Recipe Adventure: Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookies

Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Holiday baking season is fast approaching, in fact I think it may already be here. Personally I don’t think it’s Christmas without cookies! Nothing is better than a home filled with the delicious smells of cookies baking. I’ve always loved shortbread because it’s easy to make and looks so pretty. This year I’ve added matcha green tea powder to the dough and thought I’d share the recipe with you. These matcha green tea shortbread cookies have all the creaminess of regular shortbread, with a light flavour of matcha green tea. Here’s the recipe:

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Recipe Adventure: Beet Feta Tomato Salad

Beet Feta Tomato Salad

Winter is just around the corner and vegetables like beautiful ripe tomatoes are hard to find. I still think it’s important to find a way to eat salad, and that doesn’t mean lettuce and fancy dressing. Beets are a great option, they last a long time in your fridge, they’re easy to cook and really good for you. Plus they go really well with cheese, and I love cheese! I’ve combine them with chunks of feta cheese and some hot house tomatoes (we’re fortunate to have that option here in Vancouver, British Columbia). This make delicious quick and easy lunch. […]

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Recipe Adventure: Crispy Potato Wedges

Crispy Potato Wedges

It’s Friday! I got my hands on a super large bag of Russet Potatoes the other week and I’ve been wondering what to make with them. I made the obvious mashed potatoes, but there were still so many left and making mashed potatoes gets boring after a while. So I decided to make some crispy potato wedges. Here’s the recipe:

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Recipe Adventure: Turkey Pot Pies

Turkey Pot Pies

Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a wonderful dinner with family, it included turkey and all the usual sides, but there wasn’t enough leftovers this year to make our usual turkey pot pies the day after. So the day after Thanksgiving, turkeys went on sale and we bought one to put in the freezer until we were ready to do it all over again! We roasted the bird and didn’t focus too much on side dishes, because we knew we were going to make delicious pot pies the next day. But we did make a few steamed vegetables so we could […]

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Recipe Adventure: Roasted Vegetable and Feta Cheese Phyllo Pastry

vegetable feta phyllo pie

This vegetable feta phyllo pastry is a great recipe to make on a weekend when you’re craving something hearty without making a big stew or a big plate of meat. There’s so many delicious flavours from the roasted vegetables, feta cheese and toasted pine nuts, when they all combine together it makes for a wonderful savoury pie. While I’m not a huge fan of olives, I still included them, but diced them super fine so they just add to the flavour without being over-powering. Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 8 garlic cloves minced 2 red peppers, chopped 1 Japanese eggplant, cubed 1 package of frozen […]

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Recipe Adventure: Pink Grapefruit Loaf with Citrus Glaze

This is a super easy pink grapefruit loaf recipe that goes great with a cup of tea and a few good friends. It’s like a traditional lemon loaf, but replace the lemons with a pink grapefruit and you’ll find the aroma is so amazing! Ingredients: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup sour cream ½ cup brown sugar 3 eggs zest of 1 pink grapefruit ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract ½ cup olive oil Glaze: 1/3 cup confectioners sugar Juice of one pink grapefruit Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ¼ […]

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How to Remove Seeds from a Pomegrante

Pomegranate Seeds

The beautiful pomegranate is here and very ripe. Get them while you can, they’re so so good for you and full of amazing health benefits. I know what you’re thinking, it’s just such a pain to remove the seeds from the fruit and my kitchen gets super messy, why bother?! Well first of all, Pomegranates contain fibre, antioxidants, vitamin K and C which are all things that can help fight off cold and flu season which is fast approaching. Secondly, it’s really not as hard as you think to remove the seeds. Here’s the quick method I use to remove the […]

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Recipe Adventure: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

oatmeal raisin cookie recipe

These oatmeal raisin cookies are chewy and full of flavour, it’s really hard to eat just one. The best part is they’re super easy to make and you’ll only need one bowl, I like to make them in my Kitchen Aid Mixer because it’s fast and clean up is so easy. Ingredients: ½ cup butter 1 cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon molasses 1 cup flour 1 cup oats 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 cup raisins ¼ crushed nuts of your choice (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F Cream butter, sugar, molasses in […]

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Recipe Adventure: Vanilla Bourbon Pears

vanilla bourbon pears

Another canning recipe, because it’s the season and I got a little addicted to putting food in a jar. This one’s another boozy delight you could serve to guests around Christmas with some chocolate cake or vanilla ice cream. Vanilla Bourbon Pears Ingredients: 8-10 Bosc Pears, firm yet ripe 2 cups brown sugar Vanilla extract Bourbon Lemon juice Water Supplies: 1 waterbath canner pot with rack Canning tongs Magnetic lid lifter (we didn’t bother with this) Canning Jars Large spoon or ladle 1 large pot 1 large bowl Makes about 4  1 Litre Canning Jars It depends on how tightly you pack […]

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Recipe Adventure: Bourbon Vanilla Soaked Cherries

Sharing another canning recipe, because I couldn’t stop canning every fruit and vegetable in sight. I found this Bourbon Vanilla Soaked Cherries recipe on the lovely Kristy’s food blog, She Eats and it was a no brainer to try it out. Her recipe is small batch canning, but I was looking to go all out, so I doubled her recipe. I love love love cherries and the idea of canning them to put on ice cream or in a cake later in the year sounds delightful! First, lets take a moment to talk about pitting cherries. It can be bit of a […]

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Recipe Adventure: Peach Chutney Preserves and Free Printable Labels

Free Printable Canning Labels

I previously blogged about my process behind canning peaches. Along with the canned peaches we also did a peach chutney. This recipe is straight forward and full of flavour. It will go great with chicken or pork or add it to your cheese plate at your next party. Peach Chutney Makes approximately 4  250mL Wide Mouth Mason jars Ingredients: 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp hot pepper flakes ¼ tsp pepper 1 large onion chopped 8 cups sliced and peeled peaches 2 ½ cups sugar (brown, […]

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Recipe Adventure: Canned Peaches with Printable Labels

Canned peaches recipe with printable labels

This Summer I discovered the awesomeness that is canning fruit and vegetables. It’s like making little jars of Summer to open during the grey days of Winter. I do not know how I went through life without doing this before. I seemed to always think it was super hard to do, but honestly, if I can do it, you can do it too! It just takes quite a bit of time, so make sure you’ve got a full afternoon available. Trust me, it’s worth it! The motivation to can our first batch of fruit was from a family member that […]

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