Thursday, 3 April 2014

Upcoming

It's been a busy week at CSC, busy cancelling dates, making up dates, waiting for power, cursing the snow, and enjoying time with friends when the power was down.

CSC will be on holiday for a little bit, not too long.  I am off to enjoy the food scene of NY and places beyond.

If you are looking for a date, the next open dates are at the end on May.


I am very much looking forward to dinner at Ma Peche, being that I am long time fan of David Chang.

Always, always a pizza at Eataly.

And we have lunch reservations at The Modern.

It will be spring when I get home (Oh, it just must be!), so I am studying up on edible spring weeds.  

Spring, I say?  Check out this green pea hummus.

For some extra fun, check out the 12 Bottle Bar.

And then the 9 Bottle Bar.

Favourite Easter entrees, or...

Best ever Easter dinner?  Mmmmm…carrot cake.

Peeps Sunflower Cake, and a giant Peep Cake.  Too much fun!



See you soon!  Enjoy the gentle warming of the weekend.  Cheers.  H

Friday, 28 March 2014

Next Open Date - May Long Weekend

The next open date is Monday, May 19th.  Imagine!  So soon it will be Victoria Day!

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An interesting article about trying out vegetarianism.

Sometimes the simple classics are the very best.  I need to make these Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bites!

Did you know you can ripen bananas in the oven for quick, perfectly sweet bananas for baking?

While we are talking bananas, check out these 4 ingredient banana oat bars.

Spring Green Fattoush, yes please.

Rumor has it that it might be nice on Saturday?  Above freezing for sure.  Enjoy it!  Cheers.  H

P.S.  - I did not make it to the Muppet Movie this week….and so I have to content myself with more from the Swedish Chef.  Enjoy!


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Live & Learn

I must remember, next year…oh I hope not before next year, to bake cakes BEFORE storms and not during!

I hope everyone is OK after the storm.  I am trying to recover some momentum and get back on track.

This recipe for  Crumpets & Curd looks lovely and fresh, and  sweet, fresh raspberries are on sale at the Co-op this week!

Crumpets are one of those odd treats that I can hardly fathom making myself, so I am excited to give them a try.  When I was young my grandmother would toast crumpets for me, topping them in sweet butter and maple syrup.  All the craggy little holes would hold the butter and syrup in equal measure, combining into a butterscotch-y delight.

As I regularly visited my grandparents at Easter, crumpets are a certain sign spring is near.  Hold hope, Cheticampers!  Hold hope!


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How to Weather the Storm

So.

Half a metre of snow, 160km/hr winds…what to do to prepare for Juan-a-be 2014?

First.  Make sure you have the emergency essentials, stored water, food that does not need to be cooked, your medications and food for you pets.  Here is a great resource for getting ready.

Then?

I bake cake.



There is nothing better than chocolate cake and movies on a storm day.

Stay warm, stay safe.  H


Friday, 21 March 2014

The Next Open Date - April 1

The first open date after April 1st is Friday, May 2nd.

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Potato Chip and Chocolate Macarons.

That's about it this weekend, a very short post this week.  As the sun come around and spring peeks through I hope everyone enjoys a great weekend!  Cheers.  H

P.S.  The new Muppet movie begins this weekend.  I LOVE the muppets, and so leave you with this Swedish Chef episode that, alarmingly, reminds me of some days in the kitchen.



Thursday, 20 March 2014

Happy Spring!

Hello and welcome spring!  Welcome.  



I am super excited spring is here.  Super excited!  And so I am thinking, planning, dreaming of the turning of the garden soil, planting seeds and harvesting fresh herbs for supper.  So when I saw on Sustainable North of Smokey's Facebook page this earth sheltered greenhouse I was so taken with it that I've put it in my five year plan.  I need one!




I wonder if it could be adapted to use in winter as cold storage?

Do you have a greenhouse?  Do you have a cold storage or root cellar?

Perversely I also really enjoyed reading an article about Christmas cookies today.  Though I don't wish more winter upon us, I am far enough away from the excess of December to find the idea of buttery cookies appealing.  

Cookies and tea to celebrate spring arriving?  Yes please!  Have a hippy hoppy day!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Recipe Monday - 2 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie

I needed a cookies fast Sunday night.  Really fast.  Just one, not two, just one lovely chocolate chip cookie.  So I went to my source for two chocolate chip cookies, No. Two Pencil, and just as I was about to pre-heat the oven, resigned to making two cookies (oh the strain!  ;)  I saw a flash post on the right for a single chocolate chip cookie in a mug.

What?!

Yup.

One cookie, warm and tasty, made in a mug in under one minute.  Sign.  Me. Up!


Now, I am not a fan of the cake in a mug series.  I think it bastardizes cake too much, but a cookie?  Maybe?  Obviously it would not have those lovely crisp edges that contrast with a soft centre when baked, but would it do, in a pinch?

Yup.  It did.

Warm spoonfuls of cookie goodness were mine in under two minutes, start to finish.

Thank you No. 2 Pencil.  Thank you.

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup - Adapted from No. 2 Pencil

1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
A few drop vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
A scant 1/4 cup of flour
2 heaping Tbsp of chocolate chips

Melt butter.  Add sugars, vanilla and salt.  Mix.

Add flour.  Mix.  

Add chocolate. Mix.

Cook in microwave 40 to 60 seconds.

Enjoy!