ASPARAGUS & SMOKED TROUT QUICHE

 

Hello guys! I hope that all of you are doing well and enjoying the Holiday Season.

I love this time of the year the most. It’s a great opportunity to reflect back on the year, count things to be grateful for and say thank you to special people who made a difference in your life. Most of my gifts I made myself with the help of my husband and few of them were purchased (lightsaber sword hehe-thank you to the new Star Wars). Do you prefer to make or buy gifts? If you went DIY, please share with me your ideas. I am always on look out for something new 🙂 Thank you in advance.

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Tourtiere (Classic Quebec pork pie recipe)

Hey guys, hope all of you are doing well. I’ve been quiet busy with school in the past little while, but even though I did not have time to share recipes, I am still cooking and baking. I have so many recipes and pictures, and I can not wait to share them with you.

Later, we are going to the Christmas Market at Distillery district. It is opening tonight! I look forward to get into Holiday spirit even though it’s still November 🙂 Speaking of holidays, I am sharing today super delicious recipe of Tourtiere (meat pie). This is a traditional Quebec pork pie recipe that we enjoy throughout the holidays. Essentially, tourtiere is a pie made of lightly spiced pork layered between flaky pastry. It’s total comfort food, guys. I hope you give it a try.
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Swedish cake Prinsesstårta

Thanksgiving weekend is finally here 🙂 well, almost amyway. It means fun get together with family and friends.. and mounds of yammy food 🙂 I was experimenting with Swedish princess cake that I first saw on great british bake off. I really wanted to make it perfect for the holidays. But, alas, yet have to learn how to make it. First of, french sponge genoise is extremely difficult to make I find. As soon as you try to mix in batter in, the whole mixture just colapses and looses it’s volume. After two fails, I made it happen. Also, instead of corn starch I used corn flour first time. The recipe was calling for corn flour and even though I had bells ringing in my mind, I assumed I should trust Mary Berry. After all that, on my third time it came out just great 🙂
The cake is super moist and just enough sweetness in it, with layers of raspberry jam, vanilla custard and fresh whipped cream. Yam.
I hope you guys have a great weekend. Stay warm 🙂

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Creamy macaroni and blue cheese

Warm coats are coming out and coffee bill is rising steadily.. which means autumn is here finally… 🙂 I believe there are tons of reasons to enjoy this season…like beautiful colours, cozy sweaters, cool tights, hot drinks, caramel apples, thanksgiving, pumpkin carving, and of course, comfort food. Here’s one great recipe for you guys to enjoy this weekend. Stay warm and smile! 😉

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Coconut cake

Hi there, how is everyone doing? I have a fun and exciting weekend ahead of me..I will be sitting in the class both days from 8.30am-4.30pm studying! sigh.. So, tonight I’m busy with preparation for the class, refreshing my memory and going through the old notes. With that sad, I will still share very easy and quick recipe for delicious coconut cake. It takes about an hour from start to finish to make it. Have a great weekend guys! 

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Pierogi with potato, cheese and Hungarian sausage

You don’t have to be eastern European to love this ultimate comfort food. I grew up making pierogi with potato, cheese and bacon bits filling. Steam it and serve with sour cream. They are good on next day as well; just warm it up by frying quickly on the pan. You could make it with different fillings but one of my favorite ones are mushroom, sauerkraut, meat and potato or sausage and potato. Give it a try 🙂 
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Jam filled butter cookies

These cookies make perfect holiday gifts and sweet treats for someone special year-around. Bake a batch with ingredients you probably already have at home, and share them this weekend 🙂 You won’t see it on this picture, but I have filled cookies with different types of jams (apricot and cherry) so it came out colourful and beautiful. Give it a try!
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Coffee Almond Cake

I am experimenting with different flours lately. Here’s my version of coffee cake made of almond flour. Not too heavy yet delicious, rich and packed with flavour :-). I divided the original recipe in half as it is just for me and my husband. For a larger number of people I double this recipe to make 4 layers cake. For the cream I used freshly whipped cream infused with almond extract and a little bit of sugar. I don’t usually use traditional butter/sugar frosting when baking just for two of us, as I find it too heavy and on the unhealthy side, but everyone is different. 
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French Beignets

These yummy little French fritters are found anywhere in New Orleans and for very good reason: they are unbelievably delicious. Beignets are made from a deep fried choux paste, which is dough made from yeast, flour, sugar, eggs, butter and evaporated milk. You can not go to New Orleans as often, but you can certainly make your own Beignets any time you want to. Now, the secret to these is cold fermentation. The best thing you can do as a home baker, leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight instead of letting it rise in a warm place. This process slows down the yeast development, while still allowing the enzymes that naturally occur in the flour to do their work (converting starches to sugars). It makes the dough more flavourful and very delicate. I encourage you to give it a try. I use the same approach when I make Brioche Loaf and, oh my, it tastes like heaven and very easy to make. I will be posting the recipe to it shortly. Continue reading “French Beignets”

The secret to a soft and chewy Naan

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I love homemade bread. Well, I quess my husband loves homemade bread and I love making him happy. So I guess it’s a win win. Plus, I mean homemade Naan? There’s not much better than soft, warm and chewy bread with butter. It’s stinking amazing.  The whole process takes me about an hour ( including inactive time 30 minites). The recipe yields 6 small Naan.  So here we go.
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