hej då, Stockholm

Well, the inevitable happened. Time passed, and, having exhausted the distance courses available to me, and failing to convince the university that I should be able to take more, it was time for me to leave Stockholm and head back to oh so rainy Vancouver. Before I left, Paul and I took the camera around Stockholm one… 

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poached eggs on crispy polenta

Well, hello December. Did anyone else blink and practically miss November fly by, quick and cold? November was interesting in Sweden; I’ve found the darkness really disorienting – as did I the nearly endless light in the summer months, but that was disorienting in a much more enchanting way than the wall of darkness now… 

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vanilla bean rice pudding

By all accounts the weather in Vancouver has been pretty dang cold lately, some days posting temperatures even colder than those here in Stockholm. Lets not even talk about the insanely low temperatures some of my favourite people are experiencing in Calgary and Saskatoon. Anyone need comfort food? Rice pudding is one of my go-to… 

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winter market soup

The Vancouver Farmers Market held the opening weekend of this years winter market season last weekend in their new, larger venue. I wasn’t there, but by all accounts it was a raging success. Not only has the market expanded into a larger venue, but this year the winter markets will be held every weekend, as… 

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curried potato chickpea patties

Personally, I think November can be a real jerk of a month. I do love early autumn, with the crispness in the air and the leaves turning colour, even the leaves falling and the slightly bittersweet melancholy atmosphere. But there’s not all that much I like about November. The weather is bleak and cold, the… 

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roasted pumpkin and kale frittata

I secretly challenged myself to posting only pumpkin recipes for the entire month of October. Pretty cliche,  I know, but I’ve had fun with it and I hope you have too. For those of you who now have (or plan to soon have) a freezer full of pumpkin puree, fear not, I’ll continue to post recipes that will… 

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pumpkin oat-bran muffins

Earlier today, I read a statistic that 99% of pumpkins marketed domestically are sold as jack-o-lanterns. A little bit later, I went for a walk and noticed that a florist in my neighbourhood was selling pumpkins and various other sorts of winter squash, marketed as decorations, and at an outrageous price to boot. I had… 

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how to process a pumpkin

Chances are pretty good that you’re in possession of a pumpkin right now, and if you’re not, you probably plan to be shortly. Maybe you’ve already strapped on your gumboots and been out to your local pumpkin patch, or maybe you’ve picked up a pumpkin or two at your favourite farmer’s market. Consider this less… 

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roasted pumpkin lasagna

Autumn is definitely descending, and here in Stockholm it’s happening more rapidly than I’m accustomed to. There is definitely none of the lingering Indian Summer that can happen on the West Coast of BC. We’re losing daylight quickly, and I know the payback for all of those long summer days is just around the corner…. 

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molasses bran muffins with figs

If these molasses bran muffins look like they’re not much of a departure from The Muffin That Started It All, they’re not. At first I thought I wouldn’t bother posting this recipe because it is so very similar to the original muffin recipe. But here’s the thing; not everyone is going to think of every… 

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