PACIFIC PALATE – Don Genova

Raise your mug to dessert

It’s the silly season for publishers as their fall releases hit the bookshelves and that means I get sent a lot of review copies to look through.

A box of 10 arrived the other day, everything from a couple of serious vegetarian cookbooks to the Weightwatchers Ultimate Chicken Cookbook. The one whose title made me laugh right away was Mug Cakes, by Leslie Bilderbeck. This is a collection of dessert recipes that you mix and microwave in a mug. I had never heard of them but apparently they are all the rage on Pinterest. Sure enough, here are some of them.

Now that my curiosity is piqued, I’m going to have to try a few of these recipes.

For recipes not in a mug, join me for my DREAMS OF VENICE cooking class at Kilrenny Farm in Cowichan Bay,

Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

For just  $65 + tax you’ll enjoy this four-course menu, complete with recipes so you can recreate it yourself:

On arrival: Roasted herbed chickpeas.

ANTIPASTI:  Crostini alla Melanzana: Grilled eggplant with tomato, mozzarella & oregano on squares of polenta.

PRIMI:  Penne Rigata with fresh tomatoes, bacon, onion and chili peppers.

SECONDO:  Chicken braised with olives, sage, rosemary & sausage on soft polenta.

DOLCI:  Spiced oven-baked apples with custard and whipped cream.

To register, or for more information, contact Kilrenny Farm at 250-743-9019.

 

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