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My favourite places to visit when I am traveling are the local souks and markets.  I love the bustling of the merchants at their stalls and watching tourists and customers checking out produce and wares.  When I was in Israel a few years ago, the huge market of Machane Yehudah in Jerusalem was a favourite […]

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In between all the reality cooking shows on Food Network TV lies the ‘real’ cooking shows, my favourites of my past.  I know that food preparation competitions are obviously more popular today but I still enjoy having a cup of coffee and just watch a chef show me a step-by-step how-to-make a recipe.  Sometimes I […]

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It all started a little over a year ago when I received an e-mail from Natalie MacLean, a popular Ottawa wine writer informing me that she likes the way I write my blog posts and if I would be interested in contributing wine reviews to her site? “You don’t have to be a wine expert […]

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Here is another wonderful cool summer noodle salad with all my favourite Vietnamese flavours.  Fresh crispy vegetables, soft rice noodles and aromatic herbs, all topped with a sauce to hit all the taste buds:  sweet, hot, salty and sour. Ingredients are colourful.  A block of firm tofu, one carrot, one small English cucumber and rice […]

My friend, Brian, is an urban farmer. Lives in downtown Ottawa but has a summer vegetable garden that is impressive: tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, carrots, beans, to name a few, dill, parsley and enough basil to supply his family with a year’s worth of pesto.  Of course, I was honoured to be a recipient of  his […]

And now a chickpea curry with an Indian flair.  I found this recipe in the Food and Drink magazine that the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) produces and it is so delicious and so easy to put together, truly a one-pot wonder.  This recipe doubles up on the protein by combining chickpeas and paneer, […]

Chickpeas are so versatile in vegetarian cuisine. I always keep dried chickpeas in the pantry that can be soaked overnight and simmered the following day but for those days when I am running out of time, canned chickpeas are terrific to keep in stock.  This recipe uses my favourite Thai red curry paste (can be […]

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