Udon. From Scratch.

Bowl 1

Are you a noodle person or a rice person? Tell you what, I’m both. And as a noodle eater, I can tell you that the one noodle you can’t go cheap on is udon. Made properly, udon is silky and chewy, and has a wonderful bite to it that beats al dente pasta hands down. It doesn’t need much dressing up either- just a dribble of soy sauce and maybe some sesame oil, and you’re good to go.  Continue reading

Sourdough Fougasse

Fougasse Line

Fougasse! A week ago I didn’t even know what the heck a fougasse is. Now? Boy, am I glad you asked! They’re crispy and golden and just awesome and gorgeous! And did you see the shape? They’re leaf-shaped! How cool is that? That untechnically makes them a vegetable and any day now I’m gonna make a fougasse salad, with some good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. No kidding.

This past week I’ve been in a bread-making frenzy, and these beautiful fougasse are my favourite so far! I have been so happy to stick my hands in a gigantic pile of dough and watch it rise and bubble and retrieve loaf after loaf of fresh, hot bread from the oven and stuff my face with a slice (or five) of fluffy, crusty goodness! My dad is happy too, but for a different reason- his days of eating dense, gummy loaves of brick produced by his daughter are officially over! Continue reading

Curried Potato Pockets

I don’t really know what these are, and so coming up with a name for these in today’s post was a real headache. But that’s okay, because I’ve been more than compensated by how fun and delicious the recipe is!

These curried potato pockets are the result of a marriage between the Indian aloo paratha and the Chinese pan-fried bun, and let me assure you that it is a very happy marriage indeed. Think fluffy surrounded by chewy. Think creamy and rich. Think spiced and piping hot. Do not think burning your tongue on molten potato magma because you didn’t wait to take the first bite, or the second or third.

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Big Beautiful Bagels

Bagel Cover

Bagels, anyone?

Confession: I’ve never made a bagel before, and while I was intrigued and excited to find a recipe for bagels from The Wednesday Chef, I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly hopeful- ask anyone I know, my attempts at baking don’t usually end well. Believe me, I’ve tried. Breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, even pizzas- more often than not, they end up turning from inedible hockey pucks to stale inedible hockey pucks because nobody wants to eat them. Yep, it’s that bad.

So apparently this is a magical recipe, because even I didn’t manage to screw it up. Continue reading