“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
-Jane Austen

Of late, I have to agree. Home has become a place of restoration. This week away from school has not exactly been productive in the way I had planned, but I’ve had the chance to read for pleasure, cook and bake to my heart’s content, spend some lovely time with friends, and enjoy snowy Alberta before I head back to the Coast!

It seems as though when I come home, I start to feel Jane Austen-y and drink tea in tea cups, among other 18th/19th Century undertakings. For a Downton Abbey marathon with Grandma and Grandpa, I found these delicious cookies in The Kinfolk Table and made them twice! They are seriously killer -packed with the raw flavour of nuts, a touch of vanilla, and zesty lemon. Perfect with tea and a good period piece!

Ingredients 

10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus additional for dusting

1/2 cup shelled raw pistachios, finely ground

1/2 cup blanched almonds, finely ground

1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise, seeds scraped out

grated zest of 1 lemon

confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Directions: 

Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and brush with 2 tablespoons of the butter.

Beat the remaining 8 tablespoons butter and the sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pause the mixer and add the flour, nuts, vanilla bean seeds, and lemon zest. beat on low speed just until the ingredients come together, then gather the dough and knead just to form a cohesive dough.

Lightly coat your hands with flour and divide the dough into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball between your palms, flouring them as needed. Arrange 12 balls on each of the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.

Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes or until pale golden. Transfer the sheets to racks and cool on the sheets for about 15 minutes. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the biscuits and serve.

makes 24 biscuits 

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Almond & Pistachio Biscuits

Mar2
Adri
food
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I was flipping through my LEON book in search of a new breakfast idea and came across this delicious combination! We have a herb garden so I am always looking for recipes that call for fresh herbs. The toasted walnuts added a pleasant crunch to the melted goat cheese and flavourful thyme.

Ingredients:
>Bread or a bun for toasting
>Goat cheese
>Walnuts
>Fresh thyme
>Olive oil

Instructions:
1. Brush bread with olive oil
2. Crumble goat cheese, broken walnuts, and some thyme on the bread
3. Broil or toast until cheese is soft and warm and walnuts are browned
4. Top with more fresh thyme, drizzle with olive oil, and enjoy!

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morning toast

Aug9
Adri
food
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My friend Zoe recently returned from a bike tour through Italy’s beautiful northern area. In order to cope with the Jet Lag and  ease the transition from her daily croissants she decided to bring a taste of Europe to her home kitchen. I was lucky enough to observe and smell these unbelievably fresh croissants taking form ultimately building to the finally of rich flaky pastry melting on our pallets. Be Warned; these treats may only be compatible with Zoey’s daily epic mountain accents. Here is the recipe, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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A taste of Europe.

Jul22
Michaela
food
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Pizza is a favourite around here. My brother Micah is genius at putting together flavours atop carefully stretched, homemade dough. We like to make an evening of it, eating pizzas as they emerge hot from the oven. Colours and fragrances of fresh herbs, vegetables, cheeses, and other toppings together create a delectable dinner. The new combination is sweet potato slices with sautéed onions and sprigs of rosemary…it’s irresistible! A little music to inspire carefully assorted delicate flavours proves that flatbread-making is an art. We used this dough recipe and baked the pizzas at 550 for around 6-8 minutes each.

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pizza dinner

Jun19
Adri
food
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This post is rather picture-heavy but I couldn’t resist all the beautiful colours! The treat recipe is from my Meringue book
My mom bought me these sweet little teacups from Anthropology for my birthday. They have the prettiest little detail and make tea-drinking all the more exciting!

 

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tea and a sweet treat

Jun12
Adri
food, inspiration
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I love almost anything with curry. For this meal, I used Chef Michael Smith’s recipe “curried coconut shrimp & edamame” from his book Fast Flavours. It took hardly any time to throw together! Hot jasmin rice together with flavourful curry creates a therapeutic aroma as well as a tasty dish!

Ingredients:

1 can of coconut milk

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon of soy sauce

2 large carrots, peeled

2 cups of frozen edamame (I used frozen pees instead)

1 pound or 450 grams of fresh or thawed frozen shrimp

 

Instructions (directly from book):

“Pour the coconut milk into your favourite large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Spoon in the curry powder and splash in the soy sauce. With  vegetable peeler, shave the carrots into the pot untill they are whittled away and the pot is filled with bright orange thin shavings gently simmering. Stir in the edamame and shrimp. Adjust the hear much lower, just enough to maintain a slow, steady simmer. Continue stirring until the carrots soften and the shrimp cook through and their shells turn pink, 5-8 minutes. Spoon the stew into 2 bowls. Serve and share!”

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quick curry

Jun6
Adri
food
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Now that summer here, I think it’s time for another glorified water post. I was researching skin brightening tips and drinking enough water was (of course) one of the major ones. Usually I don’t find it difficult to get enough water; I’ve just made a habit of drinking throughout the day. Nevertheless, adding garnish to spruce up a cool glass of water on a hot day makes for a whole new and exciting H2O-drinking experience. I used some fresh mint, lime wedges and ice for this one and it was wonderfully refreshing!

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glorified water

May30
Adri
food
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These pancakes seem like they should be made around Christmas, or, in the least, on a rainy morning. It is neither…but I still had a huge craving for something hearty and healthy after my early run! I found the recipe from here and they turned out deliciously. Instead of the cream cheese mixture, I grated some orange peal into whipped cream. The combination of zested cream and maple syrup made for a perfect topping to these spiced pancakes. That, along with freshly brewed coffee and some chill morning music, left me feeling very full and very happy. : )

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a hearty breakfast

May28
Adri
food
2 Comments

In honour of the 4th season of Arrested Development, I made some banana treats to enjoy while watching the new episodes! All it took was slicing a couple bananas, dipping them in melted semi-sweet dark chocolate, half were topped with toasted coconut and the others were left plain. They are such a tasty treat, I will definitely keep a stock pile in the freezer for hot summer days.

 

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Frozen Banana Treats

May27
Michaela
food
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On occasion for a weekend treat I love to go for a classic Chocolate croissant and a latte from our delicious french bakery in town. This morning we picked up some plain croissants and decided to add our own  combination  of savoury bacon, basil and brie. Croissants can win the heart of anyone and with this tasty combination, it could be easily welcomed as a sunday ritual.

 

{Croissants should be flakey, light and have that special crackle sound when you bite into them}

{Slice the croissants in half, melt the brie in the oven and add your bacon and basil to finish}

{enjoy!}

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Bacon, Brie and Basil Croissants

May19
Michaela
food
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