Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Autumn inspires me in many ways. The Fall harvest along with the bite in the air, stirs my desire to cook comfort food. I seem to be iphone photoing a lot of my efforts over the past few weeks. This post is more about the recipes than quality of the photos. Hope you find something delicious and comforting.
I was inspired to make my version of this traditional Portuguese soup while looking at options for travel next fall. I used chorizo from the stupor store, kale from our own garden, walla walla onions and flavourful potatoes from Don-O-Ray.
Bite Me Organics. My mom made the best pie crust bar none. I don't know what her secret was, but she used the recipe off the Tenderflake package. For me it's hit and miss but I keep trying.
This pie worthy occasion was the final dinner of my Dad's visit to Kelowna last month. It's a three berry pie made with berries from our 2013 freezer collection: blueberries from Blueberry Haven, strawberries from Benvoulin Strawberries and raspberries from our backyard. I tried to save another trip from the kitchen to my office computer and guessed at the amount of sugar required. Turns out I doubled it, but it was a good thing as the pie was still fairly tart.
beet risotto with goat cheese ends up looking a little odd in colour but it's amazingly delicious.
This antipasto was inspired by a recent trip to Momma Rosa's for dinner and a visit to Valoroso's . These Orticola Mediterranean grilled baby artichokes are really tasty. They cost a little more than the squat jars of marinated artichoke hearts you find in most grocery stories but the flavour is outstanding.
This recipe was also inspired by the same trip to Valoroso and quick stop at Ferrara's Italian Market on the way home. The Famiglia Bianci Malbec was a suprisingly good pairing and was just as full and flavourful the next day when we had it with the Beef Mole you'll see shortly.
Dinner ended with an espresso macchiato made with my
new favourite coffee maker - the Aerobie Aeropress.
Sunday has turned into Slow-cooker Sunday in our kitchen. This week I mad this recipe, found in a Canadian Living magazine collection given to me by a friend - thanks Val! It's a really flavourful Mole Beef Chilli. I didn't have a jalapeno to add but the chipotle pepper it called for gave off plenty of heat. I didn't have a cube of unsweetened chocolate either, but a quick google searched showed me I could substitute powdered coco and a little oil . This one's a keeper!
I didn't have any egg noodles or pasta to serve it over hubby suggested garlic mashed potatoes, which reminded me of Michael Smith's brown butter mashed potatoes. Decadent, but Chef Smith was right, they were the best mashed potatoes I ever made - aided a little by the sauteed garlic I added at the end.
Monday, November 10, 2014
As I type, the sky is mostly blue and the sun is shining brightly. I'm very grateful for this golden Autumn in the Okanagan.
More creativity from the Mission Greenway Wood Faeries?
As seen from the lower path of Mission Ridge
Looking east along Mission Creek.
Walking west along Mission Creek
This photo was taken the following day when I made my fourth visit to the area, in search of the keys I dropped ...somewhere...