How To Segment An Orange

how to segment an orangeHow do you eat an orange?  Do you peel it with your fingers or use a knife?  I do both depending on the thickness of the skin but when I want the orange to be the main attraction, segmenting it looks so professional and yet is easy to do.  Adding orange segments to a dish adds a splash of color and looks pretty.  To segment an orange all you need is a sharp knife and a firm orange.  Segmenting an orange or other citrus fruit is easy.  It can be a bit awkward the first time round, but after a couple tries, you’ll have the technique down pat. Continue Reading →

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Asian Inspired Beef Short Ribs

beef short ribsI never knew there were so many braised short rib recipes on the web and it seems a good portion are dedicated to slow cookers.  I eyed a package of two meaty-looking beef short ribs and couldn’t wait to get home and decide how to cook them.  I did not want a typical braise with wine and tomatoes.  Instead, I yearned for something more Asian-infused.  Ribs come in a few styles (English cut, flanken cut, kalbi cut) and the ones I chose resembled the kalbi (traditional Korean cut).   Koreans love their meat.  Continue Reading →

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef & CabbageNot sure what to make for dinner?  If you have a farmers’ market nearby, drop in and get inspired.  That’s what happened to me on Saturday.  Mr. S asked what’s for dinner and I said I wasn’t sure and hoped the market would be my source of inspiration.  Root vegetables seemed to be everywhere from the different stalls.  Some had packages containing carrots, potatoes, cabbage and turnip and were selling them as ingredients for a boiled dinner or what I call corned beef and cabbage.  I picked up my root vegetables from different vendors and the corned beef from Meadowbrook Meat Market.  Corned beef (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing) is the salting of the meat which is then submerged in a brine, refrigerated for 10 days, drained, rinsed off and placed in a large pot of water with root vegetables. Continue Reading →

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Pork Belly Buns

caramelized pork belly bunsIt’s Chinese New Year’s Eve today and tomorrow millions will usher in the new year of the Sheep/Goat.  Most Chinese have already cleaned their house (literally) where the cleaning helps to drive any bad luck away from the house and discarding anything old to make way for a new start.  The years we spent in Asia got us involved in some of the celebrations and to this day I still replenish our rice jar (for good luck) and clean house where we sort through clothing and other items to give to charity.  Continue Reading →

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Smoked Cheddar Scones

applewood smoked cheddar sconesI don’t know about you, but there’s nothing mouth-watering about processed cheese. It lacks any kind of taste, looks artificial, and I doubt there’s any nutritional benefit once being processed. As a cheeselover, it pleases me to know there are cheesemakers in every province. According to the Canadian Dairy Commission, Quebec is the biggest producer of cheese, followed by Ontario.  Canadian cheesemakers produced more than 137.7 million kilograms (303 million pounds) and more than 1,050 types of cheese in 2011. Be still my cheese-beating heart! Continue Reading →

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Smoked Salmon Spaghetti

smoked salmon spaghettiSmoked salmon is well loved in our house.  It’s so versatile and delicious on scrambled eggs, as a creamy pâté, in sushi rolls, tarts, chowder or soups, blinis, quesadillas and so forth.  Some enjoy smoked salmon in spaghetti carbonnara which I was almost tempted to make but felt I wanted the salmon to be center stage and leave the creaminess (ahem calories) behind.  This dish can be ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta…I kid you not!  Continue Reading →

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Calgary – a visit to see my daughter


17th Avenue CalgaryWhenever we travel to a new destination I always make a list of things to see and do.  It’s aimed as a loose itinerary for us.  Last Thursday I arrived for the first time in Calgary to see my daughter… a surprise birthday gift from her.  When I arrived I asked her what’s on the agenda for that day.  She rattled off a list and I was impressed.  Turns out all my vacation prep of years gone by has trickled down to my daughter!  She had made her list of things to do while I was there…I was chuffed. Continue Reading →

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Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout SaladSalads take on many forms from the traditional and the not-so-traditional like the one posted here. Brussels sprouts are not every persons cup of tea but I’ll bet if you try it as a salad with the following delicious ingredients, I think you just might be pleasantly surprised.  Brussels sprout salad not only is esthetically pleasing but full of nutritional goodies.  Continue Reading →

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Onion Dip – made from scratch

Onion DipAs a youngster and young adult, one of my favorite junk foods was French Onion Dip and a bag of rippled potato chips.  It’s been years since I last snacked on a commercial onion dip but the other day while I was at the grocery store, I really wanted to buy one.  Instead, my inner healthy voice said no and that I could easily make my own (party pooper!)Continue Reading →

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Easy To Make Stromboli


StromboliStromboli, an inside-out sandwich or pizza roll, is easy to make and perfect for informal gatherings or pot luck events.  I first tasted one when we lived in NYC and let me tell you, they are addictive!  Continue Reading →

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