Last weekend my friend and I cooked an Indian feast for 15 people. All I can say is: so much food. My friend was especially worried that we wouldn’t have enough to feed everyone, so on top of the coconut chai ice cream I made (basically just a frozen version of this with coconut milk instead of almond milk), I decided I would make some cardamom ginger brownies. On her way out the door though, she asked if I would make a pistachio cardamom cake with her one day. It’s one of her favourite treats. That sounded a lot more exciting to me than brownies so I quickly looked up a recipe, checked my pantry and got to work.
My freezer contents ebb and flow. I find that because our freezer isn’t so big, I have to intermittently stop myself from making freezable goods so that we can actually make our way through what is already there. At the moment, I am definitely in an ebb stage so I am free to make some stuff to hide away for a lazy day. One of my favourite things to have in the freezer are scones that you can have on hand for a special weekend breakfast. They taste just as good from the freezer compared to when you bake them straight after making them and even though they take some time to bake, you get a delicious pastry breakfast without any work, other than turning on the oven, in the moment.
I grew up watching my dad eat handfuls of pistachios at a time, but I never associated them with cooking. I think the first time I actually made something with the beautiful green nuts was this granola. But since then, I never thought of actually cooking with them until we went to Italy this past July. In Sicily, pistachios are in everything: savoury pasta dishes, sweet cookies, and best of all, gelato. I have no shame in saying that it was a requirement to get gelato every night after dinner. There were so many flavours to try and there is really nothing that compares to eating good quality gelato, in a handmade cone, walking the streets of Europe.
I’m in granola heaven. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try and track down this recipe. I have been reading the blog A Sweet Spoonful for quite some time now and the author has branched out and started a granola company called Marge, so I always suspected her granola is quite good (she does sell it after all!). Luckily, she recently came out with a book and recipes from the book are littered around the blogosphere. While a number of them look very appetizing, the first thing that I tracked down was this granola recipe, it was a long time coming. I am very pleased that I did because my home has been noticeably granola-lacking the past few months. I don’t know why I haven’t made it in so long, I think I have just been sticking with granola bars as handy lunch-time snacks as opposed to granola, which is more of a delicious, breakfast add-in.