Sorrel Soup

This time of year one of the early delights of the herb garden is sorrel, that wonderful perennial green, salty and savoury, a spring delight. It occurred to me sorrel would make a delicious cold soup, a variation on watercress soup and vichyssoise. 4 medium white potatoes, scrubbed and cut into about 1″ cubes 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped a few grinds of fresh black pepper 1/4 teaspoon sea…

Mango cashew salad

This is a succulent, fresh salad to serve as a compliment to chicken or fish. a bounty of ripe mangoes Mango cashew salad 1 large, ripe mango, peeled and cut into small pieces 1 small apple, preferably a tart variety, washed, cored and cut into small pieces 2 green onions finely minced 1 orange, peeled and sectioned 1/3 cup whole cashews zest of one orange juice of one orange 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tbs….

Maple ginger chicken drumsticks

Recently had another Sunday kitchen therapy day. Had a quantity of chicken drumsticks in the freezer. Had a hankering for something slow-roasted, sweet and savoury. Came up with this concoction which turned out to be schmecking good. light to dark maple syrup Maple Ginger Chicken 1 1/2 cups dark maple syrup (don’t use pancake syrup) 1/4 cup lemon juice zest of one lemon 1/4 cup teriyaki 3 cloves garlic 2″ fresh ginger 1 dried chilli…

Slow-roasted pork shoulder roast, and more

It’s Sunday. A kitchen therapy day. I had a pork shoulder roast in the freezer, bone in, saddle attached, and thought I’d experiment with a fusion of eastern fragrances and tastes in a slow-roasted environment. pork shoulder roast The ingredients. olive oil bulb of whole fennel, stalks included, washed and sliced thickly red pepper, washed, seeded and cut into chunks whole bulb of garlic, peeled and minced; or frozen, pureed garlic scapes, about 2 tbsp….

Turkey Mango Curry

So the great roasted beast (turkey) happened for Christmas Day, and with only two of us that means a lot of leftovers. I don’t mind leftovers. Leftovers means lots of creativity in the kitchen. I also had a mango that needed to be used, and leftover cranberry chutney. After skimming a few recipes for chicken mango curry, I decided to wing it (please pardon the pun), and voilà, this is what I came up with. Turkey Mango…

Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Pear Chutney

Yesterday was another kitchen therapy day, and on the menu were pork tenderloin and some lovely red Anjou pears. So, what to do with them? Here’s what resulted, but alas no pictures this time. Wrapped Pork Tenderloin12 pieces dried tomatoes3 cloves garlic1 small chilli pepper6-12 spears of asparagus, depending how large the are the spears, washed and tough ends removedpastry, enough for a double crust pie1 pork tenderloin, silver-skin removedsalt and pepper Preheat oven to…

Roasted Lamb Chops and Apple Pecan Salad

Seems I needed a little more kitchen therapy this weekend, inspired in part by some lovely shoulder lamb chops Gary brought home from a wonderful little Mennonite market in Teviotdale. So, Saturday evening we sat down to a delicious meal, Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas playing in the background, candlelight, and wine. The recipes I concocted for our fare follow. Roasted garlic and rosemary lamb chopsApple pecan salad Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Lamb Chops2 thick-cut shoulder…

Goodreads 4-star review for Stonehouse Cooks

Found this review posted today on Goodreads for my cookbook, Stonehouse Cooks. Stonehouse CooksbyLorina Stephens (Goodreads Author) rainyfeathers‘s review Aug 06, 12 bookshelves: own, first-read Read from February 03 to August 06, 2012 First, of all I received this book as part of Goodread’s first reads giveaway. Secondly, it did take me awhile to read this book because I wanted to try out a few recipes. I liked the style of writing. I felt that…

Roasted Potato Salad

So we’re now into the hot, sticky days of summer. Cooking is just too much to think about. Full blown meals are just too much to think about. Salads are on the menu again. And today, trying to think up a new twist on an old favourite, potato salad, and wanting to make it a complete meal, I’ve come up with this variation. Already it’s yum. I can imagine what it’s going to be like…

Sorrel and romaine salad with pear and orange

Scrounged around the kitchen this afternoon for a light, refreshing lunch for Gary and me and came up with this lovely salad, utilizing some of the early produce of our garden. The Salad6-8 leaves fresh sorrel, sliced thinly6-8 leaves romaine, sliced thinly1/3 cup finely chopped chives (I use the flowers as well.)1 clementine orange, peeled and segmented1 bosc pear, cored and cubed1/4 cup cubed summer sausage Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Dressing1/4 cup…