Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lemon Chicken Rice Soup with Braided Sesame Bread

Soup, yes once again.  I guess I can't get enough of it.  Chicken, lemon and thyme - how can you go wrong?  Pair that with amazing fresh baked bread and you're transported to a cozy little place - especially if you're sitting on the couch under a quilt watching The Walking Dead.  Yes, I can still eat with all that decapitation going on. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Way back in the day I had a love affair with Campbell's cream of mushroom soup.  That gelatinous blob that plopped out of the can, indents still intact.  I'd eat it straight up or 'get creative' by using it as a sauce with rice and pork chops.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Vidalia Onion Dip

That  pop of blue in the bowl above reminds me of one thing, Mexico. Last year we were lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in San Jose Del Cabo in March and 2 weeks in Merida, Yucatan in June.  With the weather here in Toronto so grey (still raining) I guess every little thing reminds me of how much  I want to get away - blue anything equals ocean.  I love the city.  Merida is the capital of the Yucatan and the bonus is that within 20 minutes you can be on the beach, cerveza in hand.  Progreso, Mexico.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rain and Rosemary Bread

This is day 3 of solid rain (or is it day 4?).  I don't have a photo session booked for today.  I don't want to or have a reason to go outside so why not bake?  I just made a cinnamon coffee cake (kind of an 'experimental' recipe, I'll let you know how it went) and plan on making soup for dinner so baking some bread is in order.  

This recipe  makes '4 small loaves' but in my opinion it makes 4 large buns.  These buns are delicious, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  The smell of it baking is intoxicating and when my husband walks in the door he has the 'death by bread' look on in face.  Bread is like crack to him.  Seriously.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Coconut Cupcakes

I don't have a sweet tooth.  Not really.  I have what you call a 'beer tooth'.  Oh yes, my dear sweet Sapporro :)  That being said I still do love to bake.  My faves, cupcakes and bread.  Baking full batches can be tough when there are two non sweet tooth people at home.  We'll eat a couple and within a few days the rest gets pitched.  This recipes yields 4 cupcakes.  Normally when I bake I save a couple for my husband and I and he brings the rest into work to share with his co-workers.  (His coworkers love my baking because I usually cut the sugar amount in the recipe a lot, even by half sometimes).  I made this batch of cupcakes when his union went on strike - he wouldn't be bringing the rest into work.  I hate throwing out food.  I'll try to pawn baked goods off on my neighbors, which they love but sometimes that doesn't happen.  Plus cupcake recipes with butter cream frosting are a huge waste to toss, butter is expensive!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Potato and Leek Soup

I love cooking during the summer.  It's easy (mostly barbecue - less dishes which helps when you don't have a dishwasher), it's lighter and it's always so much fun to check out the local outdoor farmer's markets and grab whatever produce is in season.  That being said, we live outside during the summer. The t.v. collects a lot of dust while we sit outside in the evenings in our tiny backyard patio.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Chicken gets a Pedi.

I don't have a problem cooking with almost any ingredient.  I must say that it was very hard working with these disgusting, creepy little clawed things.  As I read the recipe I came to the part where it said to cut it's fingertips and claws off, um really?!  Ok I thought, the preparation is going to need to be timed perfectly!  I'll prep the veg now and wait until M, my husband, is home from work and I'll start the stock.  I show him the feet and explain what needs to be removed (chopped off of them) - "No problem." he says. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

This ice cream is for mint lovers, fresh mint perfection.  Be patient when cooking the custard,  170ºF  is the perfect temperature.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

The zing of lemon zest, the tartness of a raspberry.  A delectable combination.  I've had an online obsession with food blogs for years.  Thus, just shy of a year ago I decided to step away from the dark side  and literally feed my love of food photography. Yes, for now it's a blog site.  My previous site was, which no longer exists.  You know, cause everyone lives in a dollhouse :)  In the next month  I will be launching a new 'boudnoir' site...........more on that later.

Pizza and Sapporo

I love Sapporo.  I admit it.  I like to cook WHILE drinking Sapporo and then wash the goods down with it later.  Pizza crust is like tofu, you can add anything to it.  Anything.  Pizza crust is the easiest thing to make, I've never bought the grocery store stuff.

Iced Coffee - Say Goodbye to the Mermaid.

It's August, the weather is balmy and amazing and Starbuck's (in my opinion) is overpriced and mediocre most of the time.  Amazing iced coffee is quite simple to make and far superior.  It seems the cold press method  offers the best results.  Use good quality coffee, I love Everyday Gourmet Coffee roasters in the St. Lawrence Market.  I love the Sumatra french roast.  If you're feeling thrifty you can grab great priced coffee from Homesense.  If you're having it ground ask for french press.