Lemon Olive-Oil Cake

Lemon Olive-Oil Cake
We celebrated my dad’s birthday with this seemingly sophisticated, yet entirely unpretentious cake.
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Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

It’s a bit unusual for me to have bread in the cupboard long enough to get stale. If you’re looking at an old chunk of Calabrese and French toast doesn’t tickle your fancy, perhaps this tasty, comforting bread pudding will do the trick.

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A Single Jar of Jam

A Single Jar of Jam

I usually leave the grocery store with at least one food item I have insufficient time or interest to prepare. I often buy out of aesthetic appreciation or out of some half-hearted commitment to eating healthier foods. A piece of fresh fish might end up in the freezer before I get around to cooking it. I may eat a few blueberries or strawberries and leave the rest in the fridge on some palliative care type shit — I observe with cool indifference as they shrivel and die. Looking at a container of organic strawberries, I resolved not to let these go to waste!

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Compound Butter

Compound Butter

The first nights of frost touched up most of the herbs and flowers but I did manage to salvage some lemon thyme and chives. I put together a compound butter of chives and chili to finish off a perfect piece of sole!

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Couscous and Chic Pea Salad

Couscous and Chic Pea Salad

I harvested the last couple delicate and still tiny zucchinis from my mom’s garden and they star in this super easy salad.

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Wild Boar Hocks

Wild Boar Hocks

Braised Boar Hocks

Seduced by these exotic-sounding chunks of meat at the Farmer’s Market, I scoured the interweb for a suitable recipe. In the absence of any solid leads, I decided to try a variation on my previous braising projects.

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Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

I registered at Saveur.com so I could vote in their first annual food blog awards and I’ve been getting their regular email updates since. I usually discard these without much notice, but this Jerk Chicken recipe caught my eye. It is a tasty recipe; though I could have been a bit more heavy-handed with the chiles…

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Cobb Salad Lettuce Wrap

Cobb Salad Lettuce Wrap

I’ve always turned my nose up at the bread-less sandwich/wrap. With all due respect to those counting their carbs – there are a few in my immediate family so I have to tread lightly here – what is the fucking point? Bread is the best.

Recently I’ve started scooping all kinds of sandwich fillings and I’ve become particularly fond of tuna salad. This revelation has turned me onto further bread-less experiments and this Cobb Salad-inspired lettuce wrap with avocado, egg, tomato and bacon is definitely worth a try!

Lemon Tarts

Lemon Tarts

After a bit of a brunch hiatus, I finally stepped up for my turn. I prepared my favourite lemon tarts for dessert. The filling turned out nicely but the pastry was an unmitigated disaster. Perhaps it was the NBA playoff beer consumption but I prefer to chalk it up to inexperience. The dough mixture was a bit dry and, as I was reluctant to overwork it, the dough never came together as it should. Oh well… the pre-fab frozen tart shells worked in a pinch.

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Not to be confused with “Pots au Feu” — which is something totally different (thanks Megan!) — these chocolate custards are easy to make and dreamy with whipped cream! It should be noted that I forgot to cover these with foil and a bit of cakey crust formed on the top. Details »