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Breakfast banana bread

preparation time: 20 minutes cooking time: 40-50 minutes There is no shortage of excellent banana bread recipes out there. This one doesn’t necessarily improve on the banana bread experience, but it is a relatively healthy version that makes for a … Continue reading

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Bitter melon with beef in black bean sauce

preparation time: 20 minutes cooking time: 20 minutes emergency contact: amy or arnold Bitter melon is available at most Asian markets from spring through autumn. Choose melons that are firm, unblemished and 15 to 30 cm in length. Pale green … Continue reading

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Singapore noodles

preparation time: 30 minutes cooking time: 20 minutes emergency contact: carol or amy The trick to cooking dried rice stick noodles is moisture control. They need to absorb quite a lot of liquid to attain a chewy consistency, but if … Continue reading

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Peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies

Adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, the main modifications being a little less sugar, a little more salt, and the omission of peanut butter chips.

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Quick pickles: cornichons

Above is some very tasty quick-pickled okra from Wholefoods. Below is a basic, quick pickle recipe adapted from that of a farmer at the Louviers market in Normandy. tiny cucumbers (finger-sized is best) – 1 lb coarse salt – 2 … Continue reading

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Very green salad

This salad was inspired by the appearance of Turkish green plums (erik) at the nearby Italian grocery store. The plums are small and slightly tart, and the sign at the market recommended them to be served chilled with a bit … Continue reading

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Soft-boiled eggs

preparation time: negligible cooking time: 4.5 minutes emergency contact: wil eggs – 2 good toasting bread butter salt & pepper Set a pot of water to boil (lid on). In the meantime, remove your eggs from the fridge and place … Continue reading

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Orange pecan crescents

preparation time: 30 minutes cooking time: 12-15 minutes emergency contact: valentia These crunchy, nutty crescents have been a holiday staple around Leacock since the days of the salmon spinach puff pastry and the mysteriously “Portuguese” curried chicken stew. In fact, … Continue reading

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Mamy’s pear cake

preparation time: 20 hours baking time: 40 minutes This is about as failsafe as cake recipes get. Depending on the size of the pan and the amount of fruit used, the pear chunks may peek through the top (as shown) … Continue reading

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Easiest olive oil cake ever

preparation time: 15 minutes cooking time: 45-50 minutes emergency contact: not even necessary This is also known as “Hazel’s cake” (because she can eat half of it in one sitting), or “Amy’s welcome home cake” (because there was one made … Continue reading

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