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Albion Orchards: Apple Picking & A Crumble

    Fall in Ontario is glorious and this means it’s time for fall walks,hikes to see the foliage and the splendour of leaves changing colour and apple picking of course! It is a annual  ritual with the family and a great way to get out of the city for a breath of crisp fresh farm air. This year  we choose to visit the Albion Orchards located in Caledon, north of Brampton.They have several varieties of apples ranging from the Red delicious, Royal gala,Cortland, Empire amongst the reds and some crisp golden and yellow ones too like the Crispin, golden russet and golden delicious.They have a wonderful Pick Your Own Apples on weekends between 10am-4pm. We however wanted to beat the crowded weekends and decided to drive off during the week.The orchards were closed for the Pick Your own produce  and we were quite happy to browse through their country store for various varieties of apples and pears, fresh pasta sauces, honey and maple syrup. The store also carries a range of homemade pies, fresh …

Bircher Muesli: A Breakfast Favorite

  Breakfast is always the best time for something juicy, sweet and fresh – it just feels like the right way to open the day. There’s no right way, though, when it comes to choosing the fruit.      Yotam Ottolenghi Well a lot is said about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and while I’m not a huge breakfast sort of person, some fruits (especially berries), perhaps some oats and a strong cup of coffee is good to get me started for the day. My favorite way of making oats are soaking some in yogurt,overnight or what is popularly called a Bircher Muesli. The  recipe being created by the Swiss physician Macmillan Bircher. So what really are Overnight Oats: This is essentially a method of making oats without cooking them. The oats ( traditional old fashioned oats) are usually soaked in a liquid such as milk, fruit juice or yogurt and refrigerated overnight. The soaking brings about a wonderful creamy texture to the oats, which then can be eaten with various fresh fruits, …

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is quite easily another favourite with the family. The trick to make this into a quick fix meal is to prep up the meat sauce ahead of time. I usually make a large batch and freeze this for a week or so. This way the assembly of  the sauce and the boiled spag is another “Meal in less than 30 minutes”. The meat sauce has really simple ingredients and while you may choose using ground pork or beef, I’ve used some minced goat meat. This hearty  sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, onions, lots of garlic, carrots and oregano.I like to keep the Bolognese fairly thick so that it coats the spaghetti well. You may use the same sauce with any other variety Pastas or even a Lasagne.While some recipes call for use of some red wine.I’ve skipped this and instead added some balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to make the sauce a tad bit tart and it enhance the colour too. Well, go ahead and combine your love for pasta and a …

Classic Lasagne : An All Time Favorite

I have been meaning to put up this recipe for my Classic Lasagne for ever so long.It’s summer at it’s warmest and sunniest best here in Mumbai at the moment.While this is way too heavy a meal for dinner at the moment, it is still a family favourite and my recipe for a Classic lasagna. I agree the task is quite a laborious one but very worth the effort of slaving over it. The result is a creamy, moist and delicious baked dish. While a lot of recipes do not use  Ricotta cheese and egg mixture, I personally feel this gives the Lasagne a great creamy and moist texture and makes for a delicious baked dish. You could make up the filling a day ahead and that would save a lot of time indeed. Served with a side of a garden fresh salad and a some nice warm herbed bread, this works great for weeknight dinners and while entertaining as well. Hope you enjoy making this. Bon Apetite! Ingredients: 1 kg lean mince (goat or …

Beetroot Risotto: A humble attempt at my Restaurant Favourite

My nephew celebrated his 21st Birthday at Cafe Zoe,in Mumbai a couple of weeks ago.The entire family was invited to a sit down lunch.Cafe Zoe is a cosy resto downtown and serves up a great European fare.It’s amongst my favorite places for lunch,more so as they make an absolutely beautiful Beetroot Risotto.My sister who hosted the lunch was keen that the menu be planned up ahead so as to avoid any confusion, as we were a large group.Grilled Fish in almond butter and Capers,Beef Tenderloin,Roasted chicken with pink peppercorns and Beet Risotto were our choice of mains.I was ever so happy see the Risotto feature on the menu and settled for just that. So well, let’s say I’ve had  Risotto making on my mind since the lunch and have been reading some great blog posts and recipes too.I had promised the dear son that I would make some for his lunch this afternoon.Now I do  make a fairly decent one with Mushrooms and quite happy the way it turns out.I was just looking at a …