Hot Polka Dot
26Nov/10

The Hokey Pokey and Other Fine Hobbies.

Let's face it. We're busy people. We have people to see and places to be. Like walking the cat, erecting impenetrable snow fortresses, whittling sporks, colour coordinating the dishes, alphabetizing the condiments and knitting scarves. Putting your right foot in, putting your right foot out, putting your right foot in and shaking it all about.

I'll give you a moment to ponder which ones of those I've actually done.

I'll give you a hint. It starts with an all and ends with of the above.

So in our silly days filled with silly things it's nice to know there are easy, fast and delicious dinners we can whip up between moon walking and kite flying.

It's astonishing how some of the best foods are also the simplest. Next to chocolate covered cherries and self cleaning ovens it's about the best thing ever.

I recently discovered a few pasta recipes that were both stupid easy and scrumptious. Spaghetti alla Carbonara is just spaghetti, pancetta, parmesan cheese and eggs. Or Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe which is basically spaghetti, romano cheese and black pepper.

Here's another for you. Brown Butter Walnut Pasta. Mostly just farfalle, walnuts, parmesan, garlic and cream. Takes up only 15 minutes of your time not including all of three seconds it takes to inhale it.

Now that cat's not going to walk itself.

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25Nov/10

Warming Up To Winter.


On a cold Winter's day such as this one what's better than warming your kitchen and your heart with soft, chewy fresh from the oven Oatmeal Cookies? And not just any Oatmeal Cookies. Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies!

It's been particularly chilly here in Edmonton, which normally wouldn't come as a surprise at this time of year and in this part of the country. I guess I was enjoying Autumn so much I didn't realize Winter was already upon us.

I miss all the pretty colours. I miss walking out the door in just jeans and a sweater. I miss the sun. I even miss the rain.

Despite all this, each time the seasons change I decide on a new favourite season. It doesn't matter that I can't feel my feet, or that my nose turns an embarrassing shade of red, or that I get an electric shock from everything I touch, or that the zipper on my favourite coat is broken.

The ground looks like it's made of diamonds. The trees are glass. Breath hangs in suspended animation. Footsteps are forever.

Looks like I might be warming up to Winter. Pun intended.

As the seasons shift I thought it was a perfect time to change up a few things here at Hot Polka Dot. Time to mature. Time to grow up. Time for big bold photos. I'll miss the polaroids, but change is good.

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23Nov/10

Silver Lining.


When I discovered that I would not advance in Project Food Blog my mind reeled with a series of thoughts. The first of which I won't repeat here. But the second thing that came to mind was, well I guess I don't have to make those Cinnamon Buns anymore.

But really, why wouldn't I? I bought the pumpkin, pecans and maple syrup. I do still have a food blog right? Oh yeah, that didn't cease to exist when I got eliminated.

Sure maybe for a moment there I wanted to drown my sorrows in a vat of chocolate or order a fleet of pizzas for dinner. But I didn't. Instead I made the most delicious Maple Pecan Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns. Let me tell you, it's hard to feel sorry for yourself with a mouthful of one of these lovelies.

So this would have been my eighth challenge entry to Project Food Blog. I probably would have said something a little more eloquent.

But at least now I don't have to feel so bad about using canned pumpkin instead of fresh.

A few of my new friends from Project Food Blog decided to share our pumpkin posts despite our recent exclusion from the contest. They've concocted some amazing pumpkin recipes. You should visit and remind them that they are all winners.

Asha from Fork Spoon Knife
Heena from Tiffin Tales
Josie from Daydreamer Desserts
Liren from Kitchen Confidante
Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen

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20Nov/10

Last Stop.

Looks like it's time for me to exit the crazy ride that is Project Food Blog. Yesterday I learned with disappointment and a few tears that challenge seven would be my last stop and I would not be continuing in the contest.

It was a bittersweet realization because, while I would have loved to keep going to the end, I still have gained so much from this competition that I feel as though I've already won.

I have met so many ambitious, friendly and passionate people with beautiful blogs. People that I will never forget. Like Liren from Kitchen Confidante with an admirable way with words and a love for all things food. Or Damaris from Kitchen Corners with a kind heart and beautiful photography. Or Isabelle from Good Food, Good Wine and a Bad Girl with an adorable sense of humour and a diverse repertoire of recipes. And so many more. You know who you are!

I have learned so much from this contest about myself and what I'm capable of. I never would have made a vlog if it weren't for challenge seven. I never would have tried Kue Lapis Legit if it weren't for challenge two. I never would have knew how to make the perfect pizza if it wasn't for challenge five.

These challenges were designed to motivate us to be better and make our blogs better. Each challenge pushed me to improve my photography, writing and recipes and I am so grateful for that. That will always stay with me, winner or not.

I have had so much fun and I am thankful for this opportunity!






















































































And remember, there's always next time!







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18Nov/10

The Spirit.


As the first snowflakes of the season flutter to the frozen ground I find my thoughts drifting to childhood memories of this time of year. Crackling fires, snowman sentinels, cozy socks and silver sprinkles. Momentary snow blindness after an exciting snowball fight. Mismatched pairs of shoes piled in the front hall. The soft glow of peeling glass light bulbs hidden in a snowbank outside the window. The smell of damp mittens slowly drying over an intermittent floor register. All the while A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack lilting in the background.

Over the coming weeks I'll be showing you a few of my favourite recipes to get you in the holiday spirit. Catch-yourself-humming-Jingle-Bells-eat-too-much-fruit-cake-dance-in-your-reindeer-jammies kind of spirit.

Starting with this one. Speculaas Cookies. Think of them as gingerbread cookies with a kick. A seven spice kick. These thin little cookies pack a wallop.

I don't want to be cocky, but I think that my gingerbread cookies could kick your gingerbread cookies butt. Any day of the week. Just saying.

You're probably still thinking, what the heck are Speculaas Cookies? Scooch closer. I'll tell you.

Closer...

They're these crispy buttery Dutch spice cookies and crazy tasty. You'll love them. Did I mention they were tasty? You might recognize them better if they lacked almonds are were shaped like intricate windmills instead. That's the traditional shape, but apparently it's super difficult to get your hands on century old hand carved cookie forms. Who knew? My Mom has diligently perfected this recipe in a effort to duplicate the taste and texture she remembers from her childhood trips to Holland in between care packages from family.

So this holiday season when you're hauling out your clattering collection of cookie cutters consider making these beauties instead. Sure they're not shaped like trees or snowmen or stars, but they are encrusted with toasted almonds. And remember boys and girls, things encrusted with toasted almonds are your friend.

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