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

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

New Year Rice Bowl

I receive a lot of cooking/food website newsletters. I would say on an on average day I will receive between 7-10 newsletters from different sites.  What I find hilariously funny is the vast difference from the theme of the newsletters from Christmastime to January 1st.  Prior to New Year the recipes are all decadent andRead more

One Pot Wonderful

One pot wonder meals, they seem to be the modern day once loved, now loathed casserole. The idea for one pot wonder meals is simple, cook your entire meal using only one pot!  For kitchens without dishwashers, like my own, one pot wonders mean quick and easy clean up!  If you look on the internetRead more

Soup made with leftovers

Brrrr. It is FRIGID outside!  And this past weekend all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball under a mound of blankets and watch tv.  Instead I spend some time playing around with my new multi-cooker I talked about in my last post.  And I made a really delicious soup using someRead more

An unusual delicious way to make fried chicken

I love when I get to try out new cooking tools and appliances for the first time. In this next recipe I had to purchase a Chinese bamboo steamer basket.  Well actually I have been eyeing these steamer baskets every time I shop at my Asian grocery store MultiFood, this next recipe gave me theRead more

When it’s too cold to grill

Well, as luck would have it now that our unseasonably warm weather has left us the next cookbook on my shelf is a grilling cookbook. Also as luck would have it, after getting home late for work I found the propane of my grill was empty.  (Actually I think that last one was actually luckRead more

Trick or Scallops

  Ok so there is no trick, only scallops.  But Happy Halloween everyone!!  Scallops are one of those ingredients which are a treat. I love not only eating scallops but since scallops cook quickly they make for a nice fast dinner to cook.  But scallops can be expensive so I really don’t cook them allRead more

Brine Time

  Another new for me in this next blog post, brining! I’ve never really brined before but seemed like a good time as any to try out brining.  Brining is similar to marinating.  You place your meat in a liquid for a certain amount of time.  Except when a marinade tends to be more ofRead more

Character Building

As my quest to advance my culinary abilities continues I find I have begun to use and like cuts of meat which I might have overlooked before. I use to like to eat chicken breasts, and by chicken breasts I mean the boneless/skinless version.  As my culinary abilities continue to improve I have found myRead more

Make Stocks this Weekend!!

Now that summer’s over 🙁 it’s time to start thinking about soups.  A few years ago I stopped buying packaged broths and instead decided to make my own, which is WAY healthier.  The first few times I made stocks I thought it was a total pain, I did not see how I could or wouldRead more

Rosemary makes Risotto!

In an effort to make use of all the pancetta I have, read about making pancetta here, I decided to think up some creative ways to try incorporate it. The first thing I thought of was risotto.  I had never made risotto before so it seemed like a good time to try!

Confit this!

A few months ago my friend Pam and I took a cooking class at The Chef Next Door in Walkerville.  One of the dishes featured was duck confit.  For those of you who were like me about 6 months ago and don’t know what confit means meat cooked in it’s own rendered fat.  It soundsRead more

Chicken Adobo

Onto the final recipe I made a few weekends back.  When opened the next cookbook I knew why I had tagged this next recipe originally.  Years ago I was watching a cooking show and there was a mom and two daughters who sold their chicken adobo, a Filipino dish, in a food hall.  They were asked the recipe soRead more

Side Dish Star!

yum!

I recently read an article about how to be a better cook. One of the things the article talked about is how you should read the recipe in it’s entirety before even starting to cook.  This is something that I do for every recipe I make.  Actually I tend to read a recipe several times.  IRead more