That is the question I repeatedly asked everyone and myself all weekend. Chanterelles are the Rolls Royce of mushrooms and found on the menus of the fanciest restaurants in town. They caught my eye mid-week at Fiesta Farms for 2 reasons. Cha-ching! They’re super pricey and second, they have a really strange cap (rippled and uneven- not circular) and a unique colour – sort of similar to egg yolks.
Fast forward to the weekend and I stumbled on what I suspected were those very coveted mushrooms! But this time the strange shaped fungi were in the ground all around me. This summer has been so rainy and damp that my parents’ cottage property is carpeted with all kinds of fungi. And lots of them have that signature gold colour. Are these edible chanterelles? Or are they deadly? Had I uncovered treasures amongst the pine needles and decomposing leaves?
My dad Marty Kosoy working on his beautiful Lily garden at the cottage
But, even though we’re getting teased with a day here and there, don’t kid yourself… it’s still going to be chilly for the foreseeable future. I don’t know about you, but I’m still wearing my woollies and craving wintery comfort food. So, what could be better to take the edge off a damp, cold, rainy day? A bowl of delicious leek and potato soup. Mmmm…YUM!
Over the last few months, I’ve been producing video demos so you can see for yourself how easy it is to whip up some of the recipes I’ve written about on the Walnut Kitchen blog. I first posted the recipe for this hearty soup in the early days of my blog. (Here’s the link to the full leek and potato soup recipe) Now, if you click below, you can watch the video demo to see how to make it. Let me know if you try it. Or if you have any other soup recipes you love that are perfect for the winter to spring transition, I’d love to hear from you. Happy Cooking!
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NOW YOU CAN WATCH HOW SIMPLE THIS BREAKFAST GRANOLA RECIPE IS TO WHIP UP
If you read my homemade granola post a little while back, you know that this recipe is one of my favourites. It’s delicious and healthy -a perfect combo since we are all trying to get off to a good fresh start this month. Watch the video demo (below) and see for yourself that this breakfast granola recipe is also quick and easy. Now, there’s nothing stopping you from making it!
If you grow up in a traditional Jewish home, Friday night dinners are a special time for family and friends to connect and literally ‘break bread’ together. The bread I’m talking about is challah (egg bread).
According to Ellen Schwartz, “It’s a nice opportunity once a week to do things differently and start off your meal with something sweet.” I couldn’t agree more! Until now, I would NEVER have contemplated making it. Mind you, I’ve NEVER made bread before. Too intimidating!
Now YOU AND I are going to learn how to make it together from one of the most experienced challah makers I know! A few weeks ago, I kicked off a new theme called “Silver Linings” where I shine the light on inspiring people and then… we cook together. (I can’t help myself, it always boils down to food) Bestselling author, Ellen Schwartz was my first feature. You can read about her and her AMAZING new book “Without One Word Spoken” here.
I’m making a bird. But, instead of turkey, I’m cooking up a Gordon Ramsay Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Chorizo dish. Mmmm, it’s a bit smokey, spicy and so succulent! Did you also happen to notice that I spelled ‘honor’ the American way? Seems fitting just this one time, right? OK, I digress. Back to the recipe… Here’s what it looks like before and after roasting (below). Looks good… right?
I’m not a tree hugger sporting Birkenstocks and protesting on weekends. (Although some of my best friends are!) I AM a foodie and a huge fan of eating delicious, healthy, whole foods. So on the weekend, you will find me in the kitchen (Walnut Kitchen to be specific) making among other things, this amazing homemade granola recipe. Continue Reading
Time to dress up and serve these ghoulish spirits…
Halloween Cocktails Countdown….
Dancing with the Devil Cocktail – if you are a fan of Bourbon, this cocktail will be a real treat for you. Made with Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut, this spicy + sweet drink has a bold deep colour and finishes off with notes of wood and vanilla . (Photo credit: Wendy Kam Marcy)
Pumpkin Martini– There are 2 times of year I like to eat Pumpkin – in a pie at Thanksgiving and in a martini at Halloween. Sounds scary? Since Halloween is all about candy, the combo of pure pumpkin puree, vodka and maple syrup makes this drink a sweet treat that fits the night. (Photo credit: Joseph De Leo) Continue Reading
RECOVERED ADDICT AND ALCOHOLIC VEGAN ULTRA-ENDURANCE ATHLETE
The man who fits all those descriptors has been my inspiration.
Rich Roll is a bestselling author and wellness evangelist and his podcast has played a big part in changing my life in the last 6 months.
If you’ve never heard of THE RICH ROLL PODCAST, you are in for a treat! Rich’s goal is simple: “to provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to discover, unlock & unleash your best, most authentic self.” His podcast “delves deep into all things wellness”. He talks to “some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality.”
It’s a refreshing change from the celebrity saturated shallow bite sized content that is everywhere! (don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for all that celebrity nonsense!) Most of the people he interviews, I’ve never heard of. Yet they’ve all done SUCH amazing inspiring things in their lives. That pumps me up. Since I began listening, I’ve gone back to school. I’m trying to eat a more plant based diet, I’ve started running, meditating, and have launched this blog!
I like listening to his podcast when I walk the dog, run, drive, can’t sleep and OFTEN when I’m cooking in my Walnut Kitchen.
THE LATEST…MY RICH ROLL CONNECTION
Since I first wrote about this podcast back in December 2015, I discovered an amazing ‘small world’ connection to my favourite podcaster. Rich Roll has been a close friend to my talented cousin, filmaker Sacha Gervasi for over 16 years! What are the chances?! I practically fell off my chair when I learned about it. Since then, Sacha and his brother in law David de Rothschild were guests on the podcast. It’s a great discussion about chasing dreams…an appreciation for cultivating imagination… and a deep understanding that a story well told holds the potential energy to change the world. Check it out (link below)
If you are unfamiliar with Sacha, apart from working with Hollywood heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johannson, he is best known for Anvil! The Story of Anvil — his critically acclaimed rockumentary about a Toronto heavy metal band. It’s AMAZING! Continue Reading
IN THE WALNUT KITCHEN, THE VITAMIX BLENDER REIGNS SUPREME!!!
I’m a convert. I admit it. And I’m here to spread the gospel. I never could understand what the fuss was about when it came to high-end blenders. Anyone I knew with a ‘Vitamix’ (or archrival brand: ‘Blendtec’) sang its praises. Why? I’d ask myself. It’s just an appliance. But, this is not just any kitchen accessory. It’s a power tool for your meals. I can honestly say that since I splurged on this pricey piece of kitchen equipment, not a day has gone by that I haven’t used it. For what? Besides making nut milks like this homemade almond milk recipe, I use this high power machine to make my breakfast smoothie EVERY morning. It’s a great gadget that helps me be healthy. (Check out my recipe for a healthy green smoothie here)Continue Reading
So what motivated me to start this blog? Lately, I’ve been mixing it all up, dabbling with new things, exploring different interests and trying to listen to my inner voice. I’m on a journey to discover dormant and new passions around food, health, wellness, fitness, beauty, fashion and design. I can’t think of a better place to chart this journey than in my Walnut Kitchen.
It seems fitting that my first post should be about food. For as long as I can remember I’ve been crazy about every facet of food. I adore trying new restaurants. I’ve always loved preparing meals and find so much pleasure in the ritual of setting a beautiful table, especially if it’s with my grandmother’s china! Everything about eating and entertaining is just lovely.
I am one of those crazy people who actually enjoys and gets far too carried away grocery shopping. Recently, I started going to farmer’s markets. It’s almost embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to do so. But, I’m hooked! No, I’m obsessed!
The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns has been my ‘go-to’ spot every Saturday morning. The market supports local agriculture by encouraging farmers to grow as sustainable as possible, and many of their farms are certified organic.
I made a great risotto using shiitake, oyster and cinnamon cap mushrooms. (stay tuned for that recipe soon). The baby lettuces I found at the market were to die for. Apart from the fruit and vegetables which are gorgeous, there’s some amazing prepared food to devour as well. If you are hungry for a hearty breakfast sandwich, the Dundas Park Kitchen is worth a try. Although I’m not a celiac, I am sensitive to gluten. The best discovery I’ve made so far is the Flourless Cheddar and Herb Almond Bun and the Chocolate Cherry Orange Scone from delish kitch. They are so delicate and scrumptious, it’s hard to believe they aren’t made with conventional flour. You have to try them. I’d love to know what your favourite farmers market is and which vendors you love.