Vegan Kibbeh with squash and spinach!

Greetings simmerlings!

This recipe was a request from some of my followers, to make kibbeh bel sayniye (baked kibbeh), so this is for you Kristine and Elee!

There are so many types of kibbeh, it’s staggering! I like this recipe because everyone can eat it; omnivores, vegetarians and vegans! This kibbeh is made with squash and bulghur for the dough portion and stuffed with a spinach filling. The process can be a bit time consuming but it does make a whole baking dish, so it makes many portions.

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What do you look for in a restaurant?

One of the most common questions people ask me is, “What’s your favourite restaurant?”

I often hum and haw, and make it seem like it’s difficult to answer. The short of it is it depends on my mood; if I want something fancy or specific, casual, spicy, convenient or cheap.

Throughout the years, cooking my own food has tainted my view of restaurants and thus, I wanted to open up a conversation [if anyone wants to jump in, feel welcome] about what makes you want to spend money at any given restaurant?

My thoughts boil down to a couple of factors when I have a restaurant experience:

1) Could I make this at home?
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Celery root soup (Celeriac)- Creamy and Comforting!

Celery root was on sale at my local market because it’s in season! I love celery root, or celeriac, in many ways, but soup is a great way to highlight its flavour, something I’d describe as celery but in a more elegant taste. When it’s pureed, it has a rich creamy texture. I kept this recipe really simple and I hope you like it!

– 1 large celery root, peeled and rinsed
– 2 stalks of celery, chopped
– 1 medium onion
– 2 tbsp of olive oil
– salt and pepper

2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
– salt and pepper

-green apple, sliced into batons for a garnish
-squeeze of lemon juice
-thyme leaves

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Weekend Café Crawl

I love going to the beaches along the Juan de Fuca trail and as many times as I have gone, a pattern has emerged: A stop at Shirley Delicious is a must!

This place is an absolute dream. Cool building, nice yard and great staff! The people working inside have larger than life personalities and have always been super welcoming. The coffee is fantastic and the baked goods and sandwiches are perfect for taking to the beach or for the drive!

Shirley Delicious Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

On my way back, I sometimes stop at the Cold Shoulder Cafe which has good coffee and soups/sandwiches/pastries too, in Jordan River.

A few other cafes that I’ve gone to in the last few weekends:

Demitasse- Cute little neighbourhood cafe on McNeill Ave in Oak Bay. Half garden store and half cafe, this is a great spot for meeting up with friends for a drink and a treat!

Empire Donuts- Whenever I am walking around downtown doing some errands, I “accidentally” walk past Empire and check out which amazing flavours they have that day. I like their drip coffee too. This donut was root beer glazed. Enough said.

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Discovery coffee- I always order the same thing when I go to Discovery, no matter which location it is. I love their Americano, lots of crema and smooth enough to drink without cream or sugar. Out of all their locations, I like the Oak Bay location best!

Fantastic Indian food in Langford!

For those of you that know me, you know that eventually I’ll be moving out to Langford in the next year. So naturally, I have started to scout out some restaurants to eat at!

This was my second time going to Turmeric and it was delicious just as I had remembered. First impressions, it’s a huge restaurant, lots of parking which is convenient. It wasn’t very busy at all for a week night so I hope that they get some more business coming in the doors.

We shared a few dishes this time: prawns in a creamy curry sauce, a vegetable biryani and mattar paneer (soft cheese and peas cooked in a creamy sauce). The naan bread was beautifully crisp and had good flavour. I enjoyed all three dishes but my favourite was definitely the biryani. When it came to the table it had an amazing aroma. I knew it was familiar so I asked the server if there were roses in the dish and she was surprised, saying that they put a little bit of rosewater over top to finish it. It was super unique; I’d never had that before, I really liked the aroma with the spices.

Overall, I felt the portions and quality were good value for the reasonable price. I’ll be coming back here when I live in Langford 🙂

Turmeric Indian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Challah!!

This was my first attempt at Challah bread and it was a success. This bread dough was fun to work with, multiple rises and shaping techniques. My braiding needs some work but I was happy with the outcome. It’s an eggy bread with yolks inside and the whites brushed on top for that glossy finish. It makes amazing toast in the morning for breakfast, even better as French Toast!

For the recipe, I highly recommend checking out this bread bible:

The Breadmaker’s Apprentice Here!

I have baked almost half of this book and honestly, I have rarely been disappointed. I love how accurate the measurements are but a kitchen scale is a definite must!

Enjoy baking away some beautiful challah loaves my Simmerlings!

Cheers,

The Simmering Pot

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette !

I love making my own dressings for salads at home. Watch my video below and you’ll see how easy it is!

I kept this recipe as simple as possible but really, the sky is the limit with all the things you could add to it. I’ll give you some ideas at the end of the recipe!

This recipe is almost too simple to be true. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Adventures in meat grinding

A lot of my friends make fun of me for this BUT I have no shame. Somehow, a lot of things in my life all lead back to London Drugs. In general I spend too much time in the store but it’s fun? *shrugs* For those of you outside of Canada, London Drugs is a common drugstore in Western Canada that sells almost anything you could need for a household; dishes, batteries, Kleenex, toiletries, medicine, dried foods, seasonal items and holiday sweets, make-up and perfumes, games and appliances. You can develop photographs there, buy computers and cameras; the list goes on. One evening in a zombie-like vortex of London Drugs shopping, I ended up with a meat grinder. Practical right? I had survived 31 years of my life without one but in that moment it felt necessary. Twenty dollars seemed like a steal.

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Restaurant Review- Nubo Japanese Tapas

Located on Pandora, in between Blanshard and Douglas, Nubo is a quaint and somewhat modern Japanese restaurant. I will mention that I have only been here once before this experience, almost a year ago.

The restaurant has a “tapas-style” approach, offering a lot of variety of smaller dishes for tasting and sharing. I wanted to try quite a few things although I think my eyes had more hunger than my stomach.

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