Month: March 2016

maple braised fennel

maple braised fennel + maple madness

March is all about maple, at least in Canada and the northern United States, since it is the season to start tapping the maple trees! We went to the sugar bush a couple weeks ago for Maple Madness; we lucked out with really nice weather to witness the old and new ways of transforming sap into the beautiful golden syrup we know and love. I wanted to make a savoury recipe featuring maple syrup since I feel like I’ve drifted toward a lot of dessert/snack recipes. Not that I don’t love those things, but I lately I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate and candy (thanks Easter bunny)! With spring on our doorstep, I want to get into a savoury recipe mindset since we’ll soon be surrounded by lots of local fresh produce 🙂   This has all the requirements of a great side dish: it’s fast, easy, and has few ingredients. maple braised fennel (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) serves 2-3 1 large fennel bulb, large stalks removed (leave base in tact) 2 tablespoons olive oil freshly ground black pepper …

honey buttermilk pie

honey buttermilk pie

I have been on a pie rampage lately when it comes to library books. In fact, I have 5 pie/baking related books out right now, and they are all open and scattered throughout the house. I have been looking for inspiration for new flavours, especially in this time of year when there isn’t a whole lot available for pies besides citrus. A custard pie seems appropriate considering there are no fresh berries available for a while still, and the light floral notes of honey seem spring-y to me! I got the idea from the Four and Twenty Blackbirds salty honey pie, which seems to be super popular with their customers. I opted for buttermilk since I thought the acidity would cut through some of the sweetness, and followed their suggestion to sprinkle some Maldon on top once it came out of the oven for the same reason. The women behind this pie shop have some amazing skills, and I definitely recommend their book for technique, flavours and great pictures. I think we are quite lucky around Kingston …

vegan and gluten free moroccan hummus

moroccan style hummus

Hummus seems like one of those straightforward things that doesn’t require a recipe. And I agree… for the most part. I like to think of this as less of a recipe and more of a guide, with a couple tips and tricks to lead you to your best hummus yet. So you want to serve a hummus that doesn’t get neglected with the crudites? The first step is ridding it of the skins: they are the biggest obstacle in achieving that super smooth texture. The trick? Cooking the chickpeas from scratch with a bit of baking soda makes the skins separate really easily from the pea. I learned this method from Yotam Ottolenghi, whose cookbook Jerusalem is frequently in use in our house. Besides the spectacular food, the book is full of interesting stories about food and culture in Israel. It makes me want to visit the country, even if just to eat at a hummuseria or two (yeah, a restaurant dedicated to making hummus, FREAKING SIGN ME UP). The second step to your best hummus …