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cuban sandwich (a cheater’s version)

Cuban sandwichThe Cuban sandwich makes use of leftover Cuban roast pork – for the uninitiated, it’s basically a delicious pork and cheese sandwich.  Having recently returned from a trip to Havana, the Cuban sandwich was high on our radar.  However, Mr. S and I only saw it once on a menu but never tried as it was too early in the morning.  Perhaps we should have ordered it even if it was ten o’clock!  Every eatery we went to we would ask about the sandwich and most said the best place to try one is in Miami!  Huh?  So I did a bit of sleuthing and found out this was attributed to the Cuban tobacco industry that began in Florida in the mid-1800’s.  Continue Reading →

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baked brie with onion jam – make it tonight!

baked brie with onion jamI am not mathematically inclined, but I do like to figure out how things work and have always had an inquisitive mind.  If a shortcut works, well, I’ll take that route.  It stems from childhood.  When a problem arose, I would try to sort it out on my own before approaching my parents. I would come up with a solution and present it to them.  They may not have always liked what I came up with but at least it was there for them to say yea or nay.  Continue Reading →

chicken noodle salad cups – entertain with ease

salad cupsSalad cups are one of my favourite ways to serve as an appetizer.  You can take pretty much any salad recipe and instead of serving it on a plate, shrink the portion to fit onto lettuce, endive spears, Tostitos scoops, mini fillo shells, wonton cups and so on; you get the picture.  December is a party month and that usually means at some point you’ll be entertaining in your home.  It’s a time when entertaining can be a drain on one’s pocketbook and free time or both.  But it doesn’t have to be if one makes a plan and eliminates any last minute running around (wasting time and money).  Continue Reading →

halloumi fries – entertaining made easy

halloumi fries - easy to makeI’ve been cooking with halloumi cheese since 2006; we were living in Hong Kong at the time.  I love that city!  It’s one of the few places I could go back to live.  It’s a city that’s frenetic, safe to travel at night, people are generally friendly, amazing food, public transport is swift and timely, mountains surround the city and look down at a stunning harbour.  If you tire of the concrete jungle, beaches and lush greenery are only a 30-minute bus ride away .  The locals work long hours and as a result their form of relaxation includes eating out with family and friends on a weekly basis.  Hong Konger’s love their food and it has to be fresh.  Continue Reading →

greek yogurt labneh balls

DIY yogurt labneh ballsHow to turn Greek yogurt into a delightful soft cheese?  It’s quite easy and so simple!  Labneh is strained yogurt and found in Middle Eastern cuisines.   Serve it with a drizzle of olive oil and top with za’atar or do what I did by rolling into balls and place in a jar with olive oil.  Continue Reading →

Asian infused soup with instant noodles

instant noodles soupFor years I have been sodium-aware and have passed this awareness onto my kids.  And yet my daughter, while she was in high school and in university, loved noodles in a cup or the instant noodles with a flavour pouch.  While I doubt the noodles are the sodium culprit, I’m pretty sure the pouch contains a good portion of the recommended daily allowance.  Students in university live off them while I could never stomach them – the closest I came to a meal in a box was Kraft dinner.  Continue Reading →

butter tarts (a delightful Canadian dessert)

As a youngster and even now, getting my hands on a butter tart is a culinary delight.  One bite and the filling is drip-off-your-chin runny or slightly set, ooey gooey sweet, and encased by a flaky crust that melts in your mouth.  A cute little hand pie that one could devour with 3 bites; maybe less if you wanted to show off how much you could stuff into your mouth!  Butter tarts are not difficult to make. Continue Reading →

salsa verde (a classic Italian green sauce)

salsa verde - a delicious green sauceGreen sauce, you make my heart sing!  It has to be one of THE easiest and healthy sauces one can make.  But wait!  What is a green sauce, you ask?   If you have tried chimichurri, pesto, sauce vert or Mexican salsa verde you’ve tasted a green sauce.  Salsa verde is a rustic sauce that can be used on practically everything from vegetables to meat and fish or used as a dip.  Continue Reading →

grilled green onion feta dip (easy to make)

grilled green onion & feta dip -a cinch to makeAutumn is a favourite time of the year for me.  I love all the local produce seen at markets and in food shops.  Canada celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend (Monday was the holiday but most celebrate it on Sunday) and vendors tables at the farmers’ market on Saturday were filled with veggies, fruits and meat waiting for the surge of people preparing for the thankful feast.  Continue Reading →

stuffed peppers using leftovers

stuffed peppers using leftoversHi there!  I’m back from what seems eons since I last posted or even thought of posting.  How did August get so crazy that I only posted once?  Well, for starters our house went on the market in June and in the first week of August we received an offer (yay!).  The catch, though, was an ultra fast closing date – August 31st!  That in itself wouldn’t have been an issue if we hadn’t planned to be away the last two weeks in August.  So we countered and ended up changing the closing date to September 11th.  We arrived back from our trip late on the 1st of September and moved into our new home on the 8th; we don’t mess around!

I’ve been cleaning two houses for the last two weeks and meal prep took a backseat.  Continue Reading →