Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Bueberry Spelt Muffins
Blueberry Spelt Muffins are extra flavourful thanks to the stone ground spelt and whole white flours.
When I was growing up we weren’t required to do a whole lot of work around the house. My sisters and I would tidy the kitchen after supper and once in a while we’d have to polish the silver and dust our rooms.  In the summer sometimes we’d be sent out to the garden to pick beans or peas for supper.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Marinated Broccoli Salad

marinated broccoli salad
Marinated broccoli salad is a lovely and delicious alternative to leafy salads.

With all of our big family potlucks it’s great to have a stash of salad recipes that venture from the lettuce sort. In fact, a group of friends and I were joking the other night about a potluck I hosted where everyone, everyone, brought a salad. Fortunately they weren’t all leafy green salads. You can make a great summer meal of salads when there’s a good variety of vegetables and textures involved. (Not so much when everyone brings meatballs, which happed at a potluck my sister once attended).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Raspberry Sponge Cake for Fresh Summer Berries

Raspberry sponge cake
Raspberry sponge cake is a delicious white cake topped with baked-in fresh raspberries.

Desserts that make use of fresh summer berries are always the best.

As kids we were often off in the bushes with buckets picking wild berries to bring home to mom. Or we’d pick handfuls as we walked home from the beach, because who can walk by a plump raspberry hanging from a branch by the roadside?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Oven Fried Chicken is Tasty Picnic Food

mom's oven fried chicken
Oven friend chicken is an easy way to get that great crispy taste and texture without deep frying.
When oven fried chicken is on the menu what child wouldn’t want to pile into a station wagon with eight other people and spend the day driving around southern New Brunswick?

That was my childhood -- weekend road trips to St. Andrew’s, St. Martins, Deer Island, Campobello, New River Beach. One woody station wagon, seven kids (one prone to carsickness), a huge picnic and a repertoire of camp songs to last the day. Rain or shine we’d hit the road for family time.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Homemade Fish Burgers are fast and family friendly

Fresh fish burgers
Homemade fish burgers with a crispy panko crust can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes.

Is there anyone else who thinks that Jamie Oliver’s partnership with Sobey’s stores in a big sell out?
 
I love the guy and his books and was beyond thrilled when full-page newspaper ads announced that he was bringing his fast and from-scratch wholesome family cooking philosophy to the Sobey's chain of grocery stores.
"How perfect!", I thought. You can’t get any more grass roots for the masses than the local grocery store.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Uncle George’s Beer Barbecue Sauce and Barbecue Chicken



beer barbecue sauce
Beer barbecue sauce - a mildly spicy sauce that's super flavourful. The addition of beer just seems to suit a summer day

My Uncle George was an Englishman from Nottingham, England, the land of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and likely the occasional Medieval pig roast. He shared this recipe with my family back in the 1970s (when we still lit our grill with lighter fluid).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ann's Mini Spelt Doughnut Muffins

100 percent whole grain spelt doughnut muffins
Mini muffins made with whole spelt flour taste like doughnuts when dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar.
Who doesn't love a good muffin? I think they're the greatest snack going if made with 100 % whole grain flour.

I grew up eating muffins as an afterschool snack. We'd arrive home to dozens of muffins cooling on racks on the kitchen counter and mom had a great recipe for buttermilk bran muffins that you mixed up and kept in the fridge so you always had batter ready to bake.

This recipe from my friend Ann calls for spelt flour only (no white flour) and gets it's light texture from lots of baking powder and a couple of eggs.

Dipping the warm muffins in butter then cinnamon sugar makes them taste like doughnuts. Ann rolls the entire muffin in butter than sugar -- extra decadent and so tasty.
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