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23 Apr Posted by in Ramble | Comments

How poached eggs made my day

How poached eggs made my day

Poached eggs aren’t something I have tried to make very often. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever tried to make them before. I only had them for the first time I can remember last year, when I had my first (vegetarian) Eggs Benedict at a diner in Vancouver. I did enjoy them, but they don’t often cross my mind in the mornings as a perfect breakfast food – until now. Yesterday, I decided to give it a try. I had the general gist of it, I knew keeping them together was a challenge, and somewhere along the way learned there should be some vinegar in the water. Likely on a cooking TV show, I watched someone swirl the water to keep the egg whites together. More...

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19 Apr Posted by in Recipes | 1 comment

Roasted butternut squash and shallot lasagne

Roasted butternut squash and shallot lasagne

Butternut squash lasagne This is not a quick recipe, however compared to some other lasagne recipes, it is rather low maintenance. The bulk of the work is in preparing the squash for roasting. I remember one lasagne I made with some friends, when we grilled all the vegetables, including onion, on a small George Forman grill. Then we made the sauce, grated the cheese, and compiled it all into one fabulous lasagne. It was a great way to spend the day with friends, but not necessarily always feasible. I also wanted a change from the typical tomato sauce based lasagne. So I decided on a butternut squash lasagne. More...

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19 Apr Posted by in Ramble | 3 comments

Learning to be a wine lover

Learning to be a wine lover

2008 South African Chardonnay I have decided now is as good a time as any to start learning more about wines, and to stop feeling so lost when choosing a wine. I would love to be able to sip a wine, and comment on the soft My plan is to start paying attention to the wines I'm drinking, and work my way through there. There have been many wines I've had which I enjoyed, but I forget which they were. I know I like Riesling. I know white wine is served cold, red is served at room temperature. A friend of mine just gave me the book 'Understanding Wine - A guide to wine tasting and wine appreciation' by Michael Schuster. So I'll use this, along with the internet and my own opinions and go from there. More...

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23 Mar Posted by in Recipes | Comments

Polenta squares with sundried tomato and parmaesan

Polenta squares with sundried tomato and parmaesan

Polenta Squares My first few attempts at polenta was by making the more traditional, creamy and cheesy, mushy polenta. I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped, but I knew there was potential. This recipe appeals much more to my taste, and is also more visually appealing. These polenta sqaures work nicely as an appetizer, or along side a salad for a light dinner. More...

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