Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Corners of the Kitchen

I have a very small kitchen but I really love it. There are so many aspects of it that are very personal and special to me.

I was reading this post about mason jar lights and happened to mention that I thought it was such a cute idea. That very day Jimmy installed one for me in our kitchen window. I love it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garden Greens and Beans

Our chard crop has popped up and is flourishing. This is my favourite way to eat it. Mr. Jibs cannot decide if he like the beans or the greens better.

Wilted greens with Poached eggs

1 bunch Swiss Chard

5 cloves of garlic,thinly sliced

2 shallots, thinly sliced

olive oil
salt & pepper
red pepper flakes (to taste)
6 sprigs thyme, chopped
1 can white beans beans, rinsed
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbs vinegar (i use apple cider)
4 eggs

Warm olive oil in a pan. Add garlic, shallot, thyme and red pepper flakes. Once they are fragrant (about 1 min) add your greens and saute until wilted. Add beans. Add chicken broth and apple cider vinegar.

Simmer for about 4 minutes...until all the flavors meld.

Poach eggs.

Serve with eggs on top.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Baking for the Cottage

We are up at the cottage this week enjoying creation, family and some of these treats.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A few new things

~My first zucchini was harvested beautiful.

~Clara and I were feeling adventurous today so we decided to try something new- Hand kneaded, rolled and cut pasta from the River Cottage Family cookbook. We plan on eating it with a certain roasted zucchini and this sauce. This recipe for pasta gives a really nice pictured tutorial with an identical recipe to ours.

~Sunday Suppers has a great recipe for an Herbed Flatbread...we made that too.

Clara made this bread almost entirely by herself. I read the recipe to her and got out the ingredients and she went to it kneading and rolling, forming and topping. She proudly served her daddy and baby brother the bread she made herself.
Clara rolling out the dough for the flat bread.
Loving the zucchini.

Rows of beautiful pasta.

Corners of the Kitchen

A fun thing I have started doing is writing up a menu for meals on our little chalk board. Sometimes it's the list is written up for a breakfast but I always try to do dinner. Clara enjoys sounding out words and seeing the little pictures and it helps me to evaluate if the meal is lacking something.
The other night we were invited to have dinner at a friends house and I found this written on the board a little before we left.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Yogurt Pops Hit the Spot

It has been another hot week here so we searched out a recipe for popscicles. I found this recipe on the popular food blog, Orangette.
Clara and Jibs loved them. Jibs ate half of my popscicle off the stick and then another whole one broken into a dish. These are so fresh tasting and delicious. We are already plotting our next batch and the flavour combos we will try. The ease of these made it possible for Clara to make these almost entirely on her own and that made her very happy.

Yogurt Pops
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz

2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries or other fruit combo
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in the jar of a blender, and process until smooth. Set a strainer over a bowl (or other vessel) with a pour spout. Press the mixture through the strainer to remove seeds. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.

To serve, briefly run the sides of the mold under tepid water to loosen the popsicle, and gently twist or wiggle the popsicle stick as you lift.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday Brunch

Saturday Brunch has become a wonderful weekly tradition for my household to spend time catching up and fellowshipping with hungry friends and family.

This Saturday's Brunch Menu:

~Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
~Mushroom Quiche
~Pineapple, Nectarines, Blueberries, Strawberries and Cherries
~Mango Juice