Mushroom Barley Soup

Barley & Mushrooms are great companion foods.  In a risotto type dish, stew, or soup, they have a restful flavour, reminiscent of a walk in the misty forest of late fall.  Scotch Broth and Oxtail soup are similar soups except that they require meat and several more ingredients.  This is a very simple soup, usually…

Hearth Bread

We visited the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in Alberta last summer.  They grow, harvest and mill wheat using traditional methods.  It is very special to be able to use a grain that is harvested right where it’s sold.  This bread is great for trying out specialty flours, germs and brans from different grains.  The lemon…

Winter Soup with Potatoes, White Beans & Cumin

A number  of years ago, I catered a family event where all the siblings were in their sixties, and they hadn’t all seen each other for years.  They had planned a wonderful weekend together using Thetis as their base.  One evening they gathered for a simple, progressive meal before they watched a DVD of their…

Emily Allen’s Fruitcake

This is our family’s fruitcake.  My parents had it for their wedding cake; we had it for ours, and many cousins and other relatives have as well.  Pounds of it are made every Christmas, soaked in brandy and left to age.  It makes a great snack for hiking, boating & fishing on the west coast…

Creamed Brussels Sprouts Soup

Our neighbouring farmer called today, looking for any sort of meat grinder that could make short work of the pig fat she had on hand, in preparation for rendering.  I had an old rotary model that had made many shepherd’s pies in the past, and lovely lamb for moussaka.  She came over to pick it…