I Am Not The Next Bread Baker’s Apprentice

Whole wheat dinner rollsI’ve been interested in baking bread for a while, but so far I have only ventured into beer bread.  I’ve made it a few times and finally settled on this Red Fife and Beyond The Pale bread that is pretty awesome.  It was time to move on to something more adventurous – real bread!  With yeast!  And kneading! And rising!  I admit I have this romantic old-timey notion of baking fresh bread each day, remembering the smell in my grandmother’s kitchen as she made any number of delicious breads or rolls.  Continue reading

Strawberry Banana Red Fife Muffins with Flax, and some thoughts about wheat

Strawberry Banana Flax Muffins 2My Naturopath gave me this recipe which originally called for almond flour as she suggested it’s a good idea in general to reduce wheat intake.  I’ve read a lot about the wheat-free debate (including the book Wheat Belly) as well as much of the criticism against it (Paleofantasy, a criticism of the Paleo diet as opposed to only wheat, was just released and I’m curious to read it) but I’m still undecided as to how to how I feel about the whole thing.  Davis puts forth some very convincing arguments in Wheat Belly making it appear that once you eliminate wheat, all your problems are solved and life gets so much better. Continue reading

Maple Walnut Pie

Finished Maple pieIt’s maple syrup season!  Maple syrup has been called the first agricultural crop of the year in maple producing areas.  It heralds the start of spring, and this felt particularly fitting today as we changed the clocks ahead and we gain an hour of daylight in the evening.  It was also fitting for the great weekend full of sun and warm weather we experienced.  What better way to celebrate than maple and walnut pie?  There may still be a few snowfalls and a week and a half on the calendar until the official start of spring, but in my mind it began this weekend. Continue reading

Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Bacon

Bowl of cauliflower soupThis soup was easy to make and a nice change for a week night meal.  I’m not normally a huge fan of cauliflower… I mean, it’s fine, but other than covered in cheese sauce (I’m a firm believer that everything really does taste better with cheese) I find it bland and I run out of ideas to make it taste good.  We’ve been getting cauliflower fairly regularly lately through our CSA with Bryson Farms, so a new idea was in order.  I think roasting the cauliflower really adds a lot of flavour and pairs well with the bacon and potato. Continue reading

Spinach Quiche with Potato Crust…in a Snowstorm

SAMSUNGDon’t hate me because I love snow!  Even this late in winter, knowing that this might be our last big snowstorm, I still love it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather too – summer is my favourite season.  But there is something comforting and cozy about a snowstorm.  I like how my workplace is quiet (many people drive, I take transit, so it’s no biggie to go in to the office anyway), how the entire city moves slower, quieter.  If you do need to pick up any last minute things for dinner, local shop owners are that much more friendly and happy to see you in a snowstorm.  Our eccentric neighbour comes by with his snowplow to do our driveway (I know full well this means I’ll be helping him with his roof this summer, but today it seems worth it). Continue reading