DIY ferrero rocher

December 8, 2015

I’ve mentioned it before.  I don’t really have a sweet tooth but if there’s one chocolate that halts me in my footsteps, it’s ferrero rocher.  While I am not a fan of milk chocolate the combination of hazelnuts wrapped in what reminds me of nutella (yum) along with a crisp wafer…I’m salivating just thinking about…

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean-style Chicken Salad

July 24, 2019

Mr. S and I have been away and we returned to a heatwave; thank goodness for central airconditioning!  We like eating lighter meals when it’s hot out and tend to stick to the cuisine of the Mediterranean – think fresh, full of veggies, fruit, and low on meat.  When it’s hot out, the last thing…

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poached eggs on sourdough & our daughter’s engagement!

June 14, 2019

Eggs are a staple in most kitchens and they’re so versatile you can enjoy at breakfast, lunch or even as a light dinner.  When my children were younger, scrambled eggs were the easiest and fastest way to get food on the table when their growling bellies could not wait 30 minutes.  Last Saturday our daughter,…

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baked rhubarb

June 5, 2019

As a youngster, practically everyone I knew had a rhubarb patch in their back yard.  I was always fascinated with its thick pinkish red stalks and big, elephant-like leaves.  It was a perfect spot to play hide-and-go-seek as I would crouch down under the 3-foot stems and spy on my siblings.  When I was younger,…

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pasta and fiddleheads

pasta and fiddleheads – hello spring!

May 29, 2019

Ever take a walk in the forest in the Spring and notice young shoots of unfurled ferns?  If you have, it’s a fern getting ready to open up.  Before the fern opens it’s called a fiddlehead (resembles the scroll end of a violin).  It is at this stage when the fiddleheads are picked and cooked. …

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shrimp and avocado salad

May 20, 2019

Shrimp and avocado salad is a follow up from last month’s post. The inspiration for this dish comes from the caesar granita I made; it was placed over freshly shucked oysters.  However, not everyone is a fan of oysters and I get that.  This is another way to enjoy my Caesar granita thus giving you,…

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pakoras & chicken tandoori with cilantro dipping sauce

pakoras and chicken tandoori – a taste of India

May 7, 2019

Mr. S recently came back from India and while he was there, he taunted me with photos of the food he was eating.  He’s been to India numerous times for work and I have yet to go.  His trip was the inspiration for pakoras and chicken tandoori skewers.

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porchetta (Italian street food)

porchetta – Italian Street Food

April 30, 2019

Porchetta (por-ketta) is an Italian meat dish made from pork belly, wrapped around a pork loin, and roasted for several hours.  This is my first time making this and decided to leave the pork loin out for two reasons; it was my first time and I purchased a small piece of pork belly (750g).  I’ve…

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tomato & fresh mozzarella with Caesar granita

tomato and mozzarella salad

April 24, 2019

I was trying to think of what to call this dish.  It’s not a true Caprese salad as I did not include basil.  Tomato and mozzarella salad sounds so blah but there’s an ingredient that most definitely does not make this any way shape or form, blah!  The other day I posted Caesar granita atop…

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fresh oysters with Caesar granita

oysters with caesar granita

April 22, 2019

A Caesar, a classic Canadian cocktail, is as popular as its American counterpart the Bloody Mary.  So what’s the difference, you ask?  The ingredients include Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt (and perhaps celery salt), black pepper and vodka.  The addition of clam juice is what gives the Canadian Caesar its umami flavor.  Canadian bartenders…

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monkfish stew - a taste of the Med

monkfish stew – a taste of the med

April 12, 2019

As a cook, one needs to be flexible.  The other day I was cleaning out a cubby hole where a pile of paper with scribbled recipes waited; some were tossed either because the dish was made or it wasn’t something I wanted to make.  I cook according to my mood and when I am at…

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rolled porked tenderloin

stuffed and rolled pork tenderloin

April 9, 2019

Easter is fast approaching and if you have young children, chances are you have an Easter egg hunt all planned out.  It was a ritual in our home as it was when I was a child.  The thing is, though, as you grow older you begin to wonder what an egg-laying bunny had to do…

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stuffed portobello mushroom primavera

portobello mushroom primavera

April 1, 2019

When one lives in a geographical location with four distinct seasons, Spring is the one I look forward to the most.  It signals a time of rebirth and a hint of what lies ahead…warmer weather and longer days equals more time spent outdoors.  Spring officially began in Canada on March 20th.  The weather in the…

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