Friday, May 11, 2012

mother's day weekend

so not only is it mother's day weekend, it's also halifax open city weekend. in all honesty i have no idea what to expect at the market tomorrow & sunday... and i may or may not be a little frightened.

in preparation i baked more cupcakes today than ever before. this week i have six flavours:
red velvet-raspberry
banana-peanut butter
last week the pineapple-coconut cheesecakes were also a big hit (i think the most facebook comments about a single item to date), so of course i had to make them again. i'm also sending over some teeny, tiny versions of them to the shym (supportive housing for young mothers) dinner tomorrow night at the nscc's waterfront campus theatre.

also on the sweet side, i have the snickers brownies of course, a new version of the hello dolly's, maple walnut squares, cookies, macaroons & double the # of lemon meringue tarts as last week since i ran out so fast.

then on the savoury side, i have a new vegan dish - two weeks in row!

it's a tofu dish with lots of crunchy veggies in a spicy-peanuty-misoy sauce. there's sesame, green onions, lime & comes with a side of basmati & wild rice. the spice level isn't knock your socks of hot but also not for the faint of heart... if that makes any sense.
smalls $8  larges $16

i'm also in the midst of making another main course. when i'm done it will be moroccan turkey (from sweet william) meatballs in tomato sauce with caramelized onions, roasted peppers, kale and lemon-almond quinoa. i don't know what it is but i'm obsessed with the flavours of morocco right now, so there's lots of sumac, lemon, dates, olives & cilantro.
smalls $10  larges $20

the salads this week are also in varying stages of production.
the potato in finished and has celery, green onions, radishes, cucumbers, dill, tarragon & lots of whole grain mustard (vegan & gluten-free).
the quinoa is almost finished and has asparagus, green beans, artichokes, lemon, garlic, basil (vegan & gluten free).
and the broccoli salad isn't quite there yet, but when i'm done it will have bacon, almonds, sunflower seeds, green onions, red bell pepper & a creamy dressing (i'll make a few vegetarian ones too).

ok i had better finish up all this stuff and mentally prepare myself for tomorrow.
see you then :)

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