oat pear pancakes

Oat Pear Pancakes

September 21

I’m having a big brunch get together at our place today. Of course, these Montreal bagels are going to be the stars of the show but I’ve got some friends who are avoiding gluten at the moment, so those aren’t the best for them. In trying to come up with something to make, I realized that I have very few gluten-free recipes in my repertoire. Actually, I find it very intimidating to say that anything is gluten-free up here because, in the end, I just don’t know what is gluten-free and what isn’t. I find it very confusing, especially when I am trying to make something that resembles something that is traditionally full of gluten.

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apple cake

Go-To Apple Cake

September 18

Before my food blogging days when having people over for dinner required tried and true recipes rather than an excuse to test new recipes on other people, this apple cake was my go-to desert. Unsurprisingly, it is a Smitten Kitchen recipe. Surprisingly, the first time I made it, I was convinced that I had done something horribly wrong. The original recipe instructs you to pour the batter into the tin, and there is no way (in the half a dozen times I have made this) to pour this batter. It is thick. Most of the time, I spread the batter with a wooden spoon, sometimes even using my fingers to distribute it evenly. Anyway, I should have trusted the Smitten because despite my initial doubts, this cake is absolutely delicious time and time again. It’s a total crowd pleaser.

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dunking egg with arugula pesto toast

Dunking Egg with Arugula Pesto Toast

September 15

My first egg memory is of my grandmother making me “dunkie” eggs, which is basically a soft boiled egg, with the top chopped off that you dip buttered toast soldiers into. She always had really cute egg holders, which I clearly don’t have but I made do with a couple of spoons. Eating this dish is a thoroughly satisfying experience. First, you get to eat the tiny bit of egg white that stuck in the top of the egg that’s been chopped off, the yolk totally gushes out with the first dunk, and once your done dunking your deliciously buttered toast into the egg, you scoop the remaining egg white out with a tiny spoon.

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black bread x

Black Bread

September 12

I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I get major food envy. This is especially a problem when we are out to eat and I can’t decide what to order. Most of the time, I am pretty sure that both options would be just fine but I am worried that I will see the choice I did not choose and be filled with unrelenting regret and longing for the rest of the meal. I realize I am being slightly over-dramatic but sometimes I get a little crazy, and it’s ok. A couple of weeks ago when we were out for brunch with some friends, I was agonizing over whether to get eggs and toast or peach waffles. The choice was fairly obvious, peaches are my favourite fruit, they are quickly going out of season and I have no means of making waffles at home but I went for the eggs and toast. Why would I do that, you ask. I did it for the bread.

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