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Stir Fried Vegetables

We’ve been on a years-long quest for a stir fried veggie recipe that duplicates takeout, and have recently found it via Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, and posted at the Kitchn.  Wonderful photos and tips are included with the recipe, as well as wok care etc.  This is the adaptation for our own kitchen:

Vegetables

  • 4 cups of chopped firm vegetables, OR 8 to 12 cups of leafy greens — such as baby bok choy cut into lengthwise halves, or other greens cut into 1” wide pieces

Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons dry sherry or rice wine
  • 1 Tablespoon chicken broth (we use organic vegetarian cubes to mix up with water for this small amount)
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce

Aromatics

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno chilies, with seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cut up the ingredients:  it is extremely important that all of the ingredients are cut as directed!  Each piece must be of uniform size.  Cut the vegetables and set them aside in a bowl.  Prepare the aromatics as directed and set them aside as well.
  2. Make the sauce:  In a small bowl, combine the sherry, broth, and soy sauce.
  3. Heat the wok:  Turn on a stove burner to high.  Set a 14” wok over the burner.  The wok is hot enough when droplets of water dropped into it evaporate within 1 to 2 seconds of contact.  Do not overheat the wok!
  4. Pull the wok off of the heat and add the oilSwirl it around until it coats the sides and bottom.  If the wok smokes wildly the moment you add the oil, it is too hot.
  5. Add the aromatics to the wok:  Put the wok back on the heat.  Add the garlic and chilies, and stir them for 10 seconds, until fragrant.
  6. Add the vegetables:  Push the garlic and chilies up the sides of the wok and add the vegetables
  7. Season the vegetables:  Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the top. 
  8. Set a timer for 2 minutes.
  9. Stir-fry the vegetables for 1 minute, or until the vegetables begin to wilt.
  10. Add the sauce:  Pour the sauce mixture around and down the sides of the pan instead of directly into the centre.  Stir-fry and toss to coat the vegetables.
  11. Cover and cook for 15 seconds.
  12. Uncover and stir-fry for another 30 to 60 seconds, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender and brightly coloured.

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Turkey Burgers

This is from America’s Test Kitchen, and is very good.

  • 1 ¼ lbs ground turkey
  • ½ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • (I tablespoon canola oil, if cooking in frying pan)

Combine the ground turkey, cheese, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a medium bowl until blended.  Divide the meat into 4 portions.  Lightly toss one portion from hand to hand to form a ball, then lightly flatten the ball with your fingertips into a 1” thick patty.  Repeat with the remaining portions.

Grill/BBQ:

Grill the burgers over medium fire until dark spotty brown on the bottom, about 7 to9 minutes.  Turn them over, and continue to grill for 7 to 9 minutes longer.  The centre needs to be completely opaque.

Stovetop:

Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until very hot.  Swirl the oil to coat the bottom.  Add the burgers and cook over medium heat without moving them until the bottom of each is dark brown and crusted, 3 to 4 minutes.  Turn the burgers over; continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer.  Reduce the heat to low, and cover, with the lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape, and continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes longer, flipping once if necessary to promote deep browning, or until the centre is completely opaque.

Serve on crusty buns with lettuce, tomato slices, red onion slices and mayo.

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Low Fat Chocolate Cake

Not a cake lover — at all — but this is really delicious served with a scoop of ice-cream (which I also don’t like!).  This recipe produces a dense texture, rather than being a light and airy cake.

Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8” springform pan.

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup hot strong coffee (or use water or orange juice)
  • 1/3 cup low fat yogurt or buttermilk

In a large bowl, beat together brown and granulated sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla until well blended.  Add cocoa and mix until well incorporated

Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder; add to bowl along with coffee and yogurt.  Mix just until combined, being careful not to overmix.  Pour into pan, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out dry.  Let cool completely.

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Asian Inspired Beef Lettuce Rolls

Will wonders never cease?  We’ve found another ground beef recipe that is really good!  The flavours and textures are so delicious, that I don’t even really notice the ground beef.  Adapted from “Canadian Living”.  Serves 4 people.

Ingredients

  • 1 four-inch piece cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, then very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 sweet red pepper, cut into matchstick-sized pieces
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves or leaf lettuce, washed and dried (we use a whole head)
  • 4 lime wedges
  • about 1 cup of dried parboiled rice, sushi rice, jasmine rice — or any sticky rice — cooked according to package directions, and placed in a serving dish
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced gingerroot
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce or hot pepper sauce

Preparation:

  1. Arrange vegetables, lettuce and lime wedges on serving platter, or place in small bowls.
  2. In large nonstick skillet, sauté beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.  Drain off any fat.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and five-spice powder; cook over medium heat, stirring, until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add hoisin sauce, soy sauce and chili sauce; cook, stirring, until hot, about 4 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
  5. Let each person spoon beef mixture into each lettuce leaf. Top with some cooked rice, cucumber, red pepper, carrot and green onions. Squeeze some lime onto the filling.  Wrap lettuce around filling.

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Pickled Beets in 24 hours

pickled beets

Slice the Beets and the Red Onion

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked, sliced fresh beets (roast or boil them, then remove skins)
  • 1 small sweet red onion, sliced and separated into rings
  1. Layer beets and onion rings into a lidded container (the large Ziplock screw-top containers work well); you could also just toss everything into a bowl.
  2. In saucepan, combine the sugar, mustard, salt, cloves, garlic, vinegar and water; bring to a boil and pour over the beets and onion rings.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 day.
  4. Every once in a while, when you think of it, give the container a little toss so that the marinade ingredients move around amongst the vegetables.

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White Sauce: four ways

This is a very good, basic recipe to have in your repertoire.  It is a base for so many things, such as cheese sauce, and with added flavours, can substitute for processed canned soup in other recipes.

Ingredients:

I.  Thick:

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed up
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

II. Medium

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed up
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

III. Medium Thin

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed up
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

IV. Thin

  • 1 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed up
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Melt butter over medium-low heat.  Blend in flour, and cook, stirring constantly until smooth; cook for a minute or two.  Add the warm/hot milk, stirring constantly.  Cook over medium heat until sauce thickens and comes to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer for two or three minutes to remove floury taste.

For added flavour, toss in whatever you feel like.  For example, try one of the following, or a combination:

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dried mustard, or Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • hot pepper flakes or Tabasco
  • sautéed minced onions (sauté in the butter before adding the flour)
  • herbs, fresh or dried
  • sautéed vegetables, minced

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West Indies Style Rub for Pork Tenderloin Kebabs

Toast over medium heat in a dry skillet (about 2 or 3 minutes):

  • 2 Tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon coriander seeds

Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. With a mortar and pestle, grind to a fine powder.  Transfer to a small bowl and add:

  • 2 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon ground red pepper

Stir well.  Will keep for a few weeks if kept airtight and dry.

Cut the tenderloin into large cubes, and rub the spice mixture into it.  “Marinate” in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of 24 hours.  Tastes better if marinated longer.  Thread onto skewers and grill.

 

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Niall’s Summer Pasta Salad

Really an “anything goes” kind of salad, adapted from LLL’s “Whole Foods for the Whole Family

The Salad Ingredients:

  • ½ lb pasta, cooked and drained
  • ½ cup celery, chopped small
  • ¼ cup red or Vidalia onion, finely diced (use spring onions if you don’t have)
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • ½ red or green pepper, diced
  • 2 tins water-packed tuna –no hydrolyzed plant protein – flaked
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded, a handful
  • ½ cup cucumber, seeded and chopped

The Dressing/dip Ingredients:

This makes way more than the above recipe requires!

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Gently combine all of the salad ingredients.  Add dressing, tossing, until the salad is coated to your preference; it’s likely that you’ll have about 2/3 to ½ of the dressing left over.  Refrigerate until flavours mingle.

The left over dressing makes a great raw veggie dip.


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Grilled Chicken Kebabs, with Dressing and Dip

Read through the entire recipe before beginning, as there are several steps and components to this meal.  Six hours maximum is required for marinating the chicken, but you may marinate for three hours if necessary.

Total amounts of common ingredients – that require prep — for all three components:

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

The Chicken:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced (about 3 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes

Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.  Transfer to a large ziplock freezer bag, and add cubed chicken.  Marinate, refrigerated, for approximately 6 hours, or a minimum of 3 hours.  Do not marinate longer than 6 hours!

The Veggies:

Prepare the following to put on the skewers:

  • 2 red bell peppers , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion. peeled, with outer 3 layers cut into 1-inch pieces*

The Kebabs:

When six hours have passed, remove chicken from the marinade and discard remaining marinade.

Thread each skewer with the vegetables and chicken as follows:

  1. 2 pieces pepper
  2. 1 piece onion
  3. 2 pieces chicken
  4. 1 piece onion
  5. 2 pieces pepper
  6. 1 piece onion
  7. 2 pieces chicken
  8. 1 piece onion
  9. 2 pieces pepper
  10. 1 piece onion
  11. 2 pieces chicken
  12. 1 piece onion

The Dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Whisk all ingredients together, and set aside for later.

The Grilling:

Grill the kebabs over high heat, on all four sides, for 3 minutes per side.

Transfer to a serving platter, and brush the kebabs all over with the dressing.  Serve with the following dipping sauce.

The Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded then finely chopped

Whisk the yogurt, olive oil, garlic, basil, mint, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.  Stir in the cucumber.  Let rest for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerated, for several hours.

*Cut the root and growing end of the onion off, peel it, then cut onion in half lengthwise.  Remove the centre of the onion, leaving the three outer layers intact.  Cut each half lengthwise into two pieces.  Now cut each chunk of onion into three pieces lengthwise.  Cut each of the remaining pieces crosswise into three pieces.  Aim for approximately 1″ squares which are three layers thick.  Save the centre of the onion for another purpose.

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Raita/Cucumber Salad

We eat a few different versions of raita, but this one goes nicely with these beef kebabs.

  • 1 English cucumber, halved, seeded and chopped finely
  • 1 cup yogurt, plain
  • 1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced

Mix all of the ingredients together; eat within an hour or two.

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Honey-orange Vinaigrette

This dressing is not as sweet as the Poppyseed and Honey Dressing below.  Excellent with a spinach salad, topped with candied pecans, thinly sliced sweet onions, and strawberries or oranges.

  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp liquid honey
  • salt, pinch
  • pepper, pinch
  • (optional: 1 Tbsp poppyseeds)

Shake or whisk all ingredients together.

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Indian Inspired Ground Beef and Potatoes

  • 3 Tbsp ghee (or non-GMO vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander seeds (not cilantro leaves)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • Indian ground chili pepper powder, or cayenne, to taste
  • 1 pound lean or extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, either fresh tomatoes, or canned  and drained
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 “ cubes (this is roughly 3 – 4 medium)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup or so of frozen green peas
  • Salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  1. Heat the ghee in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat and sauté the onion until golden.   This will take approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, and sauté until fragrant, about 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Add all of the seasonings and toast well; the ghee will glisten on top.
  4. Stir in beef and tomatoes and cook, breaking up the beef, until the beef is browned and the liquid has evaporated, leaving only the ghee.
  5. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the water, reduce the heat, and simmer covered until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Increase the heat, remove the cover, and cook until all the water has evaporated.
  7. Add the peas and stir well.
  8. Gently stir in the chopped cilantro, taste for addition of salt and pepper, and serve with naan, rice, or other hearty bread.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Poppyseed and Honey Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup liquid honey
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar (or other fruit vinegar)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced (or use a very small amount of garlic, or green onions)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together in a bowl, or shake in a jar.  Taste, and adjust seasonings.

Good on spinach salad that has some fruit (oranges or berries), and sweet or red onions in it.  Dry toasted pecans are also great.

Our Honey-orange Vinaigrette is not as sweet as this recipe.

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Hummus

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped roughly
  • 1 19 oz can of chickpeas, drained and liquid reserved
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a few twists of black pepper
  • salt, about 1/2 tsp or to taste

In a blender or food processor, puree with some of the reserved liquid (or water), until creamy. To serve, sprinkle with olive oil, or make a well in the centre to hold a puddle of olive oil.

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Super Easy, Super Fast Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • A handful chopped flat-leaf parsley OR 1 Tbsp dried, if absolutely necessary
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced  OR 1 tsp dried basil

Heat a medium pot over moderate heat. Add oil, crushed pepper, garlic and finely chopped onion. Saute 5 to 7 minutes, until onion is soft and translucent. Add beef stock, crushed tomatoes, and herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.

Great with these meatballs and pasta.

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Louise’s Chickpea and Potato Curry

  • 2 x 15oz tins of chickpeas, drained (or 2 cups dried, soaked and cooked)
  • 5 to 6 cups chopped, peeled potatoes (just under 2 lbs, or 5 to 6 medium)
  • 1 to 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tsp grated or chopped ginger
  • 2 to 3 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Boil potatoes, turmeric, and salt to taste in water until tender; drain. Sauté onions, garlic, pepper, and ginger in a large frying pan or dutch oven.  Add curry powder, and sauté for one minute.  Add chickpeas, cooked potatoes, tomatoes and salt, and gently combine.  Simmer until desired consistency is reached.  Serve over rice. Makes 8 servings

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Banana Muffins II

Not as “textured” as the other banana muffin recipe, yet still nutritious.

  • 1 cup unbleached white flour (or very finely ground whole wheat)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 – 3 bananas)
  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease with oil or butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.  Whirl the oats in a blender or food processor until they reach the consistency of cornmeal.  Whisk oats into the dry ingredients.

In another large bowl, thoroughly mix together the eggs, bananas, oil, and yogurt.

Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, along with the chocolate chips.  Do not over mix!

Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean and dry.

Cool in the tin for  minutes, then finish cooling on a rack.

Makes 11 to 12 regular sized muffins.

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“Uncle Bruce’s” Multi Bean and Corn Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

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Dressing:

  • 1 tsp  lime zest
  • 6 tbsp  lime juice
  • 1 tsp  cumin
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Sea salt

Salad

  • 1 – 19 oz. (540 ml) tin black beans, rinsed very well and drained
  • 1 – 19 oz. (540 ml) tin mixed beans (pintos, chickpeas, etc) rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup  of fresh corn, blanched (or frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1/2 small red or sweet white onion diced
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

Directions

1. Make the dressing by combining the lime zest, juice, cumin, jalapeno and vegetable oil. Whisk to combine. Season with salt, to taste.  Set aside

2. Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Add the dressing and toss.

3. Season with additional salt if needed and serve.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Pre-bake a 9″ pie shell until golden, and cool it.

Preheat oven to 400F, and read ALL of these directions before proceeding. You will need 3 eggs, carefully separated into yolks and whites; it is of extreme importance that no trace of yolk gets into the whites, or the whites will not stiffen up properly.

In a saucepan, combine:

  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Gradually whisk in:

  • 3 cups water

Put saucepan on stovetop, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Cover and cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

Whisk a small amount of the hot mixture into:

  • 3 slightly beaten egg yolks

Whisk in a little more of the hot mixture, then, blend the yolk mixture into the remaining hot mixture in the saucepan*.  Continue to cook for one minute longer, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and blend in:

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind (from two lemons)
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from two lemons)

Cool to lukewarm and turn into prepared pie shell.

Meringue

Into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, place:

  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • (I have read recently that 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch will prevent the meringue from “weeping”)

Whip on high speed until frothy.  With the mixer still running, slowly add:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Beat until the meringue is thick and shiny, approximately two minutes.  (Whisk in corn starch, if using)

Immediately spread onto the pie, making sure to touch it to the edges (it will shrink back if you don’t).  Put the pie into the 400F oven for about 5 minutes, or until the meringue is golden.  Let the pie cool to room temperature before cutting.

*Note: You can add 2 teaspoons of the lemon zest when you add the egg yolks, reserving 1 teaspoon.  After removing the mixture from the heat, pass it through a sieve, then stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon of zest and the remaining ingredients.  This will result in a “smoother” filling.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf or Muffins

Preheat oven to 350F
Butter a 9” x 5” loaf pan or a 12-cup muffin pan (preheat oven to 375F); will make 9 muffins.

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream

Glaze:

  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Beat in egg, lemon rind and juice until well mixed.

In a separate small bowl combine yogurt and milk.

In another separate bowl, whisk together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and baking soda; add to wet ingredients alternately with yogurt/milk mixture, mixing just until incorporated.   Do not overmix!

Pour into prepared pan, bang pan on counter to release air bubbles.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out dry (if making muffins, bake for 15 to 20 minutes).

Glaze: Prick holes in top of loaf (or muffins) with a skewer or fork.  Combine icing sugar with lemon juice; pour over loaf.

Freezes well.

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