Momma P’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

My Ma’s sauce was always pretty simple.  It was a Sunday staple.  It was part of the rhythm of life.  Every Sunday, you got up.  You went to church.  You came home and there was a vat of tomato sauce waiting.  Sometimes with meatballs, sometimes for cheese cannelloni, sometimes for gnocchi, sometimes for lasagna, sometimes…

Rhubarb, all things Rhubarb

    “Rhubarb.  I have a ton of rhubarb.  I don’t know what to do with it,” said my friend.  My reaction?  “Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!?!?  Hand over the rhubarb!”  And so she did.  The lovely pinkish, light-green stalks arrived and promptly chopped into about 15 cups worth, which admittedly, sounds like a lot.  But rhubarb is like…

Canning Tomatoes

  Tomatoes in a jar.  That’s all they are.  But when it’s time to make sauce, every one of those jars is liquid sunshine. So every September, people gather in their backyards and garages for the tomato canning ritual, armed with paring knives, aprons, more jars than you can count and ridiculously long wooden spoons….

Scotch Eggs

A simple hard-boiled egg surrounded by spicy sausage and herbs, panfried crisp.  Perfect meal any time and a pub classic. I just got back from what I call my “Brexit Tour”, visiting London and parts of Scotland. On our first day in London, our friend Nicole took us to Borough Market.  First stop?  The Scotchtails…

Ricotta Toast Love

Velvety ricotta with chunky salt and a splash of pepper on toasty bread.  How you make this snack depends wholly on what you like.  I have my four favourite ways.  Here’s the first! It’s the classic version of a snack my father used to make.  It could also be breakfast or lunch or dinner.  This…

Easy Cherry Almond Sorbet Recipe

This cherry almond sorbet is deep, slightly nutty and a bit smoky.  It’s a gussied up, faintly alcoholic slushy.  Nothing wrong with that! It’s the third in my ice cream trifecta, all great recipes from Chatelaine.  Because really, if you’re going to make ice cream, why make only one kind?  Go for three.  Variety is…

Incredibly Easy Homemade Rhubarb Ice Cream

  Creamy, not too sweet ice cream with bits of tangy-sweet rhubarb.  What’s not to like?  It’s all part of what I call my summer ice cream “tour” which usually involves making the rounds at ice cream shops around the city.  Who knew I’d be touring my own freezer? When I saw this recipe and…

Homemade Incredibly Easy Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of my all-time favourite desserts.  But I’d been put off making it at home because every recipe, it seemed, called for an ice cream maker.  Then I ran across this recipe from Chatelaine one afternoon on FaceBook and wondered, could it really be true?  Ice cream made from three simple ingredients…

Torrone or Italian Nougat, Otherwise known as “Crack”

TORRONE or “CRACK” WARNING: ADDICTION THIS WAY COMES. What I’m about to tell you about is called torrone. It’s basically nougat. There are so many different kinds. Soft ones, hard ones, one that taste like white chocolate or honey or nuts or candied fruits. Some are so crisp, they could actually crack your teeth if…

Sweet Homemade Strawberry Jam

My first attempt to make strawberry jam was simultaneously a huge success and a colossal failure. Success because the “jam” I made is delicious. Failure because it didn’t “set”. But really, who doesn’t love runny strawberry jam? You can still spread it on toast. You just keep that bread nice and level so that smooth…

Banana Bread – Gluten-ful and Gluten-free

Banana bread is comfort food.  I know people who love it.  I know people who like it.  But I’ve never seen anyone say no to a slice of banana bread. I fully intend, every time I buy a bunch of bananas, to eat them before they get brown.  Because, really now, who wants to go…

Garlic Scapes – Part Two – Roasted

And so continues my wee obsession with garlic scapes.  I love they way they look.  And now I’m going to see what happens when I put them in the oven and roast them. These came from Samsara Fields at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market. Of course, July is not the time to be turning on your…