Oatmeal Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce

Stew and Scones: a St. Patrick’s Day recipe round-up

During my culinary school days, I shared a loft with a girl who was half Irish.

We sipped our first Guinness together, staked out for the front row at a U2 concert, and dyed our hair green on St. Patrick’s Day. We’d show up to the Montreal parade so decked out in shamrocks and flags, it’s no surprise we landed ourselves on the front page of the local paper one year.

As enthusiastic as I was about being Irish for one day, I never delved into cooking a feast inspired by the Emerald Isle. I know Irish cuisine is spectacular (I’m admittedly addicted to the food blog, Farmette), and so this post is an attempt to showcase a handful of recipes suitable for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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Blood Orange Panna Cotta

Blood Orange Panna Cotta

Here’s a dessert I’ve never written about but has been a favourite of mine since I first learned to make it in a small bistro kitchen: Panna Cotta. Ironically, it was a French chef who taught me this classic Italian dessert, during my short stint as a pastry chef in my twentes.

I’ve always loved the Panna Cotta for it simplicity. It was one of the items on my daily prep list that I could breeze through and let my mind drift out of the cramped kitchen in the process. I’d open carton after carton of heavy cream, warm it slowly with sugar and vanilla bean and then whisk the hot cream into bloomed gelatine. From there I would pour the vanilla-scented cream into dozens and dozens of martini glasses and set them on racks in the refrigerator to chill.

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coffee cups

Weekend links and photos

It’s been the coldest February on record. Ever. I know I’ve been going on and on about the cold lately, but, people, it hasn’t let up one bit.

Noah and Mateo tumble through the door on school afternoons with red cheeks and frozen eyelashes. Noah has taken to dropping his bag and heading straight for the pantry, where he reaches for the Dutch cocoa. He stirs it with maple syrup in a pot and adds enough milk for three mugs full. Then he serves homemade hot cocoa to his brother, and little sister too. Sometime I round out the treat with homemade marshmallows.

We all do what we can to stay warm.

hot cocoa

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Slow cooker cider ham | Simple Bites #recipe

Slow Cooker Cider Ham {giveaway}

After a busy few weeks of traveling, I’ve been getting reacquainted with my kitchen, inviting Clara to wrap on her apron and join me at the counter.

Our Montreal winter has been bitterly cold and the snow keeps piling up higher and higher around the house. I’m sure many of you on the East Coast can relate. There’s never been a better time to delve into comfort food, so we’ve been simmering pots of chili, baking bread and roasting vegetables by the tray-full.

This cider ham was the first dinner I pulled together for my family this week. It’s from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and, incidentally, this is the very first recipe I’m sharing on the blog from the cookbook. It’s one of my favourites, and simple enough to put together while jet-lagged, tired, and suffering from a head cold. Be sure to click through for the recipe, plus a giveaway for a KitchenAid 6-quart slow cooker.

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Brown Eggs & Jam Jars

Weekend links: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars edition

The past few weeks have been a blur of airports and book events, interspersed with caring for three little ones sick with colds. I’m currently in warm Austin, Texas when I hosted an author signing and am catching up with friends over fantastic barbecue and Tex-Mex.

I had to drop in and share a few posts from around the web because there are a whole bunch of opportunities to win a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. Advance copies have been in the hands of food bloggers for several weeks now, and they are sharing their initial thought on the cookbook.

It’s been an honour to have my book in their kitchens. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that this long-awaited project is out there, but it most definitely is because I’ve signed copies from Montreal to Vancouver!

So without further ado, here’s a round-up of links featuring Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and how you can win a copy:

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