When entertaining, I like to make appetisers that err on the side of healthy. I also make sure there’s a mix of food while being cognizant of the dietary restrictions our guests might have. Last month I made wonton noodle soup but only used half the wonton wrappers; the rest I froze. There’s always a bag or two of shrimp in the freezer and I usually have an avocado on hand. This recipe is easy to make and in roughly 10 minutes you can have the filling completed by the time the wonton baskets are cooked and cooled. Continue Reading →
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The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born.
As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally.
“let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
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There’s an immense satisfaction when something homemade turns out well and puts a smile on your face. It gives that boost in confidence and lets you know you can tackle the next project on a high note. We love grainy mustard almost as much as we do Dijon. In the past 20 years, I have made a conscience effort to read food labels, understand what’s inside, and make an informed decision as a result. So when I got it into my head to make my own mustard, I was surprised to see additives such as fruit pectin, citric acid, tartaric acid in Dijon mustard and lactic acid and flavour (no mention of what the flavour is) in grainy mustard. Oops! Did I forget to read the labels on these mustards? Or did I think the additive list wasn’t too long? It’s not as if we consume mustard on a daily basis. Moral of the story; read the blinkin’ label! Continue Reading →
Celery soup? You betcha! I bought a bunch of celery a couple of weeks ago for a recipe that called for two stalks. It’s a food dilemma for me and figuring out what to do with the remainder stalks usually ends up in the compost box. Around lunch time I pondered what to make for tonight’s dinner. The vegetable crisper looked a bit bare with a lone carrot, sunchoke, and leek; all were on their last legs. Celery is abundant in vitamins, helps lower inflammation, protects the liver and more. The thing is, I can only stomach eating one stalk at a time so what was I to do with eight? Continue Reading →
This is the second time I’ve made this dish. The first was the week of the new year and I was in search of something different from the food I usually make during the holidays. Lime and cashew paste smeared over the fish sounded so good – it was delicious! But…I struggled with the rice paper! I’ve made fried Vietnamese spring rolls oodles of times but for some reason, the rice paper was not co-operating (both times!). Continue Reading →
Hello 2017! By now most of you are back to your daily routine. Our Christmas decorations and tree are still up but it’ll all be put to bed come Friday – or at least the tree will be stripped and out on the sidewalk (garbage collection day). Over the holidays I made my usual goodies as that’s what my family has come to expect and heaven help me if I change any part of that tradition (insert happy face here). Continue Reading →
At this point, the rush of the holiday season is in full swing. On my previous post, I suggested three, easy-to-make party food treats and the three I have chosen today are just as easy. Chocolate is a crowd-pleaser and lovely to have on hand when your friends and family pop over. Making your own is easier than you may think. Continue Reading →
Twelve days to Christmas! Yikes! Why is it with the best-laid plans things slip? I finally got around to making my first ever Christmas cracker snaps even though I had the materials 2-weeks ago. They were a cinch to make and took half an hour to assemble. I think the same goes with party food. We create lists of what we plan to make and yet as the date draws closer, it’s as if we never had a plan and we’re scrambling to pull it off. Continue Reading →
I cannot recall the last time I made fudge. It was a family favourite growing up and around the Christmas holidays, there was always some to be had. My mom always had the pantry and freezer full of cooked goodies. The laundry room became the storage area for fruit cake, plum puddings, cookies, squares not to mention tins of Ganong chocolates. It was an out-in-the-open treasure chest that as a kid I could not ignore (a few times caught with my hand in the cookie jar). Continue Reading →
After three weeks overseas, I am happy to be back home. Mr. S and I love to travel almost as much as we enjoy being in our humble abode. When away, I encounter (stumble upon) new ways to dress up old dishes. Stumble upon; another word perhaps for getting lost. Not that we are frequently lost when walking around new cities or neighbourhoods, it’s just that what seems to be a logical route turns out to be a completely different area. Not to fret, though, as these missteps can deliver a sense of jubilation when one sees something unique. For us, it’s finding an enchanting historic building or a hole-in-the-wall cafe. I don’t go out of my way looking for clothing shops, instead, I hunt down historical spots with places to eat and drink injected along the way. In doing so we have discovered many hidden treasures and were able to eat like a local. Continue Reading →
I don’t know why, but of late I am drawn to nostalgia and in particular food. This nostalgic feeling is all good and although I am not one to dwell in the past, there’s something so familiar about comfort food that pulls me back to my childhood. In the 1950s and well into the ’70s casseroles were all the rage. The classic all-time favourite casserole of the ’70s was tuna noodle. Continue Reading →
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