Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Tea-time date

Date Pecan Scones

date pecan scone
I have said the name of this recipe more times than I care to think of. If you've ever been to Cherry Bomb, where I worked as counter staff (and as an occasional baker) all summer, you'd understand. Let's be clear though, these scones share very little but the name with the conventional white flour/butter/cream version they have there.

2/3 cup 'sour milk' (the juice of 1/2 a lemon or 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar + non-dairy milk)
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups spelt flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup non-hydrogenated coconut oil (or dairy-free non-hydrogenated margarine in a pinch), cold
1/2 cup roughly chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400oF.
Combine the 'sour milk', maple syrup and vanilla in a small bowl (or right in measuring cup that you made the sour milk in).
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the coconut oil using a pastry cutter or two dinner knives. Add the liquids, dates and pecans and mix them in. Turn out onto a floured board and divide into two. Knead each piece lightly for about half a minute into a ball, and place on a floured, oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten the ball with your hand to about a 1-inch thickness. Cut across into four (or six) wedges.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until the insides aren't doughy and the bottoms are golden, but not deep brown.

Makes 8 (or 12 littler) scones.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Last tastes of summer

This post is a little overdue, as the experience I'm talking about happened a few weeks ago, so please excuse the lack of detail. (And yes, I'm aware it's not a Tuesday, the typical review day, but this blog was in dire need of a new post!)

Now as you may have noticed from past mentions, I've been rooting for Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream since it first came out, maybe 4 summers ago. While this small operation may use dairy and eggs, it's organic, local, and offers tonnes of awesome flavour combinations, like Emotional Rescue (cardamom vanilla), Blueberry Lavender, Chocolate Ginger, Mo' Fig (molasses and figs), and Chocolate Doo-Dah (chocolate-coffee-cayenne), so I'd say it's already pretty progressive as far as desserts options in this city go.

I'll admit, I was a little cranky with Brad, the brain and brawn behind the operation, last fall when he promised to contribute a vegan coconut sorbet recipe to my cookbook and then never delivered, but I'm mostly over it now.

I first heard of KMOIC's new "line", like I said, a few weeks ago when Ryan called me from work one night saying "Good news - Emery just told me that Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream now has vegan soft serve!"
At the time this did not feel like good news, and I told Ryan so, but only because I was on a cleanse and avoiding all sugar. But once the following weekend rolled around and I declared that cleanse done, we motored right down to the little shop on Palmerston Av., just north of Queen West, to do a bit of taste testing.

The shop now offers vegan sorbets (Brad always reminds me that a non-dairy frozen dessert can technically never be "ice cream"), all soy-free I believe, in a number scoopable flavours (the day we went they all seemed to be chocolate-somethings) as well as the aforementioned vegan soft serve, which I am most jazzed about, as I have always preferred my ice cream soft.

Brad offered me samples of two creamy treats, one which has managed to escape my memory, the other being Lime Coconut Avocado Banana, which was absolutely deelish (and explains why I didn't get around to photographing it until this point in the experience:)
lime coconut banana avocado soft serve

If you're in the Toronto area, get thee to the little shop no longer in Kensington Market proper, before they close up sometime this fall and you have to wait till next year to get your hands on it again!

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"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

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