Maple-glazed Delicata Rings \\ Courge Délicata à l’érable

Delicata squash is probably one of my favourite things to eat comes Fall. They are so soft and smooth, they practically eat themselves up. Last year, I was obsessed with turning roasted delicata squash in an amazingly creamy pasta sauce (I even made a video out of that one!) or in a delicious curry. Well, this year I tried something a little bit different and made maple-glazed delicata rings. This is both sweet and spicy and is the perfect side dish for any meal. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 big delicata squash
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • salt to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Thoroughly wash the squash and cut it into rings (about 1cm / 1/2 in thick). With a spoon, remove the seeds and middle membranes. Set in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet.
  2. Dab your fingers in one tablespoon of olive oil and rub them against the squash to prevent it from sticking.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients together and use a spoon to spread about half of it on the rings.
  4. Put in your preheated oven set at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes. Flip the rings over, add the rest of the glaze and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until soft. Serve hot!

This is so delicious! The texture of delicata squash really is special and precious. I love the sweet and salty combination of flavours, while still keeping this pretty simple to prepare. The maple syrup caramelizes on the squash, giving the rings a lovely color. Let me know if you try this out!

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J’adore les courges délicata! Leur texture est si onctueuse et douce. L’année dernière je les avais transformées en délicieuse sauce à spaguetti et en curry. Cette année, je me lance dans la production d’anneau de courge glacés au sirop d’érable: MIAM!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 belle courge delicata
  • 2 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 1 c. à soupe de sauce tamari
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre d’ail
  • 1/2 c. à thé de sauce piquante (optionelle)
  • du sel au goût
  1. Bien laver la courge et la couper en rondelles d’environs 1 cm de largeur. À l’aide d’une cuillère, enlever les graines et les membranes du centre de chaque rondelles. Disposer vos rondelles sur une plaque à biscuit recouverte de papier d’alluminium.
  2. Badigeonner chaque rondelle d’un peu d’huile d’olive (à peu près 1 c. à soupe pour toute la courge) pour éviter qu’elles ne collent.
  3. Mélanger le reste des ingédients et répartir la moitié de cette sauce sur les rondelles à l’aide d’une cuillère.
  4. Mettre au four préchauffé à 400F (200C) pour 20 minutes. Retourner les rondelles, répartir le reste de sauce et enfourner encore 5 à 10 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que la courge soit bien cuite. Savourer!

C’est si bon! Légèrement sucrée, tendre et succulente, chaque rondelle est parfaitement pleine de saveurs. Cette courge pourra faire un très bon plat d’accompagnement pour toutes les occasions. Miam! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

Witch’s Brew: A comforting drink \\ Potion de sorcière: une boisson réconfortante

Because the cold is slowly setting in with Fall taking its place, I have been craving warm, comforting drinks. Of course, I love to snuggle up with a cup of tea, but sometimes, I feel fancy and decide to vamp it up a little bit. Tonight was one of those nights. Before I continue, I just want to take a minute to share with you that I’m completely in awe with my new mug. I had spotted it a few weeks ago and kept it in the back of my mind. When I saw it yesterday morning, lonely, I just had to bring it home. Now on to the recipe!

 

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Of course, witch’s brew is an unpredictable drink that will flow over when you decide to take a picture!

Here is what you need for each cup:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp hazelnut butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (I used unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 dash of ground cloves
  • 1 dash of black pepper
  • sweetener of your choice
  • optional: coconut cream garnish (this, unlike what I thought, does not float on top of drinks, so you can mix it in for extra creaminess): I used my recipe for coconut frosting, but did not put any sweetener in and used just on small box of coconut milk.

Here is what you do:

  1. In a saucepan set over medium heat, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Continue to stir until it is warm. Pour in your favourite cup and enjoy!

This is seriously rich and creamy and could probably do the trick if you are extra busy in mornings and want some quick energy. The hazelnut butter makes it super creamy and so flavourful. The different spices combination screams Fall and is perfect when you need a little boost. Let me know if you try this out!


Avec les températures fraîches qui commencent à s’installer avec l’automne, j’aime bien me préparer des petites boissons chaudes réconfortantes. En générale, je me contente de savourer un bon thé ou une bonne tisane, mais quelques fois, je me sens inspirée et je me prépare quelque chose de plus élaboré. Ce soir était un de ces soirs et j’en ai profité pour inaugurer ma magnifique tasse! Elle est si mignonne!

 

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Parce que les potions sont souvent imprévisibles, celle-ci a décidé de voyager hors de sa tasse au moment de prendre des photos!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin par tasse:

  • 1 tasse de lait d’amandes
  • 1 c. à thé de beurre de noisettes (ou tout autre beurre de noix)
  • 1 c. à thé de cacao (j’en ai utilisé du non-sucré)
  • 1/2 c. à thé de poudre de gingembre
  • 1/2 c.. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 1 pincée de poivre noir en poudre
  • 1 soupson de clou de girofle en poudre
  • optionel: de la crème de coco pour garnir (attention, ça ne flotte pas très bien! Vous pouvez par contre la mélanger au tout pour rendre cette boisson encore plus crémeuse.): j’ai utilisé ma recette de glaçage à la noix de coco sans mettre de sirop d’érable.
  1. Mélanger les ingrédients dans une casserole sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que tout soit bien mélangé et homogène. Verser dans votre tasse préférée et savourer!

Cette boisson est riche et crémeuse et est parfaite pour se remettre d’une journée difficile ou pour commencer la journée du bon pied. Le mélange d’épices est parfait pour donner une petit coup de pouce! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

 

 

Iron Fish’s Apple Sauce

Since my last post, I have been very impatient and excited to try my Lucky Iron Fish. I had been thinking about what recipe I would cook with it first. Originally, my plan was to try it out in vegetable soup, but as we are getting tired of soups, I crossed it out. Then I thought of incorporating it to cooking water for pastas. However, after some thought, I’m not sure this is the most efficient way to use it as most of the water is thrown away.

Comforting apple sauce for a long correction filled evening...

Comforting apple sauce for a long correction filled evening…

As I was pondering all this, I noticed that we only had access to three of our kitchen chairs because the fourth one was occupied by our remaining apples from a really nice apple picking outing and a bag of oranges. And there you go!

Apple sauce it is!

Here is what you will need:

  • 20 apples (I used medium sized McIntosh and Cortland apples)
  • 1 liter of water
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ground coriander seeds

Here is what you will do:

  1. Peel, core and roughly chop your apples and put them aside.
  2. Clean your iron fish.
  3. Place the water in a big pot and add your lucky iron fish.
  4. Add the lemon juice.
  5. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Using thongs, remove the iron fish and BE CAREFUL: this little guy is hot hot hot!
  7. Add the apples and put the heat to medium-high.
  8. Let reduce for around 15 minutes.
  9. Mix: the apples should start to break down as you are stirring.
  10. Add the spices and maple syrup and mix well.
  11. Let cook for another 30 minutes, or until the apples have completely broke down and you like the texture.

Now, the important information: Does it taste any different than iron-fish-free apple sauce? Well, the honest answer is yes. Especially while cooking this, I felt like the metallic taste was a little bit overwhelming. However, after adding the spices (especially the cinnamon) this robotic taste disappears and becomes an after taste.

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I really like the way maple syrup gives recipes a nice glossy look. What do you think?

Is this really an issue? For me, not really. Now, if I were to serve this apple sauce to the Queen of England, or any member of Downton Abbey, yes probably. But since I’m not waiting for any one royal any time soon, it’s not really an issue here.

Coriander really gives this apple sauce a special flavour that is quite refreshing.

Coriander really gives this apple sauce a special flavour that is quite refreshing.

I’m really curious to see how the iron fish does in other dishes and what spices help cover up the taste better. I’ll keep you posted, and share your thoughts in the comments!

 

Delicata Squash Spaguetti sauce

Hello everyone!

Delicata Squash Sauce

 

Another week, another delicata squash recipe! This is one of my very own completely invented recipes. This all happened last February when I realized that I still had two perfectly good delicata squashes that I had bought in September. Isn’t that amazing! They stayed perfect and cute looking for 6 months! I didn’t to push my luck though so here what I came up with.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 delicata squashes
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts (soaked or not)
  • Plant based milk (about a cup, but the amount might vary according to your standards of creaminess)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F or 180C.
  2. Peel and empty the squashes and cut them in chunks.
  3. Peel and remove the foot from the cloves of garlic.
  4. Put the squash and garlic in a line baking dish with a little bit of olive oil (or water), salt and pepper and let cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until the squash is tender.
  5. In your food processor or blender, put the cooked squash and garlic and keep the baking dish on hand.
  6. Process the squash and add the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Leave the machine do its thing until everything is creamy and smooth and perfect.
  8. In your oven dish, place your noodles or zoodles or courgetti and pour half of the sauce on top. Add a little bit of cayenne pepper.
  9. Put this back in the oven for 10 minutes to let the zoodles get tender and for the sauce to really mix and flavour the noodles.
  10. Before you serve, add the rest of the sauce and mix until well coated. Sprinkle a little bit of cayenne pepper to make it pretty and exciting. Enjoy!

I really hope you try this recipe out and tell me what you think! This is so yummy, comforting and perfect for the cold weather. Let me know what is your favourite thing to cook with delicata squashes or any squash. Remember to have fun!