Yesterday was quite a day here in Ottawa. I’m not here to be political, so all I will say is that on some days you crave something comforting and warm and yesterday was one of those days.
Here is a delicious recipe for Baked Potato and Leek Soup which was exactly what a day like yesterday called for.
I haven’t been posting many recipes lately. It’s a tough time of year to be a locavore in my part of the world. There is still snow on my lawn, and just last week the temperature dipped as low as -18 C with the wind chill (not average for this time of year, but definitely within the range of normal). The first stalks of asparagus haven’t yet been harvested and greenhouse tomatoes are still a ways away. I just used the last jar of tomatoes I canned in the fall and the salsa is almost at its end as well. I can only subsist on maple syrup, freezer burnt pesto and stockpiled soups and chilis for so long, so I have been buying out of season produce more often. It would be logical to assume the dead of winter is the toughest time to be a locavore, but in reality I find this time of year the worst! Continue reading
This 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
Try this recipe for a healthy, hearty meal with flavours that have a South African twist. For the original, more authentic-sounding recipe (it’s designed for the slow-cooker if you’re into planning ahead like that – during the week, clearly I’m not) check it out on Eating Well. Continue reading
I 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