Monday, September 2, 2019

Roasted Herb and Tomato Caprese

Roasted Herb and Tomato Caprese Salad


Next level Caprese salad.  I know that at the end of summer the tomatoes are sweet and tasty as is.  I roasted some Roma tomatoes  to make them even better.  They are perfect for this salad.

The tomatoes roast low and slow for four hours in olive oil, garlic, fresh rosemary and oregano.

First get your tomatoes and cut them lengthwise into quarters.

Throw them on a parchment lined sheet.

Add the herbs oil and garlic and toss them well.

Roast - for a long time

Keep and eye on the garlic cloves during the roasting.

If the garlic cloves are cooked, take them out. When garlic overcooks it tends to taste bitter

 Save that oil for the salad

Roasted Herb and Tomato Caprese Salad
2 side servings (5 hours)

Roasted Herbs and Tomatoes
6-8  Roma tomatoes
4-5  tablespoons of EVOO
6-8  Garlic cloves, separated but not peeled
3     sprigs of fresh rosemary cut into smaller sprigs
4     branches of fresh oregano
       Salt and pepper

4    Balls of Bocconcini Cheese cut into bite sized pieces or smaller bocconcini
1    tablespoon fresh basil - or more to taste, chopped well
      Balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
      Salt and Pepper

  1. Set oven to 225F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut tomatoes into quarters.  Place tomatoes, garlic, herbs on sheet.  Generously drizzle olive oil over the mixture.  Toss the mixture by hand to make sure that all the herbs and tomatoes are covered.  Roast for 4 hours.  Check the garlic regularly after an hour.  If the garlic is cooked remove it.  Toss the  mixture every hour or so. 
  2. After four hours remove from the oven and let rest.
  3. To prepare the salad cut the tomatoes into bite sized pieces and add to a bowl.  Add the cheese.
  4. Crumble some of the roasted herbs onto the salad.
  5. Add the chopped basil.
  6. Pour any oil from the parchment paper into the salad.  Salt and pepper to your liking.  Toss all ingredients together.
  7. Drizzle with your favourite balsamic. Serve.

This recipe is forgiving and you really don’t need to measure things.  Go by personal tastes.  Maybe you like more bocconcini.  You can certainly scale this recipe up to feed more people.  

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dark Chocolate Macaroons with Hemp Hearts

So good and healthy, too.

Feel free to add more sugar to your liking.

I will not fill up this post with text that will slow you down from making these immediately.

All you need to know is that they are gluten free, filled with antioxidants from the chocolate and they include super food “Hemp Hearts”.  Hemp hearts have protein, Omega 3&6.  And the ones I used are made in Canada.  #manitobaharvest

Grab the ingredients and make these ASAP.


2 2/3 c   Medium shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 c      Mini chocolate chips semi-sweet
1/4 c      Cocoa powder
Pinch     Salt
1/2 tsp   vanilla extract
1/3 c.     Sugar
2            Egg whites
1/4 c.     Shelled hemp seeds (Hemp Hearts)

  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Melt chocolate chips over double boiler or in microwave,  high power for 20 second intervals, stirring in between.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  4. Using a cookie scoop to form cookies place on a silpat lined baking sheet (Or Parchment Paper) about an inch apart
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes
  6. Enjoy


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bloody..... Cupcakes


I wanted to share this little indulgence in the kitchen with you.  It was for a Halloween  bake-off. I didn't win the contest, however, I don't think any of the other contestants had as much fun as I did preparing their entries.

This idea comes from Easy Baked.

I used a different recipe for the cupcakes and icing but Easy Baked glass and blood are PERFECT.

This is the glass, cooling on parchment paper.  I wasn't happy with my first batch and redid it.

I found that spraying the parchment left a bit of a residue on the glass candy. My second batch was much better. I let it harden on a silicone sheet.  When done I used the heel of a kitchen knife to shatter the glass.


I couldn't resist taking this picture. No one was hurt.  It is delicious though.

Red velvet cupcakes are sooooo pretty.

Here is my display.  I made the skulls using easy melts and a mould.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Own Version of Presidents Choice Recipe

Here is a link to the original recipe.

Here is my version...

1 pkg  PC Black Label Triangoli Porcini Mushroom with Truffle filled egg pasta
1 cup  pine nuts
2tbsp  EVOO
1tbsp  butter
Zest of one large lemon
3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
Fresh chives (amount to taste)
Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (the real stuff only please)

Cook Triangoli pasta according to directions on package.

While pasta is cooking toast pine nuts in a dry pan. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in warm pan. Add chopped garlic, slowly and lightly sauté until translucent, about 5 min.

Add lemon zest, pine nuts, chopped chives, and cooked, drained pasta to pan. Remove from heat and add parmiggiano cheese.  Salt and pepper if desired.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun, Beautiful Dessert

What you need

One package of Chocolate wafers
Whipping cream
Kahlua or other liqueur for flavouring (optional)

Whip up some fresh whipping cream, sweetened to your liking, add a dash of vanilla and if desired add something special, like kahlua or triple sec, etc....  Optional.  For my first attempt I used only vanilla extract.

Spread a layer of whipped cream on the chocolate wafers.

Slip in some berries on one of the layers.  Now you stack the layers on top of each other. Only one of the layers will have berries.

It doesn't matter where the layer of berries is, but the cake is a little less tippy if the berries are not in the bottom layers.

I made five layers of wafers and cream, put the berries in the middle layer and one plain layer on top. You can do more or less if you wish....

Now, use whipped cream to ice it like a layer cake.

Let them set up in the fridge for at least two hours, the cookies will soften and have a cake like texture. So pretty, so fun....

I grated some dark chocolate on them and dropped a few berries on the plate.