The only dough you need to know: Mini Pizza Dough Buns
The only dough you need to know: Mini Pizza Dough Buns | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

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The only dough you need to master

Pizza dough is the only “bread” I know how to make, but the versatility of what you can make with it is endless. I've made everything from garlic twist buns, bread sticks, flatbread to dinner rolls with this recipe! The only thing that ever changes is the oven temperature and the amount of time it bakes.

These mini buns are crusty on the outside & fluffy in the middle, which make them perfect for mopping up sauce or having with a charcuterie board if that's your thing.

 
The only dough you need to know: Mini Pizza Dough Buns | Emilie Iggiotti Photography
The only dough you need to know: Mini Pizza Dough Buns | Emilie Iggiotti Photography
 

Bread dough worth fighting over

Every time I make them, it brings me back to those days when my parents used to order in pizza and it would come with a little dough ball in the middle. It's only purpose was to keep the limpy cardboard box from touching the cheese and tasted exactly the same as the rest of the crust... but we fought over it like banshees. Ah. The good old days.

 

 
Pizza Dough Buns | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

36 mini buns

2C warm water
2t quick yeast
1t salt
1t sugar
1T olive oil
4C flour

10 min prep + 1h rise + 18 mins bake

  1. In a large mixing bowl add the warm water, sugar & salt then mix until they are dissolved.
  2. Sprinkle in yeast and wait until it becomes active, you will see it foam when it's ready.
  3. Add olive oil then the flour and knead with your hands (or a dough knife) until all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Cover tightly with shrink wrap and let the dough rise for an hour.
  5. Preheat your oven at 325.
  6. On a well floured surface, and with slightly oiled hands, dump the batter and begin to tear it into little chunks and rolling them into balls that will fit inside mini-muffin holes.
  7. Once your tray is full bake for 15-18 minutes or until slightly golden.
  8. Serve warm with preserves & butter or as mini dinner rolls.

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Cherry Shrub : My kind of holiday bubbly
Cherry Shrub : Holiday drink | Emilie Iggiotti Photography Edmonton

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Vinegar based drink

I was introduced to shrub by a local cafe, and I can’t quite remember what fruit was used then, but it was delightful. It’s a not-too-sweet alternative to soda (if you put it in carbonated water) and while I love all things vinegar, this really isn’t as vinegar-y as it sounds.

 
Cherry Shrub : My kind of holiday bubbly
Cherry Shrub : Holiday drink recipe by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography Edmonton
 

Bubbly without the Booze

This recipe was passed on to me by a friend, Margaret, of The Kitchen Frau blog. I had a kick of a time picking the cherries with her & some other food blogging friend last summer. She has the most beautiful Evans cherries!

For this recipe, I adjusted her original version with apple cider vinegar & you could make it with just about any berry that you like. If you wind up making far more than you need, like I did, it makes for a perfect hand-made gift to bring your favorite hostess over the holidays..

 
Cherry Shrub : Holiday drink | Emilie Iggiotti Photography Edmonton

4L of shrub, which is enough for a year.

Vinegar solution 3 parts vinegar, one part water:
2 parts apple cider vinegar
1 part white vinegar
1 part water
 

12 C fresh cherries, pitted
¼ C sugar for every cup of juice

1 week sitting + 10 min boil

  1. Place cherries in a large bowl and cover with the vinegar solution.
  2. Let sit for a at least seven days on the counter, covered.
  3. Blend and strain all the liquid with the help of a muslin or nut bag.
  4. Place liquid in a large sauce pot, along with sugar and boil for 10 minutes then seal into mason jars.
  5. To drink, place 1-2T in a jar, top up with carbonated water & enjoy.
  6. Add milk and cream into a pot over medium heat, stir constantly until it begins to simmer.

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Our Nordic Christmas Table: Gather & Feast
Holiday gathering recipes by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

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I'm at the stage of my life where, with our first baby on the way, I'm considering deeply what it means to have family traditions. I'm trying to be mindful of keeping a thread that links back our roots while developing new traditions that are, dare I say it, better aligned with our lifestyle.

 
Christmas Tablescape | The Nomadic Wife | Photography By Emilie
Christmas Tablescape | The Nomadic Wife | Photography By Emilie
 

Make new traditions.

From my past, I bring forward some quintessential Canadian Christmas dinner traditions. At the center of it all is the act of gathering as many people as I can until our home is bursting at the seams. I adore when people I know & love congregate around a table laden with tourtière, currant sauce, Hasselback potatoes on the side, sugar pie & pouding chômeur. While some things need to be left as they were 50 years ago — such as the perfect roasted turkey — I'll admit to having added my own twist to many of these recipes.

Being the slightly more conscious eater now than my mother was at my age, I've started to include large salads & other veggie-filled sides in our holiday feast. It fills my plant-based heart to the brim to see brightly colored veg mixed into the the more traditional dishes of my past.

Who says you can’t have kale salad or green juice during the holidays?

Friends from far & wide

Christmas has a knack for stirring the pot for many of us. Most of our friends here in the city are transplants just like us and spend Christmas far from those they hold dear & wish to break bread with the most. However, I must admit that I have grown to love the delights of sharing our holiday table with friends, old and new, who've come from near and far to share a meal & bask in the holiday vibes.

There’s something quite wonderful about growing a new family in a different city.

I try to see the beauty in every aspect of the holidays and extend a heart filled with love to those who struggle with the season. I’ve been there, in that place where it seems like the holidays will never be the same. It’s for these people, and our nostalgic friends, that I open our home in an attempt to to keep the magic and whimsy of it alive. So here’s to gathering as many of your loved ones as you can & celebrating the heck out of the holidays, no matter what past years were like.
 

 
Christmas Tablescape | The Nomadic Wife | Photography By Emilie
 

Abundance & Feast

Despite coming from simple roots, the feeling of abundance was always present around the Christmas table, so I've made a point to keep it overflowing.. only with healthier options than its vintage counterpart.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas recipes for you to try & perhaps spark the beginning of a new tradition of your own.

 

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