Myrtle Berry Citrus Sauce

I am a lover of discovering new and bizarre produce. Part of it is my fascination with plants: the way they grow, the forms they take on. To me it is miraculous.

Ethiopian Bread (Gluten-Free and Blini-Like!!!!!)

Ethiopian food is served on a big flat, spongy, crepe-like bread made from a fermented batter called Injera.  It is delicious and it is traditionally made with Teff flour, which is gluten-free.  Yay! However, most restaurants in North America cut the Teff flour with Wheat flour (cheaper and not gluten-free).  Boo! I tried the simplest…

In Search of Magical Estonian Apple Cake (Gluten-Free)

A couple of weeks ago, my husband went to the Adirondacks for a weekend and brought me back some Winesap apples.  This is a man who knows how to keep me happy.  Winesap apples are dark, dark burgundy colour.  They are not shiny and they are frequently blemished because they are an old variety of…

Roasted Red Peppers

Chris and I used to go to Bulgaria in the fall.  In little villages all of the old ladies would be roasting the last of their pepper harvest on outdoor fires so that they could store them for the winter.  It is a very good smell.  It makes me want to eat sausages, feta cheese,…

Quinoa with Wild Plantain, Dandelion and Peppers

I’ve been taking this permaculture class once a month. What that means is I’ve been talking with other people who are interested in strange, interesting and unexpected food plants. So we geek out. I just cooked a dish with a plant that I grew up with. I used to play with these all the time…

Improvise Stir Fry!

You know, everyone who I consider my tribe here in Vancouver–and I’m talkin’ my extended circle of friends and acquaintances–make stir fries. It’s my regional cuisine, and it’s a way of life. Why is this? The deep-rooted Chinese influence on the city? The chronically lingering hippy culture? Maybe it’s the fact that stir fries are…

Cornmeal Custard Topped Spoon Bread (Gluten-Free)

A while back I posted a cornmeal custard topped spoon bread recipe.  My first gluten-free version didn’t work, so I just posted the original.  This gluten-free version worked out nicely and it is not any harder to make it this way than the original.  It maintains all of the recipe’s magical qualities….You just throw everything…

Cornmeal Custard Topped Spoon Bread

This is a magical recipe from the New Joy of Cooking.  You throw a bunch of things in baking pan with very little care and when it comes out of the oven it is a delicious corn spoon bread with a layer of custard on top. Magic!  I tried to make a gluten-free version recently…