Buckwheat Pancakes with Sorghum Syrup (Gluten-free)

My grandpa used to make buckwheat pancakes.  He would serve them up slathered with butter and Blackstrap Molasses and say “That’ll stick to your ribs”.  My grandfather delighted in having grandchildren to fatten up.  I have asked around, and no one in my family seems to know exactly how grandpa made his buckwheat pancakes, so…

Sourdough Buttermilk Gingerbread Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Now that I have a gluten-fee sourdough starter I have to use it!  These pancakes are easy and delicious.  I don’t always make them gingerbread flavoured.  If you leave out all the spices, dried fruit and all but 2 Tablespoons of the sugar you will have delicious plain sourdough buttermilk pancakes.  I like to eat…

Blackberry Curd

The drought in British Colombia made the blackberries more scarce than usual this summer.  In response to the lack of berries I came up with a really good blackberry picking innovation.  I have a leather jacket that I have owned since I was 18.  I was trying it on for fun and the salesman thought…

WHY IS IT CALLED BIG SIS LITTLE DISH? This blog was started by my younger half-sister, Silvi, in July of 2010 as a way for us to share and store recipes and food stories. The idea was that it would be a way for us to continue to cook together even though we live on…

Gluten-Free Cardamom Bread

This is a chewy, yeasted bread.  It’s not sweet, although it is perfumed with cardamom and studded with walnuts, dates and raisins.  It’s best toasted and slathered with salted butter.   I like it for breakfast, tea or with afternoon coffee when my husband is kind enough to make me some (I make terrible coffee).  It…

Sourdough Blini (Gluten-Free)

I have not posted anything about my gluten-free sourdough starter for a little while.  That is misleading.  The sourdough starter has continued to demand a lot of attention and produce a lot of pancakes and Estonian style dark sourdough bread in my house.  I have given away quite a lot of it.  In fact, if…

Carrot Ginger Cupcakes (Gluten-Free or Not/ Dairy-Free or Not)

This gluten free carrot cake recipe was inspired by the classic carrot cake recipe that I grew up eating in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  My family favoured the super moist carrot cake topped with a not very sweet creme cheese icing (or no icing at all) from Susan Mendelson’s excellent cookbook Mama Never…

Gluten-Free Dark Sour Bread (Inspired by Estonian Leib)

 My sister and I went to Estonia to last June to learn about the country where our grandparents grew up.   Estonia has very delicious dark sourdough rye bread called Leib.  Our grandmother used to make it, and although I have had other dark sourdough breads (Russian mostly) none of them ever tasted quite as…