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Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Sweet Shop of Dreams

I enjoyed this quick read where a London gal moves to the countryside to help her ailing aunt out with a sweet shop. The plot is very straight forward as most major plot points are guessed light years before they occur but the writing is fast paced and interesting so I enjoyed the book. 

There are flashbacks from the Aunt's POV which are fine but written in a very difficult to read scripty font which is very tiresome. Additionally, there are sweet based chapter openings that are written in yet another font and seem very out of place but half way through the book I realized that they are supposed to be excerpts from the Aunt's sweet shop book. 

There are some problems with this book but overall I enjoyed it! 

Check out my Goodreads page for more food themed fiction! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

My Vintage Kitchen: Picnic Thermos Pack

I scored at the thrift store last week! I picked up this sweet Thermos and cup travelling case for $6.99! It's from Cutter&Buck and is in great shape. The leather covers come off the Thermos and cups for easy cleaning and there are a ton of pockets for odds and ends. 

I plan on taking this out before the snow flies! :)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Coming Home to the Kitchen: Garlic Tip

I made this great tasting Tomato and Corn Soup from Bryant Terry's 'Vegan Soul Kitchen' a few days ago. The method was very interesting as whole, peeled, garlic cloves were sautéed with onions and then puréed. It was a delicious soup but I really liked how quick it came together due to not chopping/mincing the garlic. This is especially good if you really enjoy the taste of garlic because if the garlic isn't fully cooked it will be a little bit sharp.   

Monday, October 5, 2015

Drinking: Iced Coffee

I was looking through this old, aged, strained 'Canadian Cook Book' last night in search of recipes to vegan-ize for a project I've been toying with for ages and found a very interesting coffee recipe. 

This cookbook was first published in 1923 and revised in 1953. 

Clearly iced coffee is not a new 'hipster' creation. Even the 'best iced coffee ever' claims regarding coffee ice-cubes is not a new invention! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Drinking: Pineapple Rum

I found these cute 70's cocktail glasses at the thrift store for 50 cents each! A random customer stated their jealousy of my great find so I had to come home and put them to good work immediately!
I used this recipe for inspiration but this is basically 1/4 cup dark rum, 1/2 cup freshly made pineapple juice, and a tiny bit of lime juice. Served over ice. 

It's basically delicious! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fermented Pickles

I came across some pickling cucumbers through a friend of a friend of a friend. There are always too many cucumbers! 

I roughly followed this fermented pickle recipe (and by roughly I mean I threw some salt and water in jar and the next day I added, without measuring, some pickling spices). It seems to be going well though as within a day tiny bubbles were forming at the surface and within 3 days the jars were smelling like pickles.  

These photos are the pickles at four days. I can't wait to try them! 

Have you made fermented pickles?