Friday, October 4, 2013

#cityharvest, cupcakes & turkey

so, i only made one new main course for this weekend and thought i was going to have a pretty mellow week in the kitchen. i was wrong.

at the last minute i decided to add a soup, had three special orders for sweets & am still getting ready for City Harvest.

first off, City Harvest is happening tomorrow!!! get your stretchy pants ready. there is so much tasty grub on special all around the city. the weather's supposed to be glorious & it'll be just the perfect day for walking around & enjoying some delectables.

you can visit the i love local hfx website for a list of all the events & specials.

i'll be teaming up with obladee wine bar for the day. in addition to their usual array of fantastic cheeses & charcuterie, they will have a 'market medley' salad on the menu tomorrow night... made by me! for $5 you'll get a taste of roasted elmridge beets, caramelized noggins fennel, maple glazed walnuts, marinated wheatberries, the dutchman's dragon's breath blue cheese & a sprinkling of riverview herbs microgreens.

for city harvest i'll also have a bit of a special on mini cupcakes - the baker's 1/2doz will be $5 tomorrow only. oh & it will feature the return of pumpkin spice cupcakes.

i did a little playing around this week & i will have them in BOTH the gluten-free & gluten-full varieties!

now i know thanksgiving isn't until next week, but i cooked a turkey this week (i have other plans for next week). a beautiful 16 pound free range bird from shani's farm. i turned it in to one of the most popular dishes i make: turkey & dressing pies! think shepherd's pie but with all the flavours of a turkey dinner. the bottom layer is turkey breast, gravy, peas, carrots, leeks & brussels sprouts. the top layer is potato & bread dressing with sage & dried cranberries.
comme ca:

don't feel like dirtying every dish in your kitchen or slaving away/stressing all day? you're welcome, i did it already ;)
small $10   large $20

next week i'll be tackling another seasonal dish. it's the pulled pork & sweet potato pie dish that i've done before, based on my grandma's baked ham recipe & my aunt's sweet potato casserole. it's all of my favourite thanksgiving flavours wrapped up in one. the pork's already on order from getaway farm!

i also whipped up a batch of thai turkey & rice soup. now that cold & flu season is upon us, this one is pretty handy. i made an overnight turkey stock enriched with lemongrass, cardamom, star anise, garlic, ginger & chillies so it's not your typical turkey soup. the veggies are carrots, celery, peppers, bok choy, green onions with some coconut, lime, thai basil, green onions & jasmine rice.

as with all the soups/stews/chowder/chili it's $7/500ml container.

this week i'll only have three types of salad with me at the market.
broccoli - same as always
quinoa - spicy curry & peanuts
sweet potato - avocado, lime, cilantro

the sweets selection will be the same as usual too (minus lemon bars this week)
breakfast cookies
snickers brownies
maple walnut bars
hello dollies
goat milk fudge

ok i have loads of work to do today, better get to work. hope to see you over the weekend... perhaps even after the market as i eat my way around the food truck rally!!!

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