Comfort food in today's world

Nov 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Tuna casserole - a favourite comfort food.   When I was a kid, my favourite comfort food was my Mom’s tuna casserole. It was one of those “soup can” recipes, I think – it had a can of mushroom soup in the sauce part

Roast Chicken Plain and Simple

Nov 16, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 large free-range chicken 2 tbs olive oil sea salt 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 6 onions, unpeeled 6 potatoes, skin on and cut into wedges   Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Wipe chicken and pat dry wit

Chicken Paprikash

Nov 9, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning 1 sliced green pepper 1 can mushroom pieces 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or cut up a whole chicken) 1/2 cup fat-free

Brown Sugar Boiled Icing

Nov 8, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: Yield: 4 servings 1 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup water 2 egg whites (make sure no part of yolk is in it) 1/8 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla (or a little more)   Preparation: Boil together sugar and water until soft ball forms when test

Time together

Nov 7, 2011 / 9:00 am

Photo: Contributed Martin and I just returned from a week away on Vancouver Island. October is the anniversary of when we met, and also when we got engaged so I decided to surprise him with a mushroom picking adventure as a present. It was a wonderful time together and I tho

Apples galore!

Oct 29, 2011 / 5:00 am

  She says: Photo: Contributed   Apples are a symbol of so many things – certainly autumn, as they fill the fruit stands by the bin and taste of the fresh crisp fall air; also good health, being the quintessential simple nutritious food that coul

Breaded Veal Cutlets

Oct 28, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 4 veal scaloppini (cutlets), about 150 g (5 oz.) each Salt and pepper 80 g flour 1 or 2 eggs 1 tbsp. milk 1 tsp. oil 80 g bread crumbs 200 g oil for frying   Preparation: Make incisions along the edge of the meat, b

Roast Guinea Fowl

Oct 26, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: For 4 servings: 1 Guinea Fowl, 1.4 kg (3 lb.), cleaned and trussed 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) European Pumpkin 80 g (1/3 cup) butter 1 tbsp. grape seed oil 200 ml (3/4 cup) cream 50 g (2 oz.) parmesan Coarse salt, fine salt, freshly ground pepper

Mulberry Street

Oct 22, 2011 / 5:00 am

She says: When I was growing up, my Mom read us bedtime stories. I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and one of my favourites was “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street”. It was a story about a kid who travelled down this one street that had all kinds of fantastical creatures an

Taco Chicken

Oct 18, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: Chicken Breast (1 per serving) 1 pkg Taco seasoning 1 jar Salsa 1 cup shredded cheese (for approx. 4 chicken breasts) 1 cup of cooked rice (per serving)   Preparation: Coat chicken breasts in Taco seasoning and place in baking dish. Pour Salsa ove

Turkey isnít how you spell thanks

Oct 8, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   She says: It is not only the harvest season but also that time of year when we are reminded to give thanks for all that we have. Most of us will be enjoying a turkey feast this weekend as part of the celebrations. However, with al

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies

Oct 1, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup white sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg   Preparation: Cream the peanut butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat in the baking powder. Add the egg. Mix until it is all well combined. The

French Bread Pizza

Sep 29, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: Handful fresh chopped, basil Fresh loaf French bread 2 cloves Minced garlic Thinly sliced pepperoni Sliced black olives Chopped green bell pepper Chopped onion Chopped fresh Roma tomatoes Crushed red pepper Sliced ho

Pork Jam

Sep 24, 2011 / 5:00 am

  As I write this, Martin is boiling fifteen kilos of plums on our stove… how could I not be inspired? You see, we have a plum tree in our yard that deserves attention, not just because it is loaded with fruit, but because it is a unique fruit that creates the most wonderful jam.

Moonshadows and Squash Blossoms

Sep 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed - (Flickr user, paulmoody)   I have sat on my deck every evening for the last week, enjoying the moon as it rose in the sky. It has been so bright it casts shadows on my deck and in the garden below. Sitting out there on a sultry Septem

Sustenance for the Soul

Aug 27, 2011 / 5:00 am

  A few years ago I wrote a column called “Soul Food”, about friends I have that sustain me, and how interestingly enough, food is an integral part of each friendship. I was struck again this week at the passing of a birthday how much food and friends are such an important pa

Homemade Iced Tea

Aug 23, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 8 tea bags 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup lemon juice   Preparation: Bring a large pot of water to boil (dutch oven size pot). Remove from heat and put in the 8 teabags. Let steep until really dark in color. Pour into a large jug that has the sugar an

Summer Rainbows

Aug 20, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Doesn’t it seem like you have a better chance of getting lucky in the summer? I know Christmas comes in winter, and my birthday is in that season too, but in summer the magic seems to be more just “in the air”. So, this week I thought I would share a few of my magical

Six of One, Half Dozen of the other

Aug 6, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   Every once in a while someone will look at me funny – first I wonder if I have something on my shirt or a cowlick in my hair, but then I realize it’s because I have uttered one of those expressions that puzzle people. I gr

All Fired Up

Jul 30, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed - (Flickr user, bbqjunkie)   The August long weekend seems to be the quintessential weekend of summer. It’s the one that is almost guaranteed to be a scorcher, with everyone taking the best advantage of the season – on the b