Salted Caramel and Fenugreek Snickerdoodles

Salted Caramel and Fenugreek Snickerdoodles

To the classic sugar and cinnamon flavour profile of a snickerdoodle, I have added a touch of fenugreek seed, a spice most typically associated with Indian curries. Its scent is reminiscent of sweet lemons and soft caramel, and whenever I open the container containing the seeds I am greeted with that sweet, inviting aroma that begs to be incorporated into a dessert – so I had to oblige!

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Pattypan Squash and Bomba Rice Risotto with Spring Herbs and Chanterelles

Pattypan Squash and Bomba Rice Risotto with Spring Herbs and Chanterelles

Patty pan squash are to me, the harbinger of the fast approaching farmers market. They are tiny, delicate and saucer-shaped with scalloped edges and oh yeah, absolutely adorable. Because of their small size they need to be prepared gently, as overcooking them will ruin their delicate appearance and taste. The flesh is unlike their hardier winter squash relatives, and more akin to a firm zucchini, with gently, bright notes of squash.

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Sazerac

Sazerac

Although it sounds like an ‘in your face’ drink, the Sazerac is as much about aroma as it is about taste. The absinthe lined glass and lemon twist are herbaceous and fresh while the rye adds spiciness making it a level and highly enjoyable tipple. The Sazerac itself is elegantly simple. It contains few, good quality ingredients and a ritual of preparation that borders on the reverent.

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'Flu Shot' Cocktail

'Flu Shot' Cocktail

Happy Friday y’all! We have come to the close of another long week, and nothing says Friday like a new cocktail.  Here I’ve gone ‘orange forward’ using rich citrus flavour and a dash of Dillon’s Pear Bitters to make a vitamin C packed tipple that I sure think will keep any seasonal colds at bay. Paired with a wintery rosemary simple syrup, this will do ya better than a flu shot. **Not medical advice!!! Get your damn flu shot – just enjoy this afterwards!

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Roasted Chestnut, Almond and Arugula Pesto

Roasted Chestnut, Almond and Arugula Pesto

In honour of 'National Nut Day' I am celebrating my favourite way to eat nuts...no, not chocolate covered, but in a tasty (and garlicky) pesto. I absolutely love this recipe and have used it in my recent roasted spaghetti squash recipe and will be featuring it in a new iteration in an upcoming snacky post. In the meantime, enjoy this pesto in a pasta, on a crostini, as a spread on a sandwich or simply as a dip.

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Spaghetti Squash with Chestnut Pesto and Cranberry Balsamic

Spaghetti Squash with Chestnut Pesto and Cranberry Balsamic

It’s fall! Yay! My favourite time of the year it has all of my favourite things: sweaters, boots, scarves, hot steaming coffee in the brisk morning air, Halloween and the changing colours of leaves. One thing I am not too excited about fall is squash. Sure it’s good and all, but I find that it’s always served the same way, doused in sugar and pie spices. Yuk. For this post I wanted to stray from the traditional and make a dish that could stand on its own, but while still using the produce of the season, like chestnuts and arugula. I’ve incorporated a lot of umami flavours here to compensate for the inherent sweetness of squash, and countered with a tangy sweet and sour cranberry-balsamic reduction. Enjoy!

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