Beef and Tomato Stew with Beyond The Pale Beer Bread

Sliced Pink Fuzz beer breadI mentioned previously that I was craving meat (check out my previous post for a delicious burger recipe).  To further appease my craving, this beef stew from Williams Sonoma is so easy to make because it doesn’t require any broth or stock, just water and tomatoes to make the base, some vegetables, and of course, slow simmered tender beef, and you have a delicious, hearty stew made completely from scratch. Continue reading

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Sunday Baking: Healthy Carrot Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Carrot Oatmeal Muffins 2Winter is a great time to get creative with root vegetables, including for breakfast. Here is another muffin recipe that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast, like the Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Muffins I posted back in November.  This recipe has no added sugars whatsoever, and is tasty enough with the sweetness from the fruit and carrots, but next time I would add a tablespoon or two of honey just to add a tad of sweetness that I think will bring out the flavours better.  Continue reading

Easy Puff Pastry Apple Tart

Puff pastry Apple Tart CloseupI was craving something sweet and indulgent for breakfast this morning, so I came up with this Puff Pastry Apple Tart.  I cheated and used frozen puff pastry, and it was made even simpler since I had a bag of leftover crumb topping in my freezer from some baking I did over the holidays.  I’ve made savory tarts like this many times in the past, like this one with chard and leeks, but this is my first time attempting one with a sweet topping.  It was delicious and exactly what I was craving. Continue reading

Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love dessert for breakfast.  When I bake muffins I make them as healthy as I can so I don’t feel guilty eating them for breakfast.  Oil and butter can be swapped for apple sauce, mashed banana or Greek yogurt (or some combination thereof).  Sugar can be reduced, especially if using banana as it has naturally occurring sugars.  Nuts and/or seeds are added for an extra protein boost.  White flour is swapped for a combination of whole wheat and Red Fife.  Oats or other grains are added.  Fruit is increased.
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Red Fife & Hogsback Beer Bread

This was my first time ever baking bread.  I consider it a moderate success, and have learned a few things for next time.  The most important learning is that it was so simple I should do it more often!  I had been too intimidated to bake bread until I stumbled across this recipe for beer bread, and I knew I had run out of excuses.  There is no kneading, resting or rising involved!  Just a quick mix of ingredients, then into the oven.  That being said, I do need to try a proper bread recipe eventually, as I need to make use of the dough hook on my KitchenAid Mixer that is currently far too shiny and new. Continue reading