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29 Mar, 2010

Make pretzels tonight! (a.k.a. A Really Great Pretzel Recipe)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

There are two kinds of pretzels: the small, hard and crunchy and the big, soft and chewy. This recipe is for the latter. It uses the traditional “Montreal-style” boil n’ bake method (much like bagels are made). In a word (or three): Delicious. Comfort. Soul.  Sometimes we make pretzels for dinner and serve them with […]

17 Nov, 2009

Easy bread recipe for beginners

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

Before our household all fell down with THE SICK I discovered a very easy bread recipe over at the Canadian Living website for Irish Soda Bread. The amazing thing about this recipe is (1) it doesn’t require any kneading or rising time (basically the two things that scare people about making bread) and (2) it tastes really really […]

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03 Sep, 2009

Easy recipe for naan bread

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

A super easy recipe for making naan bread (if you like bread you will love naan bread!)

03 Aug, 2009

No fail recipe for flour “tortilla pitas”

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

A sweet little recipe for flour tortillas. You’ll be surprised at how quick and easy they are to make. And no yeast required!

28 Jan, 2009

Recipe for Oat and Molasses Bread

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

What’s better than a home-made loaf of bread? Here’s a recipe I really like. I’ve made it a few times and it’s always turned out really well. Makes two loaves too, which is perfect.

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08 Jan, 2009

Essential truths about bread baking

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

(an evolving list) 1. Follow the instructions as they are written in the recipe. 2. If you are wearing black you will spill flour on yourself. Wear an apron. 3. A slightly-warmed oven is a good place to let the dough rise. But turn the interior light on, because you never know if someone will decide […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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