The other day a few flakes of snow were drifting around. Nothing much just a few flurries. It was the first snow of the season so I needed to start thinking about Christmas. I have no idea why people make this around Christmas but it seems lots of people do and everyone has their own version. Some people call this Bits and Bites. I was actually given this recipe in 1983 by a coworker. I tucked the card away in a recipe book and found it years later. I hadn’t ever made it. I didn’t need to because my sister always made some and if I was lucky I’d get some free! But now I make my own Nuts and Bolts.
I found a vintage Mediterranean cookbook in a little thrift shop. When I pulled it out, it literally fell open to the page with this recipe! I figured it was meant to be and worth the splurge so I paid the $2.00. This rustic Greek bread is made with a mixture of different olives, red onion and fresh herbs. It’s my favourite home made bread recipe.
Meatless Monday doesn’t have to be tasteless Monday. This ooey gooey Roasted Vegetable Lasagna is so packed full of healthy vegetables, you won’t even miss the meat. The secret is to roast the vegetables first which intensifies the flavours and reduces any liquid so you don’t end up with a watery bottom.
When the days get shorter and the temperatures start to fall there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup with some warm fresh bread. French Onion and Leek Soup is slightly different than traditional French Onion Soup. The leeks add a milder element for those who aren’t so keen on onion and I use a beef stock and port for a darker richer broth.
This Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread is so good it’s ridiculous. I’d scribbled the recipe on a scrap of paper years ago while watching Ina Garten make it on TV. Sometimes cornbread can be dry but this one has a little trick that ensures it comes out moist every time.