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12 December

Sesame-Ginger Red Cabbage

Oh good, something plain and simple on the vegetable front. Seems like it’s been a while since that’s happened. It seems like every time I cook red cabbage I end up using a combination of sweet and sour flavours, so I was determined that this time I would do something different. So I did. That’s pretty much the story of …

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Candied Ginger & Coconut Beets

This is a lovely, simple dish, if a little on the rich side. The final preparation to serve the dish is minimal; it’s cooking the beets in the first place that takes the time. It can be done in advance though. I have visions of cutting the beets with a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter and serving this at Valentine’s day, …

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Apples Baked in Lemon-Anise Custard

I’m not quite sure where the idea for this one came from except that I was reading a whole lot of old cook books again. I think I saw apples baked in custard somewhere, and lemon and anise used a flavouring somewhere else, and and had them meld in my mind. And in my baking pan too. This was impressively …

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Zweibelkuchen – German Onion Tart

Variations of this onion tart seem to be popular all over Germany (and beyond) and it runs the gamut from deep and quiche-like with a pastry crust, to thin and pizza-like with a yeast-raised crust to match. I’ve leaned harder in the direction of pizza, myself; with a yeast-raised dough and thinly spread topping. The constants to this dish seem …

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Sweet Potato, Lentil, & Feta Salad

I really hate making other peoples’ recipes. Sure I will take inspiration from things I see out there, but then I want to get my own mitts all over it, and tweak it this way and that way, and make it mine. Of course I have changed this but that has more with my inability to follow the bloody directions …

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Carrot, Apple, & Belgian Endive Salad

There are some strong flavours in this elaborated version of the good old Waldorf salad. I lost the celery (it is long over, alas) and replaced it with carrot and Belgian endive. With the cranberries and nuts these make for a pretty intense interplay between sweet and bitter elements. I found I needed to add more salt than I would …

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Chicken In Goat Cheese, Mushroom, & Dried Tomato Sauce

It seems to me a sauce this rich and thick is calling out for noodles or rice to mop it up, but good crusty bread would work well too. Mashed potatoes, maybe. This is a party-quality dish, but it goes together in week-night time.  4 to 6 servings45 minutes prep time Make the Sauce:1/4 teaspoon dry rosemary2 teaspoons rubbed oregano1 …

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Leek & Carrot Soup

Here is another soup, looking very plain, as soups so often do, but a particularly delicious combination. This is actually a sauce I made quite early in the history of this blog, thinned into a soup. It is a bit more intensely flavoured as a sauce, but it is very good as a soup as well. I’ve added a bit …

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