Six times a year, I acquire another Food and Drink magazine from the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) to add to my collection.  I found an interesting article on pomegranates in the Holiday 2014 Issue and I was drawn to this exotic Persian Chicken with Walnuts and Pomegranates recipe. It may have been the […]

Shepherd’s Pie has always been one of my favourite comfort foods.  My last post was a traditional Shepherd’s Pie similar to the one that my mother made for us when we were growing up.  When I came across today’s recipe for Shepherd’s Pie, I knew that it was going to be my style of cooking.  […]

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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