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Another variation on the Shepherd’s Pie theme.  I started this series with a old-fashioned Irish Cottage Pie, followed by one with Indian seasonings.  In my Internet travels, I have discovered this Mexican seasoned – Chicken Tamale Pie.   This recipe is fun because a cornmeal/polenta-type topping replaces the traditional potato. Although I followed most of the […]

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This recipe, adapted from thekitchn blog is a wonderful, high-protein quick lunch, combining lentils and an egg.  The ingredients for the lentil dish are red lentils and chana dal (a yellow split lentil, available at an Indian supermarket, however split yellow peas can be substituted), chicken or vegetable broth, garlic, shallots and garam masala. Garam […]

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Dinner preparation can sometimes be a challenge, especially if one or more of the folks around your table are vegan, lactose intolerant or have dietary restrictions.   A traditional Greek salad, comprised of tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, black olives and feta cheese is not possible if a dairy-free  feta is not available for those guests. I […]

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Unexpected company is coming over and what do you have around for an appetizer?  Hummus is always an easy backup but it is time to find something new.  This Moroccan Carrot Spread will fill that something new.  And topped with a Pistachio Dukkah, an aromatic Egyptian blend of nuts, seeds and spices, you will have […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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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