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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Moroccan Quinoa with Chickpeas and Raisins

I just want to say that I love Chef Michael Smith. I saw him two years ago at the Canadian National Exhibition. I didn’t really get to watch his demonstration as closely as I had hoped, because by the time we found him we ended up way at the back of the crowd.

I came across a recipe of his in my search for Moroccan Couscous. Actually, I wanted to use quinoa but I knew finding a couscous recipe would be easy. I found Moroccan Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins and decided to go with it.

Make this recipe vegan by using vegetable broth. You can also substitute couscous for the quinoa.

August 2010. CNE

I believe he was making chocolate chip cookies.

Moroccan Quinoa with Chickpeas and Raisins
Adapted from Chef Michael Smith
Makes 4 Servings

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • ½ a can of chickpeas (9.5oz), drained and rinsed well
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, sliced
  • juice of 2 oranges (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro or Italian parsley
  1. Cook the onion, garlic and spices in the oil over medium-high heat for a few minutes until the onion starts to turn golden.
  2. Add the chickpeas, quinoa, raisins, apricots, orange juice, chicken broth, lemon zest and juice, and season with salt and pepper. Give it a good stir.
  3. Bring this up to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and put a lid on it. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. If it seems too liquidy, cook it for a few minutes longer with the lid off.
  4. Let it rest off the heat for 5 minutes before fluffing it up with a fork. Sprinkle the almonds and cilantro over top just before serving.


  1. Mm, I love the idea of all of these warms spices combined with quinoa, in place of couscous. Creative!


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