On the Menu – QEII Farmers Market

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Markets | No Comments

Banana Bundt

Looking forward to the market tomorrow!  Check out the menu –

Honeyspoon Blend Granola – Our signature blend of oats, almonds and hemp hearts coated in a delicious caramelized honey butter and toasted to golden, clumpy perfection.

Maple,Pecan and Olive Oil Blend Granola – This blend of oats, pecans, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and pepitas, toasted with maple syrup and olive oil is a whole foods, vegan extravaganza!

Triple Coconut Blend Granola – Yes, that’s right – triple coconut!  Baked with organic extra virgin coconut oil and containing coconut flakes, cashews and pumpkin seeds – lightly sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar – this granola is vegan, wholesome and just a touch tropical.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Brownies – the name says it all. Organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and browned butter – all this and gluten free!

Sweet & Salty Wedges – a mixture of dates, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and dark chocolate chunks finished with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes. This grain-free, energy-filled, versatile snack works with your morning coffee or your evening glass of red.

Salted Caramel Pecan Blondiesbuttery blondies with toasted pecans and caramel bits, finished with a sprinkling of sea salt. Made with almond and coconut flours – completely gluten free and completely delicious.

Rustic Apple, Ginger, Lemon & Pecan Tartlets – millet, quinoa, almond and brown rice pastry flavoured with lemon and olive oil, topped with pecans, turbinado sugar, fresh grated ginger, lemon zest and local apples.  Lightly sweetened, zesty and fresh, this tartlet can stand on it’s own, but is also wonderful paired with vanilla ice cream.

Mini Banana Bundt Cakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache Glaze – moist banana cake, made with almond flour and lightly sweetened with agave syrup topped with dark chocolate ganache glaze.  Need I say more?

Triple Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies  – Cookies made with coconut sugar, coconut oil and toasted coconut and laced with chunks of organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate.  Seriously good.

 

My Favourite Cookbooks for Everyday

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Honeyspoon Loves, Music + Movies + Books | No Comments

I have a lot of cookbooks.  I mean A LOT.  I love them all for different reasons – some are just inspirational, some have great writing, some I don’t really cook from any more but am a bit sentimental about and can’t seem to get rid of them (hello Moosewood!) and there are some that I look at almost everyday – whether it’s to plan meals, or for that last minute panic about what we’ll have for dinner.  Today, I want to talk about three of my favourites from that last category:

Super Natural Every Day Heidi Swanson – super natural everyday and super natural cooking.  I got to know Heidi Swanson’s cooking through her wonderful blog 101 Cookbooks (someone who loves cookbooks as much as I do!).  The recipes are whole foods based, nutritious and vegetarian; and also delicious, indulgent and deeply satisfying.  Contrary to what some people think, these things are not mutually exclusive!  I know a number of these recipes by heart, and one will make an appearance on our table at least once a week.  We love the Weeknight Curry, the Cauliflower Soup and the Sprouted Garbanzo (aka Chickpea) Burgers, but looking through the books again to write this post, I see that I’ve only scratched the surface and there are so many more recipes I want to try.  The photography is beautiful, and there is a photo for every recipe.  You may find similar recipes on the blog, but it’s definitely worth buying the cookbooks.

smitten

Deb Perelman – the smitten kitchen cookbook.  I also got to know Deb’s cooking through her great blog Smitten Kitchen but her cookbook is a fairly recent acquisition.  This is a cookbook that not only has wonderful recipes and photography, but each recipe has an introduction filled with irresistable descriptions of the food in Deb’s funny and warm prose.  Many of the recipes I love from the blog are included in the book – Shaved Asparagus Pizza, Mushroom Bourguinon and Brocoli Slaw, to name a few – but there are so many more I want to try.  I’ve got a box of large gluten-free pasta shells just waiting to be turned into the (Artichoke) Heart Stuffed Sheels with Lemon Ricotta Bechamel.  We are vegetarian around here, and although this book is not exclusively vegetarian, there is a whole chapter devoted to vegetarian mains as well as one for salads, and many of the pastas and breakfast dishes are also meat-free.

plentyYotam Ottolenghi – Plenty.  Yotam Ottolenghi is the co-owner/chef of London’s Ottolenghi Restaurant.  Well, looking at their website for the first time in ages, I’ve actually realized that it’s not just a restaurant, but an empire of four restaurants, books  and many online shopping opportunities.  He also wrote the (sadly now defunct) New Vegetarian column for The Guardian.  Plenty is a book that I might not use every single day, but the middle eastern inspired recipes are the kind of food I want to eat every single day.  The recipes are divided up by vegetable family, and run the gamut of salads, soups and curries that you can whip up quickly to recipes that will impress your dinner party guests.  Ottolenghi – The Cookbook is also great, I especially love the baking section of that one, but I’ve also heard great things about the meat recipes from carnivores.

On the Menu – Hubbards Farmers Market

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Markets | No Comments

BlueberriesMaple,Pecan and Olive Oil Blend Granola – This blend of oats, pecans, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and pepitas, toasted with maple syrup and olive oil is a whole foods, vegan extravaganza!

Triple Coconut Blend Granola – Yes, that’s right – triple coconut! Baked with organic extra virgin coconut oil and containing coconut flakes, cashews and pumpkin seeds – lightly sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar – this granola is vegan, wholesome and just a touch tropical.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Brownies – the name says it all. Organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and browned butter – all this and gluten free!

Coconut Honey Macaroons – Crispy and chewy coconut macaroons sweetened with Nova Scotia honey and organic cane sugar. Drift away on a cloud of coco-nutty goodness.

Salted Caramel Pecan Blondies – buttery blondies with toasted pecans and caramel bits, finished with a sprinkling of sea salt. Made with almond and coconut flours – completely gluten free and completely delicious.

Dark Chocolate, Cranberry & Pecan Granola Bars – Organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate with dried cranberries, toasted pecans and coconut in our base of local organic oats. Sweet and tart, with hits of chocolate deliciousness.

Triple Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies  – Cookies made with coconut sugar, coconut oil and toasted coconut and laced with chunks of organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate.  Seriously good.

Brown Sugar Pear Frangipane Tartlets – Our amaranth, quinoa and millet pastry filled with local pears cooked with brown sugar and butter atop a delicious almond frangipane.

On the Menu – Hubbards Farmers Market

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Markets | No Comments

berry tartlet.

Maple,Pecan and Olive Oil Blend Granola – This blend of oats, pecans, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and pepitas, toasted with maple syrup and olive oil is a whole foods, vegan extravaganza!

Triple Coconut Blend Granola – Yes, that’s right – triple coconut! Baked with organic extra virgin coconut oil and containing coconut flakes, cashews and pumpkin seeds – lightly sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar – this granola is vegan, wholesome and just a touch tropical.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Brownies – the name says it all. Organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and browned butter – all this and gluten free!

Coconut Honey Macaroons – Crispy and chewy coconut macaroons sweetened with Nova Scotia honey and organic cane sugar. Drift away on a cloud of coco-nutty goodness.

Sweet & Salty Wedges – a mixture of dates, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and dark chocolate chunks finished with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes. This grain-free, energy-filled, versatile snack works with your morning coffee or your evening glass of red.

Salted Caramel Pecan Blondies – buttery blondies with toasted pecans and caramel bits, finished with a sprinkling of sea salt. Made with almond and coconut flours – completely gluten free and completely delicious.

Honey Chai Poached Pear Bundt Cakes with Caramel Glaze – mini almond flour bundt cakes studded with chunks of  honey chai poached local pears and drizzled with a delicious caramel glaze.
Summer Berry Tartlets – our millet, amaranth and quinoa pastry filled with local summer berries – raspberries, blueberries and strawberries – and topped with more of the same!

On the Menu – QEII Farmers Market

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Markets | No Comments

Jar of Granola
Maple,Pecan and Olive Oil Blend Granola – This blend of oats, pecans, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and pepitas, toasted with maple syrup and olive oil is a whole foods, vegan extravaganza!

Triple Coconut Blend Granola – Yes, that’s right – triple coconut! Baked with organic extra virgin coconut oil and containing coconut flakes, cashews and pumpkin seeds – lightly sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar – this granola is vegan, wholesome and just a touch tropical.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Brownies – the name says it all. Organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and browned butter – all this and gluten free!

Coconut Honey Macaroons – Crispy and chewy coconut macaroons sweetened with Nova Scotia honey and organic cane sugar. Drift away on a cloud of coco-nutty goodness.

Sweet & Salty Wedges – a mixture of dates, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and dark chocolate chunks finished with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes. This grain-free, energy-filled, versatile snack works with your morning coffee or your evening glass of red.

Salted Caramel Pecan Blondies – buttery blondies with toasted pecans and caramel bits, finished with a sprinkling of sea salt. Made with almond and coconut flours – completely gluten free and completely delicious.

Dark Chocolate, Cranberry & Pecan Granola Bars – Organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate with dried cranberries, toasted pecans and coconut in our base of local organic oats. Sweet and tart, with hits of chocolate deliciousness.