Brown Dog Coffee

BrownDogCoffeeHamiltonJust a quick post from me today, as Rory is off gallavanting in California!

Last weekend we checked out the newest coffee shop to open on Locke Street, Brown Dog Coffee. Is it just me, or is Locke becoming overrun with cafés? There’s Johnny’s, Starbucks, Democracy, and now this new addition. Admittedly, Brown Dog is setting itself apart from the rest with a huge premises, beer on tap and in house fritterie.

While Brown Dog is a chain (I believe Hamilton is their 7th location), they’re trying very hard to be quirky and original. Too hard? Continue reading

Nana’s Peanut Butter Cookies – Valentine’s Day Edition!

Peanut Butter CookiesWhen I first suggested to Rory that we do a Valentine’s-themed post, he scoffed. However, he soon came back with a fantastic idea for heart-shaped Valentine’s Peanut Butter Cookies, and I’m not complaining!

I first had these cookies during Christmas in Maine. Rory’s Mom had made a double batch and I was responsible for the quick death of at least half of them, and since then I’ve been dying to make them myself.

I love the sweet-but-salty combination of chewy cookie with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate peanut butter cups. I’d recommend serving still hot from the oven with a dollop of ice cream.

For my friends across the pond who may not be able to find mini peanut cups, I think this recipe would work equally well with Rolos or Munchies.

Recipe makes 36.

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Apple Crumble

Apple CrumbleI think the world is split between summer people and winter people, and I am definitely a Winter Girl.

Part of the reason I get excited as the days get shorter is because I get to start making all my cold-weather-favourites again. There’s nothing like steaming plates of Irish Stew and Shepard’s Pie to warm the soul as the snow falls outside.

One of my absolute favourite deserts of all time has to be Apple Crumble. Simple but delicious, there’s just something about the spiced apple, delicious carmelisation and crispy topping that really satisfies the tastebuds.

The recipe below is an amalgamation of dozens I’ve come across over the years, including my Mom’s. I’ve finally found a balance between a dense topping and thick apple sauce that I’m happy to share with the world. It’s delightfully simple,  so give it a try! Continue reading

The Augusta House

IMG_5449Augusta Street off James Street South is one of our favourite places for food and drink in Hamilton.

It’s home to my favourite pub, The Winking Judge, as well as a host of other great eateries and bars side by side.

We’ve been slowly working our way down the street and sampling each restaurant since I moved to the area last Spring.

We hadn’t been to The Augusta House Gastropub yet when Rory spotted a WagJag deal so we couldn’t wait to go check it out. Continue reading

Going Bananas

Banana Bread  IngredientsIs there anything better than warm, gooey banana bread right out of the oven?

I love banana bread, but always have trouble waiting for bananas to go soft enough to use in baking. I’m actually like that with most food – if it’s there, I’ll eat it. So when I saw a bunch of almost-black bananas on sale for 50 cent in the supermarket, I got very excited. “Look, Rory, old fruit!” No wonder he thinks I’m mad.

This is my go-to recipe for basic, no-nonsense banana bread. I’ve adapted it from Dysart’s Cookbook (which I highly recommend, but that’s a story for another time). If you’re feeling fancy you could add cinnamon, nuts or even raisins. Continue reading