Raspberry friands

September 17 2010
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I purchased a friand tin on impulse the other day so of course I had to give it a test run.  I’ve never baked friands before, although I’ve had them quite often in cafes with a coffee.

I loved the soft texture inside these easy-to-make little cakes, with crisp edges and a burst of berries.

So if you have a few egg whites in the freezer from a previous recipe, or you’re willing to do a bit of egg separating, you won’t be disappointed with these lovely little coffee shop treats (and you could always use those extra egg yolks for home made mayonnaise or custard).

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Marinara sauce

September 16 2010
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I know everyone has their own way of making pasta sauce, and there’s no wrong or right way but I thought I’d post my own recipe, which I make regularly and freeze.

I mean, there’s nothing wrong with tomato sauce in a jar, and god knows I use it when I’m whipping up a quick lasagne, but there’s nothing quite like freshly made, aromatic marinara sauce on a plate of steaming hot linguine, with toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmesan sprinkled on top.  With a glass of wine.  Sitting in front of the TV after a long day.  It’s therapeutic and some days you just need a meal like that.

I use fresh tomatoes or a combination of fresh and canned,  depending on the season.  It’s peasant food; spicy, fresh and rich.

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How to be alone

September 14 2010
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This short film by Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman is so touching and sweet and broaches a subject most people don’t want to think about very often.  The combination of the youthful, sweet voice, the simple yet defining words, the distinctly European feel and the cute and clever editing make it one of my favourite videos.

Something for everyone to think about as we’re all alone at times.