Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Friday, January 19, 2018

Lassy Tarts #FoodwaysFriday

Lassy Tarts. Photo by Maureen Power.

This recipe was collected by Maureen Power from Margaret Decker who was born and raised in Joe Batt's Arm. Margaret uses molasses in her pie crust to make them darker and for added flavour. Her recipe is as follows:

4 cups of flour
2 ½ tsp. cloves
2 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp of ginger
Mix together
Cream 1 cup of butter. ¼ cup of molasses .
Mix together. 2 tsp of baking soda and ¼ cup of tea .
Stir in dry ingredients. Roll out on flour board
Fill with jam and bake for 20 min. In moderate oven.

-Katie Harvey

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Traditional Czech Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

Jindra's Valentine's Day gingerbread. Photo courtesy Jindra Maskova.

Gingerbread plays a major role in Czech tradition and culture. It is a skill that is difficult to master, and so it is held in high regard. For Valentine's Day, beautifully-decorated gingerbread hearts are sold at markets all over the Czech Republic. In honour of Valentine’s Day, on Sunday, February 11 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a gingerbread-making workshop at Easter Seals Kitchen (206 Mount Scio Rd).

At this workshop Jindra Maskova, owner of Gingerly by Jindra, will demonstrate how to make traditional Czech gingerbread while also discussing the history of gingerbread in the Czech Republic and its significance there. Participants will get hands-on experience decorating gingerbread cookies, and they will each go home with the cookies they've decorated.

The cost of the workshop is $35.00 per person. Space is limited. You can register by clicking here, or by emailing or calling 1-709-739-1892 ext. 6.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Abir Zain's Baklava for #FoodwaysFriday

Finished product!
Abir Zain leading the baklava workshop.
Today on the blog we feature Abir Zain's baklava recipe and share the results of last month's baklava workshop. This workshop, which sold out overnight, was led recent immigrant Abir Zain, who is new to province and has recently started making baklava. Abir explained that when she lived in Syria she never learned how to make baklava as she was easily able to purchase the sweet pastry in many local shops. Since her move to Newfoundland Abir has been unable to find the dessert and has created her own recipe based on family recipes from her mother and mother-in-law. Abir's baklava uses homemade cream cheese in addition to chopped pistachios and syrup.
Heritage Foundation Executive Director, Jerry Dick, measures and cuts the phyllo pastry for baklava.
In early March the Heritage Foundation worked with Abir to offer a baklava workshop to showcase this traditional pastry which is being baked and shared in the province today. Twelve participants came out to learn how to make their own baklava and were joined by a video crew from CBC.
Phyllo pastry with homemade cream cheese - ready to be folded!
Abir started the workshop by explaining how to prepare the phyllo pastry with melted ghee and how to properly cut the squares necessary to create the traditional triangle shaped dessert. Abir then went through the process of making homemade cream cheese and whipped up a batch to cool in the freezer. While the cream cheese was cooling Abir demonstrated how to make the syrup which is spread over the pastries as a finishing touch. The participants then placed a dollop of cream cheese in their pasties and shaped the baklava into triangles.
Abir showing two participants how to shape the pastry.
Michael Philpott and Dale Jarvis of the Heritage Foundation trying to lit the propane oven.
While there were a couple of technical difficulties lighting the propane oven once these were taken care of the baklava was placed in the oven at 350' F for 20 minutes. During this time folklorist Dale Jarvis sat down with Abir to discuss traditional Syrian food, what food she remembers from her childhood, and the types of food she cooks and bakes for her family of seven.
Abir Zain talking food with folklorist, Dale Jarvis.
Once the baklava had baked for 20 minutes it was broiled for a short time to colour the top of the pastry. Then the syrup was spread over the pastries and crushed pistachios were sprinkled on top! The finished product looks beautiful and tastes amazing! Abir has been taking orders for her baklava and is hoping to soon sell the pastry at the local St. John's Farmer's Market.
Abir Zain with several baklava workshop participants.
If you would like to see the full recipe please click here to download the recipe!

Or if you want to see CBC's video clip from the event and watch Abir in action see below!

Be sure to let us know in the comments what other traditional workshops you would like to see in the future.
A huge thank you goes out to CBC for coming out to the workshop and filming this video of Abir! ~Terra Barrett

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nan's Cookbook: Tea and Talk

Nan’s Cookbook
Tea & Talk

Friday, March 21, 2014
3-5 p.m.
Cupids Legacy Centre
368 Seaforest Drive, Cupids

Do you have your nan’s recipe cards? Did your mother keep a scrapbook of her favourites? Do you reminisce about that old copy of the Cream of the West Cookbook with the comments and changes written all over its pages?  Bring your old recipe books and cards, and join us for some tea, buns, and memories of cookbooks and cooking.

Free event, please RSVP to Sarah
1-888-739-1892 ex. 5