As spring begins to push winter out I'm thinking more and more of fresh food. Unfortunately, a lot is still unavailable. While it's still cold, make stew one last time. Here is a great recipe.
Rosemary Stout Stew
Good morning spring birds!
Yesterday afternoon, my dad was on his way to Ottawa from Toronto so he stopped by to take me out for lunch in Kingston. We went to Curry Original which was amazing and delicious and far better than the day old couscous I was planning on having. These beauties came with him from my Mum at home… along with a kilo of mini eggs and 2 massive Belgian chocolate eggs. I’m sure it was all meant to be shared between the 5 people in my house, I’m sure of it.
Sorry I’ve been gone so long, school and procrastination have taken over my time quite nicely but it’s going swell. Last week of class is upon us so I must get back to the never ending assignments I’ve grown to love.
Here’s what I did. I coarsely diced half of a red onion Found a pan large enough to lay everything relatively flat, then put in a bunch of carrots and a splash of olive oil. Then I smushed 4 cloves of garlic under my knife and threw it into the pan. After adding some s+p and rosemary, everything got roasted in a 400 degree oven for half an hour. It was superb and very easy. You should try it!
For the past few days I’ve been fighting a cold. Waging war, and although the line keep moving back and forth, there has yet to be a clear victor.
K mentioned his arsenal always includes a hot toddy, in addition to the usual soup, liquids and sleep. I hadn’t tried one before so I concocted my first the other night. Instant success. Why hadn’t I tried this before? Its smooth, comforting, delicious, hot, delicious and I’m sure healthy.
And so this is night three with the added weapon in my defenses and whether or not it helps, I don’t care. It’s delicious.
This past Sunday I was invited to join Jesse and Melanie of Crackers blog on a field trip into the woods. They were meeting some friends who had a small maple syrup operation. It was a great day for it, sunny and warm and the Austins boiled down about 100 gallons of, well, the trees nutrient rich water. Check out the post here on Crackers for a full recap and far superior pictures.
I just shared a cup of El Salvador La Montana with Kaelin that he brewed at Detour Roasters Cafe and we, as usual, discussed the success (or lack thereof) of the brew. I didn’t think much about it until I came here and noticed a few people looking at the post I did from a year and a half ago about brewing coffee in a french press. Since that post I’ve been lucky enough to learn a few more things about brewing coffee from Kaelin and Detour so I thought I would share them here.
I won’t call it essential, because it isn’t, but a scale makes things SO much easier and more consistent when brewing coffee. Weighing not only the amount of coffee you use but also the amount of water will help you brew great juice and conjure those sometimes ghostly tasting notes in your cup. Try and find one that measures to 0.1g .
Exciting things have been happening in Dundas. Quatrefoil restaurant was named the 7th best new restaurant in Canada by En Route mag, friends are holding whisky tastings, brewing beer, and just generally getting exciting about food.
One of the things that I’m really getting excited about is the prospect of spring on the horizon. With spring comes gardens. With gardens come food! I’m hoping to utilize my new back patio for just this.
One blog I’m particularly fond of, Crackers, has been posting about seeds and sourcing them and gardens in general recently. I’ve always been envious of the photos but now I hear they are planning a quarter acre on which they will plant a family vegetable garden. Absolutely worth taking some time to look through their blog.
Did I mention that Detour Roasters Cafe opened? Very exciting and it has been very well received! I’m not going to get into it much so here are two great posts from two great blogs on the cafe: one and two.
Personally, it has been fun serving the coffee I roast in such an amazing venue but I’ve had just as much fun peeping into the kitchen, talking with Tim, Hannah and Laurie about food! I will have to write a few posts about it.
Anyway, no recipes this time, just thought this was worthy food related news. Cheerio.
Ever had one? If not, here’s an easy, sweet, thrown together recipe that tastes like summer. Honestly, I need a little summer right now. Read more…