Thursday, April 24, 2014

Avocado and Crab Bruschetta

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So last week I took a wee vacation to my favourite city in the world…London, England.  It was a fabulous 5 days spent with my great friend, Lisa, who works at the Canadian Consulate and what’s better was that it was a gift from my hubby for the craptastic year I had last year!  So I got to be in my favourite city with a fabulous friend and not be a tourist.  Now don’t get me wrong, we did a couple touristy things like high tea at Kensington Palace, Portobello Market in Notting Hill (too many people for this claustrophobic), went to the top of the Shard for the view (it was raining so not so great but fun non-the-less) and took pictures in front of Big Ben to prove I was there.  But mostly we did not-so-common things including a morning trip to Richmond, tea at Peggy Porschen’s Cake Parlour and going out for pizza.

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After the crazy of the Portobello market, Lisa took me to her favourite pizza joint where we shared an appetizer of avocado and crab bruschetta.  It was the tastiest thing I’ve eaten in a very long time.  I immediately had to figure out the recipe and I did :) yay me!

Avocado and Crab Bruschetta

  • 1 ripe avacado
  • 1/4 cup crab meat
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Toast favourite bread and top with mixture
  3. Enjoy!

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So now I’m back to reality and saw the avocados at the grocery store and my mind immediately went to that little pizza joint in Notting Hill.  I knew what I needed to do and you should too!  Now if you aren’t a crab fan, you could omit it but as a fan, it was soooooo good.

I hope you get a chance to visit London, but if you can’t you can certainly make this tasty treat at home.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gluten Free Waffles, Guest Post: Melissa from The Baked Equation.

I have a special treat today, literally! My good friend Melissa from The Baked Equation is here to share a wonderful little recipe.  If you haven’t visited her website you really should.  So many yummy recipes to choose from that are beautifully photographed you may want to lick the screen :).  I give you Melissa!

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We love waffles. We love waffles so much we served them at our wedding. Yes, that is right, we had a waffle bar. But I have not had waffles in a really long time. We try to limit the amount of gluten that we eat due to my son’s eczema. Many times I don’t eat my favorite foods anymore because I prefer the “real” thing. But I have been craving waffles. Can I have gluten-free waffles with the same great flavor? Oh yes, you can! Whether you like them soft or crispy this gluten free buttermilk waffle recipe will not disappoint.

You might be wondering who is this “we” that she talking about? My name is Melissa, and I blog over at The Baked Equation. Karen and I decided to swap gluten free blog posts. You will have to head over to my blog to read about her gluten free quinoa brownies and yummy veggies that are perfect for dinner.

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Gluten Free Waffle Recipe

  • 2 Cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free flour mixture
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon malt powder **optional
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk, at room temp.
  • 2 eggs, separated, at room temp.
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

**NOTE: In my research, some GF eaters don’t mind and some do. Malt comes from barely so you can just omit it if you do not eat it. But I love the slight malted flavor that it adds.

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Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Combine dry ingredients together. Mix together buttermilk, egg yolks and vanilla with a large spoon and combine with the dry ingredients. You don’t want to over stir a gluten free mixture that has xanthan gum in it.
  3. Whisk in the egg whites till mixture comes together
  4. Spoon batter on to you waffle iron. I used an ice cream scoop. Gluten free mixtures can have a gummy texture. The scoops helps it come out easily My iron beeps when the waffle is ready. Approximately, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately. Or you can freeze leftover waffles in a freezer bag.

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Any time I write a gluten free blog post I receive many questions about Cup4Cup gluten free flour blend. In fact, I am pretty sure I sound like a spokesperson. While I am not a spokesperson for Cup4Cup, I love it. When I first started delving into the world of gluten free foods, I felt overwhelmed. There are so many ingredients that you need to go buy to make a gluten free flour blend from home. Then to only buy all the ingredients with lack luster results. Cup4Cup was my happy alternative. I could use my same recipes and just swap their flour. What a relief? I didn’t have time to start developing new recipes and I definitely didn’t like spending all the money to have mediocre gluten free treats.

My favorite syrup is Nature’s Hallow Sugar Free Syrup. Many people who are gluten free also watch their sugar intake. I love Nature’s Hallow products. Their sugar free syrup plus gluten free waffles make the best partnership.

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Karen, thank you so much for letting me guest post on your blog today. I hope you enjoy the waffles!

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Thanks Melissa, I can’t wait to try these!!!

And Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trilogy Edibles is Now Offering Classes

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Well it was inevitable that my two loves of baking and teaching came together.  After spending an amazing 3 days at CookieCon14 in Salt Lake City this past weekend, I’m inspired to share the love of cookie decorating.  Four hundred plus participants came together to talk cookies and learn new techniques and now I want to pass on to you what I know.

I have one currently scheduled as of right now but plan to do more.  First Up:

Cookie Decorating 101

Ever wanted to make beautiful decorated cookies but didn't know where to start. Trilogy Edibles is offering classes on basic decorating.

You will learn how to:

  • How to make flat vanilla bean sugar cookies.
  • How to use royal icing (flood, pipe and details)
  • Learn how to fill piping bags the easy way.
  • Learn how to write on cookies with ease.
  • Essential learning resources.

Come and hang out! We'll decorate a half a dozen cookies to take home and impress your family and friends.  And most importantly we’ll laugh and have a great time while you learn how to decorate cookies.

When: May 4th from 2-5pm
Where: Cary, NC
Fee: $65 per person
Limit: 6 registrations

Your registration will not be complete until payment is made in full. Class will be on a first come first serve basis. If interested, please contact me at trilogyedibles@hotmail.com with the number in your party and I'll forward you an invoice via Paypal. Once paid you will receive a confirmation email with receipt and more details about location.

Private classes will also be available for parties over 4, please contact me directly to schedule.

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Thanks for looking and I hope to see you too!