Archive for December, 2011

Raw Kale Beet Carrot and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

This seasonal combination of raw kale, beet, carrot and some pomegranate seeds is a great start to the new year and antidote to the excess of the holiday season.

After 3 turkey dinners and a truly obscene amount of baking and chocolate I need some green leafy vegetables in my life stat.

For the Salad

2 carrots

3 beets

a bunch of kale

half a pomegranate’s seeds

2 avocados

Grate your raw carrots and beets.  I cut off the ends and use the food processor but you could grate them by hand.

Tear kale into bit sized pieces. Now for the fun part; massaging your kale with avocado. This is what makes this salad so delicious.  With clean hands take two avocados and much them into the torn up kale covering each piece.

Combine the avocado massaged kale with the beets, carrots and pomegranate seeds. Toss as evenly as possible.


1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 scant teaspoon of salt

Pour on your dressing and toss again.  Delicious and a nice break from the gravy train.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

project365: week fifty one December 17th, 2011 – December 23rd, 2011

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

December 17th, 2011 Time to decorate the tree.  Rebecca is officially into Christmas.

December 18th, 2011 Finally bottled the apple scrap vinegar we made with the scraps from pressing cider.  Amazing!

December 20th, 2011 Abandoned grain elevator in Pontypool Ontario on our way to Ottawa.

December 21st, 2011 Cousins and Dinosaurs. Caged.

December 21st, 2011 A quiet moment during our Christmas visiting.

December 22nd, 2011 Icy drive home to Toronto.

December 23rd, 2011 Pre-preschool-party pomegranate.

project365: week fifty December 10th, 2011 – December 16th, 2011

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

December 10th, 2011 Rebecca reads a book about fruit with one of my parent‘s cats looking in.

December 11th, 2011 Good morning! Waking up at Grammy’s house where we hid from renovations.
December 12th, 2011 Every loaf a miracle.
December 13th, 2011 Rebecca adopts a dog from ikea following a very long doctor appointment.
December 14th, 2011 She is really very obsessed with cooking.  It is almost helpful but also very messy.
December 15th, 2011 Rebecca making pizza with the new rolling pin from cattails studios.  It is as lovely as it looks.
December 16th, 2011 Every toddler dinner party (10 little people under 3 ate here tonight) should start with a row of different coloured onions on their way to become chilli.


Pimp that Preserve Entry – Hard Cider for Cold Nights

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Oh dear, the toddler has broken my lap top and I having trouble typing so post this will be short on words.  Especially words with certain letters that will remain a secret as I canot type them.  Cocvxzbined (see what I mean?) with learning wordpress this is a bit of a mess.

In what is becoming an annal tradition, Well Preserved is currently holding their Pimp that Preserve competition.

So I pulled out the rick rack, black paper, white pencil crayons, felted wool and got down to work.

All year I felt like I was not getting any canning done but clearly that was not the case.  This year we made a few batches of jam, then fought with a bushel of peaches, moved on to tomatoes, so many tomatoes, tried two types of cranberry sauce and ended off with Catherine’s favourite beets.

I had the idea of dinner gift packs of pasta sauce and fun pasta from the Italian grocers on the Danforth. Wrapped in bags made of old wool scarves with a fringe.

They’re cute but really what we needed to do was to bottle the cider.

So here is Cubits official Pimp that Preserve Entry.

I call it Hard Cider for Cold Nights.

The cider was primed with local honey and bottled before donning little wool and rick rack sweaters.

Little sweaters and little cinnamon sticks for the smaller bottles.

Come and check out the other entries and vote by liking your favourites here in the Well Preserved facebook community.  How do you dress up your preserves for the holidays?  I would love to see them.