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Weekend eats: breakfast egg salad
I’ve been wanting to experiment with my weekend breakfast choices lately, so I did some browsing on marthastewart.com for some inspiration and came up with this delightful concoction: breakfast egg salad!
Ok, ok, so it is just egg salad eaten at breakfast, but it’s not your traditional egg salad.  The hard-boiled eggs are chopped and mixed with Dijon mustard (I used grainy) and lemon juice for a lighter, more tangy egg salad.  I added some chopped green onion because that’s how I like my egg salad.  Martha gives you the option of leaving out some of the yolks for a slightly healthier version of this recipe. 
I piled my egg salad on whole grain toast topped with sliced avocado and spinach and served it with some fresh chopped fruit and coffee. This was totally delicious!  I loved the use of Dijon mustard and lemon juice for a totally different flavoured egg salad.  It was ridiculously simple and quick to pull together and I’ll be making this often!  Click on my photo to link to the original recipe.

Weekend eats: breakfast egg salad

I’ve been wanting to experiment with my weekend breakfast choices lately, so I did some browsing on marthastewart.com for some inspiration and came up with this delightful concoction: breakfast egg salad!

Ok, ok, so it is just egg salad eaten at breakfast, but it’s not your traditional egg salad.  The hard-boiled eggs are chopped and mixed with Dijon mustard (I used grainy) and lemon juice for a lighter, more tangy egg salad.  I added some chopped green onion because that’s how I like my egg salad.  Martha gives you the option of leaving out some of the yolks for a slightly healthier version of this recipe. 

I piled my egg salad on whole grain toast topped with sliced avocado and spinach and served it with some fresh chopped fruit and coffee. This was totally delicious!  I loved the use of Dijon mustard and lemon juice for a totally different flavoured egg salad.  It was ridiculously simple and quick to pull together and I’ll be making this often!  Click on my photo to link to the original recipe.

Filed under food breakfast brunch eggs egg salad avocado spinach green onion recipe Marth Stewart Dijon mustard lemon lemon juice toast bread whole grain weekend relaxing quick easy simple

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Weekend baking: pumpkin bread, round two

The first batch of pumpkin bread that I made earlier this fall was good, but it was a bit too dense for my liking, so I went on the hunt for another recipe that suited the ingredients that I had on hand.  I also wanted there to be a LOT of pumpkin puree used in this recipe so that it really tasted like pumpkin bread.

One of my all-time favourite food blogs is the Crepes of Wrath; not only are Sydney’s recipes delicious, but reading the tales of her life with her husband in New York City is super fun!  If you don’t follow her, you should! 

Sydney’s pumpkin bread recipe was fantastic!  It was exactly what I had hoped for.  Click here to view her original recipe.  The only change I made to her recipe was to use cinnamon chips in place of the white chocolate chips, as that was what I had in my pantry.  This bread also seems to freeze well: I sliced mine into single portions and froze them wrapped individually to take in my work lunches.  I’ll definitely be making this bread again next year!

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Easy baking project: pumpkin cinnamon chip bread
I had a bag of cinnamon chips sitting in my pantry just screaming to be used, so when I came across this recipe on the lovely Peanut Butter and Peppers blog, I was all set to go!  You see, cinnamon baking chips are hard to come by for us Canadian bakers; I had acquired my bag on our last grocery shopping trip to New York State.  
I didn’t realize it until I actually set out to start baking the bread that this is seemingly a “healthier” pumpkin bread recipe in that the moisture comes from the pumpkin, some greek yogurt, egg whites and just three tablespoons of olive oil.  I made a few substitutions to the recipe as follows: I used whole wheat all purpose flour (instead of white whole wheat flour); white sugar instead of presweet tagatose (something made from stevia); and just regular olive oil.
This bread turned out deliciously! It is quite dense, but I liked it that way.  The cinnamon chips are an absolute delight; they pair perfectly with pumpkin, of course!

Easy baking project: pumpkin cinnamon chip bread

I had a bag of cinnamon chips sitting in my pantry just screaming to be used, so when I came across this recipe on the lovely Peanut Butter and Peppers blog, I was all set to go!  You see, cinnamon baking chips are hard to come by for us Canadian bakers; I had acquired my bag on our last grocery shopping trip to New York State.  

I didn’t realize it until I actually set out to start baking the bread that this is seemingly a “healthier” pumpkin bread recipe in that the moisture comes from the pumpkin, some greek yogurt, egg whites and just three tablespoons of olive oil.  I made a few substitutions to the recipe as follows: I used whole wheat all purpose flour (instead of white whole wheat flour); white sugar instead of presweet tagatose (something made from stevia); and just regular olive oil.

This bread turned out deliciously! It is quite dense, but I liked it that way.  The cinnamon chips are an absolute delight; they pair perfectly with pumpkin, of course!

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Peach quick bread
I’ve been lucky this year that all of the baskets of fresh, Ontario peaches that I’ve purchased have all been wonderful!  No mealy, mushy peaches.  What a treat!
I wanted to incorporate some of this year’s wonderful peach crop into a delicious quick bread so I did some searching and found this simple and healthy recipe on one of my favourite food blogs, the Realistic Nutritionist.  Click on my photo above to link to her site and the recipe.  I made it exactly as described except that I used 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup, and that I prepared the topping with chopped pecans instead of almonds.  This bread is amazing!  It is very dense (which I love) and I adore the way that it is studded with all the little chunks of fresh peaches.  It comes together very quickly and easily! This is definitely one of my favourite quick bread recipes ever.

Peach quick bread

I’ve been lucky this year that all of the baskets of fresh, Ontario peaches that I’ve purchased have all been wonderful!  No mealy, mushy peaches.  What a treat!

I wanted to incorporate some of this year’s wonderful peach crop into a delicious quick bread so I did some searching and found this simple and healthy recipe on one of my favourite food blogs, the Realistic Nutritionist.  Click on my photo above to link to her site and the recipe.  I made it exactly as described except that I used 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup, and that I prepared the topping with chopped pecans instead of almonds.  This bread is amazing!  It is very dense (which I love) and I adore the way that it is studded with all the little chunks of fresh peaches.  It comes together very quickly and easily! This is definitely one of my favourite quick bread recipes ever.

Filed under food bread quick bread sweet recipe blog peach nuts whole wheat pecan realistic nutritionist

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Double chocolate zucchini bread
My parents had sent us home with a giant zucchini from their garden after our recent visit, and there is only so much grilled zucchini that I can eat in a week, so I needed to find a recipe that would use quite a bit of it in one go.
After a bit of searching, I came across this recipe for double chocolate zucchini bread on the Tidy Mom blog.  I was intrigued by the recipe because it combined yet another of my favourite flavours (besides chocolate): coffee!  The recipe indicates to soak the grated zucchini in a cup of strongly brewed coffee before removing the excess liquid from the veggie.
This recipe was a success!  Click here or on my photo above to link to the recipe on the fantastic Tidy Mom blog. Although her recipe calls for two loaves to be made, I decided to put all of the batter into one loaf pan to make an extra thick loaf.  I had to cook mine for quite a while, so I would probably recommend doing two loaves instead of one, but it still turned out deliciously.
I also decided to slice my loaf and freeze the individual slices to take in my lunches for a special treat, and it has kept very well in the freezer. I let it thaw at room temperature for a few hours and it is just as moist as the day it was baked.

Double chocolate zucchini bread

My parents had sent us home with a giant zucchini from their garden after our recent visit, and there is only so much grilled zucchini that I can eat in a week, so I needed to find a recipe that would use quite a bit of it in one go.

After a bit of searching, I came across this recipe for double chocolate zucchini bread on the Tidy Mom blog.  I was intrigued by the recipe because it combined yet another of my favourite flavours (besides chocolate): coffee!  The recipe indicates to soak the grated zucchini in a cup of strongly brewed coffee before removing the excess liquid from the veggie.

This recipe was a success!  Click here or on my photo above to link to the recipe on the fantastic Tidy Mom blog. Although her recipe calls for two loaves to be made, I decided to put all of the batter into one loaf pan to make an extra thick loaf.  I had to cook mine for quite a while, so I would probably recommend doing two loaves instead of one, but it still turned out deliciously.

I also decided to slice my loaf and freeze the individual slices to take in my lunches for a special treat, and it has kept very well in the freezer. I let it thaw at room temperature for a few hours and it is just as moist as the day it was baked.

Filed under food bread zucchini zucchini bread snack recipe blog Tidy Mom chocolate dessert

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Dinner at East India Company

It had been a long, long time since I’d had Indian food, so I met up with some friends to dine at one of Ottawa’s best, the East India Company.  It had also been years (years!) since I’d been to East India Company, so I felt like it was time for a triumphant return.

With both a huge a la carte menu and a spacious lunch and dinner buffet, East India Company is one of the best places to go if you’re craving some curry-flavoured deliciousness.  My friends and I opted for the buffet, which allowed us to sample some appetizers, main dishes and desserts. It also has pretty great ambiance: there is a lot of beautiful art both hanging on the walls and taking up floor space, an example of which I shared in my photo above.  This piece sits at the very front entrance/foyer of the restaurant and is just magnificent in both size and detail.  I was too busy stuffing my face to take a good look at it (and to figure out what it actually is) so I unfortunately cannot tell you what it is exactly.  But it was beautiful!

The plate pictured above is a collection of their various curries (lamb, beef, chicken, veggie) and pulao rice.  I also couldn’t help but order a mango lassi, which helped cool the fire going on in my mouth many, many times!  We also ordered a serving of plain naan bread to share, and it was just as amazing as I remembered it to be.

I felt that the dinner buffet, for $19.99 plus tax, was a fair price for the variety that was offered.  I can’t wait to go back!

Filed under food dinner supper buffet Indian Ottawa restaurant East India Company curry beef lamb chicken pulao rice naan bread mango lassi paneer

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Weekend project and Gastropost submission: cinnamon bread

Feast your eyes on my contribution to this week’s Gastropost mission! Cinnamon bread is one of my all-time favourite kinds of bread.  I first fell in love with it after biting into a slice of Richmond Bakery's cinnamon bread a few years ago, and I've been craving it ever since!

I’ve always wanted to try making it myself, but, as I’ve said before, I’m intimidated by the idea of working with yeast and yeasted breads.  As well, there is a quite a time commitment with making bread; this particular recipe called for two rising periods of one and a half hours each!  But, in the end, it was well worth it.  The bread was perfect, and I couldn’t be more proud of my first attempt to make it!  The texture is dense and chewy yet light, and the flavour is a delightful fusion of both savory and sweet.

Click here to link to the recipe that I used (from the amazing Baked by Rachel blog), and click here to see all of the Gastropost submissions for the “Any way you slice it” mission!

Filed under food cinnamon bread yeast gastropost recipe breakfast toast sugar comfort food sweet Savoury swirl Baked by Rachel blog any way you slice it

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Breakfast at Eggstyle (again)
The fiancé adores Eggstyle, so much so that he begs me to go there every weekend.  Most of the time I say no, but even I have to give in every once in a while! haha
We try something different each visit, and this time we set our sights on the french toast.  But not just any french toast: apple bread french toast!  Two generous pieces of apple bread dipped in french toast batter, grilled and topped with hot cinnamon apples, yogurt, caramel and toasted almonds.  It was quite a treat!  The bread was fluffy and light and the combination of the apples, yogurt, caramel and almonds was a delightful taste and textural adventure.  

Breakfast at Eggstyle (again)

The fiancé adores Eggstyle, so much so that he begs me to go there every weekend.  Most of the time I say no, but even I have to give in every once in a while! haha

We try something different each visit, and this time we set our sights on the french toast.  But not just any french toast: apple bread french toast!  Two generous pieces of apple bread dipped in french toast batter, grilled and topped with hot cinnamon apples, yogurt, caramel and toasted almonds.  It was quite a treat!  The bread was fluffy and light and the combination of the apples, yogurt, caramel and almonds was a delightful taste and textural adventure.  

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Weeknight dinner: Corn chowder
After the first recipe from my Soup Cookbook turned out so well, I was eager to try another.  I’d always been curious about corn chowder, and I know how much the fiance loves his corn, so I decided to give this one a try.  
It is a bit more labour intensive; you have to puree the corn and milk and then press that mixture through a fine sieve to create a corn-infused milky liquid.  Pressing it through the sieve took a bit of elbow grease but nothing too crazy.
The result was a delicious and hearty soup, much like the potato and pesto soup.  To round out our meal and add some protein, I baked some bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, and then shredded the cooked meat on top of the soup.  We also served it with some homemade garlic toast on the side.  This recipe is delicious!  The fiancé loved it too.
Corn chowder
serves 6
Ingredients
- 150 grams bacon, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, very finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 1/2 cups corn kernels (I used frozen kernels that I thawed)
- 2 cups milk
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 large russet potatoes, chopped into smallish bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups chicken stock
- pinch of cayenne pepper (I didn’t have it so I used smoked paprika and chili powder)
- 1/2 cup 5%/light cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley for garnish
Directions
- Fry the bacon in a large pot for 5 minutes over medium heat (or until starting to crisp).  At this point, you can drain the bacon and excess bacon fat if you like; I did it this way.  Add back the bacon, add the butter, and, once foaming, add the onion, red bell pepper and bay leaf.  Cover and cook over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until the onion is soft but not browned (watch closely; stir often).
- Meanwhile, add 2/3 of the total amount of the corn and the milk to a food processor.  Blend for at least 2 minutes.  Push mixture through a fine strainer, discarding the solids left in the strainer, and reserving the liquid.
- Add the garlic and potatoes to the pot and moisten with a little bit of the stock.  Add the cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  
- Pour the remaining stock and reserved corn liquid into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining corn kernels and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Stir in the cream and check the seasoning.  Ladle into warmed bowl and garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Weeknight dinner: Corn chowder

After the first recipe from my Soup Cookbook turned out so well, I was eager to try another.  I’d always been curious about corn chowder, and I know how much the fiance loves his corn, so I decided to give this one a try.  

It is a bit more labour intensive; you have to puree the corn and milk and then press that mixture through a fine sieve to create a corn-infused milky liquid.  Pressing it through the sieve took a bit of elbow grease but nothing too crazy.

The result was a delicious and hearty soup, much like the potato and pesto soup.  To round out our meal and add some protein, I baked some bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, and then shredded the cooked meat on top of the soup.  We also served it with some homemade garlic toast on the side.  This recipe is delicious!  The fiancé loved it too.

Corn chowder

serves 6

Ingredients

- 150 grams bacon, chopped

- 2 tbsp butter

- 1 large onion, chopped

- 1 red bell pepper, very finely chopped

- 1 bay leaf

- 4 1/2 cups corn kernels (I used frozen kernels that I thawed)

- 2 cups milk

- 2 garlic cloves, chopped

- 2 large russet potatoes, chopped into smallish bite-sized pieces

- 2 cups chicken stock

- pinch of cayenne pepper (I didn’t have it so I used smoked paprika and chili powder)

- 1/2 cup 5%/light cream

- salt and pepper to taste

- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley for garnish

Directions

- Fry the bacon in a large pot for 5 minutes over medium heat (or until starting to crisp).  At this point, you can drain the bacon and excess bacon fat if you like; I did it this way.  Add back the bacon, add the butter, and, once foaming, add the onion, red bell pepper and bay leaf.  Cover and cook over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until the onion is soft but not browned (watch closely; stir often).

- Meanwhile, add 2/3 of the total amount of the corn and the milk to a food processor.  Blend for at least 2 minutes.  Push mixture through a fine strainer, discarding the solids left in the strainer, and reserving the liquid.

- Add the garlic and potatoes to the pot and moisten with a little bit of the stock.  Add the cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  

- Pour the remaining stock and reserved corn liquid into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 5 minutes.

- Add the remaining corn kernels and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Stir in the cream and check the seasoning.  Ladle into warmed bowl and garnish with cilantro or parsley.

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Ukrainian Christmas Dinner
Part of my family’s heritage is Ukrainian, which is from my mother’s mother’s side.  I remember a few lovely food-related traditions that I experienced at my grandparent’s house when I was very young, such as eating my Grandma’s borscht.  
One way that my family has been able to continue to participate in the tradition of Ukrainian Christmas is by sharing it with a family who has always been close friends of ours.  Each year they invite us to share in their tradition with their extended family and we are so honoured to continue to be included.
Everyone looks forward to sharing this special time catching up with our friends, and enjoying the huge and delicious meal that they make.  The first course is borscht, a hearty soup with potatoes and cabbage in a clear, vegetarian-based broth.  Then comes the main meal, which includes perogies, cabbage rolls, fried fish, mushroom gravy, pickled herring and kutia, which is a mixture of cooked wheat groats, poppy seeds and honey.  My favourite is the home made sweet bread: if you’re a bread addict like me, this bread is insanely good!
I haven’t had the opportunity to attend Ukrainian Christmas in many, many years, what with living so far away from our friends.  But fate and luck came together this year and I was able to attend, and I am so thankful to have shared in this tradition once more, and to catch up with my extended family.

Ukrainian Christmas Dinner

Part of my family’s heritage is Ukrainian, which is from my mother’s mother’s side.  I remember a few lovely food-related traditions that I experienced at my grandparent’s house when I was very young, such as eating my Grandma’s borscht.  

One way that my family has been able to continue to participate in the tradition of Ukrainian Christmas is by sharing it with a family who has always been close friends of ours.  Each year they invite us to share in their tradition with their extended family and we are so honoured to continue to be included.

Everyone looks forward to sharing this special time catching up with our friends, and enjoying the huge and delicious meal that they make.  The first course is borscht, a hearty soup with potatoes and cabbage in a clear, vegetarian-based broth.  Then comes the main meal, which includes perogies, cabbage rolls, fried fish, mushroom gravy, pickled herring and kutia, which is a mixture of cooked wheat groats, poppy seeds and honey.  My favourite is the home made sweet bread: if you’re a bread addict like me, this bread is insanely good!

I haven’t had the opportunity to attend Ukrainian Christmas in many, many years, what with living so far away from our friends.  But fate and luck came together this year and I was able to attend, and I am so thankful to have shared in this tradition once more, and to catch up with my extended family.

Filed under food dinner Ukrainian Christmas meal perogies cabbage rolls bread fish borscht soup mushrooms

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Spicy gingerbread cake
A friend passed along a copy of this recipe to me, and I was instantly excited to make it. Despite my excitement, the recipe sat in my “to make” pile for quite some time.
When I finally did get around to making it, I absolutely kicked myself for waiting as long as I did!  This cake is made up of a number of my favourite flavours:  coffee, molasses, cinnamon, ginger (and fresh ginger!!) and cloves.  It is unbelieveably moist and dense, which I adore.  I used my own quick glaze recipe (icing sugar, cream and cinnamon) to add a bit of sweetness and decoration.  I will be making this cake again soon!!  It would make a perfect addition to any holiday dessert line up or as a snacking cake to be served with coffee or tea if you have company coming over.  Click on the photo for a link to the recipe.  

Spicy gingerbread cake

A friend passed along a copy of this recipe to me, and I was instantly excited to make it. Despite my excitement, the recipe sat in my “to make” pile for quite some time.

When I finally did get around to making it, I absolutely kicked myself for waiting as long as I did!  This cake is made up of a number of my favourite flavours:  coffee, molasses, cinnamon, ginger (and fresh ginger!!) and cloves.  It is unbelieveably moist and dense, which I adore.  I used my own quick glaze recipe (icing sugar, cream and cinnamon) to add a bit of sweetness and decoration.  I will be making this cake again soon!!  It would make a perfect addition to any holiday dessert line up or as a snacking cake to be served with coffee or tea if you have company coming over.  Click on the photo for a link to the recipe.  

Filed under Today's Parent bread cake dessert food ginger gingerbread molasses recipe coffee cinnamon cloves

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread
Is there a recipe that sits at the back of your mind forever and ever, one that you know you want to make so badly but never end up taking the initiative to do so?  Well this cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread was on my to-do list for as long as I can remember, especially since I made a pledge to get into baking with yeast, but I only got around to it one recent weekend, and I am thrilled that I did!
Part of my process was finding a recipe that I really liked, and this one is fantastic.  I found it on the lovely Annie’s Eats blog, on which I’ve found a ton of great recipes!  Click on the photo for a link.
This bread turned out deliciously; the boyfriend and I couldn’t tear (haha) ourselves away from it!  So soft, chewy, sweet and with a wallop of cinnamon, I will be making this again very, very soon. Yum.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread

Is there a recipe that sits at the back of your mind forever and ever, one that you know you want to make so badly but never end up taking the initiative to do so?  Well this cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread was on my to-do list for as long as I can remember, especially since I made a pledge to get into baking with yeast, but I only got around to it one recent weekend, and I am thrilled that I did!

Part of my process was finding a recipe that I really liked, and this one is fantastic.  I found it on the lovely Annie’s Eats blog, on which I’ve found a ton of great recipes!  Click on the photo for a link.

This bread turned out deliciously; the boyfriend and I couldn’t tear (haha) ourselves away from it!  So soft, chewy, sweet and with a wallop of cinnamon, I will be making this again very, very soon. Yum.

Filed under food bread cinnamon sugar pull-apart sweet dessert breakfast Annie's Eats blog recipe

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Endless bread!
This was the bread basket that was on each of the tables at my bff’s wedding last weekend.  I had to keep myself in check BIG TIME to force myself not to eat every single item in this basket! 
The catering company, Savoury Pursuits, is known for their homemade breads and now I know why! My favourite was the pesto roll, with the whole wheat loaf coming in at a close second.  I appreciate excellent bread so so much and this was amazing!

Endless bread!

This was the bread basket that was on each of the tables at my bff’s wedding last weekend.  I had to keep myself in check BIG TIME to force myself not to eat every single item in this basket! 

The catering company, Savoury Pursuits, is known for their homemade breads and now I know why! My favourite was the pesto roll, with the whole wheat loaf coming in at a close second.  I appreciate excellent bread so so much and this was amazing!

Filed under food bread Savoury Pursuits Ottawa baking delicious hearty pesto roll bun