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
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


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!