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Steak-Frites (Steak with Homemade Fries)

Steak Frites

Happy Spring, everyone! I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be continuing my partnership with President’s Choice this year to bring you some exciting new recipes that I’ve created for their new line up of products for the PC Black Label Collection.

This month’s box brings us an exquisite mix of ingredients from Europe, the Middle East and beyond! Let’s take a look at these wonderful products and scroll through to see which one I used in this Steak-Frites recipe!

PC Black Label Goose Fat has a subtle flavour but has a velvety, luxurious texture, which is great to use in a variety of dishes in the kitchen. Thanks to its high smoking point, in can be used in your favourite recipes that call for oil, my favourite so far has been in the classic roasted potatoes alongside a nice steak.
PC Black Label Black Garlic is an aged garlic that is cooked over a long period of time resulting in a black garlic that gives a sweet, caramelized flavour to pastas, pizzas, and various condiments and sauces. I tried this in my vegetable quiche and it was a nice, subtle garlic flavour.

PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend is a Moroccan-inspired seasoning blend of 24 spices that include cinnamon, chilies, coriander, nigella seeds, cardamom and rose petals to name a few. It is warm and pungent and brings great depth of flavours to tagines, vegetables and grain dishes.

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I had the pleasure of trying them all and I was immediately drawn to the Ras El Hanout and was eager to try it out in this steak-frites recipe.

What do you think of when you hear “steak frites”? It immediately takes me back to my first visit to Le Relais de l’Entrecôtea popular Parisian restaurant that serves bistro style steak-frites. Perfectly sliced steaks, frites and a delicious sauce to go with it all.

I am a big fan of a good steak. I ate steak frites every week whilst living in Paris, (ahem, for the sake of research as they say…!) I found a place that I really enjoyed and never tired of it. I was such a regular there that they slowly gave me all of their secrets and tips. After several years of cooking and baking professionally, I have mastered the steak to my liking with little tweaks here and there and now I am going to share them with you.

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I’ve shared a simple preparation for beautiful steaks with the PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning to change things up a bit and give it a little kick. The flavour profile does not disappoint! I hope you’ll enjoy the recipe and it becomes your favourite weeknight meal in rotation. I would love to see your recreations using the hashtag, #hautesucre. Happy cooking!

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their to Ras El Hanout Spice Blend to make these delicious Steak Frites.)

 

Steak-Frites Recipe

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(Serves 2 – 3)

Ingredients:

Frites:

3-4 large baking potatoes, peeled, rinsed and dried sliced into 1/4″ thick matchsticks
2 Tblsp olive oil
Fresh sprigs of thyme
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Steaks:

2 Tenderloin Steaks, rinsed and patted dry
2 Tblsp PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning mix
1 Tblsp olive oil
4 Tblsp salted butter
Fresh sprigs of thyme
3 cloves of fresh garlic, slightly crused
1 cup wine
2 tblsp heavy cream
salt
pepper

Directions:

Make the Frites:

  1. Preheat oven to 550F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil, salt, pepper and fresh sprigs of thyme
  3. Transfer to the lined baking sheet and Bake at 550F for 30 minutes or until golden.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.

Ras el Hanout Dry Rub Steaks

Make the Steaks:

  1. Transfer the dry steaks to a large plate and coat both sides with 1 tsp neutral oil. Sprinkle 1-2 Tblsp of the Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning mix on each side of the steak coating it well. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoon of butter and swirl it until it sizzles, add 1 clove of garlic and a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
  3. Gently add the steaks rub side down, increasing the heat to high to get a nice even crust. Leave them undisturbed for a few minutes to sear. Using a large spoon, collect the butter and herbs and pour them over the steaks, basting them to keep them moist.
  4. When a nice and golden sear has been achieved (you can check after 5 minutes, lifting a corner up with a fork) flip the steaks over and continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak. *I find this timing works for me, for a medium rare steak but it will all depend on the thickness of your steak, your cooking pan and the amount of heat.
  5. Alternatively, after searing the steaks you can transfer them to a 450F oven for 10 minutes for medium well and approx 15 minutes for well done.
  6. Transfer the steaks to a large plate to rest for a few minutes and prepare the jus.

Seared Steak

Make the Jus:

  1. Return the skillet back over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter until just melted, then add the salt, pepper, garlic, wine and fresh thyme. Cook over high heat until the wine has reduced, approx 5 minutes. Pour in the heavy cream and gently whisk. Set aside until you’re ready to plate.

Assembly:

  1. Transfer each steak to a dinner plate with a serving of the Frites and then pour 1-2 tablespoons of the jus over the steak and frites as desired. Serve with your favourite wine and enjoy!

Steak Frites

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Orange Mousse Cups

These Orange Mousse Cups are the perfect dinner party dessert, yet perfect for a simple weeknight treat.  They are quick and easy to make, light and airy in texture, and refreshing.  You can easily make this ahead of time, with little or no fuss at all. All you need are simple and wholesome ingredients to turn into a magical dessert that your friends and family will love!

Orange mousse cups

I have made these Orange Mousse Cups with Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice to give it a nice refreshing taste that really complements this eggless mousse.  I love incorporating nutritious foods into my desserts, so it’s a great feeling knowing Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice provides the additional nutritional benefits.  The orange juice gives this mousse the rich and velvety orange flavour and gives off the impression that you spent hours to make it, when in fact it can be ready in under 30 minutes.

Orange mousse cups

I hope you’ll try out this recipe and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch or dinner party, they’re sure to become your new favourite mousse, get the recipe below. Enjoy!

 

Orange mousse cups

 

Orange Mousse Cups Recipe

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
2 tsp gelatin
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups 35% whipping cream, chilled
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean

Fresh fruit for garnishing
4 small dessert cups or small glasses

Directions:

  1.  Place the Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice into a small heat proof bowl and sprinkle over the gelatin. Leave it for 5 minutes until it has bloomed.
  2. Microwave the orange juice and gelatin for 1 minute on high heat and stir until it has completely dissolved, set aside.
  3. In a large stand mixer, pour in the chilled whipping cream and ground vanilla beans, whisk on medium.  Pour in the sugar and whisk on high until soft peaks form.
  4. Chill the whipped cream in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Prepare your mousse cups – glasses or small shot glasses.
  6. Return the bowl to the stand mixer and whisk on low, pouring in the orange gelatin mixture.  Increase the speed to high and whisk for 30 seconds until the mousse has combined – do not overmix.
  7. Spoon or pipe the mousse into prepared moussse cups and garnish with fresh fruit
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Orange Acai Bowl

Acai bowls are a favourite here at our house.  It’s like eating ice cream for breakfast only healthier with the addition of wholesome fruits.  It’s one way to entice your kids to eat a healthy breakfast, chock full of vitamins and daily servings of fruit and vegetables.

Traditionally Acai bowls are prepared with blended acai fruit and bananas and topped with coconut, bananas and berries.  With the recent food trends all over the world, acai bowls have become highly popular and instagram worthy, and why not, these bowls are a healthy addiction to have.

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I have partnered with Tropicana Canada for this Orange Acai Bowl recipe using Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice.  I love the hint of citrus in the smoothie bowl as it gives me that pick me up in the morning and it complements the berries so well.  They are a healthy breakfast option in our house as they’re easy to prepare and the kids love to add their own toppings.

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It is also an excellent addition to your brunch table if you’re having a lot of guests as it allows them to customize their bowls with the own toppings. I always like to set up a little buffet bar of the toppings and everyone can help themselves!  It’s a fun and entertaining way to serve breakfast!

Some of my favourite toppings include my homemade chocolate hazelnut granola , dried coconut, fresh berries, hemp hearts and sliced bananas.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch, they’re sure to become your new favourite, get the recipe below.

 

Orange Acai Bowl Recipe

(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
2 tblsp maple syrup
1 packet of frozen acai
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries or blueberries

Toppings:

sliced strawberries
granola cereal
mixed nuts
dried coconut
cocoa nibs

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on the highest speed of your mixer until smooth.

Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Tofu Breakfast Tacos with Orange Slaw

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day and I’m always excited to prepare new and healthy alternatives.

My take on healthy tacos for breakfast include pan fried chipotle spiced tofu with the most amazing orange cabbage slaw.  These are delicious and easy to whip up for a weekday breakfast and a real crowd-pleaser for those big weekend brunches.

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I have partnered with Tropicana Canada for this recipe using Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice. I made the orange cabbage slaw with Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice.  It’s the perfect alternative to limes as it gives the tacos the sweetness that matches the spicy tofu perfectly.  It’s a match made in culinary heaven!

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Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice is always on my table for breakfast.  With no artificial sweeteners,  flavours or preservatives, I feel comfort in knowing that I am getting my additional vitamins (Vitamin C, Potassium and Folic Acid).  It is also becoming a favourite recipe add-in for me as it’s so versatile and I use it to bake and cook, too.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch, they’re sure to become your new favourite, get the recipe below.

Tofu Breakfast Tacos with Orange Slaw Recipe

Orange Cabbage Slaw:

2 cups sliced purple cabbage
1/4 cup Tropicana orange juice 1 tblsp raw sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

In a large bowl toss the ingredients to combined and set aside.

Chipotle Spiced Tofu:

350g ~ 1 package extra firm tofu, chopped
into small squares
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried chipotle peppers
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tblsp tomato paste

Garnishes :

Cilantro
Sliced avocados
Sour cream
Salsa

6-8 Corn Tortillas

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat a large skillet and add the olive oil spices, and tomato paste.
  2. Cook for 2 minutes on med high until the cumin seeds start to sputter.
  3. Add the chopped tofu and warm through for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with sprigs of cilantro.
  5. Over a flame or in a skillet, warm up the corn tortillas and set aside.

Assembly:

  1. Place one tortilla on a plate and layer with the tofu mixture and top with the orange cabbage slaw.
  2. Add slices of avocado and dollops of sour cream.
  3. Serve immediately. Great to serve family style and everyone can help themselves.

Whole Grain Orange Waffles

Waffles are a weekend treat at home and we love gathering around for big brunches with everyone. From sweet to savory, the options are endless. We love these whole grain waffles because they’re a healthy alternative as they’re made with whole wheat flour and our favourite Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice.

I feel better knowing I’m feeding my family a healthier option with the addition of Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice as it includes two servings of fruit per cup and we get the additional vitamin C and potassium in our waffles.

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But who are we kidding? I love orange juice and any way that I can incorporate it into my meal, I will. My two-year-old daughter will devour an entire waffle for breakfast and I don’t feel guilty serving them to my kids.

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Crowned with our favourite toppings, they’re the perfect cozy weekend brunch meal. To make it even more fun, I like to set up a mini fruit bar station for my kids that includes various berries, sliced oranges, nuts, whipped cream and maple syrup. And of course, we cannot forget the dusting of icing sugar that crowns the top!

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I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch, they’re sure to become your new favourite, get the recipe below.

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Whole Grain Orange Waffles Recipe

Makes 6 Waffles

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Organic Whole Wheat Flour

2 tblsp buttermilk powder

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp ground vanilla bean

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

3 tblsp raw sugar

¾ cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice

1 large free range egg

3 tblsp unsalted butter, softened or melted

Toppings:

Fresh berries

Whipped cream

Icing sugar

Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender mix all the ingredients in the order listed and mix on medium-high for 1 minute or until the ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron
  3. Add enough batter to the hot waffle iron (approximately ¾ cup) and cook until nice and golden.
  4. Transfer to a cooling rack and continue making the rest of the waffles
  5. Transfer one waffle to a plate and top with your desired toppings such as mixed berries, maple syrup and finish with whipped cream and a dusting of icing sugar.

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This post is sponsored by Tropicana Canada. I have partnered up with Tropicana Canada to bring you delicious new recipes that will highlight the goodness of cooking and baking with Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice and how I enjoy it in my daily life.

Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup to make these beautiful Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas.)

This month’s PC Black Box included three delightful products that I had the opportunity to try. From snacks to desserts, there is such a wide array of PC Black Label products that you can serve for any occasion.

PC Black Label Artichoke Halves

These sun-ripened artichokes are grilled and marinated and they’re packed in a delicious infusion of oils, garlic and spices. My husband loves artichokes and these were a delicious addition to pizza.

These sweet and plump Apricots from Turkey did not disappoint, they were eaten within minutes of opening the bag. My 7 year old son devoured them, they’re that good! Great for a cheese platter or just to snack on, these are a real treat to have around the house.

Made from carefully selected sweet blueberries, this artisan syrup is bursting with fresh berries! It’s an amazing rich syrup which makes delicious cocktails, salad dressings and our favourite breakfast or dessert toppings. One of my favourite products from this month’s PC Black Label Box, read on for my take on a holiday favourite, Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas!
I enjoyed all the products but I particularly favored the PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup for this month’s recipe selection. The first thing that popped into my mind was how well this sauce would go with my one of my favourite holiday desserts, pavlovas!
I swirled this luscious PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup into traditional meringues and slow baked them, get the recipe below.
Swirled Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Swirled Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Pavlovas are a holiday favourite in our family and I hope they will become yours, too. This recipe is easy to prepare and the meringues can be baked ahead of time, up to 3 days and stored in an airtight container, layered between parchment sheets.

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Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas Recipe

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites, room temperature

Pinch of kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tblsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp ground Vanilla bean

1/2 cup blueberry sauce

Fork or spoon for swirling

Parchment lined baking sheet

Meringues with Swirled PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup ready for the oven

Meringues with Swirled PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup ready for the oven

Directions:

Baking time: 90 minutes

Preheat oven to 255°F

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch ensuring there are no lumps.

2. In a large stand mixer whisk the egg whites on medium for 1 minute until frothy.

3. Add the salt and continue to whisk on highest setting for 2 minutes.

4. With the mixer running on medium high, slowly add the sugar mixture. Once it’s all added, turn the mixture back on high and whisk for 5 minutes until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks have formed.

5. Spoon out 6-8 mounds on the parchment sheet using 2 spoons to help release the mixture.

6. Spoon 1 tsp of blueberry sauce into each mound and using the tines of the fork, gently swirl the sauce into the meringue.

7. Using the back of a small spoon, make an indent in the centre.

8. Bake at 255°F for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

9. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues inside to cool down, up to 12 hours without opening the oven door.

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Baked Meringues

Pavlova Assembly:

1 cup Whipping cream 35%

2 tblsp sugar

Fresh fruit

  1. In a large stand mixer add the whipping cream and sugar and beat until medium peaks form.
  2. Plate each meringue and top with the fresh whipped cream, fresh berries and drizzle with 1 Tbsp PC Black Label Blueberry Sauce over top. Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Orange Tea Cakes

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(This post is sponsored by Tropicana Canada. I have partnered up with Tropicana Canada to bring you delicious new recipes that will highlight the goodness of cooking and baking with Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice and how I enjoy it in my daily life.)

I am a big advocate of orange juice, always have been. Not only do I love the refreshing taste but I enjoy the immense benefits it brings such as a daily dose of vitamin C. A lot of love into a 250ml glass of 100% Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice. Each glass contains:

  • Two servings of fruit
  • Full day’s supply of Vitamin C
  • As much potassium as a medium banana

I have been buying Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice for myself and my family for as long as I can remember as it is apart of our healthy diet. I never realized all the added benefits I was getting as we primarily drink it because it tastes good – the additional benefits are a bonus!

I love incorporating ingredients that I trust into my cooking and baked goods and this new recipe for Orange Tea Cakes is no exception. It’s delicious, straightforward and requires little fuss or expertise. As these are petit fours, you can be creative with your choice of molds. I have used mini madeleine molds, but you can also use mini savarin ring molds as well as mini muffin tins.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next cookie exchange or holiday brunch, they’re sure to become your new holiday favourite, get the recipe below.

Orange Tea Cakes Recipe

Makes approximately 25 mini cakes

orange tea cakes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
zest of 1 small orange
1/3 cup Tropicana Premium Orange Juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F Line a mini madeleine pan or mini muffin tray with butter. If using silicone bakeware, do not coat with butter, but place silicone moulds over a baking sheet for the oven. Best eaten on the day they’re baked.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking power, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat on medium high for 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time and continue to beat for 5 minutes. You want the batter to be light and fluffy.
  4. Lower the speed on the stand mixer and pour in the vanilla, orange zest and orange juice, mix until combined.
  5. Keeping the mixer on the lowest speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined – do not over mix.
  6. With a small teaspoon or cookie scoop, transfer the batter to your mini cake pan and bake at 350F for 15 min or until slightly golden.
  7. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.

Winter Spiced Shakshouka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)

Winter Spiced Shakshouka

(This post is sponsored by the FeedFeed and Vitamix).

My favourite weekend brunch includes this Middle Eastern egg dish called Shakshouka. This dish is a feast for the palate with a myriad of spices simmered in a slow cooked tomato sauce with an abundance of chili’s, and topped with farm fresh eggs poached directly in the pan over this magical sauce. It’s adorned with an assortment of fresh herbs and sheep’s feta cheese.

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The inspiration for this dish came from a recent dinner I have with the FeedFeed and the Vitamix team here in Toronto a few weeks ago. It was a lovely dinner with the entire meal prepared with Vitamix’s Winter Spice Seasoning. Delicious notes of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and dried oranges complemented and highlighted each course. It is such a lovely spice mix that I have incorporated it into my Shakshouka recipe and can’t wait to try it next in Indian spiced chai.

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This spice blend was made in my new beautiful A3500 Ascent series Vitamix machine and took less than five minutes to make! This machine is a workhorse and has been an absolute delight to use.

The features for this machine are outstanding, I’ve never had a smoothie so rich and smooth and ready in under 1 minute. My kids love it and with the pre-set program settings it’s so easy for them to use!

I hope you enjoy the recipe and when you make it, please tag me on my social channels with my hashtag, #hautesucre as I would love to see your recreations.

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Winter Spiced Shakshouka Recipe

The Shakshouka sauce can be made ahead of time especially if you’re making it for a large crowd and want to prep in advance. It can be warmed up to a gentle boil, ensuring the sauce is bubbling so that the eggs set. You want the whites to be just set while the yolks are still soft and runny. There’s no other way to serve this other than with a nice chunk of bread to scoop up the sauce.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 chiles or 1jalapeños, finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp sugar
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp Winter Spice Seasoning
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp red chili powder (spicy kind)
1 tbsp. paprika
2 cups crushed tomatoes (passata)
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup water
4-6 large eggs
2 tbsp cilantro, dill, parsley, chopped

2 Tblsp Sheep’s Feta Cheese
Fresh crusty bread or pita

Directions:

  • In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil, add onions and sugar and cook about 6 minutes until translucent (do not brown)
  • Add crushed garlic, chopped chillies, and cumin seeds ~ fry 2 minutes.
  • Add the Winter Spice mix and the rest of the ground spices and cook 3 minutes, stirring to incorporate everything.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, chickpeas and 1/4 cup water (if using passata, do not add additional water). Cover and cook for about 10-15 min.
  • Smooth mixture into base of skillet and gently crack 4-6 eggs on top. Spoon some of the tomato sauce over and around the eggs. Immediately cover and cook approx 4-5 min or until eggs are cooked through to your desired preference (runny or semi solid yolk).
  • With a large spatula, gently remove sauce and eggs onto plates and top with chopped herbs and serve with crusty bread or pita. Enjoy!

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Buckwheat & Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Gluten-free)

Buckwheat cookies are an amazing alternative for those with gluten intolerance. Made with healthy and hearty wholesome ingredients such as medjool dates, coconut, and my favourite – hazelnuts!

Hazelnuts can be substituted in this recipe, but these go nicely with the buckwheat and chocolate. These are so tasty you won’t miss a thing, my 7 year old loves them and we’ve made them many times.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next cookie exchange or holiday brunch, they’re sure to become your new holiday favourite, get the recipe below.

Buckwheat Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (gluten free) Recipe

Ingredients:

8 Medjool Dates

2/3 cups hazelnuts

2/3 cups maple sugar (or raw turbinado sugar)

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of ground cinnamon

1 large free range organic egg

2 tblsp almond milk (or other dairy/non dairy liquid)

1 cup Buckwheat flour

1/3 cup coconut manna (dried coconut)

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground Vanilla bean

1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Topping:

1 cup dairy free chocolate Cacao nibs

Fleur de sel

Instructions:

1. In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse the hazelnuts and dates until broken down. You should still see chopped pieces of nuts – you don’t want hazelnut flour.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture comes together. Do not over process.

3. Transfer the batter to a small bowl and work it with your hands for a few minutes, ensuring it’s evenly distributed.

4. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and scoop out the mixture into mid size balls.

8. Gently roll and flatten them slightly so that they bake evenly.

9. Bake for 12 minutes. Let them rest for 2 min and transfer to a rack to completely cool.

10. Melt 1 cup of chocolate into a small heatproof bowl and set aside.

11. When the cookies have cooled, dip each half cookie into the bowl of melted chocolate, shaking off the excess and laying it flat onto the parchment sheet to dry. Repeat with remaining chocolate.

12. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with raw cacao nibs and fleur de sel. Let the chocolate harden until set.

Enjoy!

Apple Walnut Cake

Apple Walnut Cake
(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their PC Black Label “00” Farina Fine Wheat Flour to make this Apple Walnut Cake.)

When I received this month’s box I was delighted to see 2 ingredients that I really love, flour and pizza sauce!

PC Black Label Pizza Sauce is made in Italy with a traditional blend of Italian tomatoes, spices, extra virgin olive oil and onions. It’s perfect for those weeknight meals when you want to make a quick dinner. I used the sauce to make flatbread pizza and it made a delicious base with a burst of amazing flavours.

PC Black Label “00” Farina Fine Wheat Flour is a finely milled wheat flour that is ideal for use in pizzas, pastries and pasta. This wheat flour is soft and silky and easy to work with. Also, I love using this product to make my favourite Focaccia recipe.

I was really tempted to make Pizza for this month’s recipe but decided against it as I was really curious to see how the flour would turn out in pastries. Generally I use all purpose flour for baked goods but after doing some research and testing, I decided to create a recipe with this season’s generous bounty of apples and paired them with this delicate flour into a wonderful cake.

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This cake has a soft crumb with crunchy bites of walnut and sweet apples that just melt in your mouth. The flour is easy to work with and mixes well with the other ingredients. I’m glad I tried it! It looks like I have a new favourite flour to work with in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more recipes.

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Apple Walnut Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean powder
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups PC Black Label “00” Farina Fine Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup cashew milk* or regular milk
2 apples, thinly sliced and tossed in 1 tblsp lemon juice
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tblsp sugar, for sprinkling on top

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to @350°F
1. In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and softened butter and whisk until smooth and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth.
3. In a small bowl whisk the flour, salt, cinnamon powder and baking powder.
4. Alternating with the cashew milk, add half the flour into the large mixing bowl and gently fold to combine. Add the second half of the milk and flour and fold gently with a spatula. Do not overmix.
5. Pour the batter into a parchment lined loaf tin.
6. Arrange the Apple slices from one of the pan to the other end keeping it in a tight row, pushing them down halfway into the batter.
7. Sprinkle with walnuts and 1 Tblsp sugar.
8. Bake at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes.
9. Let the cake completely cool on a wire rack before removing from the pan before placing on a serving dish.
10. Dust with icing sugar, if desired. Serve.

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