This month with the Secret Recipe Club, we’re lucky to be assigned The Gingered Whisk! This is clearly a gal after my heart: she has a category for recipes with alcohol in them. Win.
But I decided to be very brave and not go for a booze-filled recipe. When I read the description of the Almond Poppy Seed Bread recipe, I was hooked. I really like poppy seed, but I’m not so much a fan of lemon-flavored things. And, as a bonus (well, to American readers): this recipe tastes a lot like the poppy seed muffins Costco makes, so now you can just make your own in a size you want instead of having to buy your weight in muffins just to have a couple nibbles. It’s a wonderful breakfast or snack. I admit my batter looks a little thinner than pictured over at The Gingered Whisk, and I’m not entirely sure why, but it tasted perfectly fine.
Winter is here and I am craving warm and tasty comfort food right now. The ‘to cook’ list on my fridge currently reads tomato soup, chili, toad in the hole and curried lentils. Are you noticing a hearty winter theme? My freezer is starting to fill up with all the extra portions you get when you cook large filling meals for multiple people in a household of two. This meal is in that comfort food group with plenty of stodgy grains but also lots of vegetables.
This meal came about when we had a friend visiting who is kind of a big deal in brassicas (also aliums, carrots and legumes)* so we found ourselves using as many of ‘her’ vegetables as possible. This dish is topped with dumplings made just the way my mother used to make them. However, I was disappointed to find out that this involved buying a certain brand of suet and following the recipe on the back. And all these years I thought my mother made the best stew and dumplings from a secret recipe! Continue Reading
Category : Bread, Nibbles
Things are ramping up for the Holiday season. We Yanks have Thanksgiving in two weeks, and I’m hosting my family this year, so that should be an adventure. But that’s stress for another day. This weekend Seattle is headed into crappy weather. The kind of weather you hunker down during: It’s all couch time, all weekend long. So, that also makes it a snacky kind of weekend. This blog has plenty of dessert snackables, so I thought I’d add something a little saltier to the mix. This is a delicious option. It’s admittedly a little labor intensive, at least for the kind of snacking I usually do. But it saves you from spending the entire weekend on the couch, or if you’re having people around, it looks a little nicer than nuking burritos and it’s certainly cozier than opening a bag of chips!