Friday, January 24, 2014

back to reality

vacation is over.

le grand sigh.

i got off the plane last night, drove home & immediately got back to work to get ready for the weekend. i took an ENTIRE week off but it feels like i didn't miss a beat in the kitchen. i have a few odds & ends to finish up but i'm almost done and it's miraculously quite a reasonable hour.

before i left i made a giant batch of moroccan meatballs so i wouldn't be scrambling today. per usual, they're made with getaway farm beef, garlic, ginger, sumac, harissa & herbs. the tomato sauce has lots of fennel seed, dates, olives, roasted peppers, citrus & kale. the side dish is harissa quinoa seasoned with toasted almonds, green onions & lemon. the entire dish is dairy free, egg free, gluten free and i even made a few paleo versions which are grain free.

small $10  large $20

so, after being away for a week, i'm a bit discombobulated & not 100% sure of the contents of my freezer at the market. i have an absolute ton of product right now, just please bear with me as i try to locate it all tomorrow :)

i made three types of salad this week.
the broccoli has red peppers, red onion, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries & double smoked bacon. i forgot to buy almonds so it's nut free this week... oopsy.
the quinoa has shaved fennel, pink grapefruit, kalamata olives, parsley, arugula & a white wine vinaigrette.
the beet salad got a bit of a makeover this week. i added maple roasted carrots, parsnips & apples. i tweaked the dressing a bit too with the addition of dijon mustard & red wine vinegar.

soups this week are:
vegetable stew
baked beans
white bean/lemon/kale
roasted pepper/tomato/chipotle
chicken stew
beef stew
seafood chowder

i've got a shani's farm turkey on order for tomorrow so the thai turkey & rice will be back soon.

the sweets are pretty much the same as usual, except i brought back the spicy chocolate brownies this week. these are the most adventurous sweets on my table. it's a decadent brownie base spiked with chai masala. then it's covered with a thick layer of chocolate ganache that's seasoned with a generous dose of cayenne pepper. as you eat it, you'll taste the rich, creamy chocolate at first and then a slow burn will start to creep up the back of your throat. they're fun :)

- don't forget to get your valentine's day orders in - the sooner i get my shopping list & delivery route organized the better (it's a pretty chaotic day for me)
- i'll be coming to the dark side again on february 8th for another halifax crafters pop-up market at two if by sea. i'll have meals, salads & sweets with me from 8-5 & i always appreciate visitors!

that's all for now folks, hope to see you all over the weekend :)

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