Farmhouse Bread

I could probably make this with my eyes closed. In fact I may well have!  This is a simple bread recipe that lends itself to many different additions.  I’ve made it for weddings, fund-raisers and just for the family.  When I’m catering, I use one loaf for 8 guests, and rarely have any leftovers.  I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook, but there’s no reason you can’t make this with hand kneading. In these photos, I was making a version using pistachios and toasted ground flax. Continue reading

Potato Salad – “Mom’s”

We spent our summers on the islands surrounding Vancouver and Vancouver Island.  One thing that was always available in Howe Sound and parts of Georgia Strait was New Potatoes – cool early summers always gave us these in abundance.  Now when I see the first new potatoes of the season at a farmer’s market, it is impossible for me to pass them up.  They are always accompanied by sharp radishes and the beautiful pungent bunches of green onions.

On Gambier Island, Bowen Island, Cortez Island and Thetis Island and even family gatherings at Auntie Laura and Uncle Angus’ farm at Mt. Lehman, Mom could always make a salad that totally said “summer’s here”.  Years later, we were about to have a family reunion at our farm on Thetis.  Mom asked what she should bring – I answered swiftly with “your potato salad” – her response?  “I don’t know how to make potato salad! “  This was one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s.

Every summer I love to make this salad – it rarely changes.  Maybe a little more of this or a little more of that, but it is what it is.  Here it is with all it’s lumps and bumps. Continue reading