Archive for April, 2010

Tomato and tarragon soup

Tarragon is a new ingredient in my kitchen. It’s a leafy green herb that reminds me of the licorice-like taste of fennel combined with the strong, verdant aroma of fresh basil. After tasting it in this creamy tomato soup I will definitely search it out for the kitchen garden we’re planning for our new patio.

This recipe is adapted from Rebar Cookbook. It’s easy to make and relatively quick – everyone at our dinner table loved it. If you don’t have tarragon I’d recommend fresh basil or chives as a substitute.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/2 cup tarragon, sliced
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cans (28 oz) whole tomatoes with juice
1 cup whipping cream

Saute onion in oil for about five minutes until onions soften. Stir in salt, garlic and chile flakes and saute for another five minutes. Stir tomatoes and half of the tarragon into onion mixture. Break up tomatoes, add stock and simmer for another 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Remove bay leaves, blend soup in batches and return to pot. Stir in cream and remaining tarragon and serve.

April 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm 2 comments

The picture of spring

Discovering Vancouver in the spring time is a beautiful thing.

April 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

West coast living

It’s official: we’ve arrived at our new home base in beautiful Vancouver!

We spent a restful weekend on Vancouver Island chilling out and visiting familiar haunts like Rathtrevor Beach (pictured here at low tide) and “Goats on the Roof” Old Country Market in Coombs (a delightful bakery-cafe-dry goods-giftware-toy store bazaar with actual goats on the roof), and since then we’ve been unpacking. The house is still a disaster, but today’s work creating a few spaces of uncluttered functionality brought much-needed calm to the new nest. (more…)

April 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm 1 comment

Blueberry coffee cake

Our big move has temporarily stalled most kitchen activities, but I did find some time last weekend for baking. Eating local means storing lots of summer produce in the freezer and I had an almost full bag of BC blueberries to use up. I’ve been meaning to make the blueberry coffee cake recipe from the Four Sisters Inns Cookbook for ages and the surplus blueberries created a perfect reason. (more…)

April 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm 3 comments


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