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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‘Tis the season

'Tis the season

Nice little gift idea

Nice little gift idea

Working in the arts has put me in close proximity to all sorts of do-gooder, socialist types. Although my NDP youth membership has lapsed and I haven’t renewed my CO-OP membership, I still consider myself a bit of lefty. My co-worker put me on to Oxfam’s holiday donation scheme and it appeals to me on the following levels:

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Il Secondo!

Il Secondo!

Christie’s Mayfair Bakery, the venerable Saskatoon institution, opened its new East side location this week. Il Secondo features the same incredible breads and baking as its counterpart, but has shifted its focus slightly to accomodate the lunch and coffee demographic. The menu includes a variety of paninis (which I’ve heard are very good) and gorgeous thin crust pizzas baked in a wood burning oven. The space is beautiful and the pizza top notch! Congrats Tracey!

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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Creamy chicken and mushroom stew

Creamy chicken and mushroom stew

Craving a warm and homey meal on a cool drizzly day, I reminisced fondly of Sister Germaine’s now infamous chicken recipe. The recipe has been lost but retains a mythical place in my food memory. I remember there was milk and poultry seasoning and baking involved… In the absence of the proper recipe, I put together a creamy chicken stew with shitake mushrooms and garden vegetables. A batch of biscuits upped the ante and sparked a three day feeding frenzy!

Plums

Plums

It’s kind of nice that someone a number of generations ago had the interest/foresight to plant ornamental trees that produce fruit. Living in a challenging climate like Saskatoon, I often forget it’s even possible to grow fruit here (other than those ubiquitous, fibrous blue berries that share our namesake). With a sweet, generous intent that belies his cantankerous exterior, the Chief Curator brought plums collected from the tree in his back yard to share with the staff. These super sweet little buggars were delicious straight up and I bogarded a handful to make an equally delicious crisp.