Adventures in mask-sewing

In the interest of full disclosure, I have not been wearing a mask out for my bi-weekly shopping trips. I think part of not getting into that habit feels a bit like defeat (it ain’t). Like this terrible pandemic is winning (it’s not). Like I’m somehow weaker for needing one (I am, but it’s not…

Passover 2020 recipe round-up

In the days leading up to it, Passover seemed impossible this year. Doing it without family plus limited availability of KFP ingredients, which are already of limited availability in our neck of the woods, made it all feel rather daunting and…heavy. I started freaking out about it weeks before I acted on the anxiety. Under…

Brisket with springtime in the near east vibes

For Passover this year, I had a friend bring in  a goodly-sized beef brisket from the big city, which I cut down from a giant 10 pound hunk of fatty flesh to three 3-ish pound roasts and a nice bag of trimmed fat for future sausage-making. Having never butchered down a brisket before, that was…

Fluffy leek and dill quinoa

This nicely seasoned, but very versatile side goes together quickly and painlessly and makes a great base for everything from roasted veg to saucy brisket. Feel free to swap out the leeks for green onions or shallots or red onion and the dill for whatever fresh herb tickles your fancy. This recipe makes 6 servings….

Spicy Udon Stir Fry

This is a fast and dirty stir fry that goes together quickly and can be used for bustin’ leftovers or veg bits kickin’ about the fridge. I used the leftovers from a chicken I’d made following this amazing recipe for a crispy skinned chicken and froze a bit ago, but it’s ideal for using up…

Corny corn pancakes with spiked and spiced maple sauce

In our years of living in sin, the mister’s and mine cooking trade-off has always meant that he cooks on Mardi Gras, or pancake day.  By a fluke of bad luck and a series of unfortunate events, I finally got the chance to show my chops in the fat Tuesday arena and here we are….

Salisbury Steaks

I don’t think I need to say much about this classic except that I’m always reminded of Tom Waits’ Nighthawks at the Diner any time I think about  Salisbury steak. So, just put this on and make ’em. You should be tossing the patties into the gravy to simmer just in time to have a…

Melanesca sauce

Every time I serve dishes that feature this sauce, they get rave reviews and, I shit you not, tears. Real tears. Once. The dude I had fed it to, over a bit of savoury, cheesy bread pudding, said it was the best tomato sauce he had ever tasted in his life and shed some tears….

Spumoni Cookies {Recipe}

This tweet thread kinda sums up all you need to know about how these cookies came to be: Kearsley knows. They’re in Austria. They were also inspired by coming across this recipe and my love of all things spumoni. The recipe as it stood didn’t sit well with me, though. Firstly, candied cherries are ew….

Scotch Eggs Pie {Recipe}

You guys, there is nothing healthful or frugal about this pie. It is basically a heart attack on a plate that costs a small fortune in dollars, time and attention to make. It is neither quick nor easy. What it does have going for it is deliciousness. It is full of warming spices and rich…

Adventures in Christmas Ramen

The logistics of a family Christmas dinner were a bit tricky this year as we decided that the day to do the deed was on Christmas day itself and that it would also involve a whirlwind trip out to the middle of nowhere to hopefully catch my grandparents between visits and naps. With no set…

Breakfast Burger Pie {Recipe}

In my never-ending quest to find foods that agree with my picky, pre-pot-of-coffee, morning palate, I have come up with what I and a goodly lot of others consider another winner for the breakfast-is-hard category of my foodie repertoire. It’s all of the best bits of a breakfast burger but, hanks to the magic of…

Potato-Leek Soup {Recipe}

I’m surprised to find that I’ve never shared this recipe before as potato-leek soup, or potage parmentier, is one of my all-time favourites. I can recall being introduced to the stuff-in-the-bag as a child and was hooked, but I’ve spent a lifetime cobbling together a recipe that is tremendously flavourful, goes together ever-so quickly (NO…

Okonomiyaki – Peterborough Style {Recipe}

You can absolutely get better, and more true-to-the-dish recipes for okonomiyaki around the internet. The one I recommend the most is here because none of the author’s recipes have ever steered me wrong. This recipe, however, caters to my little city and its sometimes limited or non-existent supply of the items needed to make the…

Vegan Bouillon Powder {Recipe}

I know it’s difficult to believe that someone with a freezer so well-stocked with a variety of homemade bouillon might find herself in a pinch when taking on a vegan recipe that she had planned for all week, but alas and alack, that is precisely the kind of pickle this girl found herself today. Not…

Grilled Octopus

Peterborough is a weird place when it comes to food. I can find all kinds of good stuff within my regular hunting grounds that comprise a mere two city blocks and that is amazing, but sometimes I come up against a raging black hole for certain ingredients, like asafoetida…and octopus. A few years ago, I…

Tahini-Wasabi Dressing

Last week, I finally got ’round to making this recipe for lemongrass-aubergine neatballs that I had been sitting on forever. Guys, these things are really good; super-tasty and they hold together well and are filling af and super-tasty. I regret not doubling or tripling the recipe and freezing some because it’s a bit labour-intensive, so…

Jucy Lucy Strawberry Moose-y Burgers

This post got long and fraught with feelings about meat. Click here to jump to the recipe, if you like, but you’ll be missing out on all of my cleverness and feelings and hip references to culturally relevant stuff. Suit yourself, though. Whatevs. A few months ago, I came down with a mad hankerin’ for…

Rhubarb-Chai Pudding Cake

Like the Dutch baby from a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t thought about pudding cake (or half hour pudding, as it’s known in our fam) in YEARS before being gifted a goodly sized bag of rhubarb from a lovely love the other day. I’m not even sure what brought it to mind, except that…