Easy Recipes Inspired By My West Coast Kitchen Garden On Vancouver Island

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Hazelnuts

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Hazelnuts

This week’s recipe is inspired by one of the dishes I tried recently at Pluvio in Ucluelet. My version is much simpler I’m sure, but gets deep flavour from roasting the cauliflower and stirring in a little hazelnut oil at the end adds a nutty richness. (Below a pic of the delicious Pluvio version which was garnished with local sidestriped shrimp-HEAVEN!)This soup is a perfect starter but also a light lunch or dinner. I served mine garnished with homemade croutons (crispy outside, soft inside), parsley and fresh hazelnuts grown right here in Campbell River. It is equally good made vegan by using nut milk and veggie stock instead of dairy and chicken stock. Enjoy my friends 🙂

Ultimate Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Ultimate Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

A simple and easy dessert with a cake that takes under 30 minutes to make and bake. The strawberries and rhubarb are gently cooked with a little sugar and thickener to create an incredibly luscious filling. Topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream flavoured with lavender syrup or vanilla, this is a crowd pleaser.

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

This fruit salsa recipe is made for using up overripe fruit or whatever fruit you have an excess of. The fruit is easily interchangeable-use oranges, melons, peaches or even strawberries, kiwis or grapes, whatever needs using up.

Chocolate Almond Brownies

Chocolate Almond Brownies

Inspired by classic chocolate covered almonds, these are somewhere between a cake and a chocolate bar. To make this even better, you can make these with just one bowl, 2 measuring cups and a very short amount of time. So come on, “Treat yo’ self!”

Oyster Stew-Easy And Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner

Oyster Stew-Easy And Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner

Oyster stew is a traditional dish to have on Christmas Eve….on the East Coast of North America.  I think it’s a great tradition and that we should adopt it here on the West Coast because we too have an abundance of these fresh and delicious […]

Wild West Coast Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Style! (Coctel De Camarones)

Wild West Coast Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Style! (Coctel De Camarones)

This past weekend I lucked into an impromptu girls night and because it was last minute and everyone had been ridiculously busy with various things all week, we didn’t want to stress about dinner or do anything really time consuming, we all just needed to […]

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Cake With Cardamom And The Difficulty Of Describing Food

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Cake With Cardamom And The Difficulty Of Describing Food

October is in full swing and I am still using up my apples that won’t keep, the ones that have a little worm hole or have fallen on the ground and gotten a bit bruised and this week I perfected my Apple Brown Sugar Cake.  […]

Chickens In The City

Chickens In The City

It’s World Egg Day!!!  Do you raise chickens on a city lot? Ever wanted to?  Many cities and towns now allow people to raise small flocks of chickens on regular city or town sized lots.  Katie and Angela of Creekside Produce have been raising them for years […]

Fall(en) Apples And Easy Apple Beignets

Fall(en) Apples And Easy Apple Beignets

There are three foods that make me feel all the fall feels, pumpkins, wild mushrooms and apples.  While some apples are ready in late summer, my little apple tree finishes in the fall.  This year my apples were ready to start picking in late September […]

Wild Mushroom Season

Wild Mushroom Season

Mushrooms are my favourite thing about fall and a consolation prize for all the rainy days here in coastal BC.  After a very dry summer, the rain has come with a vengeance and the mushrooms have started popping up like crazy.  Little jewels in the […]