Month: September 2014

Amazing Health Benefits of Apples

Apples are incredibly delicious, are amazing cooking ingredients and also have many amazing benefits—some of which you may not even be aware! Though, if you want to fully benefit from all an apples health, don’t peel it. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Organic apples don’t cost an […]

Warm Baby Potato and Smoked Salmon Salad

After a few days working in Stockholm, I was inspired by the simplicity of Swedish food. It may not be known as being the destination of culinary excellence, but there is more to it than just those iconic meatballs sold at Ikea. Among the delicious crispbread (knäckebröd), their menus brim with fish. Salmon, mackerel and […]

Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Bulgur, Red Pepper & Mint

This lentil & bulgur soup is heartwarming and sooo delicious, you’ll want to make this one time and time again! This soup is inspired by a lentil soup my aunt learned to make while attending a culinary cooking class in Istanbul. Red lentils are a great choice if you want to make a soup with […]

Lemon Anchovy Dressing

On a recent trip to Aix de Provence, I had an amazing yet simple Provencal style salad consisting of Belgium endives in a lemony anchovy dressing. I know anchovies aren’t for everyone but if they are good quality and packed in a decent quality olive oil their taste positively stands out from the rest of […]

Pasta with Lamb Merguez and Porcini Mushrooms

Sometimes you just crave something comforting. Comforting as I know it, usually means pasta. With 30 minutes, there is plenty of time to make this tasty dinner recipe, which takes about 3% effort! Lamb merguez and porcini mushrooms pair beautifully together. With porcini mushrooms earthy and somewhat nutty flavor and merguez signature spice, this dish […]

Spicy Black Bean and Roasted Corn Soup

Roasted sweet, ripe summer corn with black beans makes for a richly satisfying soup. When fresh corn isn’t in season just use thawed frozen corn. I also like to use dried black beans rather than convenient canned beans. Yes, they may take a surprising amount of time to cook, but they are little bombshells of […]

Pasta with Smoked Sardines and Lemon

This was one of those unintendedly successful dinners. I had planned to make a nice homemade corn chowder, however that takes time. Yes, the kind with real corn and soaked black beans. The no shortcuts kinda corn chowder. And actually the kind of chowder, sans the chowder, since what defines chowder is that’s it’s actually […]

Pimientos de Padrón (Spanish Green Peppers)

Have you ever heard about Padron peppers? Padron peppers or pimientos de padrón, are small, Spanish green peppers with a sweet mild taste. The “Spanish roulette”of peppers, have been know to go rogue and occasionally sport an unpredictably spicy kick. Though this only occurs in less than 10% of those harvested. They make for a […]

Buttermilk Red Currant Muffins

I absolutely love red currants. Native to Asia and Western Europe, these little gems were thought to be among the original foods consumed by the Palaeolithic people. Yes, they’ve been around forever! Being a fan of tart fruits and berries, I don’t actually recall seeing currants all that often in my years of living Vancouver. […]