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lime & cashew fish rolls

lime and cashew fish rolls 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 →

Margarita – a classic cocktail

margaritaLonger days and warmer weather is finally being felt in the Maritimes.  The thought of wearing a light jacket and shoes instead of a winter coat and boots is a pleasure!  The sun was out in full force yesterday warming my face and allowing me to believe the nasty winter we endured is a thing of the past.  Spring, yes it might be here in theory, was off to a rocky start but yesterday erased any ill thoughts I had and to celebrate, I made this classic summer cocktail – a Margarita.  Continue Reading →

Lime and Sea Salt Kale Chips

lime & sea salt kale chips by The Culinary ChaseI’ve been eyeing kale chips for the last two years and yesterday I finally decided to make my own.  The first time I tried a kale chip was at Whole Foods.  On the weekends they have food stations placed throughout the store and on one occasion they were touting baked kale chips.  Being the inquisitive type, I had to try one and to my surprise, I liked it.  I had heard they were the new health food craze.  Not only is this super food affordable and tasty, it’s downright nutritional!  Click here to view 8 health benefits of kale.  It takes little effort to make and dressed with olive oil, sea salt and lime they won’t last long.

bunch of kale leaves
olive oil
1/4 lime
sea salt

kale collage1. Preheat oven to 350f (180f).
2. Wash kales leaves and dry with paper towel. Cut thick stem away from kale (this is nasty to bite into).
3. Cut leaves according to your liking. In a bowl toss kale with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt.
4. Arrange on a lined baking sheet in one layer. Squeeze lime juice over kale and bake 15 minutes.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
Keep an eye on the kale once 10 minutes has passed as it can quickly turn from a bright green to brown.  Try other seasonings such as curry powder, cayenne pepper, lemon or lime zest, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin, grated Parmesan just to name a few.  Enjoy!