Monthly Archives: January 2013

Penne alla vodka

Have I mentioned how much I love pasta? It’s so versatile – there are probably a zillion or more different sauce recipes out there. This tomato and cream based sauce – an improvement over most basic “rosas” – is quick … Continue reading

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Sushi Nachos

This dish is basically a deconstructed California roll, one of the most popular varieties of sushi. The wonton crisps are a cinch to make and form an ideal base for the rice and toppings. Just like traditional nachos, this Asian-inspired … Continue reading

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Sticky Toffee Cake

This cake is often referred to as Sticky Toffee Pudding, because of its British heritage (the Brits refer to desserts of all sorts as ‘pudding’). The name is appropriate because the cake is so moist and rich – almost as … Continue reading

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Lentil-Barley Stew

This dish is so satisfyingly yummy it can turn non-believers into lentil lovers! I encourage you to give this healthy, hearty stew a try, no matter if you are traditionally a meat eater, a vegetarian or a vegan – it … Continue reading

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Playing with Fire – in the Kitchen at the Back Lane Cafe

I have to admit it, I’m definitely an amateur cook. I have no aspirations to become a professional chef, nor do I think I actually have the culinary chops to work in that world. No matter how much time I … Continue reading

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

While some squash soup recipes call for the squash to be boiled in broth, I find that roasting it first makes for a richer tasting soup. The apples and squash combine here to make a nicely sweet flavour, but if … Continue reading

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Bacon-tomato pasta sauce

Every September, I freeze bushels of Roma tomatoes for use all winter long. Partially thawed, these versatile beauties are easy to peel and chop. Because my family would eat pasta seven days each week if I let them, I experiment … Continue reading

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