Beet, Cherry Tomato and Pea Shoot Salad with Goat Cheese

Beet, Cherry Tomato and Pea Shoot Salad with Goat Cheese

Originally I had intended this recipe to have feta cheese instead of…

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Originally I had intended this recipe to have feta cheese instead of goat cheese but my mom “thought they were the same thing?”. Goat cheese and beets in my opinion always go well together so there was no loss. I also originally intended this recipe to have mint flavour in with the yogurt but by the time I made it to the mint stand they were sold out.

Potato & Sausage Latkas with Creamy Squash Puree – Salad with Quail Eggs Baked in Tomato Cups

Potato & Sausage Latkas with Creamy Squash Puree – Salad with Quail Eggs Baked in Tomato Cups

This recipe inspiration came from a recipe I saw for full sized…

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This recipe inspiration came from a recipe I saw for full sized eggs baked into plum tomatoes. Shrink all that down and you get quail eggs baked into cherry tomatoes. I also saw a recipe for leek and squash latka’s which turned into potato and sausage latka’s with a squash puree and crispy sage leaves. 

Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes, Carmalized Onions and Feta

Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes, Carmalized Onions and Feta

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Focaccia with Cherry Tomatoes, Carmalized Onions and Feta

Ingredients

    Bread Ingredients
  • 3-4 handfuls of white flour (not self rise but any other type – I used unbleached to save any possible remaining nutrients in there)
  • 1-2 handfuls of multigrain, 9 or 12 grain flour
  • 1 handful of toasted wheat germ (this is just delicious and smells amazing, I use it often in savoury baking recipes)
  • 0.5-1 tbsp of traditional baking yeast at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp of some sort of sugar (I used maple syrup, but you can use honey, brown or white sugar NOT artificial sweetener – this will feed the yeast and help it grow).
  • 3 tbsp + 4-5 cups of luke warm water
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt (or 1 tsp table salt)
  • olive oil
  • Toppings
  • You can use anything for toppings. Olives, artichokes, roasted peppers, pickled anything, meats, tomatoes, cheeses, flavoured oils, herbs.
  • For this I used:
  • One onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp duck fat
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes cut in half across the equator (lets more juice out)
  • marinated feta – cubed
  • bufeleta mozzarella – sliced into 1/4" thick slices

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl add the 3 tbsp of warm water and the yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes. You should see a reaction by then.
  2. Add the flours, salt, and warm water, starting a cup at a time to incorporate it. Once it is not so sticky it is sticking to your fingers start kneading the dough until it becomes smooth and elastically.
  3. Cover the dough in some oil (approx 2 tbsp) and spread it around the entire ball.
  4. Let the dough raise in a warm draft free place. Covering it with a dish cloth.
  5. MEANWHILE: in a pan heat the duck fat over low heat. Once it’s transparent, add the onions and cook over low heat until they have browned. Stirring occasionally. Caramelizing onions properly takes 45 min – an hour so don’t leave it until the last minute.
  6. Make sure your other toppings are prepped.
  7. Once your yeast has been growing for about an hour it is good to work with.
  8. Lightly oil an edged baking sheet. Just use your fingers and spread some oil around.
  9. Spread the dough out across the entire pan (round or square) so that it’s spread out to all corners. Then using your fingers, make small dimples across the entire dough. You can see it’s still quite sticky.
  10. Spread your toppings over evenly.
  11. Place the focaccia back in the place to raise for another half hour or so. Drizzle a bit (1-2 tbsp) of oil across the top. You don’t want it to pool. The dough will start to come up around the toppings a bit. Heat oven to 400F.
  12. Once your focaccia has risen a bit, place in the oven to bake for about 25-30 minutes. The focaccia should be brown along the top.
  13. Let cool, remove from the pan and serve.
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I am not Italian. I don’t profess to know everything or anything about making amazing Italian bread, or any bread for that matter. But what I do know, is I have a ton of cherry tomatoes in my garden, and cherry tomatoes are delicious on focaccia, and to me, that is comfort food. Hooray for fall! (not really but I’m trying to stay positive here!)

Eating the First Things I’ve Ever Grown…

Eating the First Things I’ve Ever Grown…

I can’t think of a more appropriate topic for my 100th post,…

I can’t think of a more appropriate topic for my 100th post, then to rave about eating the first things from my first garden. Although it is early, I tossed the greens I ‘thinned’ out of my garden tonight into a delicious salad. I think back to how far I have come in the past year, and realize how much closer I am too my dream. When I first started this blog I never imagined that in 14 months I would have moved from the city, traveled through Europe and started my first vegetable garden. And although there have been bumps and hardships along the way, I feel now I am closer to where I am supposed to be, then ever. 

Who said I can’t make MAYO!!!

Who said I can’t make MAYO!!!

Yesterday I made a cake involving 9 egg whites and no yokes.…

Yesterday I made a cake involving 9 egg whites and no yokes. I could remember that there was something I liked to make with egg yokes but it took googling to remind me of the evasive mayo that I had unsuccessfully attempted earlier this year.
Now I’m not going to lie. I love love LOVE mayo. I will make any excuse to smear it on anything, so the thought of making it, making a BETTER mayo then the commercial brands excites me.

Italian Inspired Fava Beans and Panzanella

Italian Inspired Fava Beans and Panzanella

I know that Italians can get quite worked up over the use…

I know that Italians can get quite worked up over the use of the titles of their dishes. Which is why I used inspired in this title. These were both inspired but dishes I ate in Italy. Specifically the Fava Bean dish, I had something similar in Rome, with smaller white beans, which I’m not exactly sure what they were. With the left over salad, I tossed in with some scrambled eggs the next morning for breakfast.