Friday, January 9, 2015

i hate winter

so i know we just had christmas vacation and all, but i'm going away on monday for vacation vacation for 3 whole weeks! no where particularly warm, but definitely warmer than here & where i won't have to worry about driving in the snow. so, this weekend will be your last chance for frozen meals, salads & sweets until february 7th!

i figure that most people made some resolutions over the holidays so i tried to make some healthier freezer meals this week.

first up was a big batch of vegan vegetable curry. i absolutely love making curry and developing the flavour all the way from the garlic & ginger base to the lime & cilantro finishing touches. this batch has cauliflower, sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, chickpeas, green beans, red peppers, tomatoes & spinach. the side dish is a quinoa & basmati combo seasoned with star anise & cardamom. it's vegan & gluten free.

small $9  large $18

then it was a giant batch of moroccan meatballs. the beef is from getaway farm so it's all grass fed & local. it's seasoned with ginger, sumac, coriander, parsley & chillies. the tomato sauce is jazzed up with fennel seed, dates, olives, lemon & honey. the veggies are roasted peppers, zucchini & swiss chard. it comes with a side of harissa quinoa with almonds, parsley & green onions. it's gluten free & dairy free.

small $10  large $20

there's also a paleo version. instead of the quinoa there's a whole whack of veggies & the addition of mushrooms. this version is nut free.

i made 3 types of salad this week too:

1. sweet potato: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo

2. beet: vegetarian, cow dairy free

3. broccoli: gluten free, dairy free, paleo

of course there are lots of sweets too.

breakfast cookies
goat milk fudge
snickers brownies
maple walnut bars
peppermint bars
eggnog cheesecakes
gluten free cupcakes

i also made a gluten free cake earlier in the week. it had a combo of raspberry & grapefruit frostings & i was pretty pumped with how it turned out!

i have two more cakes to decorate tomorrow night after the market, stay tuned to my instagram & facebook accounts to see how they turn out.

well i hope to see lots of regulars this weekend, but if i don't, have a great rest of january & i'll see you on february 7th!

Friday, January 2, 2015

back to work

i hope everyone had a great holiday season!
i was lucky enough to do a whole lot of sleeping, eating, board game playing, visiting & adventuring. i wish it could be christmas vacation all year long, but today it was back to business as usual in the kitchen.

hopefully everyone isn't on a juice cleanse because i have lots of grub on the menu.

from the freezer i have:

lobster mac & cheese

small $12.50 large $25

regular & paleo shepherd's pies
small $10 large $20

pasta primavera

small $9 large $18

smokey mac & cheese
small $9 large $18

sweet & spicy pork meatballs

large $20

creamy british fish pie
small $10 large $20

mediterranean vegetable ragu

small $9 large $18

moroccan meatballs
small $10 large $20

chicken parmesan
large $20

i have 2 salads this week:

sweet potato


it's gonna be pretty chilly tomorrow too. if you're looking for soup to warm you up, here are the flavours:

carrot, apple, ginger
beet, parsnip, pear
curried butternut squash
roasted pepper, tomato & chipotle
indian-spiced cauliflower
thai turkey & rice
turkey stew
seafood chowder

there are lots of sweets too. i know the holidays are over & all but i made another batch of eggnog cheesecakes for the weekend too - i really like them!

ok i think that's it for the food. i do, however, have a couple of announcements.

1. i have a new table at the market. it's just a couple of tables away from my previous spot - it's where pat's preserves used to be.
2. i'm going away again. i'll be out of town from january 12th - february 3rd. make sure to stock up this weekend & next before i peace out.

hope everyone had a fantastic holiday, happy new year & i'm really looking forward to cooking for you in 2015!

Friday, December 12, 2014

it's been a blur

the title of this post is twofold... 

this week has been an absolute blur, filled with endless checklists and hours in the kitchen. and the past four years have been a blur - tomorrow marks the four year anniversary of little red kitsch'n & i can't even believe it!

anyway i'm exhausted so this will be short & sweet. i'm catering a christmas party for 40 after the market tomorrow. for some reason i'm a glutton for punishment & design really elaborate cocktail party menus. on top of all my regular market prep, here's what's on the menu tomorrow night:

pear, brie & walnut puff pastry
crab & corn cakes with spicy mayo
mushroom & goat cheese phyllo bundles
fried chicken biscuits with cranberry & blue cheese
roasted tomato, bacon & kale strata
red wine braised brisket tarts
prosciutto wrapped scallops with maple glaze
chipotle lime pulled pork sliders with southern slaw

charcuterie board
cheese board
olives, chutneys
crudites with curried hummus & white bean dip

mini cupcakes
chocolate peppermint bars
maple walnut bars
lemon squares

it's a little silly but it'll sure be tasty. i remarked today that i'd like to be a guest at this party because i think the food will be pretty great ;)

for the market i made:


beef & pork combo from getaway farm, caramelized onions, warm spices.
$25 for a 9 inch pie

creamy british fish pie:

haddock, organic salmon & tilapia in a white sauce with peas, celery, carrots and a touch of lemon, topped with sour cream & dill mashed potatoes. i swear my brother has been asking me to make this for about 2 years & i just finally got around to it!
small $10  large $20

there's also a new batch of seafood chowder with smoked haddock, regular haddock, mussels, clam broth & tilapia.


the salads this week are broccoli & asian slaw.

they're both gluten free, dairy free & paleo. the slaw is even vegan!

thanks to everyone who came to visit me at the crafters market - i had a super successful weekend & it's always a nice change from the seaport.

also, don't forget to place your holiday orders. just check out my previous blog post for all the details. i'll be doing up sweet sampler boxes on sunday at the market if you'd like one but not tomorrow.

for tomorrow only, to celebrate my 4th birthday, baker's 1/2 dozens of minis will be $5 & big cupcakes will be 3 for the price of 2.

ok sleep time!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

holiday orders

i can't even believe how fast december is flying by - i'm not ready!!!

i'm just trying to get a handle on holiday orders so i don't get overwhelmed at the last second.

i'm already all booked up with cakes so i won't be taking any cake orders until the new year.

i will be doing lots of holiday sweet samplers though!

they're $30 each for a 9-inch pastry box loaded with festive goodies. there is an assortment of:

mini cupcakes
maple walnut bars
snickers brownies
choco-peppermint bars
lemon squares
eggnog cheesecake bars

they all need to be preordered...they take forever to put together on the fly. orders can be picked up on sunday the 14th, saturday the 20th or sunday the 21st from my table at the market. 

i'm also setting up holiday 'office hours' at my kitchen in prospect. if you'd like to take a nice drive you can pick up sweets & raid the freezers on december 22nd, 23rd & 24th from 10-4. there will be complimentary hot cocoa & a mini cupcake for making the trek. the address is:

1663 prospect bay road
prospect, b3t 2b3

i will also be making pumpkin-chai pies. these are always a massive hit! they are $15 each & i'll have them starting december 20th. it's best to reserve.

this week i'll also be making tourtieres. they will be a pork & beef combo with lots of warm spices & caramelized onions in an herby crust.
$20 each

seafood is also really popular this time of year so i'll be making batches of seafood chowder & british fish pie this week & next week lobster mac & cheese will finally return to the menu!

if you'd like to place any orders, email me at or direct message me through my little red kitsch'n facebook page.

i almost forgot to mention gift certificates! any denomination, no expiry date, always available at the market.

thanks so much & i hope everyone's holiday preparations are coming together nicely!

Friday, December 5, 2014

big weekend

it's the halifax crafters winter market this weekend at the olympic centre. i actually just got home - it was open from 5-9 tonight & will be open from 10-5 tomorrow & sunday. for those of you who don't know where the olympic centre is, the entrance is on hunter street & the building is on the corner of windsor & cunard. it's free admission, there's great tunes & it's the best holiday market around, it's definitely worth a visit. my table is located upstairs, right at the top of the stairs up from laughing whale coffee.

leslie will be running the show for me at the seaport tomorrow (i'm skipping the seaport on sunday). there are a ton of frozen meals at the moment. this week i made a batch of mediterranean vegetable ragu which is a vegetarian & gluten free option. there's roasted red peppers, zucchini, red onion, kalamata olives, swiss chard, feta, parm & goat cheese in a super flavourful marinara sauce. it's served with a side of quinoa dressed lightly with olive oil, garlic & basil.
small $9  large $18

the other frozen options at the moment are:
beef shepherd's pie
paleo beef shepherd's pie
 chicken parmesan
turkey & dressing pie
moroccan meatballs
sweet & sour pork meatballs
smokey mac & cheese
pasta primavera

there are a couple small chile pork & cornbreads left and i think 1 small brisket & blue.

there are a ton of salads this week - FIVE varieties in fact!
quinoa: gluten free, vegan, fennel, olive, grapefruit, pomegranate, parsley, honey
potato: gluten free, vegan, cucumber, green bean, celery, radishes, dill, parsley, kale, dijon
beet: pears, wheatberries, kale, goat cheese, red wine vinegar, maple syrup
asian slaw: gluten free, vegan, paleo, red & green cabbage, red peppers, carrots, cucumbers, ginger, lime, cilantro, peanuts, coconut milk, chillies
broccoli: gluten free, paleo, almonds, cranberries, peppers, red onion, sunflower seeds, double smoked bacon (vegetarian option)

there are tons of sweets at both locations as well.

leslie & i will be set up to accept credit cards & to sell gift certificates at both locations.

ok time to sleep.

Friday, November 28, 2014

small business saturday

hopefully you've all survived the hooplah of black friday & can make it out tomorrow to support local businesses on 'small business saturday!' black friday is stupid (yup i said it) and makes no sense in canada, it just encourages people to waste money at the giant big box stores and line the pockets of jerkface ceo's. small business saturday encourages people to keep their money local and make more unique & interesting purchases.

end rant.

i won't be at the market on sunday this week but hopefully everyone is able to pop by tomorrow. don't forget, when you come to the market, take a gander upstairs & in the pavilion - it's where most of the artists & craftspeople have ended up since the big shuffle. there's lots to offer if you're looking for great gift ideas.

ok, back to food.

i had a busy, busy week. the menu is very well rounded again :)

festive, chocolate-peppermint brownies are back!

they're gluten free & grain free!

in honour of american thanksgiving, turkey & dressing pies are back. they're a convenient way to enjoy all the flavours of a thanksgiving dinner in one bite.

small $10  large $20

i used all the white meat in the pies and all the dark meat in a big batch of turkey stew.

it also has turnips, parsnips, potatoes, carrots, peas, savoury & sage - hard core comfort food & perfect as we head in to cold & flu season.

this week i also made a whole whack of shepherd's pies. i bought 30 pounds of getaway farm beef so hopefully i have enough to last a couple of weeks. i made the regular version with cheddar-green onion mash & a paleo (& dairy free) version with sweet potato puree.

small $10  large $20

and continuing with orange food, i made a batch of carrot, apple, ginger soup. it's vegan, gluten free & paleo. there are lots of warm spices like star anise & cinnamon but it's not spicy like some of my other soups.

it's $7 per 500ml serving just like all my soups.

then i went out to the garden & picked some kale.

kale is the best - i can't believe it's still going strong & that i haven't used it all yet! it made its way in to two of the three salads this week.

vegan potato & kale

beet & kale (vegan & regular versions)

there's broccoli salad too but everyone know what that looks like by now.

ok just a few desserts to portion & i'm done for the night & it's a reasonable hour!!!

hope to see you at the market tomorrow :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

bring on the comfort food

i just checked the forecast for's depressing.

if you plan on hibernating, swing by my table at the market first to stock up on food. my menu is back to normal & i have lots of classic comfort foods to get you through this first official cold snap.

i made three new main courses this week.

the first is the ultimate in comfort food - smokey mac & cheese. it's seriously cheesy with foxhill cheese curds, parmesan, mozzarella & aged cheddar. there's also double smoked bacon, roasted tomatoes, corn, scallions & a touch of chipotle to add extra smokiness.

small $9  large $18

then i made sweet & spicy pork meatballs using getaway farm's pastured pork. the sauce it nice & tangy and filled with bell peppers, pineapple, carrots, green onions, lime & cilantro. it's served with a side of basmati rice. it's both gluten & dairy free.

small $10  large $20

and lastly, i made moroccan beef meatballs using getaway farm's grassfed beef. they're served in a piquant tomato sauce with fennel seed, sumac, dates, olives, roasted peppers, zucchini & swiss chard. the side dish is harissa quinoa with toasted almonds, green onions & citrus. this is another gluten free, dairy free option.

small $10  large $20

the salads this week are exactly the same as last week: potato & kale, beet & wheatberry, broccoli & bacon.

i do have a couple of new sweet selections this week.

gingerbread cupcakes will be back for the holiday season.

gluten free, spicy chocolate brownies are back.

and i have a brand new treat!

i'm calling them snickerdoodle muffins. they're muffins that are rather reminiscent of cake doughnuts. i added a touch of lemon to make them a bit more interesting & then rolled them in cinnamon sugar to add to their doughnut qualities. i think that they'd be excellent with a cup of coffee for a market morning treat :)

ok time to rest up before another busy weekend...i'm not really relishing the thought of packing the car at 4:30 tomorrow morning in the freezing cold...stupid winter.

sleep well.