Saturday, August 29, 2015

Farmer's Market + Wind Storm

The Trout Lake Farmer's Market was shut down ten minutes after we got there. Walking home was actually a bit nerve-racking. Stanley Park closed. RCMP warning people to stay home. At least I got my organic turkey sausage...

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

East Van walkin'

TGIF

Dinner with my pal Jeannette. My first attempt at making burgers – baked in the oven (800g ground chuck makes six, 475 for 15 mins). I used Indian spices and topped with mint yogurt sauce on a brioche bun. Dessert was lime tart, which turned out un-photogenic (too many bubbles, sad crust), but is super easy to make, and tastes great. Next time I would make a ginger cookie crumb crust (and not beat so many bubbles into it).

Lite Lime Tart

pastry base of choice
1 can sweetened condensed milk light
juice and zest 6 limes
3 egg yolks

Gently blend condensed milk with egg yolks, and then zest and juice. Pour mixture into pastry base (knock side to release bubbles). Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then chill well for at least 1 hour. Serve with whipped cream and/or fresh berries.

Monday, August 10, 2015

What was intended to be diablo ice cream sandwiches turned into cookie-on-the-side. I made them too big and over-baked them a bit (15 minutes is too long if you want them soft – take them out when they are still gooey in the centre). Very nice hot and gingery chocolate cookie recipe tho. I only used 1/2 tsp of cayenne and found it just the right hotness for me.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

What does a Polish croissant look like? Stopped at Piast Bakery and Deli (3280 Cambie St. at 17th) after a long walk to QE Park. One of those authentic, unassuming mom and pop stores you could walk right past without noticing. Donuts and other treats for under $2 (strawberry/rhubarb croissant above). A freezer full of pierogies ranging from "hunters sausage" to sour cherry. Nice $4 bread. Plus a funky assortment of imported Polish groceries. Check it out before they are priced out of the neighbourhood...