We in Vancouver will say we’re on the west coast – and we are, we’re totally a port city. But when we look west, we don’t see open ocean. We see Vancouver Island. The other side of the island is the true west coast. That’s where you’ll find the beautiful Long Beach and fishing villages and lots of little surf spots. And it’s home to Mexican food truck Tacofino, named after both the town of Tofino and the delicious delicious tacos the truck is best known for. They’ve since branched out, with both food trucks and sit-down restaurants in Vancouver and elsewhere in the province. And I consider myself so, so lucky that I work near one of their food truck locations and when I’m craving good Mexican food, I can enjoy a fish taco (or 2) for lunch pretty much any time I want. Followed by one of their Diablo Cookies for dessert, of course. Seriously, decadently good. (more…)
Today was foggy and grey and raining all day. I know a lot of people hate weather like this, but I’ve never minded it at all. As long as I don’t have to go out in it! It’s perfect weather to stay home and curl up on the couch or putter in the kitchen. Or maybe even a little of both. Once I finally rolled out of bed, I baked a batch of my favourite bran muffins in the morning, watched a couple episodes of The Returned on Netflix in the afternoon (it’s getting spooky!), and then had a pot of chili simmering on the stove in the evening. That’s what I call a great Saturday. This recipe is another one that I make regularly and almost always have at least one serving of in my freezer. It’s spicy, hearty and filling (but not heavy), and loaded with tons of vegetables and beans. (more…)
I won’t bore you all with the details, but one thing led to another, yadda yadda yadda, and I found myself doing a caramel exchange with candy-maker extraordinaire, Yummy Little Treats. I was lucky enough to work with this lovely woman a few years ago, but somehow never managed to get to try her caramels that everyone always raved about (seriously, so much raving). I’m honestly not sure how I kept missing out. But now’s my chance! Woo! But oh, the pressure! The bar is set so high! So do I make a recipe I’ve tried before and know is good? Or do I take a risk and try a new recipe? Trust me, I fretted over this dilemma for a few days… (more…)
This week I was totally craving something citrus-y (as if I haven’t been OD-ing on satsumas lately), and as I flipped through my cookbooks, the idea of a lemon poppy seed muffin got caught in my brain. I haven’t made lemon poppy seed anything in ages! Seriously, the last thing I made was some cookies a year and a half ago. It’s such a great flavour combo – and I love the little crunch from the poppy seeds – I don’t know why I haven’t made it in so long. So many recipes, so little time? Speaking of so many recipes, I have several for lemon poppy seed muffins to choose from, but I saw this one while I was making the rhubarb almond muffins the other day and it sounded great. And those muffins were so delicious, I was really keen to make another recipe from the same book. (more…)
This is the second muffin recipe I’ve tried from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook. Like their morning glory muffins I made before, these are not a healthy breakfast-type muffin. Not even close. They’re not even pretending to be healthy. It’s all white sugar and white flour and melted butter and full-fat milk and sour cream. Woof.
But that’s okay. Because they are absolutely a delicious, delicious treat. This is the type of muffin you can serve with an afternoon coffee or tea. Your guests will definitely be impressed. (more…)