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Orange chocolate ganache cupcakes [Feb. 1st, 2007|09:04 pm]
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Orange chocolate ganache cupcakes

These cupcakes are chocolate orange flavoured and filled in the middle with semi-sweet chocolate ganache, then topped with orange white chocolate icing and decorated with candied orange peels.


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Difficulty: medium. Not really difficult, just very time consuming, and you'll have to wash a lot of cookware at the end.

Verdict: yummy!
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Pasta with pesto and smoked salmon [Nov. 16th, 2006|07:51 pm]
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Pasta with pesto and smoked salmon

This is a clone I tried to make of Bistro 333's smoked salmon pesto pasta.

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This is a pretty simple dish, so the quality of the ingredients matter. A lot. Don't skimp and use cheap feta!

Verdict: 5/5 -- so good! The original dish that inspire this recipe was even better (it also contained leeks, cherry tomatoes and roasted red pepper, which I didn't have on hand). If you ever find yourself on King Street West in Toronto, you HAVE to go to Bistro 333. Seriously. Every single dish I tried was perfection in a bowl. I can only dream of cooking that well.

Difficulty: easy
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"Honey I Washed the Kids" cookies [Nov. 4th, 2006|11:16 pm]
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"Honey I Washed the Kids" cookies

I improvised these cookies for a staff meeting I had at work (I work at Lush). They're named after our bestselling soap. Unfortunately, they all got devoured before I got a chance to get any pictures.

5 tbsp butter
1 cup honey
1 egg
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp orange extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup toffee bits

Cream butter and honey, then add egg, orange extract, and orange zest and mix well. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Stir in toffee bits and drop by tablespoons on to a cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.

If you want to be ambitious like me and make it look more like the soap, then you can also make up a simple icing (I used whipped cream, icing sugar, honey, orange juice, and yellow food colouring), coat the top of the cookies with it, and then use bits of clean chicken wire to imprint a honeycomb pattern on top of it.
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Shrimp-tomato pasta, pear salad [Oct. 12th, 2006|10:59 pm]
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New layout!

No pictures for anything today because my camera's dead.

Shrimp and sun-dried tomato pasta

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Verdict: 4.5/5. Simple, but quite excellent. For a stronger flavour, next time I'm going to try adding more sun-dried tomato.

Difficulty: easy.

Roquefort pear salad

I followed this recipe from allrecipes.com. I didn't have roquefort on hand the first time, so I made it with feta; the second time, I used roquefort. Between the two, I think I actually prefer feta -- the saltiness makes an excellent contrast to the sweetness of the rest of the salad. Also, I omitted scallions both times.

This salad tastes especially excellent after sitting in the fridge overnight.

Verdict: 5/5! I can definitely see why this is one of the highest rated recipes on allrecipes.com. All the flavours blend together perfectly and give it a fun texture.

Difficulty: easy; just make sure to stir the pecans constantly -- I forgot to do that the first time and they got burned to a crisp.
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Gingery egg drop soup [Oct. 2nd, 2006|10:33 am]
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Gingery egg drop soup

I've been feeling under the weather lately, so this is what I'm currently subsisting on.

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This soup reheats very, very well -- it can even be frozen and reheated -- which makes it perfect when I'm sick and don't feel like cooking all that much. The ginger, honey, lemon juice, and lemongrass are also promoters of respiratory health and very soothing to the throat.

Now I just need someone to come and read me the Princess Bride.

Verdict: 5/5 for a sickie. Maybe 4/5 when I'm healthy.

Difficulty: easy.
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Korean glass noodles [Sep. 22nd, 2006|09:21 pm]
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Korean glass noodles

I got this recipe from my friend.


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Verdict: 5/5

Difficulty: easy
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Asparagus and portobello mushrooms [Sep. 15th, 2006|05:29 pm]
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Sauteed asparagus with portobello mushrooms


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This is a very very easy meal and I ate it with whole wheat spinach spaghetti and pasta sauce from a can. (Shameful! But at least it's better than Ramen)

Verdict: 5/5.

Difficulty: easy.
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Asian-style noodle soup [Sep. 15th, 2006|05:18 pm]
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Asian-style noodle soup

"Pho-inspired"


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Bring water, fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper, lime juice, sugar, scallion, cilantro, tamarind, tofu, peas, and noodles to a boil. Then add enoki mushrooms and simmer. Then, add bean sprouts and continue to simmer for a few minutes. Then add shrimps and remove from heat immediately. Keep stirring until the shrimp has been cooked through by the heat of the broth.

Add hoisin sauce and sriracha hot sauce before serving. Then proceed to spend the next few minutes incoherently trying to explain to the person who just walked in why you were cackling madly while taking pictures of the happy face that you just drew on your soup.

Verdict: 4.5/5.

Difficulty: easy.
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King oyster mushrooms and spinach soba [Sep. 10th, 2006|12:01 am]
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Pan seared king oyster mushrooms with baby spinach soba


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Verdict: 5/5. Simple and yummy, and, yes, healthy too; the mushrooms are high in protein and very low in fat and carbohydrates, soba has a low glycaemic index and is gluten free, and spinach is, well, spinach. The flavours complement each other very well without overwhelming the palate.

Difficulty: it doesn't get much easier than this.
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Lasagna [Sep. 8th, 2006|10:37 pm]
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Vegetarian lasagna

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I used brown rice pasta, the flat sheets with rippled edges that are designed specifically for lasagna. Brown rice has a low glycaemic index and tons of fibre. (Coupled with tofu, I cook so healthy it hurts!)

When I made it with these measurements, everything filled a 8" x 8" pyrex casserole perfectly, with only about 0.5 cm space at the top. I used three layers of pasta.

I'm also not particularly fond of cheese. . .this recipe is perfect for me as it is, but a cheese-lover (or even a cheese-tolerator) would probably want more cheese than I used.

Verdict: 5/5. Yum! Proof that a healthy vegetarian alternative need not sacrifice taste.

Difficulty: Easy. A bit time-consuming, but very hard to screw up.
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