So as I move closer to my due date, even with the end in sight I am getting more and more annoyed with the restrictions of pregnancy. The physical ones are bad enough (I feel like I am wearing super tight spandex and then I realize that is just my skin) but I miss some things. We’ve already covered the alcoholic beverages I miss, but today we’re talking about smoked salmon. I am a huuuuuuuge smoked salmon fan and I have been missing it hard. But then I had a brainwave that while I could never have that luscious smooth texture of the best lox, I could have the smoky flavor, so here is my super quick and easy recipe for cheaty smoky salmon toast.
Roasted veggies are always delicious, but there’s something magical that happens to cauliflower in the oven. It gets so crispy and nutty, and that flavor is brought out even more with the spices here. If you are on the fence about cauliflower, try it prepared this way and you’ll become a believer. I’m happy to just eat a bowl of the cauliflower for dinner, but when I feel like making a truly proper meal out of it I nestle the cauliflower into tacos. The crunchy bits, spices and the meatiness of the cauliflower texture make these really satisfying. I have made these for large crowds and always get good reviews from young and old, vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike.
When I was a kid my Mum used to take us almost weekly to our favorite bakery, Bee Bell Bakery, in Edmonton, AB, Canada where I grew up. It was always jam-packed and smelled incredible. I loved looking in the glass cases at all the treats while my Mum took a number and waited to make her order. We rarely got the cakes or tarts that looked so exciting to me then, but very often my Mum would bless us with an order of the cheese buns. Cheese buns don’t really do justice to these incredible morsels. They were not round and domed like a traditional bun, but more the shape of a popover, and shot through with a ton of bright orange cheddar. The best were the ones that had cheese spilling out the side that had gotten baked and crispy. Or the ones where cheese had burst through the bottom and it was shiny with orange cheese grease, oh man.
Sadly Bee Bell closed its doors a few years ago so no one can get these beautiful buns anymore. With my strong memories as guide I set out this week to make a copy-cat version at home and I am incredibly happy with the result. So today I’m sharing with you a lightly sweet brioche dough, stuffed with cheddar cheese and cooked in a muffin tin for the same crazy shape I remember as a kid. These are a special, uber-cheesy treat. They take a bit of time, but were fairly easy to shape and work with so don’t be afraid if you are a beginner baker.
This recipe is from From Scratch.
My first book! From Scratch is a vegetarian cookbook intended for people just becoming comfortable in their
own kitchens. Just like with Good and Cheap, the
PDF is free.
Print copies are a pricier than you might expect because this book is printed on demand (1 copy at a time).
January makes me want to eat soup. Actually even more than eating soup it makes me want to make soup. This curried sweet potato soup is from my first cookbook, From Scratch. It’s super hearty and satisfying, and the thick texture makes it feel like it’s really sticking to your ribs! But since January is, for so many, a time to focus on eating more vegetables and generally taking care of our health, this soup also fits the health bill. It’s basically a pot of puréed vegetables, but you will feel a lot more full (and warm!) than if you just drank a bunch of green juice.