Satay with Peanut Curry Sauce

a couple weekends ago Matt and I spent in Montreal, one of my favourite cities to escape to, in summer and EVEN in the winter!  While there we went to Atwater Market, a great market btw, and snacked on some chicken satay from the Satay Brothers vendor in the market.  They were so tasty IRead more

Dinner on the table in Minutes

Now that I am “cheffing” as a profession some may think I now make elaborate meals every night of the week.  Well what I have found in actuality is I am spending less time in my own kitchen, cooking less for myself and more for others.  So I am still all about quick fast mealsRead more

Hello Chaos!

The underdog

well… when I switched careers I had no idea how busy I would be in my new career right from the beginning. I thought I would have some time to get organized, get my website revised and slowly begin to gain clients. Instead can’t believe the amount of interest I’ve had in my cooking…so here’sRead more

New Beginning!!

So I’ve made the leap, I’ve left  my career in architecture of nearly 15 years to begin a new career in the culinary field!!  In the coming weeks I will be redoing my website to offer personal cheffing and catering services while continuing to share great recipes on my blog….stay tuned for that!  On theRead more

Quick and Easy Scallops

Scallops are the fast thing I seem to make, and also the easiest.  They literally are placed in a hot pan with oil for a minute and then flipped and cooked another minute.  So if you, like me, like to have some quick weeknight dinners to pull out of your back pocket here is another oneRead more

Shrimp Boil!

Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I talk about my love for quick and easy weeknight dinners.  But I really love discovering those recipes which don’t necessarily taste like they were a simple dish to throw together.  This next recipe is just that!

Chicken Caesar Salad

Every year when we go to Mexico we seem to always dine at the restaurant No Way Jose.  The main dining room of the restaurant is on the second floor of a building with an open roof – it makes for a nice setting.  The restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine.  It’s thoughtful, creative and delicious.  The ownerRead more

Brick Chicken – a favorite grill recipe…

Summer is right around the corner. I had Matt go out and get a new propane tank for our grill so we can take advantage of the warm weather we are finally having consistently. I went to the market and picked up 2 chickens…yes 2 chickens for 2 people. The way I think of itRead more

Ginger Braised Chicken

The next recipe is kind of comforting dish. There is a lot of ginger in it and I think that all adds to the overall “comforting” factor of the dish.  Ginger is not only used for its taste, it’s said to help treat various disorders from nausea to arthritis.  I always have a knob ofRead more

SPRING!

one great meal!

Spring is here!! Spring is here!! What better way to celebrate weather warm enough to be outside without a coat than to grill out?  I decided to grill some lobster this past weekend.  I needed a couple of sides to serve with my lobster.  I decided to make a spring vegetable, asparagus and I hadRead more

Spice Hoarder

Indian food is not a cuisine I am very familiar with be it eating or cooking. What better way to get acquainted with a cuisine than to buy a cookbook and start making some of the dishes?!  I also found that while I have a ton of different spices, I needed to purchase several ofRead more

When you need a simple side…

I am not sure how many people noticed but my website was down for about a day.  For me, a person who really doesn’t understand computer codes, nor do I really want to, it is super frustrating when something isn’t working.  Whenever my site is down I tend to spend way longer than I shouldRead more

Part III of Cuttlefish Ink Challenge

So perhaps the most challenging part of the cuttlefish ink challenge was to come up with a dessert. Not only does cuttlefish ink seem really out of place in a dessert, but also I avoid making desserts at all costs!  I am a pretty terrible baker, I don’t like to sweet things, I am justRead more

Kimchi!

In recent years kimchi has become more and more popular in North America. Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine.  It is salted and fermented spicy vegetables, traditionally napa cabbage and radishes.  I had never made kimchi before but I was curious to make some.  It is a process to make but is by noRead more

Let’s make something with Rose Water!

I love using new ingredients! A few months ago my friend Sandy gave me a bottle of rose water for my birthday.  Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water.  Its flavor is used quite a bit in Persian cuisine.  Rose water is also used in cosmetics and has medicinal uses as well. Read more

Part Two of Cuttlefish Ink Challenge

If you remember from this post 2 weeks back, my friend Jamie challenged me to make several dishes with cuttlefish ink.  I created a pasta with the ink and it was delicious!  Next up I decided to make a tempura batter incorporating some of the ink.