In My Kitchen February 2017

Ok, totally failed on my New Years resolution to get back to blogging regularly. It is just so busy with work and other commitments that I just have nothing left.  I am determine to get the IMK post up this month!

Here are a few things that have been in my kitchen this month.

Salmon in white wine and dill sauce, delicious 

My favourite cheese, soft creamy and so good. Wonderful served with dried figs. It is a Quebec cheese and I like supporting Canadian and local producers.

It was my Mom’s birthday and we had this chocolate raspberry cake.

Evie made a lego hotdog truck


A bottle of wine

We have been eating lots of these Sweeties, a grapefruit & pomelo cross. They are very sweet and juicy.

Evie made me this coaster for my morning coffee.
We are joining Liz at www.bizzylizzysgoodthings for the IMK link up. If you would like to join post before February 10th, link back to her site and let her know you have posted.

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Rebar 

This vegetarian restaurant was on my bucket list and I got to eat there multiple times while in Victoria. I have the cookbook and have made several recipes over the past few years, now I have tried some in the restaurant and it was soooo good!

I had these wild salmon tacos twice.

wild salmon tacos

yam falafel

Bergamot ginger cheesecake

This cheesecake was delicious, you could really taste the bergamot.

Evie’s favourite was the rebar chocolate cake.

I definitely recommend Rebar restaurant.

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake aka Wacky Cake

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I needed a dairy free dessert for Easter.  That may not be a challenge for some people, but my kitchen is not a dairy free zone, in fact it is a dairy heavy zone!  The Cadbury mini eggs are not dairy free but I love them sooooo much and they can easily be removed for the non-dairy eaters.

After thinking and pinteresting ( I think I just made that word up) for awhile I remembered a cake that I used to make when I was a kid.  It was from this old kids cookbook and I started making it when I was probably about 8 years old.

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It is a simple mix in the pan and bake cake.  It is actually a recipe from the 1930’s depression era when eggs, butter and milk were expensive.  Though I thought  sugar would have been expensive too? maybe it was cheap back then?

This was my much older cousin’s book which got handed down to me and then handed back to her again.  I forgot how much I loved the pictures in this book.  It was called wacky cake, there are versions found on the interwebs as well, they are all about the same.  I mixed it in a bowl and poured it into the greased pan as I wanted it to come out of the pan easily for decorating.  I changed it slightly by doubling it and I added cold brewed coffee instead of water.  It brings out the chocolate flavour more.

This cake is chocolatey and moist, I think that it was perfect for Easter or any celebration or just cause you are feeling wacky!

This is the recipe for one 9′ round cake.

1 1/2 cups al purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup cold brewed coffee (or water)

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp vinegar

Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar into a bowl (or directly in the pan)

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That is the coffee

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A little bunny helped of course

In a measuring cup mix coffee, oil and vanilla.

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Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk.

When the batter is smooth our in vinegar an whisk quickly just until vinegar is distributed.

Note: This is an exciting science lesson for the kiddos when the vinegar and baking soda reacts.

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Bake at 375 for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before icing.

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Make the icing an colour whatever colour you want it

The icing is a simple decorator icing (I think it is originally from Wilton).  It is a sweet frosting, but all my other trusted frostings have dairy.  I found the sweet was well balanced by the chocolate of this cake.

Vegetable shortening (1 cup), icing sugar (4 cups) and 1 tsp vanilla and about a tbsp water.

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Did I mention how much I love Cadbury mini eggs.

I know I have mentioned before that I do not have any affiliate links and am not compensated for my opinion etc, but if Cadbury would like to send me a big ole bucket of mini eggs I would make all kinds of things with them and gush about them all the time….just sayin’

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A piece of the cake before it was all gobbled up

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