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Chickpea Fritter Puffs a la Fifteen Spatulas (with a bit of tinkering)

Chickpea Fritter Puffs a la Fifteen Spatulas (with a bit of tinkering)

So I had this lonely little bag of chickpea flour (about 1 C) and I really try very hard not to waste food so I went looking for something to make. What I found was Joanne and her Fifteen Spatulas and a great little recipe […]

Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon and Tarragon Dressing

Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon and Tarragon Dressing

I needed a side dish for beef shanks with gremolata and I had bought some organic French lentils (aka puy lentils) so I decided to make a warm French lentil salad. This recipe is based on this Green Lentil and Bacon Salad I found on […]

Slap Dash Aloo Gobi

Slap Dash Aloo Gobi

I felt like I hadn’t cooked a proper meal in ages (and I hadn’t), so it was time. A lack of cooking also meant a lack of grocery shopping so it was a foraging kind of meal. I had onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger, a couple […]

Mango Brown Rice

Mango Brown Rice

This started out as simply making brown rice but I had a couple of mangoes that needed using and I was using the rice to pair with meatballs that were on day three of leftovers (I hate to waste food). Regardless of how it started […]

Turnips, Collard Greens and Cabbage Shoots with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Turnips, Collard Greens and Cabbage Shoots with Applewood Smoked Bacon

I hate turnips. Or at least I’m thought I did. Bad experience in my youth. Also true, I absolutely love collard greens. When collard greens are cooked right there is nothing better. So, when I got collard greens, cabbage shoots, and turnips in my Organivores […]

Fragrant Basmati Rice with Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom and Tumeric

Fragrant Basmati Rice with Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom and Tumeric

Basmati rice has a lovely nutty flavour and it goes well with just about everything (not just curries). This is a cheat from Jamie Oliver’s video “How to Cook Perfect Fluffy Rice Three Ways.” If you don’t have a rice cooker (poor you) then watch […]

Mummu Mashed Potatoes

Mummu Mashed Potatoes

I’m sure everyone thinks their mom makes the best mashed potatoes ever, but mine really does ;).  My kids call these “Mummu Mashed Potatoes” and they are a classic for the holiday table. They also count as major comfort food at my house.

Rosé Risotto with Cheddar Cheese (Say what now?)

Rosé Risotto with Cheddar Cheese (Say what now?)

It’s getting chilly outside, and I wanted comfort food. I had arborio rice and no parmesan, but I did have cheddar and a bit of leftover Rosé that needed to be used. Experiment time. If worse came to worse (it was Friday the 13th) there […]

Roasted New Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

Roasted New Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

This is a super easy recipe for roasted new potatoes. If they are out of season just cube larger potatoes into 1/2″ chunks. Ingredients: 1 lb of new potatoes (President’s Choice often has small 1 – 1.5 lb bags of red or yellow new potatoes) […]

Red Swiss Chard Sauteed with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes

Red Swiss Chard Sauteed with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes

My friend Laura gave me a lovely bunch of Red Swiss Chard from her garden today. After mucking about this afternoon doing the usual mundane Sunday chores I suddenly realized I was ravenous. I opened the fridge and there was the bag of chard so […]