Friday, March 6, 2015

weekend update

i'm not sure where this week went but all of a sudden it's friday night again & i'm updating my blog.

i've been cooking away all week & the freezers are absolutely brimming with tasty grub.

first up was a batch of thai chicken & rice soup. i always start off with chicken stock made from scratch & then jazz it up with lots of garlic, ginger & aromatics. after this tasty concoction simmers all day, i add in the chicken, rice & veggies - carrots, celery, peppers, bok choy, bean sprouts, scallions & cilantro. it's both gluten & dairy free with a touch of coconut milk.


then it was on to a batch of lentil shepherd's pies. this is pretty much the healthiest thing i make. it's gluten free, dairy free, sugar free & vegan. it seems that 1/2 of halifax is on some sort of restricted diet at the moment so this one is a great option for most people. in lieu of beef like a typical shepherd's pie, i use lentils cooked up with onions, carrots, peas, corn, mushrooms, tomatoes, kale & herbs. the mash is a cauliflower-sweet potato-parsnip-potato combo with roasted garlic, nutmeg & sage. there is so much stuff going on in this dish you won't miss the meat or dairy.

small $9  large $18

i've really been loving the 3-bean and quinoa salads lately (i've even been eating them myself & that NEVER happens) so i kept them the same for this weekend. they're both vegan & gluten free.

i have been getting pretty tired of the broccoli salad though. this week i switched it up & used a tangy peanut sauce, toasted sesame seeds, red cabbage, red pepper, a touch of orange & peanuts. it's now vegan but not gluten free because i used a splash of soy sauce in the dressing. i've been making the broccoli salad for so long, i thought a bit of a change would be nice - i hope you enjoy it!

the sweets are pretty much the same as last weekend except carrot cupcakes are back instead of strawberry. also, if you haven't had the goat's milk fudge lately, i've changed how it's portioned so it's all uniform & you don't have to wait around while i slice & package it.

it's $1/pc & so much more efficient like this!

ok that about wraps things up.
but just wanted to let you know, i've been accepted in to the halifax crafters spring show which will be held april 18th & 19th at the olympic centre on hunter & cunard. if you follow @halifaxcrafters or #halifaxcrafters on instragram you'll be able to see the work of all the great people who attend the show. mark your calendars now because this show is fantastic!

ok time for sleeping!
hope to see you all over the weekend.

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