Month: October 2020

Chicken Shawarma in the Oven

Chicken Shawarma in the Oven

I first “saw” this shawarma on Netflix (Nadiya’s Time to Eat). There were a couple other goodies on that show too (like the curried jack fruit, which is on my list). Anyway, I decided to make it, and I have to say it really is…

Lingcod with Lemon and Capers

Lingcod with Lemon and Capers

Quick and easy Lingcod recipe perfect for 1 or two fillets. I got my Lingcod from Skipper Otto‘s a local Community Supported Fishery here in Vancouver. It’s perfectly portioned and perfectly delicious. Ingredients 8 oz ling cod (1 or 2 fillets) 1 Tbsp flour or…

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Vegan and Gluten-free)

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Vegan and Gluten-free)

I adapted this recipe this from Simple Veganista’s Favourite Cranberry Orange Bread. The difference is that a I had cranberry sauce left over from Turkey Coma Weekend and wanted to use it up so I reduced the OJ to 1/2 cup and I added 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups light spelt flour (I used Anita’s)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Fold until just combined.
  5. Divide evenly among 12 muffin cups lined with cups or greased.
  6. Bake 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Makes 12

 

 

 

Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffins – Vegan and Gluten-free

Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffins – Vegan and Gluten-free

Pumpkin and buckwheat muffins are gluten-free and vegan. They are also a great way to use up canned pumpkin from other recipes like Pumpkin Chai Muffins. Ingredients 1 3/4 cup buckwheat flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground…

Butternut Squash Mashup

Butternut Squash Mashup

Butternut squash is a fall favourite. It’s relatively cheap and stores for ages. It’s also super easy to cook. Forget all this nonsense about peeling and cubing it. That is just not necessary. Wash it, poke a good number of holes all over it and…

Italian Almond Plum Cake

Italian Almond Plum Cake

Every now and then I come across a recipe that I don’t tinker with (much) because it’s perfect just the way it is (and I happen to have all the ingredients (ha)).

The Italian Almond Plum Cake from Bon Appetit is it.

Because I live in fear of losing recipes because I site goes away here’s what I did with very minor alterations. I may try out a gluten-free, egg free version some day. If you do, let me know how it goes!

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup almond meal
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup butter, room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
14 Italian plums, halved, seeded
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Generously grease a 10″ cake or spring form pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Whisk flour, almond meal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. In a KitchenAid on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until pale and creamy, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well to incorporate after each addition.
  6. Add orange zest and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes.
  7. Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients; beat just until smooth and no lumps remain, about 30 seconds.
  8. Scrape batter into prepared pan and arrange plums, cut side down, on top of batter, don’t push the plums into the batter (the batter will rise as it bakes, slightly submerging them).
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar over and bake 50-60 minutes. The cake top will be golden brown, plums soft, and a tester inserted into the center will come out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and let cake cool in pan (on a wire rack) at least 30 minutes.
  11. Run a sharp knife around sides of pan to loosen cake and remove the outer ring.
  12. You can mess with trying to cake plate it but I didn’t bother.

Serves 8.

 

Lamb Shanks Kleftico

Lamb Shanks Kleftico

Next up on my Pasture to Plate order was organic lamb shanks. I’m normally a rack of lamb sort of person but I have to admit that the lamb Kleftico at Maria’s Taverna here in Kits is pretty amazing. They use lamb shoulder and this…

Pumpkin Chai Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Chai Spice Muffins

It’s fall in British Columbia and pumpkin spice “this and that” is every where. These pumpkin chai spice muffins are not overly sweet and made with the chai spice mix courtesy of the Minimalist Baker’s recipe here. If you want to make these gluten free…

Kardemummubullar (Cardamon Rolls)

Kardemummubullar (Cardamon Rolls)

I am familiar with cardamon and baking because of my Finnish heritage but I hadn’t had a Swedish cardamon roll until I tried the Cardamon Twists at Birds and Beets in Gastown. They are pretty fabulous and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to figure out how they do the lattice AND twist combo, but that’s ok. My version is based on the Swedish Cardamom Rolls recipe from FixFeastFlair.com but I upped the cardamon (I tripled it and would have been happy to have even more!).

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 C milk heated to 110F
  • 1 envelop yeast
  • 1/3 C light brown sugar
  • 3 1/4 C flour
  • 1 Tbsp ground cardamon (or more!)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 5 Tbsp butter (room temp)

Filling

  • 4 Tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cardamon

Topping

  • 1/4 C  water
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or cardmon sugar (1:1 ratio)

Method

Dough

  1. In a medium-size bowl or 2 C measuring cup, heat the milk to 110F,  1 tsp sugar and stir in the yeast until it dissolves. Let stand 10 minutes to activate.
  2. In the bowl of your KitchenAid (or stand mixer), use whisk attachment to mix together flour, sugar cardamon, and salt.
  3. Change to the dough hook attachment.
  4. Add activated yeast/milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix on low until dough begins to come together.
  5. Increase speed to medium-low (2) and add butter bit by bit.
  6. Once all the butter has been added, increase speed to medium/medium-high (3 is good) and knead for about 4 minutes.
  7. Remove the dough from the bowl onto a plate while you grease the KitchenAid bowl. Tucking the edges of the dough underneath and place it seam side down in the greased bowl.
  8. Cover with a clean tea towel and let it rise in a warm spot for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Filling

  1. Combine butter, sugar and cardamon into a creamy paste (don’t over mix).

Forming the buns

  1. Preheat oven to 435F.
  2. Line baking sheetswith parchment and set aside.
  3. Roll dough into a 13” x 21” rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Spread filling evenly onto the rolled out dough from edge to edge.
  5. Fold left side to the middle, than fold the right side over the left side. Turn the dough so that the openings are on the left and right sides and roll out the dough slightly.
  6. Turn the dough again so you have a tall rectangle (you want long strands).
  7. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut strands 1.5 cm to 2 cm wide (it can be tricky to cut them too thin).
  8. Starting from the end, wrap one strand around the tips of your fingers twice then make like you are wrapping a ball of yarn. Tuck the ends under and place on your prelined baking sheets, (leave enough room for dough to rise and spread during proofing and baking), cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

Topping

  1. While rolls are proofing, heat water, light brown sugar, and vanilla in a small saucepan until sugar has dissolved completely. Set aside. Make your cinnamon or cardamon sugar and set aside.

Bake

  1. Bake proofed rolls for 7-8 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 375F and bake another 10 minutes (watch them to make sure they don’t get over done (they should be golden brown).
  2. Remove from oven and immediately brush tops with syrup and sprinkle with cardamom-sugar.

Makes 12-16 depending on how thin you roll your dough and cut your strands (I like thin and thin).