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30 December 2008

December 2008 blog entries

Tuesday, 30 December 2008
ricotta leek pie (bookmarked recipe)
summary: recipe for ricotta leek pie, including recipes for homemade ricotta and homemade puff-pastry; information about bookmarked recipes

Monday, 29 December 2008
beets with capers
summary: beets with capers recipe; eggplant and basil; perfect with ricotta leek pie

Saturday, 27 December 2008
Homemade mincemeat
summary: mincemeat recipe (vegetarian);

Wednesday, 24 December 2008
peppermint icecream with chocolate chunks
summary: candy cane chocolate chunk ice cream; making mincemeat; Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008
bread is so forgiving
summary: rescuing bread dough

Thursday, 18 December 2008
cauliflower au gratin (WHB#163: bay laurel)
summary: cauliflower au gratin recipe; information about bay laurel for Weekend Herb Blogging;
kitchen calendar problem solved
summary: new calendar and more at Pasquale Brothers;

Tuesday, 16 December 2008
someone "fixed" the Milk Calendar...
summary: 2009 Milk Calendar doesn't fit in the kitchen;

Wednesday, 10 December 2008
shrimps in Pernod and NON-sour bread
summary: shrimps in Pernod and rustic boules made with active dry yeast

Friday, 5 December 2008
cleaning and tidying the fridge
summary: what I did with my wild yeast starter that I have been feeding and babying since July 2007

Thursday, 4 December 2008
salad with pears and pinenuts
summary: red leaf lettuce salad with oven dried pears and toasted pinenuts;

21 November 2008 undergoing service maintenance

My real blog, blog from OUR kitchen is offline right now. My webhost is doing major maintenance on the servers. Apparently they sent email to alert everyone but the email must have gotten lost. (I always suspected that some of my email was not getting to me....)

If you can see images of leaves on this page, it means that is back online. This should happen sometime later rather than earlier on Friday 21 November 2008.

edit 22 November 2008: Alas, it's after midnight on Friday night and the entire server is still not back - just a very small portion of it that does not include the recipes section or the blog. (sigh)

not panicking yet. Going back to hide under the covers til morning. Maybe when I wake up, the sun will be out, the snow and cold will be gone - it's currently -10C (14F) - this is much colder than it usually is here in November.

If things go on like this much longer, I'm thinking of changing my motto to "The sky is falling! the sky is falling!"

18 November 2008

November 2008 blog entries

Tuesday, 18 November 2008
baking multigrain buns AND bread: a cautionary tale
summary: multigrain bread made into buns shaped like tabatières AND loaves; pyrotechnics;

Friday, 14 November 2008
cranberry cornmeal muffins
recipe: cranberry cornmeal muffins made with leftovers from feeding wild yeast

Wednesday, 12 November 2008
semi-wild bread rises for those who wait
summary: recipe for semi-wild bread; YeastSpotting post; information about Breadline Africa's Worldwide Blogger Bake Off Challenge;

Monday, 10 November 2008
Will it never rise??
summary: cold kitchen = slow rising bread dough

Saturday, 8 November 2008
salad with bacon wrapped goat's cheese
summary: recipe for salad with bacon wrapped goat's cheese

Thursday, 6 November 2008
recent commenters' meme
summary: recent commenters' meme; recipe (sort of) for pasta with beet tops and pecans

Sunday, 2 November 2008
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - deconstructed (WHB#156 3rd anniv: thyme)
summary: Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie recipe; information about Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) for Weekend Herb Blogging 3rd year anniversary celebration;

30 October 2008

October 2008 blog entries

Thursday, 30 October 2008
semi-wild challah: round I go again (BBBwB)
summary: recipe for challah braided into rounds; Bread Baking Babes wannaBe;

Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Breadline Africa's Worldwide Blogger Bake Off Challenge
summary: information about Breadline Africa and the Worldwide Blogger Bake Off Challenge created to raise funds to help "break the cycle of poverty in the lives of individuals and communities in Africa through sustainable, long-term solutions"

Monday, 27 October 2008
Event: WHB: 3rd Anniversary! (27 Oct - 2 Nov)
Event announcement: Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) #156 and 3rd anniversary

Sunday, 26 October 2008
Flat wild bread isn't as terrible as I thought
summary: wild bread decorated with herbs

Saturday, 25 October 2008
Rats!!! Flat wild bread again

Friday, 24 October 2008
Chura: flattened rice with peas and peanuts (bookmarked recipe)
summary: recipe for Chura: flattened rice with peas and peanuts; submission for "Bookmarked Recipes 29"

Tuesday, 21 October 2008
100 Canadian Foods to Consume (meme)
summary: Maple Syrup & Poutine's 100 Canadian Foods: How many I've eaten

Thursday, 16 October 2008
The Staff of Life (WBD/WFD 2008)
summary: seed and grain bread recipe, made with various seeds and grains, corn flour, whole wheat and allpurpose flours; information about World Food Day and World Bread Day;

Thursday, 9 October 2008
Got 7 days? Make bacon!
recipe: smoked bacon

Saturday, 4 October 2008
Mmmmm... bacon!
summary: bacon is easy to make at home

30 September 2008

choosing font sizes with Blogger templates

(originally posted 18 April 2005)
(reposted 31 January 2006; 31 January 2007; 31 May 2007; 31 August 2007; 31 January 2008)


One of the biggest problems I have with Blogger is that the templates use such small fonts. I can barely see the posts on many Blogger blogs. It's a fairly simple fix though.

Look in the template area of your blogger blog and in the style section, find instances of font-size: If the font size is in pixels, chances are that it is too small.

Please use relative sizes instead of pixels for font-sizes!

Instead of font-size:11px, use font-size:small

Please google "font-size relative css" or take a look at:

28 September 2008

September 2008 blog entries

Sunday, 28 September 2008
making wildbread for Globe & Mail photoshoot
summary: my photoshoot with Deborah Baic for The Globe and Mail Life section article; mixing and kneading wild bread, serving multigrain bread made with seeds, corn, oatmeal, rye and wheat flours; the resulting wildbread;

Saturday, 27 September 2008
Banana Cinnamon Buns are delicious! (Bookmarked Recipe)
summary: recipe for banana cinnamon buns

Friday, 26 September 2008
black bottom cinnaburns... again (rrrr)
summary: banana cinnamon buns; reminder to bake sweet bread on the TOP shelf of the oven

Thursday, 25 September 2008
our pie grapes ARE "Coronation" grapes
summary: more about blue grape pie

Friday, 19 September 2008
I'm famous!
summary: I'm featured in the Globe & Mail: Life section!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008
grape pie revisited
summary: recipe for blue grape pie; includes pastry made with lard

Monday, 8 September 2008
no rise focaccia: turn it into flatbread (BBBwB)
summary: focaccia dough that failed to rise and made into flatbread that resemble pitas; Bread Baking Babes wannaBe;

Saturday, 6 September 2008
aloo gobi (WHB#148: turmeric)
summary: aloo gobi (cauliflower and potato) recipe; information about turmeric for Weekend Herb Blogging

Thursday, 4 September 2008
pita dough made into hamburger buns (BBBwB)
summary: recipe for hamburgers made with pita dough and baked in the barbecue; YeastSpotting post; Bread Baking Babes wannaBe; information on Bread Baking Babes

31 August 2008

August 2008 blog entries

Sunday, 31 August 2008
vegetarian burgers
summary: vegetarian burgers revisited

Tuesday, 26 August 2008
oh oh... where's the rye flour?
summary: difficulties in finding rye flour - AGAIN

Monday, 25 August 2008
at last - good homemade veggie burgers (HotM)
summary: recipe for vegetarian burgers made from chickpeas; information about the "Heart of the Matter - Eating for Life"

Sunday, 24 August 2008
hamburger buns topped with sesame seeds (bookmarked recipe)
summary: hamburger buns topped with sesame seeds; submission for "YeastSpotting" and "Bookmarked Recipes 19"

Saturday, 23 August 2008
The VGT Omnivore's Hundred (meme)
meme: Omnivore 100: How many have you eaten?

Friday, 22 August 2008
More Cheese Please (WTSIM... #18)
summary: cheeses, crackers and grappa for dessert; NOT a post for WTSIM...; information about WTSIM... picnic basket!

Sunday, 17 August 2008
onion rings are too good (bookmarked recipe)
summary: onion rings made with wild yeast starter leftovers

Sunday, 10 August 2008
The Cheese Stands Alone
summary: about local artisanal cheese makers

Monday, 4 August 2008
Have you ever tried gözleme?
summary: about gözleme, Turkish stuffed flatbread; click on images to many more photographs of women making gözleme

Saturday, 2 August 2008
Wild Onion Rye Bread (BBBwB)
summary: recipe for wild onion rye bread (rye bread flavoured with onion and caraway seeds and made with wild yeast); weighing the ingredients on a digital scale; YeastSpotting and BBBwB post; information on Bread Baking Babes

29 July 2008

July 2008 blog entries

Tuesday, 29 July 2008
We have a digital scale!
summary: digital scale aquisition, checking measuring cups, wild yeast feeding schedule

Friday, 25 July 2008
knife trick
summary: knife trick; DON'T try this at home

Sunday, 20 July 2008
Eggs Fauxrentine (WHB#142: radish greens)
summary: recipe for "Eggs Fauxrentine" (hard boiled eggs with bacon, radish greens and hollandaise on toasted multigrain bread); information on Radish Greens (Raphanus sativus) for weekend herb blogging #142

Sunday, 13 July 2008
breakfast treat: pakora and chole (WHB#141: green chili)
summary: recipe for pakora (fried battered vegetables - batter made with chickpea flour); information on green chillies (Capsicum annuum) for weekend herb blogging

Sunday, 6 July 2008
strawberry short cake (WTSIM...! #17)
summary: recipe for strawberry short cake (biscuits) with fresh strawberries and whipped cream; Waiter, there's something in my... berried treasure!

29 June 2008

June 2008 blog entries

Sunday, 29 June 2008
rhubarb pie revisited (Mmm...Canada!/SHF#44)
summary: recipe for rhubarb pie; includes recipe for pastry made with lard; high cost of local and/or organic ingredients; information about "Sugar High Friday: Mmm...Canada!"

Saturday, 28 June 2008
Pasta with Nettles and Cream Sauce (Mmm...Canada)
summary: recipe for nettles on fresh pasta with cream sauce, garnished with fresh herbs; information about "Mmm...Canada!"; what makes something taste Canadian?

Wednesday, 25 June 2008
cinnamon raisin oatmeal bread
summary: cinnamon raisin oatmeal bread recipe (yeasted bread made with wholewheat and all-purpose flours and rolled oats); things that went wrong and what was rescued; question about baker's percentage; submission for "YeastSpotting" and "Bookmarked Recipes"

Friday, 20 June 2008
More Halloumi please... (WHB#138: marjoram)
fried halloumi garnished with fresh marjoram and basil; rave about Monforte Dairy at the weekly farmers' market; information about marjoram and oregano for Weekend Herb Blogging

Wednesday, 18 June 2008
brown rice is good, eh?
trying brown rice again; method for cooking long grain white rice; link to "Spanish Rice" recipe

Sunday, 8 June 2008
A great read and the best cheesecake...
recipe: New York style cheese cake with sour cream topping; brief review of "Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise" by Ruth Reichl

Sunday, 1 June 2008
cassia vs cinnamon
why we had butter chicken instead of curried chicken and what happens to ground cinnamon sticks when they are cooked. Includes a thrilling video.

31 May 2008

May 2008 blog entries

Saturday, 31 May 2008
pecan brittle (brickle???) (WTSIM... #16)
Waiter, there's something in my... brittle!; recipe for pecan brittle

Friday, 30 May 2008
sole picatta with green beans (Beautiful Bones)
recipe for sole picatta (sole with browned butter and capers) with green beans; Beautiful Bones: An Osteoporosis Food Event; information about osteoporosis, calcium, vitamin D, exercise

Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Rats! sour wild bread again!
whine, whine, whine...

Monday, 26 May 2008
in praise of Rose Levy Beranbaum (1,2,3 meme)
1,2,3 meme: excerpts from "We Took to the Woods" by Louise Dickinson Rich and "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum; book review of "The Bread Bible"

Saturday, 24 May 2008
Beer, Onion and Fontina Quick Bread (Taste & Create IX)
Becke's (Columbus Foodie) Onion and Fontina Beer Batter Bread; information about "Taste & Create"

Thursday, 22 May 2008
How much yeast is in a "cake of yeast"?
USA and European weights of a standard small "cake of yeast"; equivalents of active dry and instant yeast

Monday, 19 May 2008
I'll never be a BBB at this rate!
pathetic whinging about bread making techniques and recipes as well as criticism of bread baking icon Peter Reinhart; link to Poilane-Style Miche recipe; information about Bread Baking Babes/Buddies (BBB)

Sunday, 18 May 2008
in praise of black bean sauces (WHB#133: soy beans)
recipes: stir-fried broccoli with black bean sauce, black bean chili sauce, peanut chili sauce; information about Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) and black beans (dried salted soy beans)

Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Finally! Wild bread that ISN'T sour
feeding and build-up schedule for wild yeast bread; link to recipe for bread

Friday, 9 May 2008
The Prodigal Ones
rising food costs; hunger; what we can do

Thursday, 8 May 2008
Red Pepper Spaghettini Omelette
recipe: Leftover Spaghettini Omelette; link to recipe for spaghettini with red peppers and sausage

Tuesday, 6 May 2008
palak paneer revisited (WHB#131: ginger)
Weekend Herb Blogging #131: Ginger (Zingiber officinale); how to "cook" spinach with salt, peas, link to recipe for palak paneer (spinach and cheese)

Friday, 2 May 2008
fried rice (WTSIM... #15)
recipe for fried rice with mushrooms, peas, egg and sesame oil; posted for "Waiter, there's something in my... breakfast!"

Thursday, 1 May 2008
Multigrain Bread (BBD#09)
recipe for multigrain bread made with seeds, corn, rolled oats, oat groats, oat bran, buckwheat, rye and wheat flours; information about Bread Baking Day (BBD)

25 April 2008

April 2008 blog entries

Friday, 25 April 2008
Mmmm... granola
recipe for granola made with steel cut oat groats and flattened rice; information about oat groats, rolled oats and flattened rice

Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Homemade Felafel! (Taste & Create VIII)
Taste & Create VIII; recipe for felafel made with uncooked chickpeas; some information about chickpeas; links to recipes for pita and harissa

Monday, 21 April 2008
Red Snapper and Greek Potatoes (WHB#130: oregano)
Weekend Herb Blogging #130: Oregano (Origanum vulgare); grilled red snapper; recipe for "Greek lemon oregano potatoes"
more about red snapper
It turns out red snapper is on the "avoid" section at "SeaChoice: Healthy Choices, Healthy Oceans"; post contains link to's 'best choice' list

Saturday, 19 April 2008
mea culpa
recipe for "chicken couscous with dried fruits" corrected; stopping at T&T supermarket

Monday, 14 April 2008
mmmm... beet tops!
recipe for beet-tops; famous subjects in photo of the day on "Bicycling Toronto"

Sunday, 13 April 2008
Preserved Lemons and Couscous
includes recipe for couscous and a link to preserved lemons recipe

Friday, 11 April 2008
palak paneer and pickled carrots
includes recipe for same-day pickled carrots and onions

Thursday, 10 April 2008
Madeira Sauce
recipe for Madeira Sauce; small amount of information about Madeira

Saturday, 5 April 2008
Nigella's Chicken (WHB#127: parsley)
Weekend Herb Blogging #127: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum crispum); fettucine with roast chicken, pinenuts, golden raisins and parsley

Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Apricot Roll and a Braid (BBD#08)
Bread Baking Day #08: Celebrate! - includes recipe for apricot roll

26 March 2008

March 2008 blog entries

Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Puy lentils with sausage (WTSIM...#14)
Waiter, there's something in my... pulses!; Puy lentils, chole

Monday, 24 March 2008
Happy Easter Monday!
Naturally, it snowed again.

Saturday, 22 March 2008
Moringa Leaf Omelette and Chapatis (WHB#125)
Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) #125 - Moringa Leaf (Moringa oleifera); recipe for moringa leaf omelette; rescuing failed wild yeast dough

Thursday, 20 March 2008
pizza party!! (BP#32)
Blog Party #32: Pizza; recipe for tomato sauce; how to keep cooked spinach green

Friday, 14 March 2008
apple pie with olive oil pastry (Π Day)
event: Pi Day - Recipes for Homemade Pie!

Thursday, 13 March 2008
Beets and Turnips are great with Rogan Josh
beets and turnips with Indian spices; naan on the stovetop

Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Rogan Josh: the ultimate comfort food
event: Weekend Herb Blogging#124: bay laurel

Sunday, 9 March 2008
I hope we DON'T break the record
30 cm of snow fell since yesterday

Wednesday, 5 March 2008
oh the weather outside is...
yup, it's snowing again

Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Eggs Florentine (ish)
using up extra spinach that isn't quite enough for dinner

Saturday, 1 March 2008
green onion cake
event: bread baking day #07: flatbread

28 February 2008

February 2008 blog entries

Thursday, 28 February 2008
Seasonal Salad?!!
Waiter there's something in my... salad!

Saturday, 23 February 2008
butter chicken
Weekend Herb Blogging #121: coriander leaf

Friday, 22 February 2008
Swiss chard is fabulous in an omelette
ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday - Okay, okay, so it's Friday!! I was going to post about this on Tuesday but got distracted by béchamel.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008
béchamel tip
in praise of Laura Calder

Monday, 18 February 2008
cinnamon swirl(ish) bread
photographic evidence of failure at making cinnamon swirl bread

Sunday, 17 February 2008
sigh... cinnamon triangular line bread, anyone?
a brief whine

Friday, 15 February 2008
brussels sprouts a la Laura Calder
Weekend Herb Blogging #120 - Garlic (Allium sativum)

Friday, 8 February 2008
green bean casserole
Weekend Herb Blogging #119 - Button Mushroom (Agaricus bisporus)

Monday, 4 February 2008
cheese pinwheels
- using up leftovers after feeding wild yeast starter

Sunday, 3 February 2008
some things are meant to be broken II
- playing the Glad Game about broken DVD player

Friday, 1 February 2008
some things are meant to be broken
- playing the Glad Game about broken wild yeast starter jar