Entrees

Pincho of Codfish with Honey Garlic Roasted Red Peppers

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been exploring the rich culture and history of Andalucia Spain, and the fantastic food  and wine authentic to that region. I started first with a list of tapa bars recommended by celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, but quickly discovered other local hot spots with crowds holding overfilled glasses of wine spewing onto the streets into the late* hours of the night.

*late for me, normal for them 😉 

It was glorious.

Southern Spain features a lot of fish and seafood, and the tapa I made today is a pincho (small slice of bread with a topping fastened on top of it with a “pincho” or a toothpick) of codfish topped with roasted red peppers, garlic, honey and olive oil.   Continue reading

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Shanghai-Style Wonton 上海雲呑

I haven’t posted once since my mom arrived from Hong Kong 2 months ago. I’ve been utterly, yet obligingly, spoiled by my mom’s home-cooking and haven’t lifted a finger other than to click an OpenTable reso when it’s my turn to treat.

My grandmother on my mother’s side is Shanghainese and her reputable culinary skills have been passed onto her children while they grew up in Hong Kong. I received none of those skills across the Pacific Ocean, so I rely solely on my mom to make my absolute favourite dish: Shanghai- style wontons. These are fun, straight-forward, and much faster to make with a partner or kids, so round up a squad for your wonton prep! We usually make these in batches of 100 so we can freeze and have them ready within minutes next time around.   Continue reading

Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs

Time to fire up the grill! Thai chicken thighs makes for an exotic weeknight dinner that comes together quickly. This recipe features traditional Thai ingredients like fish sauce, fresh coriander, ginger and garlic, infused into juicy chicken thighs that you can serve on rice, over salad, or in a sandwich.  Continue reading

Kofta

Everyone LOVES food on a stick. Yakitori… Kebabs… Cake Pops… and let’s not forget our ingenious childhood Pogo’s.

My favourite “sticked” dish at the Lebanese restaurant in my hood is Kofta. It is an aromatic mix of minced meat, onions and spices, served with fresh pita, hummus, rice and tabbouleh. I can’t rave about it more. I wanted to make my own at home using organic ingredients, and I was surprised at how simple, cheap and tasty the results were!

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Acorn Squash with Spiced Apple and Walnut

Sugar and spice and all things nice is what Fall brings to the kitchen. This seasonal dish adds sweet and spicy dimensions to buttery roasted acorn squash.  The stuffing is simple and consists of caramelized apples, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Rich in flavour and colour, this is a beautiful and nutritious dish to warm up to this Fall. Continue reading

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