Friday, February 27, 2015

hibernation

i made a ton of food this week! 

i haven't really been leaving the house much, just staying in & cooking and i'm actually ok with that at this time of year. if you're also hibernating, i made the perfect food for you - soups, hearty comfort food & cupcakes.

my first project of the week was a new batch of curried butternut squash soup. this is a vegan, gluten free & paleo option. i roast the squash first to enhance its flavour & sweetness and then simmer it all day with aromatics, coconut milk & lots of interesting spices. this batch is much less spicy than usual but has a bit of a bite on the finish. this is perfect cold weather food.


then it was on to beet, parsnip & pear soup - another vegan, gluten free & paleo option. this soup is ultra healthy & ultra flavourful. the beets and parsnips are strong & the sweetness from the pears really rounds things out. i brighten it up with fresh dill & a touch of lemon.


vegetarian soups - $7/500mL

then began the chilli pork & cornbread saga. i started with 20 lbs of local, pastured pork from getaway farm which i braised overnight with chipotle, cumin & charred tomatillos. once it was super tender & delicious, i stirred it in to a giant vat of red chilli with black beans, corn, bell peppers & lots of lime. then that delicious concoction was topped with homemade cornbread crumbled with cheddar cheese & scallions.




small $10  large $20

and last but not least, i made another batch of brisket & blue. this is a definite menu favourite at this time of year! again, i started with 20 lbs of grass fed beef from getaway farm. this time i cooked it up with lots of red wine, sundried tomatoes & pears. it's accompanied by blue cheese gnocchi with roasted garlic & kale.


small $11  large $22
i also have small servings of blue cheese gnocchi on its own, which always makes a great side dish. they're $6 each.

last week the 3-bean salad was quite a hit so i made it again, with the addition of lentils.


the broccoli & quinoa salads are also the same as last week.

if the crummy weather has you craving sugar, i also made lots of sweet treats for the market.

cupcakes:
vanilla
pink grapefruit
strawberry
red velvet-raspberry
lemon-blueberry
chocolate
chocolate-mint
gluten free chocolate

the gluten free raspberry cheesecake bars are back this week with the addition of blueberries. the pecan blondies with brown butter & salted caramel have also returned.


and of course, there's goat milk fudge, snickers brownies & breakfast cookies - those are pretty much staples.

well the forecast actually looks decent for the weekend, the days are getting longer & the end of winter is in sight. i'm feeling a bit more positive this week & i hope you all are as well.

hope to see you all over the weekend!

saturday 7am-3pm
sunday 9am-3pm

don't forget sunday! it's not nearly as crowded so you can take your time & chat with your favourite vendors (AKA me). you can also bring the kids, have a leisurely brunch & let them run free without fear of getting lost. sounds like a win-win to me ;)











Friday, February 20, 2015

comfort food

it's official, it is the grumpiest time of year!

everyone's spirit seems to have been broken by mother nature - my self included. i think the general consensus is that sleep, sweatpants & comfort food are the only things to cure the winter blues (if not a trip to the tropics).

...or maybe a cake. it seems like i've been on a bit of a tear.





i've also been trying to switch up my sweets spread a bit. this week i'll have passionfruit shortbread bars & the raspberry cheesecakes are now gluten free with an almond crust.




i also made a ton of savoury comfort food this week!
lately it's been incredibly difficult to keep shepherd's pie in stock. even though i just made it two weeks ago, i replenished the regular & paleo versions.


small $10  large $20

i think mac & cheese may be the quintessential comfort food. this week i added double smoked bacon, broccoli, cauliflower, cheddar, parmesan & mozzarella.


small $9  large $18

beef stew is another comfort classic & i finally restocked my supplies - potatoes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, tomato, herbs & peas.


$8/500ml

as of tomorrow, the chicken, beef & seafood soups will be $8. the vegetarian varieties will remain at $7 - thanks for your understanding.

to offset all the hibernating & #stormchips, i have lots of salads for the weekend. the broccoli is the same as usual but i have 2 vegan, gluten free options as well.

3-bean: cucumber, celery, red pepper, garbanzo, adzuki & green beans, dill, dijon & garlic


quinoa: since everyone seems to be feeling under the weather, i made the vitamin c version with pink grapefruit, fennel, baby arugula, red onion & parsley 


ok i think that about wraps it up. the freezers are brimming at the moment & there is a ton of variety. this is both a good & bad thing - while it's great that i have tons of options, i will without a doubt forget to pack something tomorrow morning so please bear with me as i get sorted.

sleep well & i hope to see you all over the weekend (don't forget sunday!).



Friday, February 13, 2015

'twas the night before valentine's day

i had quite a busy day...quite a busy week in fact.

this is the first time, since i started my business, that valentine's day has fallen on a weekend. i'm anticipating a rather bananas day tomorrow.

i have tons & tons of treats:

goat's milk fudge
spicy cinnamon heart brownies
raspberry cheesecakes
passionfruit shortbread bars
salted caramel, brown butter blondies
snickers brownies
hello dollies

cupcakes:
vanilla
strawberry-vanilla
lemon-blueberry
pink grapefruit
red velvet-raspberry
chocolate-mint
double chocolate
paleo chocolate


i'm doing special, valentine's day 3-course dinners tomorrow too (they've all been preordered). this year i was actually smart & just made larger batches of it all so i could turn a bunch in to freezer meals. 

new frozen options are:

coq au vin with polenta
paleo coq au vin with sweet potato puree
brisket & blue
paleo brisket with sweet potato puree
creamy celery root & parsnip soup
lobster risotto side dishes

salads this week are broccoli & beet.

can you tell i'm tired? my blog is definitely lacking in pictures tonight but if you hop over to my Facebook page or check out my instagram feed, you'll get a better idea of what i've been up to all week.

hope to see you all tomorrow. 
have a happy valentine's day!

ps: looks like there's going to be a blizzard on sunday. should it materialize, chances are i will not be at the market so make sure to stock up tomorrow before the snowpacolypse arrives.

Friday, February 6, 2015

be prepared

if you're not familiar with frankie macdonald, you should be. his passionate weather warnings urge maritimers to always BE PREPARED! 'order your pizzas, order your chinese food, buy cases of pepsi, buy cases of coke'... or maybe you could just have a freezer full of little red kitsch'n food to help you weather the storm.

i got back to nova scotia on tuesday evening. there is a lot of ice here. i was worried the roads would be too dicey to get around & pick up all my ingredients to do the cooking but miraculously i got everything done! i'm even sitting down at a relatively reasonable hour tonight so hopefully i'll be ready for my first day back at the market.

i restocked a number of winter staples this week. first up was a double batch of beef shepherd's pies - 1/2 regular & 1/2 paleo. the regular version has cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes, tangy sauce, peas, carrots & corn. the paleo version is dairy free, omits the corn and replaces white potatoes with sweet potato puree.


small $10  large $20

next up were turkey & dressing pies. this is always tough to keep in stock. it's all white meat mixed with veggies in a rich turkey gravy made from homemade stock. then it's topped with dried cranberry & sage potato-bread dressing so it's like a holiday meal all wrapped up in one.


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the remainder of the turkey stock made its way in to some hearty turkey stew.


it has potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, peas, herbs and a touch of citrus to brighten it up.

$7/500ml

for some lighter fare, i have 3 varieties of salad for the market this weekend.

sweet potato:


beet:


broccoli:



i'll also have a new sweet on my table this weekend - raspberry cheesecake bars. they're nice & creamy but with a little ginger and the tart raspberries to cut through the richness. i 'sampled' the edges when i was portioning it & i'm pretty pleased with the results.


i also made a ridiculous amount of goat milk fudge today. it's definitely the sweet i missed most while i was away.


the bricks are headed to obladee wine bar. for the market i made over 100 of the little individual cups so hopefully that'll last the weekend.

also, it's valentine's day next saturday! since it falls on a market day this year, i won't be offering delivery service but i will be doing special 3-course meals which can be picked up from me at the market (preorders only). i wrote a little blog about it earlier this week.

unfortunately, i won't be able to take any more orders for v-day cakes but if you'd like to place orders for cupcakes, they are $30/dozen & $10/dozen for minis. they'll be in shades of pink, cream & violet with heart shaped sprinkles. orders can be sent to jenna@littleredkitschn.com

thanks for reading & i hope to see everyone at the market over the weekend.

ps: please don't forget the market is open sundays...i'm there...& i get lonely ;)






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Dinner



i've been away for a few weeks and am just getting back in to the swing of things, hence the lateness of this post!

i will be doing special 3-course valentine's day dinners-for-two this year. since valentine's day falls on a saturday this year, i won't be doing deliveries but will have meals available for pick up from my table at the market from 7am-4pm.

meals will be fresh, never frozen, to make heating up a little quicker that evening. i've tried to accommodate lots of dietary restrictions & included a design-your-own main course feature; i just ask that couples choose the same selection so it doesn't get overly confusing for me - thanks!

dinner for two - $50

first course

chai-spiced carrot, apple, ginger soup (vegan, paleo, gluten free)

creamy celery root & parsnip soup (contains dairy, paleo, gluten free)

main course

slow cooked beef bourguignon - braised beef with pearl onions, sun dried tomatoes & pears

coq au vin - classic red wine braised chicken with leeks & wild mushrooms

both mains are gluten free, paleo & dairy free.

both mains come with a side of maple-glazed roasted carrots, beets, baby turnips & winter greens and 1 choice of side.

side dishes

sweet potato puree (paleo, dairy free, gluten free)

creamy parmesan polenta (gluten free)

blue cheese gnocchi

lobster risotto (gluten free) additional $10 

sweet sampler

mini cupcakes, goat milk fudge, brown butter blondies, passionfruit shortbreads, chocolate ganache brownies

please specify if you need entirely grain free sweet samplers

orders can be sent to jenna@littleredkitschn.com. cash, cheque or credit card is ideal when you pick up at the market.

thanks!

ps: i don't want to discriminate, if you'd like to order dinner-for-one that's totally cool & will just be 1/2 price xoxo

Friday, January 9, 2015

i hate winter

so i know we just had christmas vacation and all, but i'm going away on monday for vacation vacation for 3 whole weeks! no where particularly warm, but definitely warmer than here & where i won't have to worry about driving in the snow. so, this weekend will be your last chance for frozen meals, salads & sweets until february 7th!

i figure that most people made some resolutions over the holidays so i tried to make some healthier freezer meals this week.

first up was a big batch of vegan vegetable curry. i absolutely love making curry and developing the flavour all the way from the garlic & ginger base to the lime & cilantro finishing touches. this batch has cauliflower, sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, chickpeas, green beans, red peppers, tomatoes & spinach. the side dish is a quinoa & basmati combo seasoned with star anise & cardamom. it's vegan & gluten free.


small $9  large $18

then it was a giant batch of moroccan meatballs. the beef is from getaway farm so it's all grass fed & local. it's seasoned with ginger, sumac, coriander, parsley & chillies. the tomato sauce is jazzed up with fennel seed, dates, olives, lemon & honey. the veggies are roasted peppers, zucchini & swiss chard. it comes with a side of harissa quinoa with almonds, parsley & green onions. it's gluten free & dairy free.


small $10  large $20

there's also a paleo version. instead of the quinoa there's a whole whack of veggies & the addition of mushrooms. this version is nut free.

i made 3 types of salad this week too:

1. sweet potato: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo


2. beet: vegetarian, cow dairy free


3. broccoli: gluten free, dairy free, paleo


of course there are lots of sweets too.

breakfast cookies
goat milk fudge
snickers brownies
maple walnut bars
peppermint bars
eggnog cheesecakes
cupcakes
gluten free cupcakes

i also made a gluten free cake earlier in the week. it had a combo of raspberry & grapefruit frostings & i was pretty pumped with how it turned out!


i have two more cakes to decorate tomorrow night after the market, stay tuned to my instagram & facebook accounts to see how they turn out.

well i hope to see lots of regulars this weekend, but if i don't, have a great rest of january & i'll see you on february 7th!






Friday, January 2, 2015

back to work

i hope everyone had a great holiday season!
i was lucky enough to do a whole lot of sleeping, eating, board game playing, visiting & adventuring. i wish it could be christmas vacation all year long, but today it was back to business as usual in the kitchen.

hopefully everyone isn't on a juice cleanse because i have lots of grub on the menu.

from the freezer i have:

lobster mac & cheese


small $12.50 large $25

regular & paleo shepherd's pies
small $10 large $20

pasta primavera


small $9 large $18

smokey mac & cheese
small $9 large $18

sweet & spicy pork meatballs


large $20

creamy british fish pie
small $10 large $20

mediterranean vegetable ragu


small $9 large $18

moroccan meatballs
small $10 large $20

chicken parmesan
large $20

i have 2 salads this week:

sweet potato


beet


it's gonna be pretty chilly tomorrow too. if you're looking for soup to warm you up, here are the flavours:

carrot, apple, ginger
beet, parsnip, pear
curried butternut squash
roasted pepper, tomato & chipotle
indian-spiced cauliflower
thai turkey & rice
turkey stew
seafood chowder

there are lots of sweets too. i know the holidays are over & all but i made another batch of eggnog cheesecakes for the weekend too - i really like them!



ok i think that's it for the food. i do, however, have a couple of announcements.

1. i have a new table at the market. it's just a couple of tables away from my previous spot - it's where pat's preserves used to be.
2. i'm going away again. i'll be out of town from january 12th - february 3rd. make sure to stock up this weekend & next before i peace out.

hope everyone had a fantastic holiday, happy new year & i'm really looking forward to cooking for you in 2015!