It was time to take a break from more exotic travels and recently, had the opportunity to visit the beautiful, rolling countryside of Ireland.    As always, I tried to find some spices but when in Ireland, it’s time to visit the pubs and try the local cuisine.  Drink the Irish-produced warm Guinness beer.  Soak up […]

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Is it really a cheesecake?  A frittata?  A quiche?  Whatever you call it, it is delicious.  I am in love with Yotam Ottolenghi cookbooks.  I own all four now, the latest being Plenty More, the following up of his last veggie cookbook, Plenty.It’s really a misnomer to call this recipe a cake, because I almost […]

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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 […]

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