I Think I’m Falafeling for You

Posted on Friday 24 October 2014

falafel improv
Some of that box mix of falafel where you add water, make patties and fry them up until firm all through and crispy at the edges. Piled it up in a wrap with spinach, radishes, and what else?

falafel fixings
Vegannaise mixed with a minced monster clove of garlic, fresh chopped parsley, my aunt’s homemade pickles, the cucumber and onion parts.

Satisfying and not drippy sloppy like at a Lebanese take-out.

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Squashing It

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014

squash soup
Baked an acorn squash. Pureed with some caramelized onion. Some sprinkling of chipotle and marasala to doubly heat it up. A few crackers and later,

cashew cream
Cantaloupe, ground cherries and cashew cream The recipe says, if you want to keep it raw vegan, don’t boil the water, but then it says add maple syrup. (Know thy ingredients.) Could be creamier with more patience or a blender but still rich and delicious.

And this from James Martin ‏(@Pundamentalism)

“I’d like a bowl of soup please.”

“Any sides?”

“I hope so, or it’ll go EVERYWHERE.”

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With a Side of Love

Posted on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Pasta with a rosé sauce of unsweetened almond milk and canned tomato sauce with a dab of leftover soup in the middle.

Whole wheat pita, hummus with avocado and cilantro, sprouts and the non-cheese pasta. We’ll see if I can squeeze cheese out the diet again.

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Grills and Thrills

Posted on Tuesday 21 October 2014

grilled wrap
Our own cucumbers and tomatoes, with lettuce on the side of the wrap.

Soft tofu marinated in white wine vinegar, no-salt spice mix and strong olive oil, along with carrots, walnuts and celery cooked with curry and a dab or coconut butter. A bunch of fresh spinach.

Deep in the Byward Market, good news! Memories reopened last Thursday in what was the little art gallery near what was the bookstore.

lemon meringue pie
I had a lemon meringue pie this good once in the 80s. It wasn’t as good as this in a way. This is a pie shell but it has an almond layer then raspberries. The lemon curd is fittingly tart. The meringue is perfectly browned. The shell reminds me of the flakiness of a cream horn.

It’s the sort of pie that makes one want to shake the chef’s hand (instead of shake the chef).

Sorry for the crummy photos that don’t do justice but had to make mention. They have a new pastry chef who they should cherish more than royalty.

Every dessert is a flat $8. They are a meal. We shared half of each.

carrot cake
Most carrot cakes disappoint.

I had a carrot cake almost this good once. It was 1992.

You can taste and see the carrot. This cake is not oily. It is not overly sweet. The cream cheese is balanced. The raisins are plump. It is dense but not heavy. It is not overly leavened. It is moist not sodden. There’s a hint of spice but not a spice cake.

The photo is grainy. It was late at night, a dark table, a dark corner, a dark cake. But a spectacular cake.

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Beet and Beluga

Posted on Monday 20 October 2014

golden beet soup
A simple simple soup from baking 4 golden beets.

I like to economize on the oven, baking in off hours and a batch of things. I put in an onion, an acorn squash, a sweet potato, 4 beets and a garlic head. I don’t need to know how I’ll use them yet, just prepping ingredients.

Come morning I decided to make a golden beet soup. Peeled the beets, shucked the onion, reheated for a couple minutes in the microwave while the kettle boiled. Roughly chopped the beet and added it to the food processor with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper, a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of light olive oil, half a cube of herb de provence bouillon cube and got that chopping. When the water boiled, added enough to make a soup texture.

While it was pureeing, a rough chop salad of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. A dressing of black truffle olive oil, white white vinegar, squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of dried chervil.

That’s the last useable cucumber unless frost misses us and the wee one hits a growth spurt.

On the side a black pepper water cracker and some beluga lentils boiled to cook with 2 bay leaves per cup of lentil and one monster garlic glove.

Beluga lentil from Bulk Barn.

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Mushroom Dumpling Soup

Posted on Friday 17 October 2014

dumpling soup
Made a broth soup with what have we todays: a container of mushrooms, a couple carrots, a handful of garden tomatoes, an onion. Considered adding a finely chopped potato.

Now it doesn’t look like a broth because once the dumpling goes on top it makes a sort of gravy-thickness of it.

I thought I’d better do something with the herbs before the frost gets them.

herbs chopped into dumpling batter
Chopped some parsley and thyme into the dumpling mix. Spooonfuls or ice cream scoops of it added on top of the soup on medium and then covered for 10 minutes will do.

dumpling plucked out
It is like steaming biscuits on top of the soup. They cook dry inside while also thickening the soup.

The recipe is part of this month’s Planet of the Scapes. I’ll append the link when I get it.

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Today’s Daily Special

Posted on Thursday 16 October 2014

Quick improv dish to go with carrots: some leftover rice stir fried with onion, celery and corn added at the end.

ground cherries
The firm tofu was marinated in a sauce from a ginger powdered sugar oil, for lack of plum sauce existing, a long-soaked plum herbal tea made for water, a handful of boiled down ground cherries, some ketchup, lemon, anise, hot pepper flakes, and chili powder.

The tofu was grilled and the remaining sauce thickened and poured over.

It worked wonderfully with the sweet and hot and I’ll probably never be able to recreate it.

one garden day
From the garden, more tomatoes. Other people have had frost twice and hail once this fall. We’re born lucky I guess.

Ottawa people, the 18th is the advance election voting day, your 2nd last chance to vote at city level.

12:29 pm
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