Archive | May, 2012

Seasonal // Orange Rhubarb Compote

21 May

Happy Victoria Day!

There’s nothing like a second brunch day of the week. If you aren’t too hungover, and know you’re neighbour, parents or Nicastro Il Negozio have rhubarb, trim off about 4 stalks and follow this recipe as a topping for your favourite pancake or waffle recipe!

Other pancake tips: After cooking half your plain pancake batter, add about 1/4 cup coco powder + 1 tbsp sugar and make the second batch chocolatey! Coco is full of iron, so don’t feel guilty about this one. Instead of maple syrup, try some molasses for an extra iron boost!

Spelt Cocoa & Vanilla Pancakes with Orange Rhubarb Compote, Currants & Molasses

Orange Rhubarb Compote

In a small saucepan, heat up on medium until a rolling boil,
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Meanwhile, cut in 1cm pieces and add to pot,
4 stalks rhubarb

Cook until rhubarb is semi soft and tastes sweet, about 10min.

Remove rhubarb with a slotted spoon, place into a bowl and garnish with
2 tbsp currants

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Events // Ottawa Rock Lottery 4.0

19 May

Hello all,

So this weekend I am participating in the 4th Ottawa Rock Lottery. The rules are 25 musicians put their names into a hat and those names turn into 5 new randomly assigned band.

This is my 3rd time doing the lottery and I usually have a barrel of fun while I’m at it. This year is particularly awesome cause my band includes:

Mike Laing – The Love Machine

Ian Kateku

David Taggart – The Strain

Andrew Hunt – Fire & Neon

Lastly, we get assigned a random instrument that we have to work into our set, ours was a drum machine.

So, not only do we have two drummers but a sick old drum machine too?!?!

Not. Too. Bad.

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Eggs Benedict with Farmer’s Market Spinach, Tofu Bacon & Garlic Dill Yoghurt Hollandaise on Joy of Cooking’s Beer Bread

Eva – OUT!

Seasonal // Grilled Asparagus Salad

9 May

YES.

It is time.
The happiest time.

The farmers markets have begun.

Asparagus is here. Here’s a tip: to tip them, just snap the ends and where they snap is what you should cook (except the ends, of course).

Here is a recipe:

Grilled Asparagus Salad

nom nom nom

Toss in a large bowl:
1 bunch asparagus, tipped
2 large red peppers
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tsp salt
pinch fresh ground pepper

Grill asparagus and red peppers on BBQ on Med-HI until tender and blackened (covered and flipped once half way through the cooking time; about 5min – asparagus; 10min – peppers)

Remove from BBQ and allow red peppers to cool,
then peel and slice.

Toss asparagus with:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

Plate asparagus and top with:
pinch of sea salt
peeled, sliced roasted red peppers
1/4 cup crumbled feta


Indie Coffee Passport

5 May

Hey ya’ll.

I found some neat info recently. The Indie Coffee Passport has been introduced to Ottawa (originally from Toronto) and is here to serve us lovely coffee patrons! It is $14 and you get to try 12 different independently owned coffee shops – pretty cool, eh?

This makes me even more pumped to find Ottawa’s best coffee (something I haven’t written about yet on the blog-o-sphere — but I’ve been researching, trust me)

So far, my top picks are:

I Deal Coffee (Dalhousie)
Morning Owl (Rochester)
..some Italian owned soccer watching cafe whose name I forget (Rochester)
Bread & Sons (Bank)
and Neat.. but technically that isn’t in Ottawa…

Espresso maker at the Neat coffee bean roaster in Burnstown, Ontario. My favourite cafe.

I can’t wait to pick my coffee passport up and see if this list changes!

Ps. Sorry for the delay in postings. I.. have no idea where my camera charger is and I don’t feel like posting without em. More to come!