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Kate

baked eggs/ breakfast

Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

We are leaving for the weekend tomorrow, and I wanted to use up some of the accumulated odds and ends in the refrigerator. Every so often I find I have a tiny bit of bacon or ham, a few lumps of good cheese, or maybe a pickled pepper or two left over from pizza night. As long as I have some good tomato sauce on hand, I can throw it all into a skillet, crack a few eggs on top, and 15 minutes later our baked eggs are ready to eat. A side of thick-cut toast is never a bad idea.

Tonight’s baked eggs included shallots and sautéed kale, crushed tomatoes, pickled peppers, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Jarred chilis or pickled peppers add a bit of heat and flavor that keeps the tomato sauce interesting. If you want to start with a bit of rendered bacon, you’ll get some smokey notes in there too. It’s important that the sauce in the skillet is hot when the eggs are added; otherwise you’ll have hard-cooked eggs and lukewarm sauce. Continue Reading…

Mexican/ shrimp

Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail

This is based on the Cocktel de Camarones from our favorite Mexican restaurant in Seattle, La Carta de Oaxaca. We always invite friends over to share, because it’s super easy to make in large batches, it lends itself well to chatting while drinking margaritas, and it’s absolutely delicious. If the ketchup and the clam juice give you pause, think about them as rock-solid supporting cast members. You don’t really notice their presence, but their absence makes a big difference. Continue Reading…

potatoes/ this is how we do it

This Is How We Do It: Roasted Potatoes

I remember being a kid at my family’s holiday dinner table, passing along the dish of boiled, buttered potatoes without a second thought. My potato world was so small. I wasn’t crazy about the buttered spuds, but they weren’t especially terrible. They were just there. The world is full of incredible potato preparations, and there are far too many ways to enjoy the humble tuber without ever settling for something boring. A frozen shredded potato has very little in common with the knobby, dirty, delectable gems you can find at farmer’s markets. When you can find them, the heirloom varieties benefit from simple preparations that don’t mask the potatoes’ earthy goodness.

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salad

Salad with Cherries and Pistachios

We eat this salad a few nights per week, at least. It’s quick to throw together, and the ingredients are easy to keep on hand. Sweet, tangy, toasty, and rich, it can stand on it’s own, or it makes a great side dish. Use a citrus or vinegar based dressing (bottled is perfectly good); you can assemble a basic vinaigrette using staples from your pantry, if you like. The simpler the dressing, the better. I like to use a buttery blue cheese, but any crumbly cheese will work. Continue Reading…

breakfast/ recipe/ this is how we do it

This is How We Do It: Homemade Granola

Granola often suffers a boring ‘health food’ rap, which I think is unfair. My granola recipe is more of a treat with healthy ingredients, which I am always happy to feed to my family. Once you discover your favorite blend, you’ll find yourself craving fresh, homemade granola, and not just for breakfast.

I’ve found my favorite combination of ingredients over the years, and the basic components are: grains (I always use oats), fruits, nuts, and seeds. You’ll need something sweet to bind everything together, and my favorite sweetener is maple syrup (with a touch of good honey added, if I have it on hand). I tend to make a triple batch; not only do we eat tons of it, but it makes a lovely little gift in a cello bag or glass jar. The recipe below is delicious with yoghurt for breakfast, and it makes a superb topping for custard or ice cream after dinner.

When I am trying to minimize my sugar intake, I will make muesli with the same ingredients. Mix your dry ingredients together in bulk. Serve with milk or fruit juice, allowing a few minutes for the liquid to soak into the oats. Top with fresh fruit for a super healthy breakfast or snack!

If you like the recipe below, here are a few other flavor combinations I’ve tried and liked:

oats, cashew, coconut, pumpkin seed, dried cherry
oats, poppy seeds, orange zest, almond, dried currants
oats, rolled dates, coconut, hazelnuts, flax, cinnamon
oats, dried apricot, pistachio, walnuts, cardamom

Kate's Homemade Granola

Print Recipe
Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16oz/450g thick rolled oats
  • 8oz/225g whole cashews
  • 6oz/170g pumpkin seeds
  • 4oz/113g unsweetened coconut chips or unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 6oz/170g dried tart cherries
  • 5oz/177ml maple syrup
  • 1oz/29ml honey
  • 1oz/29g butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 325°F/162°C.

2

Combine the oats, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and coconut in a large mixing bowl.

3

Set aside the dried cherries.

4

Bring the maple syrup, honey, butter, and vanilla extract to a low boil.

5

Pour over the mixture of dry ingredients, mixing well.

6

Add the salt and mix a bit more.

7

Toast the granola on two large sheet pans, stirring every 5-7 minutes, until golden (about 15 minutes)

8

Add the dried cherries to the toasted granola.

9

Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Notes

The ingredients are easy to switch around; try rolled spelt flakes instead of oats, sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin seeds, etc. There are endless possibilities!

baking/ bread/ sourdough/ this is how we do it

This is How We Do It: Sourdough Starter

By Kate Davies

I’ve been baking lots of bread at home lately. My current favorite recipe calls for a natural starter (also known as sourdough, or leaven), which sounded daunting until I actually tried it. If you can stir flour and water together, you’ve got this. It takes about 5 minutes per day to get your starter up and running, and once it’s alive and bubbling it takes about 5 minutes each week to maintain. If you’re like me, you might feel a sense of ownership and attachment; after all, this is your unique bread starter, cultivated from your environment and brought to life with your care. The longer your maintain your starter, the more strength and flavor it will develop.

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