Friday, October 24, 2014

another week bites the dust

this week has been an absolute blur. it feels like i was just writing a blog post yesterday.

i actually had a rather large catering on wednesday - a big buffet dinner for almost 50 people! it was a wedding rehearsal dinner & it all turned out really well.
i made:
goat cheese stuffed chicken breasts on a bed of asparagus, zucchini & roasted tomatoes
creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes
maple glazed roasted root vegetables
creamy rotini with double smoked bacon, swiss chard, butternut squash & loads of cheese
kale caesar salad
dinner rolls
cupcakes
fudge
snickers brownies
lemon shortbreads
maple walnut bars
it was quite a lot of food and monopolized most of my time this week.

i did make a fresh batch of chicken stew for the market. now that we're back in to soup season i'm trying my best to replenish all the options. this batch of stew is packed with carrots, turnips, parsnips, potatoes, peas, herbs and a touch of lemon to brighten it up.
as usual it's $7/500ml serving

the other soups on the menu right now are:
carrot/apple/ginger
roasted red pepper/tomato/chipotle
white bean, lemon & kale
vegan vegetable stew
seafood chowder
green curry chicken (fyi this batch is quite spicy!)

the salads this week are broccoli & vegan potato. the potato is slightly different this week with the addition of kale & celery from my garden.


this is krista (my helper) right after she harvested a bunch of goodies


here are those goodies turned in to salad.

the selection of frozen dinners is actually dwindling a little bit...apparently some demand built up during my september hiatus. come early to stock up. i won't be at the market on sunday and most likely not at all next weekend.

why is that? you ask. well, i will be working on the biggest undertaking in the history of my business! i have an order for
37 CAKES
 yes that's right, 37 cakes. it's for a massive wedding & i'll explain more later but next week I will be a recluse. my days will be filled with batter & buttercream. i may go permanently cross eyed from all the piping and the hand cramps could be debilitating but it will be quite a sight when they're all finished! stay tuned.

hope to see you all tomorrow :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

short & sweet

yet again friday night has crept up on me.

it's hard to believe it's been a week since my pumpkin pie marathon! i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving & thanks for making my return to the market so successful :)

this week i will be at the market on saturday & sunday - i'll actually have my girl leslie working the table for me on sunday but all the grub will be there.

so this week i was busy restocking. i made new batches of two of my menu staples: beef shepherd's pie & seafood chowder. this batch of chowder is a touch different with the addition of scallops & salmon.

i also made a new batch of pasta primavera. miraculously, my garden is still going strong & this dish is a great way to showcase it. it's fettuccine in a roasted garlic bechamel sauce with parmesan, mozzarella & goat cheese. i used green beans, zucchini, peas & swiss chard from my garden. it's finished off with roasted tomatoes, basil, lemon & white truffle oil.


(this is an old picture - imagine the asparagus is green beans)
small $9  large $18

i still have turkey & dressing pies if you're still craving those thanksgiving flavours, and i promise to bring more green curry chicken soup tomorrow since it sold out so fast last week!

i only made two types of salads today, i was preoccupied with cupcake orders. this week i'll have beet & broccoli, they're the two most popular flavours anyway.

there are loads of sweets too - fudge, cookies, brownies, bars & cupcakes. i've added banana chocolate chip with peanut butter frosting back in to the mix as well.

okee dokee see you over the weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

i'm baaaack

hey folks, i'm finally back!

i'll be at the market tomorrow but not sunday this week.

i had a pretty epic day in the kitchen today & made 40 pumpkin pies - a personal record. they're a little bit different with the addition of warming chai spices & have always been pretty popular for thanksgiving.

all week i had planned on writing an elaborate blog post announcing my return, well it turns out baking 40 pies takes a long time & i'm tired, so i'll be brief.

this week i made some seasonal, holiday favourites: turkey & dressing pies & lentil shepherd's pies.

there's also a brand new batch of green curry chicken soup with coconut, lime, cilantro & sweet potato.

the salads this week are: 
beet - pears, fennel, kale, basil, balsamic, maple
broccoli - bacon, almond, red pepper, cranberry
sweet potato - peppers, avocados, lime, cilantro, chipotle (vegan)
potato - dill, green beans, celery, dijon (vegan)

there are loads of cupcakes, brownies, squares, cookies & fudge and a full array of frozen entrees & soups.

see you tomorrow :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

wedding season

i have been so busy catering weddings that the blog has definitely taken a backseat. lately, by the time i finish all of my prep i'm exhausted & can't bring myself to stay up later to write things - hence the tuesday morning blog post to catch everyone up.

this summer has actually been rather busy for freezer meals, they typically don't sell very well during the warmer months but this year has been totally different. last week i made 4 new main courses just to keep a well rounded menu.

also, this saturday will be your LAST OPPORTUNITY to stock up on frozen meals for quite some time. i will be away for the entire month of september!!! i'll be back as of thanksgiving. 

it will actually be leslie (my mini me) working on saturday as i'll be on the amherst shore catering a wedding. if you'd like to pre-order any meals please email me at jenna@littleredkitschn.com just so i can have things organized for her on saturday.

ok here goes with the menu:

beef shepherd's pie - getaway farm beef, tangy gravy, peas, carrots & corn topped with cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes.


i'll also be making the paleo version of it this week with sweet potato puree instead.


both versions are gluten free
small $10  large $20

italian beef ragu: braised getaway farm beef in a robust tomato sauce with mushrooms, peppers, basil, parmesan & topped with mozzarella cheese. the regular version is served over gluten free pasta and the paleo version is served with sauteed zucchini & swiss chard from my garden.


both versions are gluten free
small $10  large $20

sesame ginger pulled pork: getaway farm pork shoulder in a sweet & sour tamari sauce with loads of fresh ginger & sesame. the paleo version is served with roasted broccoli, celery, bok choy, red pepper & sprouts. the regular version is the same with the addition of jasmine rice.


paleo


regular

both versions are gluten & dairy free
small $10  large $20

then i made a brand new dish - lamb! i'm not a huge lamb fan so it doesn't make it's way on to the menu very often...but i am a big bill wood fan (wood & hart farm...he's hilarious) so i wanted to showcase some of his product. i made mediterranean style lamb meatballs with citrus, garlic & fresh herbs. it's served with zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, fresh peas, mint & feta cheese. the paleo version has loads of vegetables and the regular version also has a white bean & roasted garlic puree.


it's a really fresh & light summertime main course. both versions are gluten free.

small $10  large $20

then it was on to my favourite dish of all time - braised chile pork with cheddar cornbread crumbles. it starts out with braised getaway farm pork shoulder cut in to big chunks. they're stirred in to a red chili base with lots of beans, peppers, spices, citrus & chipotle. this mixture is topped with homemade cornbread crumbled up with cubes of old cheddar cheese, fresh valley corn & green onions.



small $10  large $20

jerk chicken: this is gluten & dairy free. it features shani's farm chicken in a spicy caribbean marinade. it's done on the grill & served with pineapple salsa to cool things down & a side of rice & beans. there are tons of bright, fresh favours in this one.


large $20 (no smalls left)

smokey mac & cheese: this is hardcore comfort food. the mac & cheese is kicked up with double smoked bacon, fresh corn, roasted tomatoes, a touch of cumin & chipotle & three types of cheese including cheese curds from foxhill cheese.


small $9  large $18

vegan curry: making curries is perhaps my favourite thing to do in the kitchen. this one has potatoes, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, lime, cilantro & coconut served with basmati rice & quinoa. it's vegan & gluten free.


large $18 (no smalls left)

chicken parm: marinated chicken breasts in a panko-parmesan crust, hearty marinara sauce, fresh tomatoes, swiss chard, mozzarella, buttered noodles & fresh basil.


large $20 (just a couple left)

braised brisket: braised getaway farm beef, mustard, horseradish, caramelized onions, roasted beets & turnips, greens from my garden & parmesan polenta (only left in larges). the paleo version is the beef & extra veg, no polenta.


small $10  large $20

moroccan meatballs: dates, fennel seed, sumac, harissa, tomato sauce, olives, citrus, roasted peppers, tomatoes, greens & a side of harissa quinoa with almonds.


gluten & dairy free
small $10  large $20

red curry beef (only 1 left!): getaway farm beef in a spicy red curry, coconut & basil sauce with citrus, peppers, zucchini, japanese eggplant, coriander & jasmine rice.


gluten & dairy free
large $20

current soup flavours are:

carrot, apple, ginger
curried butternut squash
beet, parsnip & pear
tomato vegetable
white bean, lemon & kale
indian spiced cauliflower
roasted pepper, tomato & chipotle
baked beans
chicken stew
beef stew
seafood chowder

okee dokee, i hope some menu items are appealing and that you pop by the market this saturday to pick some up from leslie before my month long hiatus.

see you at thanksgiving!


Friday, July 25, 2014

a big week

yet again it's late on a friday night & i'm just sitting down to write a blog update.

this week it really was just my fault. i wanted to take a bit of time off to recuperate from last week. i ended up with one & 1/2 days off (ummm not even a weekend) and i'm paying for it now.

anyway, i'm heading in to wedding season so i tried to stock the freezers as best i could this week - not sure when i'll be able to prep much for the market over the next month.

there's a whole whack of beef - it's all local from getaway farm.

first dish is red curry beef brisket with zucchini, peppers, eggplant, sprouts, bok choy, lime, coconut, basil & jasmine rice. it's gluten free & dairy free but does contain shellfish from the red curry paste. it's not as spicy as i typically make curries - decided to give some people a break this week ;)


small $11  large $22

i also made a new batch of indian-spiced cauliflower soup. it's got fennel, cumin, a touch of curry, ginger & coconut. again this one isn't super spicy. it is vegan, gluten free & paleo.


$7/500mL serving

then it was on to some menu staples.

i made regular & paleo batches of beef shepherd's pie. the paleo version is also dairy free & has sweet potato puree on top. the regular version has super cheesy, green onion mashed potatoes.
i didn't take any pictures cuz i make this ALL the time.

small $10  large $20

next up was moroccan meatballs. the beef is seasoned up with garlic, ginger, herbs & spices. it's in a tangy tomato sauce with olives, date puree, citrus, sumac & harissa. the veggies are roasted red peppers, swiss chard, kale & cherry tomatoes. the regular version comes with harissa quinoa with toasted almonds, scallions & lemon.


small $10  large $20

the paleo version comes with an eggplant/zucchini/parmesan puree.


small $10

then i made another batch of crab cakes. there were lots of disappointed folks last week since i sold out within about 20 minutes of announcing on social media that i would have them. they are my version of jazzed up crab cakes with fresh corn, red pepper, green onions, lime, cilantro & chillies. they're panko crusted & deep fried so you just need to reheat them in the oven.

before:


after:


$16 for a pack of 4

there's broccoli salad as well as,

vegan potato


beet. wheatberry & kale


thai peanut slaw


there are lots of baked goods & plenty of goat's milk fudge.

i just made a cake


and i just have to finish up some tomato ginger jam to send to obladee.

clearly it was a big week. thank you to krista & kelly (who's 9 months pregnant!!!) for helping me out.

see you over the weekend
saturday 7-3
sunday 9-3
unless i accidentally sleep in either day which is a definite possibility...


Friday, July 11, 2014

flat out

well it's been another jam packed week here at little red kitsch'n. i'm exhausted & need to go on another vacation...and maybe NOT cater a wedding while i'm away.

the week started off with a big luncheon catering for the port authority in pavilion 20 next to the market. it was quite a spread with mustard & horseradish braised beef brisket, chipotle lime pulled chicken, coleslaw, homemade sesame seed rolls, quinoa, broccoli & potato salads, cookies, cupcakes & fresh watermelon. it was quite a production but turned out really well.


then it was on to market prep.
i made extra of the proteins for catering to use for my freezer meals - thank goodness!

first up:


paleo chipotle lime pulled chicken with sweet potato puree, peppers, tomatoes, lime, cilantro & cumin.
small $10

second was beef:


it's the braised beef with local turnips, beets & greens served with roasted garlic & asiago polenta.
small $10  large $20
there's also a paleo version without the polenta & extra veg.
small $10

third was some more chicken:


chicken parmesan to be exact. it's served with parmesan marinara with swiss chard & cherry tomatoes, buttered fettuccine, mozzarella & parmesan cheese. this one is always a top seller.

small $10  large $20

there's also a paleo option with sauteed peppers, mushrooms & zucchini in place of the noodles.


small $12

then today i baked all of the cupcakes, cookies, brownies, squares & fudge for the market this weekend. plus i made a cake:


and then i made the salads.

sweet potato:


beet:


and broccoli (which i neglected to photograph)

and now i'm going to sleep. hope to see you all over the weekend!



Friday, July 4, 2014

#stormgrub

unless it's absolutely bonkers in the morning, i will be at the market from 7am-3am. i've had an incredibly busy week in the kitchen & am ready for all your #stormgrub needs.

check ca:


if you popped by my table last week, i'm sure your realized how dismal my menu board was; well it's been a crazy productive week & i'm back... in a big way! june was a huge month for frozen meals (who knew???) and coupled with a working vacation for 10 days, i had no inventory. this week i made four new main courses, two soups, four salads & the usual assortment of baked goods just in time for you to stock your freezers before arthur's onslaught.

i actually don't think the tropical storm will be so bad tomorrow - my sources further south down the eastern seaboard fared just fine today. fingers crossed, we'll get lucky tomorrow!

ok here's what's new & exciting:


smokey mac & cheese: brother's double smoked bacon, corn, den haan tomatoes, green onions, foxhill cheese curds, parm, mozzarella, panko with some chipotle & cumin for added smokiness.

small $10  large $20


classic beef shepherd's pie: getaway farm beef, peas, corn, carrots, tangy gravy, super cheesy cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes. it's gluten free & has lots of pizzazz.

small $10  large $20

i also made a paleo/dairy free version with sweet potato mash:


small $10

then it was on to my new favourite dish - chile pork with cornbread crumble. this is only my second time making this, but it starts with getaway farm pork which is braised in a green chile sauce. meanwhile i make a red chili with beans, peppers, spices & chillies. then the two get mixed together & seasoned with lime & cilantro.


this delicious concoction then gets topped with homemade cornbread crumbled up with cheddar cheese, fresh corn & green onions. it cooks up in to some super flavourful comfort food.


i love this dish.
small $10  large $20

the final main course was a fresh batch of vegan curry. curry is perhaps my most favourite thing to make. i just love combining the spices, layering the flavours & waiting patiently while it all comes together. this curry is packed with roasted cauliflower & sweet potatoes, chickpeas, green beans, white potatoes, tomatoes, lime, cilantro, chillies & coconut milk...and a secret blend of about 14 spices. it's paired with a mixture of basmati rice & quinoa.


it's vegan, gluten free & dairy free.
small $10  large $20

there are also fresh batches of seafood chowder & chicken stew - my two best selling soups.



all soups are $7/500mL serving

salads this week are:
broccoli - red onion, red pepper, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, creamy dressing
potato - garlic scapes, baby arugula (from my garden), radishes, cucumbers, celery, green beans, herbs, dijon
beet - wheatberries, balsamic, kale, red onion, basil & local strawberries


macaroni - hard boiled eggs, radishes, cucumbers, green onions, celery, tangy dressing


this is pretty old-fashioned but it's one of my all-time favourite foods.

ok fingers crossed that arthur misses us. i really hope to see you all over the weekend so you can try the food i've been slaving away on...i actually had help in the kitchen this week from my friend kelly...thank goodness...there's no way i could have done it alone!

g'night