmon

February 20th, 2012

These latkes make a lovely hors d’oeuvre. To ensure they stay crispy, the excess liquid in the sweet potatoes and onion are squeezed out and the latkes are drained on a metal rack so condensation and oil do not build up underneath. Sweet Potato Latkes 1 lb sweet potato, peeled and grated with the coarse […]

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Savory Crepes with Roasted Mixed Mushrooms, Mascarpone, Crispy Prosciutto and Chives

February 20th, 2012

Mushrooms, when roasted, have a far superior taste and texture than when cooked any other way. The high roasting temperature and hot air from all sides of the oven eliminate much of the excess water that can make mushrooms bland or watery, their earthy essence is darkened and made richer, and their umami flavour is […]

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Leek & Fennel Bisque

February 17th, 2012

You may be wondering what I did with the second half of the fennel I used for my lemony pickled fennel. Well, I made soup! It snowed a bit last weekend and something hot and warm was just what I needed. This recipe is served with a touch of Pernod, which heightens the wonderful fennel […]

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Sweet, Tart, Hot – Raspberry Chili Chocolate Hearts

February 13th, 2012

I’m not a big Valentine’s Day fan – at least in the usual, book a restaurant, get flowers and/or other gifts, be surrounded by other people going through the whole charade way. I do, however, enjoy any excuse to do something a little bit special or out of the ordinary. And because I speak the […]

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The Three Little Pigs: Braised Pork Belly with Poached Apple Fritters, Chili Onion Jam, and Lemon Pickled Fennel

February 11th, 2012

…But try as they might, the three little pigs were no match for the big bad wolf (that’s me!), for she came and gobbled them all up!… Braised pork belly is a marvelous thing. Done right, it can be simultaneously tender, creamy and crispy – and it’s deceptively simple to make, though there are a […]

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Lemony Pickled Fennel

February 11th, 2012

The subtle anise flavour of fennel pairs beautifully with lemon in this easy pickle. Lemony Pickled Fennel 2 cups fennel, sliced into large matchsticks (approx 1/2 a large bulb of fennel) 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons […]

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Chili Onion Jam

February 10th, 2012

Tart, savoury and sticky with a noticeable heat in the finish, this jam is excellent for serving with cheese and pork. Chili Onion Jam 1 tbsp butter 4 cups thinly sliced onions 1/2 cup grated apple 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 tsp chili flakes In […]

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Poached Apple Fritters

February 10th, 2012

A light beer batter makes these fritters delightfully crunchy, and pre-cooking the apples ensures that they are tender to the core and don’t give off excess liquid while frying. Poached Apple Fritters 4 apples Apple cider Peel, core and cut the apples into bite sized pieces. Put them in a pot, cover with cider and […]

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