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Sundays in the Kitchen

We’ve spent the last few Sundays in the kitchen baking and cooking for the next week. What’s your most recent creation?

The Baha Baked Black Beans recipe…we always have to boil and bake them for much longer than they do at Rebar.

6 Strand Braided Challah…we’ve made these loaves the last few weekends and have enough bread for toast and sandwiches all week!

(photo via Straight from the Farm)

I’ve also been making lots of pumpkin soups lately (Curry Apple Pumpkin & Pumpkin Pear being my top 2 favorites) with the giant pumpkin that I picked from our wee patch out front!

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I stumbled across Jeannette’s blog, Everybody Likes Sandwiches recently and have already tried two of her delicious recipes. The Chocolate Chip Maple Walnut Cookies were delightful (we made them twice actually!) and this morning I added her Maple Apples recipe to our morning waffles and local Galloping Goose Pepper Bacon.

Basic Waffles

Makes 8 waffles

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 T sugar

1 T baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/2t salt

1-3/4 cups Almond Breeze (or milk)

6 T veg oil

2 Large eggs

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well blended and smooth. Let batter rest for 5 minutes while waffle maker heats up.

Pour 1/3 cup of batter onto centre of waffle grill and spread batter to within 1/2 inch of edge of grill. Close lid and cook waffle.

Remove waffle and serve immediately or put in baking disk in warm oven until ready to serve.

Garnish with Maple Apples (See above link).

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Roasted Veggie Soup

A Saturday spent in the kitchen making homemade treats is one of my most favorite things to do (especially when it’s wind/rainy outside and I have a pot of tea on). I borrowed a recipe that my boss made for our United Way Campaign wrap up party. Each staff member and volunteer made a donation to the campaign and we had a lovely meal together (our organization raised just over $4000 for the United Way!). See the adapted recipe below and please let me know if you try it or if you have any questions.


1 butternut squash (about 1” cubes)

1 large yam (1” cubes)

3 carrots (cut in 1/2 “ sticks)

1 onion (chopped into 6-8 pieces)

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

2 tbsp olive oil

Pinch of thyme

Pinch of chipolte pepper

4 c *homemade veggie broth

1 jalapeno pepper

Juice and grated rind of a lime

Roasting Vegetables:

Toss squash, yam, carrots, onion, thyme and garlic in olive oil. Put into a large baking dish. Oven roast at 400 for about 40 minutes or until veggies are tender. Turn veggies half-way through.

While veggies are roasting:

Bring stock to a simmer. Cut three long slits in each jalapeno and then add to stock. Cook for about 15 minutes. Remove pepper. Add roasted veggies to stock along with lime juice and grated rind. Then puree the soup in batches. Return pureed soup to pan and heat through.

*Homemade Veggie Broth

My amazing sister left me a wonderful phone message one evening, explaining how she has been making her own veggie broth (she is an eco-inspiration!). Rather than composting her organic veggie scraps (onions, peelings, soft tomatoes, etc) she goes one step further and keeps them all in a bag in her freezer. Once the bag is full, she puts them in a pot, covers everything with water and boils the goodness down into a concentrated veggie broth. She tells me this can take h-o-u-r-s and sometimes she puts it in the fridge overnight and continues the boiling process the next day. She then puts the mixture through a mesh strainer and squeezes all the liquid out, so that you only have a mushy mess left in the strainer. She pours the broth into ice-cube trays so that she can use it as she need it. “Why use one of those big salty tetra packs of broth if your recipe only calls for a 1/4 cup?!” And more importantly, now you know exactly where your broth came from and it tastes different every time! Thanks Sis – my totally homemade soup got rave reviews!

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An Apple A Day

For me, the smell of apples in the air and the crunch of fallen fruit under your feet means that my favorite season (Autumn) is nearly here! We have 3 different types of apples in our yard & when I arrived home to drooping branches last week, I knew it was time to start picking! All the while, thinking of what to create with this deliciously fresh fruit…
#1. Apple Sauce
Making this snack reminds me of the time my sister visited & we made apple sauce together -made with freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg. (thanks to Erica for sharing the nutmeg…have you ever added fresh nutmeg to a dish?)

#2. Apple Tarts

These tasty treats have been shared with friends over breakfast, snacked on throughout the day & brought to work/play over the last week – what a treat to have homemade pastries waiting for you when you’re looking for something just a little bit sweet to nibble on!

#3. Apple Juice

Apple Day
We finished off the week with a visit to the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse to celebrate everything apple! We cycled out on the Lochside Trail with some friends to enjoy the thirst quenching ciders & delicious apple pizza from Primastrada’s portable wood fired brick oven!
NOTE: We picked our harvest alongside volunteers from Lifecycle Project Society’s Fruit Tree Project.

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