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01 January

Vegan “Turkey” Roast

Here it is, the time of year when I start thinking of something vegetarian for Christmas. This year I am following up on last years’ Vegetarian Sausage with a vegetarian “turkey” roast, also based on gluten flour and legumes. (Or it’s a “chicken” roast, if you want to think of it that way.) I’m planning to use this mixture to …

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Leek & Celeriac Soup

I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to put into this soup, but I was afraid it would be plain and dull. NO! It was delicious and indeed it didn’t need anything more. Well, Mr. Ferdzy lobbied for sour cream, but he is also Mr. Fat-Tooth so there is that. I thought it was excellent without it. Note that …

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Fondant Potatoes & Turnips

Well, this was my very first attempt at Fondant Potatoes, and I can’t say I did a lovely job. I know exactly what happened – wrong potatoes, unclarified butter, and did not cook long enough – and let those things happen anyway. They were delicious anyway, so no few regrets. First off I didn’t use waxy potatoes – I used …

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Roast Chicken in a Clay Pot (Romertopf)

I’ve had a Romertopf (clay pot) for roasting meats for quite a long time, but I don’t feel like I get as much use out of it as I would like. I guess one of my new year’s resolutions will be to try to use some of my appliances more often than I do, and this can go down as …

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Mincemeat Cake

It seems I only just mixed up and canned my mincemeat, and here I am using some already. One of the reasons I decided to make mincemeat was that I had been seeing so many ideas for things to make with it other than pies or tarts, which I usually find to be a bit too intense. This cake, however, …

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Apple or Pear & Ginger Mincemeat

Our apples, as usual, are few and rather awful, but we managed to scrounge enough to make a batch of this mincemeat. Other than apples or pears, I’m afraid this is pretty determinedly non-local, but about every 5 years or so I hear the call of the mincemeat anyway. It’s quite rich and there are all kinds of other Christmas …

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Turnips with Bacon & Onion

I’ve done a fancier version of this before; Rutabaga with Bacon, Mushrooms & Onions, but it bears repeating, and turnips are bit different from their cousins the rutabagas. For one thing they cook much more quickly. I was delighted to find some Ontario turnips at the grocery store last week, but then I got them home and realized neither of …

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Parsnip Hash Browns

Not sure this quite constitutes a recipe, but it is what is happening around here at the moment. A few days ago we dug up a bushel of parsnips to make way for peas. Parsnips are available all winter for purchase and well into the spring, but it turns out that now we are growing them we mostly eat them …

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Sausage, Rutabaga, & Apple Pie

Here’s another one inspired by an old cook book. As usual I forgot to note which one, but it was something English and mid to late 19th century as far as I can recall. It is pretty rare for me to pull out anything interesting from cook books of that era at this point, but this one caught my eye. …

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Pan-Cooked Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Drizzle

Sweet potatoes from raw to on the table in 20 minutes! It always seems to take more like an hour and 20 minutes to roast them, even when they are cut up and cooked at a reasonably high temperature. You will have to watch them more closely but such is life. Also when I say “1 large or 2 medium” …

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