April Foodie Update

This has been a busy month and sadly I haven’t made as many new recipes as I normally would. Not a complete wash though!…

FROM THE APRIL BON APÉTIT…

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Roasted Cauli version with the Coconut-Tumeric Relish. Delish!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad, gorgeous.

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We tried the Za’atar and Feta version. It was dreamy and easy. New go to summer salad for sure!

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Cherry Upside-Down Cake, yum!

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It could have been saucier. I think you could use a variety of other fruit. There just needs to be enough juice to soak in nicely.

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Cherry Cake before the up-side-down part.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

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Add an egg for a complete meal. Extremely easy. I’d add extra Kimchi!

FROM FOOD AND DRINK, SPRING 2018:

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Roasted Squash Salad with Maple-Apple Cider Vinegar Gastrique

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Perfect combo of sweet and salty. The ricotta dollops were lovely. Super easy too.

BAKE FROM SCRATCH, BREAD SPECIAL EDITION:

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To die for Cinnamon buns!

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Can’t go wrong with Cream Cheese icing!

 

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Rising Cheesy Scallion Pull-Apart Rolls

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Soaked in butter and topped with cheese and onion.

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OMG!!! Sooooooo tasty.

I still need to look for some May mags. I haven’t seen ones I want yet. There does seem to be a Mexican food theme moving into summer though.

 

 

Recipe Updates

Happy Spring! Oh wait, it’s still snowing here, ugh. We are getting summer ready here by trying lots of recipes from the Better Homes & Gardens: Cut the Sugar special publication that is on stands until May 28. I’m excited to try some of the frozen pops recipes.

First, I was really happy with this simple waffle recipe (Multigrain Citrus Waffles, p. 16) with no sugar added and a lovely hint of orange zest. Of course, when you drown them in maple syrup it may defeat the purpose…whatever…

I think Gigi wanted some after her cuddle!

We’ve also tried:

Strawberry-Banana Donuts, P.14. More like a heavy donut. Best eaten the same day…

Three-Cheese Tomato Tart, P. 23. I thought of my Grammie when I made this tart because she’s always looking for yummy quick recipes for us veggie folks. It was simple and delicious. It has fennel in it so I was hooked…

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Not the best picture, sorry. The wedge salad has the Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing, P. 31. It was amazing but thick. You could use it as a veggie dip. It is totally vegan too!

Roasted Banana Bread, P. 55. This recipe interested me because I wondered if the roasted bananas would really make a difference. Not sure they did but smelled yummy. The bread was on the heavy side but it tasted nice…

It’s wrapped and ready for Easter company. It was gone by the end of the day so I guess it was liked by all.

Tomato Tapenade Dip, P. 73. I think this is a lovely idea of a recipe but I would NOT use the called for canned diced tomatoes again. Just chop up a few fresh I say. The rest is a dreamy combo of olives and spices. Great for entertaining…sorry about the disgusting looking photo in the mixing bowl…

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Sweet Potato Brownies, P. 81. Lady Fia helped me make these goodies too. She was intrigued by the sweet potato to make them moist and agreed she wouldn’t tell her brother! They were very fudgy due to the almond butter. I think I’d make them again. Not super chocolatey and a bit odd but worth a try…

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We decided to bake them in Peter Rabbit cupcake papers. Worked well for these gooey treats.

John’s New Year’s Resolution, as you may recall, is to make more bread recipes this year so I got him this Bake mag…

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Special Issue on stands until June, 18.

 

OMG, probably buy this one everyone! Every recipe looks amazing and we’ve had great luck with the recipes we’ve tried so far…

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Classic Hot Cross Buns, P. 39. Amazing and surprisingly easy.

 

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Making the Babka, a lovely sweet yeast dough.

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Cover photo, Cheesy Babka with Sun-dried Tomatoes, P. 112.

 

More baking to come!

 

 

 

 

Food and Drink Free Magazine

If you live in Canada you can easily add the LCBO (where us Ontario folks buy our spirits) free magazine to your recipe collection. The Winter edition is out right now…

 

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The magazine is obviously a great way to advertise different wines and spirits but I still quite enjoy it. It’s fun to see the recipes they come up with that use different liqueurs etc. As I vowed to make recipes out of magazines this year (yes, even free ones) the other night I made the recipe for Tahini Swirl Brownies p.32IMG_2429.jpg Don’t let the tahini put you off. Personally, I LOVE tahini and could eat it by the spoonful and it does give it a subtle nutty flavour. I admit I did over bake them and they were too dry at the edges so BE CAREFUL! It says to bake until the skewer comes out clean but perhaps not too dry! I may have also left them in too long because my self-diagnosed ADD kicked in and I got doing something else. I’m sure I did hear the buzzer lol!…

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I’m actually very curious about this recipe because the new Sweet cookbook by my fav Ottolenghi and Goh also have a tahini brownie recipe. I’m going to try it soon to compare!

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