Turkey Pot Pie with Potato Pastry

As you well know, savoury pies are the raison d’être for my somewhat newly acquired (not even a year old!) pastry-making skills. Pot pie of the poultry variety is no exception and is one of my left-over bustin’ favourites. Today, I was feeling emboldened with all of the successful pastry-things I’ve made lately and I deigned…

Preserving Grape Leaves {Tutorial}

A couple of weeks ago, I was making up a meal plan and ended up with preserved grape leaves on the mind and meant to go about finding some. I can’t even recall what I had wanted them for because it suddenly dawned on me that I have access to a whole lotta fresh grape…

Infused Oils {Tutorial}

Back in the spring, I posted a few pics to the social medias about how I was making infused oils (dandelion and shepherd’s purse, at the time) and got a lot of questions about my method because of issues with mould. That is a real thing. I remember being gifted with a gorgeously prepared bottle…

Soup of the Week: Duck & Soba Noodle

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll have sussed a couple of things about me: 1 – I’ll not toss a carcass until it’s been used at least twice. 2 – I LOVE soup. As such, it goes without saying that most of the time, the second thing I do…

Curried Chickpeas {Instant Pot Recipe}

The mister and I have tried quite a few curry type recipes for the kitchen robot (Instant Pot), but they’ve all come up lacking the kind of rich fragrance and flavour we’ve come to expect from our combined 485965 lifetimes of cooking and eating and LOVING curries. My theory is that many Instant Pot recipe…

Roasted Tomato Sauce

In my life, two things inevitably happen…like clockwork…almost ritualistically, toward the end of August or into early September. Thing the first is that my friends will come out of their summer hidey-holes and my pad will turn into grand central station for a good week or so. My theory is that September really is more…

Shrimp & Veg Enchiladas in a Cheesy, Roasted Poblano Sauce

This dish is not very in-tune with the season as the cooking parts will heat your kitchen up on the QT and takes a bit of forethought (those poblanos don’t roast themselves), but we’ve had a few chilly days here in the Kawarthas, my BFF was visiting and doesn’t often get to eat shrimp, and…

Tomato and Feta Galette

I wasn’t going to post a recipe for this galette because I feel like my galette recipes are pretty formulaic and, well, they are: Pastry + cheese + some kind of alium + some kind of herb or herb mix + fresh veg on to top = galette. That said, I had posted a pic…

Veg Tian with Turkish Eggplants

I have been dreaming of veggie tian since I was first gifted with four gorgeous Turkish eggplant plant bébés at the beginning of the growing season. Unfortunately, the squirrels keep getting at them and I’ve been worried that we would never get to tian-making, but I sent a couple of plants away to the boarding…

Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken and Veg

ALL of my focus of late has been on prepping for being a vendor at our local folk festival.  The last time I did any such thing was at least two lifetimes ago and, while some of it is coming back to me like riding a bicycle, I did forget just how much work is…

Spicy Zucchini Fridge Pickle

Last week, knowing I wanted to make zoodles to go with the Trapani style pesto I made, I requested zucchinis from the market fairy (my daughter) and, boy howdy, did I get zucchinis. It seems zucchini season is in full swing. Now, prior to making the zoodles to go with the pesto (which is a…

Trapani Style Tomato and Mint Pesto

Pesto should be a no-brainer as far as summertime staples go, but truth be told, I don’t make this type nearly often enough. Like its greener cousin, it’s simple to make, has relatively few ingredients, can be served hot or cold and, even though some would condemn me for screwing about with something so simply…