Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Friday, October 2, 2015 6 0

Every Fall, it’s on my list to go apple picking in an apple orchard. Living in the city, that means we need to travel out to the suburbs to find a farm, so it’s not the easiest thing to do on a whim. Every Fall I get excited about the prospect of apple picking, and every year, by the time I get my act together, we’ve missed apple season.

This year, I was determined not to miss apple season. I researched a few farms and decided on one that wasn’t too far away and picked a sunny Saturday to make the drive. We arrived at the farm, saw the apple trees in the distance, and walked over to the farmer to say hello. Hilariously, the farmer told us that their farm produced no apples this year! Something about their bees and nothing got pollinated. (This is actually not hilarious, and is rather worrisome – we’ve been watching documentaries about the vanishing of the bees.)

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Balsamic Beet Crostini

Sunday, September 27, 2015 2 0

One of the vegetables that absolutely flourishes in our garden are beets. They’re perfect for our mild northwest climate, and they grow wonderfully in containers. Every year, we plant at least three containers of beets, in staggered timing so they don’t end up ripening all together. (But inevitably, there ends up being a time – and that time is now – when we feel overwhelmed with beets!)

Beets and goat cheese are a match made in heaven. There’s a reason why if you google beet and goat cheese salad, you’ll return 36,793 results. I thought I’d put this classic combination on crostini (fancy name for toasted baguette slices) and drizzle it with even more deliciousness – balsamic reduction – to create a Balsamic Beet Crostini. Thyme adds the flavour of Fall, making this a wonderful and simple appetizer to serve at an autumn dinner party.

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Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 0 0

If you’ve ever eaten a tomato straight from the garden alongside one of the pulpy, flavourless varieties found in the grocery store, then you will know that nothing can ever compare. Fresh tomatoes burst with flavour, tasting almost sweet with their ripeness. 

I can’t get enough of all the cherry tomatoes growing in our garden. Every day there are literally a hundred more ripe tomatoes to pick. Which has actually become a bit overwhelming. And there are actually pints and pints in the fridge that I can’t get through fast enough. Got a great tomato recipe? Send it my way!! Tomato Overgrowers Anonymous, at your service.

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No-Knead Cheddar Chive Crusty Bread

Monday, August 24, 2015 0 0

It’s another recipe in the no-knead bread series! (I didn’t know it was a series, but now that I’m posting two no-knead bread recipes in a row… I guess it is!)

After I made basic No-Knead Bread, I was itching to try out other flavour combinations. I wanted to make a cheesy bread, and since our garden is overflowing with chives, No-Knead Cheddar Chive Crusty Bread was born! Let me just reiterate: this recipe requires no kneading, no muss, and no fuss – the only requirement is wait time. For this recipe, I mixed together the ingredients the night before, then baked the bread around noon the following day. Perfect for baking on a weekend. Especially on all those rainy Fall weekends that are coming up!

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Homemade No-Knead Bread

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2 1

Let’s just first give credit to the guy who invented homemade no-knead bread: Jim Lahey, owner of Sullivan Street Bakery. GENIUS. Homemade bread is a magical, magical thing. But unfortunately, no one has the time to let it rise, and knead, and rise, and knead, and rise. At least I don’t. Unless it’s a super rainy weekend in mid-November and I have nothing else to do. (Never happens.) 

The fact that this recipe allows you to mix up your bread, set it out on the counter, DO NOTHING, and then 12-18 hours later have your own homemade bread is mind-blowing! Yes, I did say DO NOTHING. No kneading whatsoever. The smell alone of bread baking in the oven makes this recipe worthwhile. 

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Fresh Corn Salsa

Sunday, August 9, 2015 0 0

My very favourite thing to grow in our veggie garden (apart from all the herbs) is cherry tomatoes. Homegrown cherry tomatoes taste so sweet and so unlike the hard flavourless tomatoes that you find in the grocery store. Every summer when our tomatoes ripen, I eat as many as I can get my hands on. This summer, because of the mild winter in the Pacific Northwest, our gardens are a full month early, and so we’ve been enjoying our tomato crop for the past few weeks – usually they ripen late August.

Another one of my favourite summer veggies is corn on the cob. Recently, J and I went on vacation to the Okanagan region (home of hot weather, orchards, and wine), and brought back bags of fresh peaches-and-cream corn. (We also brought back a case of peaches, but that’s a story for another day!) We’ve mostly been eating the corn straight up, cooked on the BBQ, as a side to our dinners. But on this night I decided to meld two of the summeriest flavours together into a Fresh Corn Salsa. 

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