Friday, April 26, 2013

friday again?!?!

yikes, it feels like i was just at the market. hard to believe i'm headed back there bright and early tomorrow. this week was another crazy one in the kitchen. 

next weekend is halifax crafters at the olympic centre. i will be there and will have friends manning (or wo-manning i should say) my table at the seaport. this means double the baking & double the salads. i've been planning accordingly & cooking like crazy so i don't have to make any new main courses & hopefully soups next week. i'll be busy enough.

this week was a vegan sort of week around here. i have customers who buy the vegan curry EVERY week. last week i ran out - shock, horror, dismay. so a fresh batch of that was my #1 priority. it also gave me my first opportunity to bust in to the spices brought direct from delhi by a loyal customer & friend.

what a difference fresh spices make! i'm really stoked on this batch. the veggies are potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, green beans, chick peas & tomatoes with lots of garlic, ginger, lime, coconut milk & cilantro. it comes with a side of basmati rice & quinoa mixed together. comme ca:

small $9 large $18

the second main course this week is a new concoction. it's based on the miso mushroom soup that i make from time to time. i started off by making a mushroom stock with dried shiitakes and the trim off a bunch of fresh mushrooms. then it got ramped up with garlic, ginger, soy, miso, lime, peanuts & chillies. i used udon noodles as the base and the veggies are bok choy, nappa cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots, celery & shiitake mushrooms. it's finished off with fried tofu, red chillies and a healthy dose of cilantro.

small $9 large $18

this week i also made a gigantic batch of baked beans, so i'll be able to have a fish cakes & baked beans back on the menu. here's a complete listing of current meals:

beef shepherd's pie       small $10 large $20
braised beef & mushroom pie with red wine & puff pastry   large $22
moroccan beef meatballs with harissa quinoa     small $10 large $20
sweet & sour pork meatballs with pineapple, peppers & basmati     small $10 large $20
chicken pot pie with bacon, root veggies & puff pastry   large $20
chipotle chicken with black bean & corn succotash, rice & pepperjack   small $10 large $20
chicken parmigiana with roasted red peppers, spinach & fettucine  small $10 large $20
fish cakes & baked beans (enough to serve two)  $15
vegetarian lasagna with four cheeses & loads of veggies  small $10 large $20
vegan lasagna with tofu, kale, nutritional yeast & loads of veggies  large $20
and then the two new vegan dishes this week

i think it's getting a little out of hand! when i started this business i thought i would have MAX three options a week. oh how times have changed.

here's the current soup selection:
curried butternut squash
beet, parsnip & pear
white bean, lemon & kale
roasted red pepper, tomato, sweet potato & chipotle
indian-spiced cream of cauliflower
baked beans
vegan chili
chicken stew
beef stew
seafood chowder

i also had time to finish a batch of bbq sauce this week. so maple bourbon is back. i think heading in to bbq season i'll start making more flavours. i'm keen on a garrison beer & caramelized onion flavour... we'll see how prep goes next week.

then for sweets, i think i budgeted enough eggs so i'll have gluten-free cupcakes. spicy chocolate brownies are also back as well as mint oreo cheesecakes - it's been since forever for those ones! and these are just in addition to the usual smorgasbord.

also, i have a catering immediately after the market tomorrow night so i'll hopefully be leaving at 4pm sharp so please come a little earlier.

thanks a bunch & see you over the weekend.

ps: don't forget cupcake happy hour from 2-4pm on sunday :)

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