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Wordless Wednesday, Fresh Apricot Pie

AWordless Wednesday. Recipe for Fresh Apricot Pie

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Looks like summer time and the livin' is easy!

Tomorrow is the 9th day of a 9 day stretch at work, boy oh boy am I looking forward to a day off!

My plan is to cook and then share some delicious food recipes, right here.

I hope to see you then,

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Root and Stem Salad

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

One of the changes I have (There has been slowness in this area.....) been trying to implement for our meals is more vegetables. I have always respected vegetables, believed in vegetables and wanted to eat more vegetables. But truthfully it was easier to gaze over dessert decisions instead of vegetable recipes.

What I needed to do was find wonderful recipes for vegetables and salads and let the vegetable issue take care of itself. And now looking back, it has.

While slow to take effect, there has also  been some delicious successes along the way and this salad is one of them. Probably because it is so simple. Simple to prepare, with a simple list of ingredients and very delicious too. I found this on tasting spoons, Carolyn has a detailed eye for finding wonderful and different recipes. I often times look to her for inspiration for our Sunday dinners.

Root and Stem Salad, celery salad at it's finest.
Root and Stem Salad.

Root and Stem Salad
adapted from: tasting spoons
serves 8-10

1 - 1 pound celery root
10 ribs of celery
1 small bunch flat leaf parsley
1 small shallot, minced
1 lemon
1/2 c olive oil
prepared horseradish - 1 to 3 teaspoons, more if desired
sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Peel and cut celery root into match-stick sized pieces, you may also grate using the large side of a box grater. Wash, dry and thinly slice the ribs of celery on a sharp diagonal. Remove the leaves only from the parsley, you will want at to fill a 1/2 cup measure, more is fine. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine the juice of 1 lemon, olive oil and prepared horseradish to taste. Start with 1 teaspoon for flavor but not too much heat, adding more for your personal preference.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over vegetables, toss to mix well.

Serve and enjoy!

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Apple Raisin Chutney, a fermented foods condiment

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Now that we are settled (well more settled, there is one room that needs serious attention!) I have been able to do more cooking. One item I have wanted to explore and expand upon is fermented foods for good gut health.


While I had remembered the homemade sauerkraut, pickles and root beer from my childhood, I had no idea about the connection with gut health and fermentation, until now. Fast forward 40 years (whew, that went fast!) and along the way, I too became gut health compromised, not knowing the reason behind it, until now.

We have made sauerkraut and it was the most delicious thing I had eaten in years. I cannot wait to make more. As well as find ways to use the brine in flavoring or marinating other foods. But today I am sharing a delicious chutney. I have had this "pinned" on my Pinterest board for a long time, waiting to get to it and today is the day.

This recipe is intended to be stored in a fido style jar, which I did not have available at this time, they are all full. However a standard jar is fine, simply remember to let any built up gas escape from time to time.

UPDATE:  I was fortunate enough to enjoy this with roast Pork for dinner tonight, and it is so good! Lightly sweet, a bit of a tang, with a mild crunch from the walnuts. I can usually tell if a recipe is going to be good, but it is always fun to enjoy food that surpasses your original interest in making the recipe.


Apple Raisin Chutney, a fermented foods condiment
adapted from:  Simply Homemaking
3 days standing time, keeps for months refrigerated

3 large apples, do not peel, dice
2 large handfuls walnuts, broken but not chopped
2 handfuls raisins, separate if clumped together as raisins often do

1/3 c whey, I strained plain full fat yogurt to obtain this
1/3 c honey
1 1/2 t sea salt
3/4 t cinnamon

Apple Raisin Chutney, a fermented foods condiment.
Apple Raisin Chutney, a fermented foods condiment

Combine everything in a large bowl, making sure all apple pieces are coated. Using a funnel transfer to a storage jar.

Let stand on your counter 3 days, turning the jar to moisten the apple pieces with the accumulating juices daily.

This photo is at the 24 hour mark. 

After 3 days store in the refrigerator.


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Pears and Raspberries with Lemon Creme Syrup

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These raspberries are from our former garden in Vancouver, the kids were kind enough to pick and bring them on their last visit. Until we get some canes planted, we will have to rely on the generosity of family and friends.

Pears and Raspberries with Lemon Creme Syrup
Pears and Raspberries with Lemon Creme Syrup

The pears are from our favorite organic co-op and were just right to be put out for our dessert this evening. I know that pears and raspberries go splendid together, I have noticed many recipes for baked desserts pairing raspberries and pears.

After working all day, we really prefer a lighter offering for dessert. This fruit platter was perfect! The lemon creme syrup is a bit more than you need, it works out great that it keeps in your refrigerator waiting for the next fruit platter you might wish to serve. I think the combinations you will enjoy are endless.


Pears and Raspberries with Lemon Creme Syrup
by the seat of my pants

2 pears
1-2 c fresh raspberries
1 lemon
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c yogurt or sour cream (we used yogurt)

Juice your lemon, measure the juice. You will need 1/4 cup. Combine the lemon juice, and sugar, stir well to dissolve the sugar. Whisk in the yogurt.

Cut pear into wedges and arrange on large platter. Scatter the raspberries over the top. Drizzle the syrup over fruit. Offer addition syrup to those wanting more!


Serves 2-4

Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday, Summer Preserving

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Summer Preserving, Apricot Riesling Jam.


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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Rustic Chicken Medallions

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

You could find a comforting, delicious, satisfying dish like this in your town's best cafe open for dinner, or even a country club setting, why? Because everyone loves food that fulfills hunger and satisfies a wanting palate. And when it is easy, so much the better. I stumbled upon this recipe on Kayotic Kitchen but have made some significant changes and played with it to make it company worthy and weeknight friendly.

Chicken, mushrooms and bacon go into Rustic Chicken Medallions.
Rustic Chicken Medallions.

Please don't be offended by the cream of mushroom soup, this is nothing like what you might expect from a meal containing a canned soup and after all you can make a substitute (which can be found on many blogs) if you like, but this dish is one you will enjoy time and time again if you love delicious, comforting and satisfying, I promise............

Serve Rustic Chicken Medallions with a spoon, to sip the delicious gravy!
Rustic Chicken Medallions with rice on the side. 

We enjoyed our dinner with a serving of brown rice, however, next time this splendid gravy will be served with mashed potatoes. 

Rustic Chicken Medallions,
with sipping gravy (because this gravy is too good to leave on your plate!)
By the seat of my pants
broiler & 350 degree oven

6-8 boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3-4 pieces, trimmed of excess fat
1 thick slice bacon, minced
2-3 T diced onion

1 t dried thyme leaves, before scattering over chicken, crumble in the palm of your hand
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper

2 T raisins, chopped fine
1 apple diced - you do not have to peel
8 medium large brown Crimini mushrooms, sliced thick
1/2 c diced cheddar cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can dry white wine

Cover the bottom of a flat pan with a lid, that you can use to broil the chicken (this saves clean up of a broiler pan)


Sprinkle the bacon over the chicken, broil until bacon is opaque, add onions and broil until golden. You want the onions to be a deep golden brown, but not to burn. Turn chicken over and broil a bit more to seal the surface of the chicken.


Season with the thyme leaves, garlic salt and fresh ground pepper.


Scatter the raisins, apple pieces, mushroom slices and diced cheese over the surface of the chicken.


Combine the soup and wine in a small bowl, pour over the chicken. Cover with a lid and bake for 40 minutes.


Remove lid and continue to cook additional 20 minutes, chicken should be tender, and the sauce will have reduced.


Serve in a soup plate or rimmed dinner plate beside your choice of, mashed red potatoes, rice or pasta. PS, serve with a spoon for sipping..............

Serves 4-6

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Favorite Fruit Cobbler with (home) canned fruit

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We have visitors on their way!

And since food always plays in the mix for any visit; whether it be family or friends, I wanted to make something delicious. I noticed the other day that I had 3 pint jars of home canned rhubarb, on the shelf in the garage pantry. So without hesitation, I made a Rhubarb Cobbler for our dessert.

This is the last of the rhubarb grown at the old house. And my dear husband is just about ready to sink those same rhubarb plants we brought from that house, into the garden bed here on the peninsula. If lucky I might get a few stalks to cook with with later this summer, but for now, this cobbler will have to do.

Of course you could use this process for any canned fruit, your own or store bought. And any fruit will be delicious. You know there is nothing better than a fruit based dessert, made for those you love.

Favorite Fruit Cobbler, made with canned fruit.
Fravorite Fruit Cobbler

Favorite Fruit Cobbler
inspired from: Any Fruit Cobbler
350-degree oven

1 qt canned fruit, drained, reserve the syrup
1 c flour (we use pastry grind spelt)
1 c sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1 t salt

1 egg

5 T butter melted

Place drained fruit in the bottom of a large baking pan. Fruit should cover the bottom, add enough reserved syrup to have about 1/4 inch syrup in the bottom of the pan.


Combine dry ingredients, mixing well. Make a "well" in the middle of the dry mixture, add egg. Beat egg and immediately combine egg into dry ingredients.


You will end up with a crumb mixture.


Sprinkle crumbs evenly over the fruit.


Drizzle with the melted butter. Bake 35-45 minutes or until golden and bubbly in your oven. Let cool before serving. Serve with a drizzle of honey Greek yogurt for a delicious treat.

It is always best to sample before serving to your guests!
Enjoy!


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Wordless Wednesday, Swedish Saffron Bread

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Swedish Saffron Bread.

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Roasted Carrot Radish salad with Orange Vinaigrette and Feta

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Honestly, I had never eaten a radish any other way than raw, dipped in salt before trying a couple of new recipes this past week. The first one was the Taco Pickles and now this salad, which we absolutely loved. It is a delicious surprise and one we will make again. Don't let the roasting part get in the way of trying this salad, it really is a very easy recipe.

Roasted radishes are delicious, especially in this salad, along with carrots in an Orange Vinaigrette and Feta Cheese.
Roasted Carrot and Radish Salad with Orange Vinaigrette and Feta.

Roasted Carrot and Radish Salad with Orange Vinaigrette and Feta
adapted from:  Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice
400-degree oven

1 pound radishes
1 pound carrots

2 T olive oil - divided
1 t honey
1 t vinegar
salt and pepper if desired

Trim radishes, peel and trim carrots, sliced medium thick (4 mm slicing blade if using a food processor)


On a large rimmed baking tray, drizzle 1 T of the oil. Combine the remaining oil, honey and vinegar along with the sliced vegetables, combine well making sure each slice is separate and coated.



Spread out on the baking tray, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired, roast 20 minutes, stir and roast 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside to cool, gently stir after 5 minutes to release heat and steam from the vegetables (you want a firm texture).

2 T olive oil
2 T orange or tangerine juice
1/2 (packed) t zest from the fruit
1 T vinegar
1 t honey
2 T finely minced red onion - we used our pickled onions

1/3 c Feta cheese crumbles
fresh minced parsley

Combine dressing ingredients in a large bowl, add roasted vegetables, toss gently to coat. Spoon into serving dish, arrange the Feta and parsley over the top. Refrigerate until serving.


Serves 6-8

Enjoy!

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Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing

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We are about to use up the last of the store bought dressing. Which is a celebration really to our homemade life. We are a bit out of the way to just "drop by the store" and make a quick "grab and go" of a few things. Which I love, by the way.  We moved here on purpose, for the quiet, for the nature and for the good life we had in mind. Which includes healthy food, to fuel our selves and our creativity.

Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing
Carrot Ginger Dressing


This dressing while made famous and served over iceberg, will be drizzled over romaine lettuce with diced cucumber and slivers of sweet red pepper. Simple, beautiful and delicious. We loved it, it is so good.......


Ginger Carrot Dressing
adapted from: Saveur
makes about 1 1/2 cups

3/4 c oil
1/2 c rice wine vinegar
1/4 c soy sauce
2 T sugar
1 1/2 - 2 t finely grated fresh ginger (use the full 2 teaspoons, yum!)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 - 1/2 inch slice of onion, if you really like onion use the entire 1/2 yellow onion as suggested in the recipe. If however you want a hint of onion use a single slice, chopped.
pepper to taste

Combine in a food processor or blender, blend until smooth. Spoon over salad greens of choice.


Enjoy!

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Raisin Walnut Snack Cake

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

This snack cake is perfect as is, seriously! Dense but not heavy, a nice balance of spice in the applesauce batter, those raisins bathed in a little whiskey bath don't hurt either! From there we can talk about the toasted walnuts, yep this is good cake! Perfect for your Sunday Supper.

Bourbon soaked raisins and walnuts in a delicious snack cake, Raisin Walnut Snack Cake.
Raisin Walnut Snack Cake. 

Raisin and Walnut Snack Cake
adapted from:  Vintage Kitchen
Makes a 9X13 cake

1 - 2 T whiskey or Bourbon
enough water to measure 1/3 c
2 c raisins


Measure whiskey into the bottom of a 1/3 c measure, add water until full. Pour into medium saucepan, add raisin. Bring to a boil, stir well. Cover pan, turn off heat and let raisin sit on the warm burner until cool to the touch.  When ready...


2 c flour OR 1 c all-purpose flour and 1 c whole wheat flour
1 T cornstarch
2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
a few grating of fresh nutmeg or 1/8 t ground
1/2 t salt
1 T cocoa

Whisk together all dry ingredients. Set aside.

1/2 c soft butter
1 c sugar OR 1/2 c sugar and 1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c applesauce

2 c walnuts, toasted and chopped coarsely.


Beat butter until creamy, beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients to the bowl, mix in 1 c of the applesauce. Add remaining applesauce and the raisins (including any leftover liquid), mixing well. By hand stir in the walnuts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake  40-50 minutes or until done in your oven.

Raisin Walnut Snack Cake, ready for the oven.

If desired, sift powdered sugar over the top.

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This and that from far and wide June 2016

Hello friends, with moving and changing jobs the last week in May, I completely forgot about This and that from far and wide, until I laid down to sleep last night, my apologies. I hope you enjoy what I found to share. And now.....

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in June. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are cooking up currently or have enjoyed in the past. So much information and recipes from current and older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of NW Edible.
We have successfully begun adding fermented foods to our diet, this cabbage salsa looks delicious and much like Taco Pickles  at the ready, would make for easy summer night's dinner. Grilled Fish Tacos would be my first thoughts!

Photo courtesy of View from great island
If you find spending more of your time out of doors, keep this beautiful salad in mind. Plus it has an interesting rhubarb vinaigrette to keep it fresh. 


Photo courtesy of Seasonal Ontario Food
I really enjoy a simple dessert, and jello use to come to mind. But these days I prefer to make sure our food is a natural as possible. This still includes a simple jelled dessert, like the beautiful Orange and Rhubarb Gelatin. 


Photo courtesy of Maple Hill 101
Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crackers, is there anything more to say? Crackers are really very easy, and you get to decide the ingredients.

Photo courtesy of Our Sunday Cafe
And from our archives, Chimichurri! Because not only is grilling season ready to pounce, it is delicious!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Previously from Our Sunday Cafe:
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

You may also enjoy these from such a busy backyard:

May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
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