recipe: borscht soup

Helllllllloooooooooooooo 2021!! I am SO happy to see you!

I always like to begin the new year with a healthy recipe post. I don’t know why- maybe to set the tone for a year of hopefully good health. Regardless, this one will be no different.

Here is a delicious recipe that is a bit of a different take on traditional borscht soup, all the while keeping you warm on those cool winter days. 

Borscht Soup

Ingredients:

4 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste
3 medium beets, peeled and chopped with gloves
3 medium potatoes, any kind, peeled and chopped into 1” cubes
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 head celery, chopped
8 cups water
2 vegetable stock cubes
3 tsp dill, freshly chopped or dried
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Steps:

1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil, garlic, onion, and tomato paste over medium-low for 10 minutes. Then chop and add the beets, potatoes, carrots, and celery one at a time. Once all combined, pour in the water. Top off with the vegetable stock cubes, dill, thyme, salt, and pepper. 

2. Cook over medium-high heat for approximately 15 minutes, or until all of the vegetables have softened. Then remove from heat. Serve warm and fresh within a day or two. Or, freeze and thaw the night before serving. Enjoy!

Emory

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recipe: simplified holiday black forest cake

My mum’s favourite cake growing up was Black Forest Cake. We always had it for her birthday and special occasions, and it was always store bought. So now, I always associate this cake with such events. 

When I had it in my mind that I wanted to bake a more elaborate cake for Christmas, I immediately thought of Black Forest Cake. I searched online for recipes, and chose a few that had fewer ingredients, lesser time, and higher reviews. Then I combined them into this one.

This is a seriously moist and delicious cake that will impress your guests this holiday season. It looks beautiful and like you spent hours upon hours baking it, when it reality, it didn’t take long at all!

Simplified Holiday Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
1 bag frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and thawed
2 containers whipped cream
1 bar dark chocolate
Butter, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 8” or 9” round cake pans. Sprinkle flour overtop. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and put off to the side.

3. In a medium bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Then pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Add the hot water, and beat for an additional 2 minutes, or until well-blended.

4. Put cakes in oven. Bake for approximately 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before expelling from cake pans.

5. Remove enough whole cherries to line the perimeter of the cake. Then, begin slicing the remaining cherries in half. Once cakes have completely cooled, you can start assembling the cake. Set one cake down and slather in approximately 2 cups of the whipped cream. Put half of the sliced cherries on top. Top with another cake layer, and repeat these steps. Finally, add the last cake layer and cover the entire cake in whipped cream. Line the top of the cake with the whole cherries. Finally, cut the chocolate bar into thin pieces. Sprinkle half of the bar on the sides of the cake and the other half on top. Immediately refrigerate and devour within a day or two. Merry Christmas!

 

Emory

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recipe: creamy (& vegan) roasted cauliflower soup

Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of creamy soup during the cooler months? There is something so comforting about having that little circle of warmth in front of your face, and inhaling the rich aromas that it gently gives off.

I personally have become a fan of serving soup for get-togethers. It is a nice alternative in having to come up with several appetizers for several people. The best part is that it can be made days or weeks in advance. Simply freeze it upon making it, removing it and heating it on the stove the day of the event!

Not everyone will grab a bowl, but those that do will appreciate its rich and smooth taste. Best of all, it is quick to make and incredibly healthy. I guarantee that no one will guess that it’s vegan.

Creamy (& Vegan) Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil
1/2 head of garlic, or at least 5 cloves
1 Spanish onion, chopped
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped
5 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups coconut (or almond) milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground thyme

Steps:

1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Remove the skin from the garlic, chop it, then press down on it with a knife to release the juices. Throw it in the pot and leave it on medium heat. 

2. While the garlic is cooking, chop the onion and cauliflower and add it to the pot as well. Then add the vegetable broth, coconut (or almond) milk, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Then remove it from the burner and set it aside.

3. Very carefully, transfer the soup into a blender. Don’t add too much when it’s still hot. Blend a little bit, pour it into a new bowl or container, then blend, pour, blend, pour, etc. until the entire soup is a nice puree. From there, you can either eat it on the spot, keep it in the fridge for a few days, or freeze it for a few weeks. It’s up to you! Enjoy!

Emory

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recipe: haunted halloween brownies

Makes 18 squares

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups water, boiling
3/4 cup oil (I used canola)
4 tbsp butter, more to grease
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
8 tbsp milk
18 marshmallows
36 chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Mix well. Next add 1 tsp of vanilla, boiling water, and oil. Stir or beat until well-combined.

2. Grease an oblong baking dish. Pour the brownie mixture evenly into it. Put in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes.

3. While the brownies are cooling, prepare the icing. Follow the directions listed on the icing sugar, making sure to use approximately 2 1/2 cups. You will also want to make sure that the icing is a little on the runnier side, as it needs to be poured onto the brownie. (If it’s too thick, you won’t see the marshmallow ghost.)

4. Top each brownie with one marshmallow. Pour the icing over the marshmallow and onto the brownie. Then give each one two chocolate chip eyes. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy your boo-tiful brownies!

Emory

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recipe: egg-free thyme rolls

Egg-Free Thyme Rolls

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients:

2 cups warm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil (any kind), plus more to grease
4 tbsp ground thyme leaves
6 cups all-purpose flour (or if adding whole wheat, make sure the two flours equal 6 cups)
Butter

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix well, and cover with a damp tea towel for 10 minutes.

2. After mixture has bubbled, add the salt, oil, thyme, and flour. Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface until well-combined. Dough should not stick to your fingers. Grease another large bowl. Cover once again with a damp tea towel and let rise for 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Punch down the dough and separate in two. Then cut each section into 12 equal pieces, totalling 24 eventual buns. Grease 2 12-cup muffin pans. Roll each piece into a ball and put in a muffin cup. Cover all 24 again with a damp tea towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

4. Once risen, put in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove when tops are golden brown. Brush with butter and serve warm! Store in an airtight, room-temperature container for up to 7 days. Can be frozen, thawed, and eaten as well.

Emory

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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