And (B) because it’s winter, full on, and we have to up our soup game somehow. Other games you can up include your cheese game, your hummus game, and your nut butter game. Are you in?…
Laura: When I got my pick of options from the Foodie Pages Ottawa box, my eyes darted right to the organic masala chai from Kimicha. I love its deep, spicy flavour for sipping on winter days (with a heavy pour of maple syrup and almond milk please!), but I also enjoy it ground up or steeped into components of baked goods. The flavour of this particular one is so pure because it’s composed solely of whole and ground spices. It makes for a lovely caffeine-free sipper and an intense flavour addition to any one of these excellent masala chai-infused treats:
1. Chai Coconut Ice Cream by Cookie + Kate
2. Dirty Chai Pancakes by The First Mess—Yes, tooting my own horn ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3. Chai Masala Pumpkin Pie + Black Tea Caramel by Seven Spoons
4. Chai Tea Cupcakes in a Jar by i am a food blog
5. Vegan Chai Ice Cream Sandwiches by Minimalist Baker
Kris: Maple syrup is one of my all-time favourite ingredients (it must be the Canadian in me). So when I saw this was one of the Foodie Pages options, I enthusiastically picked it. I love the deep, creamy richness it lends to food and drinks and can’t imagine real-deal pancakes without it. The hint of smokiness from this Barrel Aged bottle from Really Horrible Enterprises (hilarious, right?) comes from the natural charred oak that’s used during its aging process, making that much more special. I love maple syrup stirred into hot breakfast cereals, used to sweetened baked goods and hot tea, and added to give balance savoury to dishes that have more robust flavour profiles. Here are a few ways that you could use maple syrup to sweeten up your day:
1. Everyday Oatmeal with Amaranth, Coconut, and Maple Sautéed Apples by moi
2. Maple Cinnamon Meringues by Gourmande in the Kitchen
3. Smoky Maple Baked Beans by Foodess
4. Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream – With Food + Love
5. Maple Oat Breakfast Bread by Five and Spice via Food52…
Once November hits, I’m craving ginger and other spice-y baked goods like crazy (but also brown liquor, duh–healthiest diet ever). The pumpkin frenzy has certifiably died down and holiday desserts/the all-surrounding themes of spice, peppermint, citrus, cranberries etc. can start to go into full effect. My favourite cookie of all time, actually, is a double chocolate and candied ginger-studded number from a local bakery. Chocolate and spice together has always made sense to me, and when I saw a recipe for flax gingerbread muffins on Post Punk Kitchen, I knew I needed something similar with gooey chocolate chunks. But also in a snack-size cake form with some kind of sweet glaze (have you guys maybe noticed that I’m kind of into glaze?).
Nothing quite beats the taste and smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread. In this case, a seeded millet sandwich bread–a perfect fit for the list of “things you make on the weekend to enjoy for the rest of the week”.