Kitchen Table Granola


Kitchen Table Granola
Granola Recipe

When I was five my favourite TV show to watch was "the cooker man". It was on CBC - channel 9 (one of the few channels we got!). I loved how he had all the ingredients ready, bowls and spoons on hand; everything in place. Mise en place, is what my French pastry cookbook says. I'm not sure which one of my brothers came up with that nickname for him, but that's how I always referred to the show. I asked my mum who the chef was, or what the name of the show was, but she couldn't remember (she knew it as the cooker man too!). She did recall it was on CBC and that we watched it after Under the Umbrella Tree. I did a quick google search and discovered the chef's name is James Barber from The Urban Peasant (no wonder we had a nickname for the show!). There are episodes on Youtube, I highly suggest watching "Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes." I had a good laugh. It is not as refined as I thought it was.

Kitchen Table Granola
Kitchen Table Granola Recipe
Kitchen Table Granola Recipe
Kitchen Table Granola Recipe

Thinking about watching that show in our little house makes me flip through memories I have there. I remember the white and green checker floor in the kitchen. There was a buffet filled with my mum's china dishes. There was a little furnace in there too and I would practice jumping and landing gracefully so that I didn't make it rattle (for ballet practice!). I remember eating cucumbers cut up and soaked in vinegar, and salami sandwiches, and BBQ ribs. When we ate ribs we set up four damp wash cloths on each corner of the table so that we could wipe our faces and fingers throughout dinner.

In the summers my mum would take my brothers and I up to visit my Grandma and Grandpa for vacation. They had a hobby farm near Kingston, which my Grandmother often refers to in the Farm and City Cookbook. I remember the place mats on the kitchen table. And of course, granola :). We would make orange juice in her pottery pitcher and toast up some English muffins with berry jam. I felt like every meal in their kitchen was special because we always set the table (even for breakfast), used fabric napkins, and often had dessert after dinner.

As I pre-measured the ingredients for granola and set them out on the table, I thought of my memories watching the cooker man and eating breakfast in my Grandma's farmhouse kitchen. I made substitutions with what I had on hand and created my own kitchen table granola. I have included my modified recipe as well as the one found in the Farm and City Cookbook. This recipe is resilient to substitutions. If you prefer cranberries over raisins, or have large flake oats rather than quick cooking, feel free to make your own modifications! Enjoy!

Kitchen Table Granola Recipe
Kitchen Table Granola /recipe
Kitchen Table Granola

Kitchen Table Granola

Farm and City Cookbook Recipe

1 ยผ cups vegetable oil

1 ยผ cups honey

10 cups rolled oats

1 cup wheat germ

1 cup bran

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup coconut

1 cup chopped nuts

ยผ cup brewerโ€™s yeast

1 cup raisins

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Modified Recipe

1 ยผ cups vegetable oil

1 ยผ cups honey

6 cups rolled oats

6 cups puffed quinoa

ยฝ cup black sesame seeds

ยฝ cup flax seeds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup coconut chips

ยฝ cup slivered almonds

1 cup hemp hearts

ยผ cup nutritional yeast

1 cup mixed dried prunes & cranberries

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Heat oil and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Stir into the remaining ingredients but leave out the raisins. Bake in a large roasting pan at 250ยฐF (180ยฐC) for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

Cool. Stir in raisins. Store in glass jars or pottery containers.

Kitchen Table Granola
Kitchen Table Granola Recipe

*recipe from the Farm and City Cookbook