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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Potato, Carrot, Kale and Mushroom Pasties

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I had some leftover pastry dough from the pithiver, so I decided to make pasties. For the filling I softened an onion and some garlic, which I mixed with potatoes, carrot and kale which I boiled until nearly cooked. Chopped mu-err mushrooms, thyme, Dijon mustard, cornstarch, salt and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce completed the filling.


Blue Cheese and Celeriac Pithiver

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Given my skill at making this blue cheese and celeriac pithiver, I think next time I’ll make it as a pie. It tasted better than it looked.



Breakfast Granola

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Homemade granola is nice sprinkled over yoghurt, on top of porridge, or just as a snack.


The granola itself contains just salt, agave syrup, grain flakes, seeds, dried fruits and nuts.

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

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I trimmed then cut some Brussels sprouts in half, then tossed them in a bit of oil, salt and leftover balsamic vinegar reduction and baked them at 180° Celsius/350° Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. If, like me, you don’t care for sprouts but do like sweets, the caramelized reduction makes it fairly easy to eat these greens.


Christmas Fritata

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Roast root vegetables with a bit of kale made for a bright red and green fritata.


Roast Seasoned Chickpeas

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After cooking the chickpeas, I tossed them in a moderate amount of olive oil, and added moderate amounts of salt, cumin powder, sharp Hungarian paprika powder, and small amounts of turmeric, sumac, coriander powder, cayenne pepper and caraway powder. I then roasted them in the oven for about 20 minutes.


Mixed with roasted root vegetables, they make a nice meal.

Roasted Root Vegetables

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I used 2 carrots, 3 beets, 2 sweet potatoes, 4 potatoes and 2 red onions in this mix. It was seasoned with 2 tablespoons olive oil; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon dried rosemary; 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme; 3 toes minced garlic; 3 blanched, peeled and chopped tomatoes; and 1/2 teaspoon mild Hungarian paprika powder (quantities estimated). I cooked it covered for 45 minutes in a moderate oven, then removed the foil and let it cook an additional half hour.


This is nice as a side dish, or you can add some protein to make a full meal.


Rice and Beans with Vegetables

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Usually I make rice and beans as a side dish by cooking onions and adding in taco seasoning. This time I decided to make it a full meal by adding green bell pepper, corn, carrot and tomato.


Marbled Matcha Cake

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I didn’t have a small pan like the recipe called for, so I knew my cake would turn out a bit flatter than the original. What I wasn’t expecting was the orange tint on the top of the cake. I thought it was rather pretty.


Inside it looked as expected. I think I cooked it a little longer than needed, and one of my eggs had a double yolk which may have also contributed to the colour. The crumb was nice and the cake was not too dry. It is mildly sweet and would be nice topped with honey if you like a sweeter cake.



Rajasthani Stuffed Okra

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Here’s the recipe.