Posts in autumn
Whole Roasted Eggplant with Caramelized Onion + Tahini

A simple recipe that turns whole eggplants into dinner. There's a little bit of waiting time involved, but the actual work is minimal. Do give the onions plenty of time to caremlize over low heat - they should be totally soft and sweet by the time they are done, and tempting to eat by the spoonful. If your eggplants are very large, you can make this a dish for four, served alongside a simple green salad, but if they're on the smaller side, this recipe makes a nice meal for two. A generous shower of fresh herbs doesn't hurt, either.

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Leek + Feta Quiche

Growing up, quiche featured weekly at the Haapaniemi household. It was mom's go-to for last-minute meals, as it could be as simple as frozen pastry, eggs, and milk, but could also serve as a base to bring together any hodgepodge of  leftovers - chicken and cheddar, rice and corn, ham and pea. No matter the combination, it was always delicious and satisfying meal.

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Whole Wheat Pear + Walnut Cake

More late harvest baking. I can't seem to stop. Apples and pears are just too good, and we've discovered a farmer who supplies the best of them in a range of varieties at our local market. The closer we get to the end of their season, the more absurd my Sunday haul gets - I want to take full advantage before they disappear! 

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Slow-Braised Leg of Lamb

I haven't used strict measurements here, not only because Jamie doesn't bother with them, but more importantly because you don't need them. Slow braising any meat like this is not an exact science - it's just about using good ingredients and giving things enough time so that deep, rich flavor can build and develop - this is slow braising at its finest.

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