moroccan chickpea stew

It’s good to be back. I’ve been away far too long from this lovely little space. With Christmas and traveling and family gatherings, it was hard to find time to slip away to write about food. Especially since I was all too busy eating it. And playing games. There was many-a-game played over the last few days (and still more to come, as we have yet another family gathering kicking off tonight!).

Our family favourites? Ticket to Ride (I prefer Europe) and now that we’ve learned to play it, Settlers of Catan. What a great game. If you’re a game person and haven’t heard of either of these, I suggest you rent them from your local library (wouldn’t that be nice) or hunt them down at a thrift shop (OR pay a hefty price online which would be cheaper than a game store price). Because these games are… Continue reading

ham & lentil soup

My mother graciously gave me some delicious leftovers from her Thanksgiving feast last week. In my lot, I received a large serving of ham from the pig she cooked. Okay, it wasn’t a live and squirming pig from the farm. She got the ham from the store, but she cooked it up–  in addition to two, TWO(!), turkeys. And to answer your question, there were 15 of us gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table. My mother outdoes herself year after year. She labors and loves and whips up the most soothing casseroles, rich meats and hearty vegetables.

She serves dessert (one can typically choose from three or four various homemade pies, a homemade ice cream dessert with fudge and whipped cream, and usually a variety or two of cookies or bars) and coffee after every meal, including breakfast (ask my sister-in-law, Emily, about this), so it is inevitable that… Continue reading

tomato carrot bisque

We have this great little cafe in our neck of the woods that serves up a delicious bowl of tomato carrot soup. Now in no way was I trying to emulate that recipe. In fact the recipe I was referring to called this creamy tomato soup (with no mention of carrots whatsoever), but after tasting one spoonful, both Graham and I agreed that it was very reminicent of our favourite soup from our favourite little cafe. I was elated.

This soup is full of tomatoes (of the canned variety, making this soup very winter friendly) carrots, red onion, garlic, chicken stock and a bit of cream. I say a bit because for a kettleful of soup it only called for 3/4 c. The cream definitely did not overwhelm the vegetables nor did it make the soup heavy tasting. It was just creamy enough, yet still allowed for all the other… Continue reading

butternut squash & root vegetable soup

Let’s forget the fact that I thought I was picking up a spaghetti squash at the farmers market last weekend. The thing is, I know my squashes. Acorn, butternut, spaghetti, summer… but somehow I managed to buy one and bring it home, thinking all the while that soon I would be scooping out its pale yellow roasted strands, slathering it in homemade red sauce with caramelized onions and mushrooms, enjoying my non traditional autumn pasta dish. Well, not so much. Not even close. There would be no mushrooms, no red sauce and surely no spaghetti. I’m blaming the incident on the fact that I only had one cup of coffee that morning. It was early. I was foggy brained. Tomato, tomahto. Spaghetti, butternut. Definitely doesn’t have the same ring.

So after staring at that big yellow oval of a squash perched on my kitchen counter for a day or two… Continue reading