Orange Pistachio Raspberry Cake

 

Cake flavoured with orange and topped with raspberry and pistachio, sliced on cutting board.

Today we have cake! With just two of us in the house it’s hard to make any sort of treat that we actually finish. Neither of us are regular sweet eaters, so when we do crave a little treat it’s nice to have a bit of citrus and a handful of tangy berries to balance things out. This cake is moist, flavourful and the perfect size for the twos of us — not too big and not too small.

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Mushroom Pâté

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I love pâté, all kinds of pâté, but last year I tried a new to me pâté. At my friends wedding she had these amazing picnic baskets set out for all of the guests. Each was filled with an assortment of goodies and treats among which was a delicious mushroom pâté. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? This version was such a fantastic alternative to the traditional liver based variety. So I went home and thought, why not try and make it myself?

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Garlic Pizza Knots with Marinara

Bowl of garlic pizza knots with marinara sauce.

These garlicky knots of pizza dough make a great snack or appetizer. I love eating these when I’m cozied up on the couch watching a good movie. These are WAY better than popcorn, in my opinion. No bits of popcorn seeds getting stuck in your teeth, or dry bits of popcorn nearly choking you to death. Nope these are pillowy soft and the perfect vessel for flavourful marinara sauce (or even honey if sweet and salty is what you crave).

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Scallion Pancakes

In Highschool, I could count on my youngest sister (in elementary school at the time) to cook up some pretty fantastic midnight snacks. While I was out with friends, Megan was at home watching Martin Yan—do you remember that guy? With his catchphrase “If Yan can cook so can you!”—Then, when my friends and I got home, Megan was more than happy to cook up her newly found recipes which were quickly devoured. Scallion (aka green onions, yes they are the same thing) pancakes were always a hit, and definitely a snack that would be made again and again.

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Garlic Herb Oven Fries

Oven fries

French fries definitely fall into the category of my top five favourite foods. That may be a bold statement, but I don’t think I could ever get sick of a good french fry. I like to use russet or kennebec potatoes. Both varieties have good starchiness, which lends to perfect final texture: crispy exterior, fluffy interior.  A great accompaniment to a burger or a sandwich, and equally amazing on their own. I could eat an entire plate, maybe even an entire tray of these fries.

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Onion Pakoras

Onion Pakoras

am definitely lover of nearly anything that’s crunchy and salty. When I feel hunger setting in, rarely do I reach for the chocolate stashed in the fridge (hidden from my chocolate fiend partner), but rather it’s the chips that call my name, and well anything salty really. So when I go out for Indian food I almost always order pakoras, not even realizing how easy they are to make at home. The perfect balance of texture and taste.

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