Asparagus Tart

Asparagus Tart

I like to serve a big,  bowl of crunchy greens with savory tarts dressed with lemon vinaigrette, especially in the spring. Makes an 8″ or 9″ Tart A pre-baked pie shell.**  I prefer to use a glass pie dish because it gives a crisper crust.  However, you can also use a 9″ rimmed, fluted 1 1/4″… Continue Reading…

Phyllis’ Mouth-watering Buttermilk Waffles

Phyllis’ Mouth-watering Buttermilk Waffles

The batter for these waffles can be made the night before, an especially good thing for brunch entertaining!  I have included two fruit sauces that are delicious on waffles and we often add a few dollops of yogurt.  We also like using fresh fruit and some maple syrup. Make the Waffles: 2 cups sifted unbleached flour** 2 tsp…. Continue Reading…

English Treacle Tart

English Treacle Tart

Who knew? Whenever I would hear or read about this tart I would get all shivery thinking it would be unbearably sweet! One day, not long after returning from a trip to London, England, throwing caution to the wind, I decided to try & make one. It’s lovely! Nice & lemony & not overly sweet!… Continue Reading…

Lentil Ragu with Rigatoni

Lentil Ragu with Rigatoni

It’s been a year or two since I’ve made this ragu and having stumbled upon a bag of Umbrian lentils in the pantry, I figured it was time to re-visit the recipe.  My FB friend, Roz saw the photo I put up and said that it looked so darned good that she wanted me to… Continue Reading…

Coq au Vin – Chicken Braised in Red Wine

Coq au Vin – Chicken Braised in Red Wine

My husband invited friends over for Sunday lunch. He suggested we make Coq au Vin and because we haven’t made this “French bistro favourite” for quite some time, I agreed! It’s definitely coming back into our repertoire! Over the years, the recipe from “Joy of Cooking”  has evolved. I figured adding some demi-glace to enrich the… Continue Reading…

Braised Lamb Shanks With Dried Cherry Sauce

Braised Lamb Shanks With Dried Cherry Sauce

We love  lamb shanks! They are so almost falling off the bone scrumptious. Of course, if you can source local lamb, even better, the flavour is so delicate. We have found them to be smaller, so we adjust the cooking time slightly. Roasted veggies would be a nice accompaniment for the lamb but I have… Continue Reading…

A Really Good Coffee Cake

A Really Good Coffee Cake

I just made this coffee cake again, it’s my go to recipe. The sour cream gives the cake a nice crumb. Can hardly wait to make a cup of coffee and have a slice. It freezes very well too! Cinnamon-Nut Topping (recipe below) 2 ¼ cups sifted flour 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. each… Continue Reading…

Barley Pilaf

Barley Pilaf

An old favourite of mine; excellent served with roast pork loin, especially a juicy, bone-in roast . I also use it as an accompaniment to my hazelnut chicken breasts and anything else that takes my fancy! Like I said before, I love barley. If I have leftovers, they will become part of a soup.  You… Continue Reading…

Asian Beef Shortribs

Asian Beef Shortribs

My parents often cooked shortribs because they were one of the least expensive meats you could get from the butcher and we liked them a lot!  Those days are gone! It’s the same with oxtails. But they are so delicious that every once in a while we like to cook some for a treat. Chinese… Continue Reading…

Tomato Beef Barley Soup

Tomato Beef Barley Soup

I have been making this comforting soup for a long time. I adore barley & I adore soup so… I make a large pot of soup and  freeze the leftovers.  The good news is I usually have all the ingredients on hand! It can be made the day before and stored, covered, in the fridge.  If you… Continue Reading…