And just like that, it’s Easter weekend. Naturally, because I live in Canada, we’re in for some terrible weather this weekend. It’s pretty much tradition at this point. If there’s a long weekend in the spring, the weather will be crap. But even if spring will be MIA this weekend, I’m keeping hope alive with this incredibly springy Spanakopita Salmon Wellington. This dish is exactly what it sounds like, a spanakopita-inspired take on salmon wellington. It feeds four or more and it makes for an impressive centerpiece, so let’s get into it.
I know spring has sprung but I live in Canada. Spring doesn’t really happen here until mid-April if we’re lucky. Sure, we have the odd good day here and there but a stretch of positive temperatures is not our current reality. And to make matters worse, I find I’m more prone to a chill during fake spring than I am when we’re in the depths of winter. It’s probably because every time the thermometer ventures further south than 5°C, I consider cropped jeans a sensible choice. They never are. By 5 pm the temperature plummets and I’m left with a pair of cold ankles and regret. That’s why I’m still stuck on cozy recipes like today’s Chicken Curry Pot Pies. These petit pies are powerful ankle warmers, and I’m speaking from experience here.
Welcome to the final dish of my 2021 Holiday Menu and my last post before Christmas. And what a recipe to go out on. This Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie features a slightly savory pecan-studded crust, a velvety bourbon-spiked filling, and a crown of toasted molasses meringue. This pie hits all the festive notes. Warm, cozy, and boozy with a dash of nutmeg for good measure. Now, obviously, this dish breaks with the seafood theme of my holiday menu. But I figure you’ll forgive me this slight deviation from the rules because a seafood dessert is hard to come by. And a good seafood dessert seems impossible. But prove me wrong. I would love nothing more.
Today’s Coconut Cream Pie is the first installment in what I hope will be a long-running series we’re calling Overthinking Classics. Most of the recipes that appear on this blog strive to be different, which is great. But in my day-to-day life, my cravings tend to be rather pedestrian. I have a lot of love for classic dishes and I think about and cook them often. And every time my brain picks them up, I try to improve upon them. They never find their way here, though. I always think they aren’t interesting enough to be blog-worthy fare. But I hope this new series will give a home to all the pearls of wisdom I have accumulated about the dishes we know and love.