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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Sicilian doughnuts

sicilian doughnuts – light & fluffy!

March 28, 2019

My paternal grandmother was the queen of doughnuts!  Hers was the precursor to what Canadian’s lovingly call timbits.  The only part of a doughnut my grandfather liked was the hole left behind from the doughnut cutter.  I can’t recall if he felt it was too much to eat a whole doughnut or he just preferred…

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30-min meal collage

eight 30-minute weekday meals

March 22, 2019

Ah, meal planning…it’s a daily necessity and while some don’t have an issue with it, a good portion of us do.  The days when a single income family was the norm is all but an anomaly.  My generation might have been able to squeak by on one salary but these days that’s not the case.…

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spaghetti and meatballs (my cheater’s version)

March 12, 2019

After a long day, the last thing you want to think about is what to make for dinner.  If you live alone or have a family, cooking a meal most probably isn’t at the top of the to-do list.  Compound this with work, perhaps picking up the kids from daycare and arriving home after six…

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diy beeswax wraps (easy-to-make)

diy beeswax wraps

March 4, 2019

We’re all familiar with the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and I’d like to think most make a conscious effort to use those three R’s, yours truly included.  But, sometimes I fall back into what’s comfortable or easy-to-use.  Last week I was at our farmers’ market and I saw a couple of vendors selling beeswax…

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diy kumquat infused vodka

diy kumquat infused vodka

February 28, 2019

Back in June 2015, my cocktail world as I knew it (virtually nonexistent) made an unexpected, but very pleasant discovery; I liked bourbon!  Up until that time, my favorite tipple was vodka and tonic with lime.  As a youngster, I recall my mom and dad enjoying a drink from a packet called a whiskey sour…

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