Garbanzo Pâté

This is another recipe I’ve swiped and simplified from Francis Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet. Though I was in love with the dish from the first bite way back in, like, 1990, I knew it could be more flavourful, accessible and veganized. So I’ve done that. The first time I took my tweaked…

Miss Melly and the Fluffiest Robe in all the Land

Back in mid-October, I started prodding the sprogs for what they wanted for Christmas this year. The daughter had already taken a preemptive strike by tagging me in a link to the Thug Kitchen cookbook with the promise that she would never ask me for another thing again if I got her that for Christmas….

Boozy Balls

Not yer typical rum-soaked and soggy bits of graham wafers in chocolate, these puppies are super-rich and, basically, chocolate, on chocolate, on booze. They’ve been a Yule time tradition chez nous for over a decade and I’m always asked for the recipe once folks have tried them, so here we are. This recipe makes about…

Salmon & Tapenade Stuffed Tomatoes

I don’t have much to say about these except that I felt like a bloody genius serving them…well, except the presentation because I was a little careless and didn’t spoon the finished tomatoes out very carefully, so they looked a ploppy mess: But they smelled so good and I was excited to dig in, so…

Soup of the Week: Spicy Lentil

The day after election day, I was feeling seriously low and seriously in need of not only eating comfort food, but cooking it, too. This spicy lentil soup might be the most serious comfort food I can think of. Also, this is totally, deliciously veganizable simply by omitting the sausage. What you need: One cup…

Savoury Palmiers

This is one of those recipes so perfectly simple, adaptable to stuff you’ve probably got on hand, easy to store once made, and delicious that, come entertainment/potluck season, I always forget that I have it tucked way back in the darkest recesses of me noggin. So, I have finally written it down. In case you…

Cheapo Pesto

Last night, as I was putting together a batch of pesto to a) accommodate a contribution to a potluck and b) rescue a variety of leafy vegetables from my fridge before they grew fur coats and minds of their own, it occurred to me that I’ve never shared my recipe for cheapo pesto before. I have…

Soup of the Week: Extra-Bougie Blanquette de Saumon

A good blanquette with its delicate layers of flavours and rich, velvety textures is reason enough to love a good blanquette, but one of my favourite things about this dish is its history. The blanquette comes from the time when French royalty graced the bourgeoisie with precious recipes from the royal kitchens so those rungs…