April 2006

Provencal Vegetable Soup with Pistou Recipe

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by katerina on April 28, 2006

Apparently pistou is the french version of pesto, well I guess I learned something today. This was something we made in my cooking class, and it is lovely and spring and refreshing. We had two days of beautiful sunshine this week which inspired me to paint my toes and cook summery. Hence our provencal soup. […]


Naan Bread Recipe

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Naan Bread: (makes 6 small breads) 2/3C warm water 1t dry yeast 1t sugar 2C flour 1t salt 80g ghee or butter 2t yogourt butter\ghee during cooking(optional) 1. Whisk together the yeast, water and sugar and set aside for 10 minutes in a warm place. 2. Place flour and salt in a large bowl and […]

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How to Clean a Leek


Leeks are delicious in pastas, soups, or in sauces for seafood or pork.  Leeks really are an under- appreciated vegetable, and I think part of the reason is that they are challenging to clean.To clean a leek trim the green end of the leek down about an inch from the ends. Then holding the root […]

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Banana Pecan Muffin Recipe

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I like to try and make something on Sundays for easy weekday breakfasts. It varies weekly but is usually some form of muffin or granola. This week I took advantage of some banana’s in the freezer to make these muffins from a Mark Bittman cookbook. Also, I should rave about my fantastic new purchases. Firstly, […]

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Whole Wheat Country Loaf Recipe

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This is one of those accidents-turned-pleasant surprises. I started a loaf from my new fab cookbook (which yes, I am talking about far too much) and didn’t realize until it was too late that all I had was whole wheat bread flour. But it turned out really well and was easy in my fabulous mixer. […]

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Potato and Leek Soup Recipe

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Not exactly original, but classics are classics for a reason. This is great with fresh bread and a rainy day. Also, fry up a few pieces of bacon diced with onion if you have it. Totally unnecessary though. Potato Leek Soup Recipe [print_this](serves 2-4 ) 3 leeks, white parts chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 large […]

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Focaccia Bread Recipe

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After the cinnamon buns I was craving something savory. I have never made focaccia and thought I would take advantage of some of the fresh herbs in my Mums garden and try that. This recipe for dough could be used to make multiple types of focaccia. I chose three different toppings for mine using the […]

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Exploring Yeasts


I am enjoying a quiet rainy Easter weekend at my parents cabin (complete with dial-in, ouch) and I have bought myself a fabulous new bread cookbook by Beth Hensperger – Bread Made Easy. It is written as an instruction manual with recipes to follow. It looks extremely promising and I am heavily inspired by some […]

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Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

08.04.2006Side Dish

Rather then mashed potatoes, try this mashed or whipped cauliflower. It makes a great side dish and is even low carb, if that is what you are looking for. This also works really well if you roast the cauliflower first. If you like, you can also play with the texture by chopping up some of […]

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MSG free stocks and bouillon cubes?


If anyone knows of any msg free soup mix – as in bouillon cubes – I would REALLY appreciate it. I have recently starting reacting to msg, in an unpleasant way, and would love an alternative. Not that I necessarily advocate the use of bouillon cubes, but they make a weeknight risotto a viable option. […]

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