Making Fresh Pasta

fresh pasta noodles
As is often the case, I end up making something from scratch because I either can’t find exactly what I’m looking for at the store, or I can’t be bothered to go to the store in the first place. This time, it was a bit of both; I was craving some really good pasta, but I didn’t think I’d be able to find what I wanted (fresh lasagna noodles) at the closest store, and I wasn’t prepared to go searching far and wide.

Luckily, pasta is surprisingly easy to make…and doesn’t take long either; the time between when I decided that I wanted pasta for supper to the time we sat down to eat was only about two hours, and that included the pasta dough’s one-hour resting time. Continue Reading

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

What seems like a very long time ago now, I used to buy a breakfast sandwich and chocolate chip muffin to go with my latte, on my way to my job as a stock broker’s assistant.  Since I had to start work at 6:30am some days, I didn’t want to take any extra time away… Continue Reading

Chewy Chocolate Nutty Balls

Chewy Chocolate Nutty Balls

Not the greatest name, I know (and Shane said they’re not the greatest looking either)…but these things taste like a caramelly, nutty chocolate bar without all the refined sugar and other undesirables. Continue Reading

Bees on the Lemon Tree

Bees on the Lemon Tree

We bought a small Meyer Lemon tree when we moved into our apartment just over a year ago.  It always seems to either have blossoms, or to be forming them, so the enchanting neroli-like scent of lemon blossoms surrounds us almost year-round. For some reason, we didn’t have any bees on the flowers last summer,… Continue Reading

Einkorn Pizza Dough

Einkorn Pizza Dough

There is a recipe for pizza dough on the side of the Jovial bag of all-purpose einkorn flour, which I made the first time I made pizza using all-purpose einkorn flour.  It turned out well, but I now prefer to make it with 50% whole grain einkorn flour and 50% all-purpose einkorn. I’ve also found… Continue Reading

Polenta Soldiers {Gluten-free}

Polenta Soldiers {Gluten-free}

I’ve been making these polenta soldiers for quite a while, but just thought today to share the recipe. It’s easy to cook up, and makes a nice change from toast. Prepared this way, the polenta is crispy and salty and tastes great dipped into a boiled egg (or over easy with tomatoes). Continue Reading

Chai with Rooibos

Chai with Rooibos

The first time I tasted chai was in an Indian restaurant in Ottawa when I was in university. I had never tasted anything quite like the sweet and spicy concoction; it’s comforting and warming, and I think mildly addictive. While I do enjoy the convenience of chai tea bags, the flavour of homemade chai is… Continue Reading