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Butter Chickpeas

Well, I broke down recently and bought the kitchen appliance of the year — the Instant Pot.  At first I was taken aback by a pressure cooker-slow cooker-sauté machine plus dozen of other functions-cooker, but I was curious and wanted the challenge.  There are so many dedicated websites and blogs with recipes about the Instant […]

Coconut Milk Fish Curry with Tamarind

There are two ways I prepare for dinner.  The first is, choose a recipe, buy the ingredients and make the meal.  The second is, check what I have in my freezer or pantry and refrigerator and find a recipe that suits the ingredients.  Today I chose the latter, as I had some frozen haddock that […]

What a Jerk Chicken

I know I lean towards the middle eastern spice palette but every one in a while a new flavour intrigues me. A few weeks back my friend, Cheryl, raved about a Jamaican Jerk chicken she had tasted and I thought, why haven’t I ever tried that? And within a week, this recipe for Jerk Chicken […]

Spiced Beef Kefta, Moroccan Style

My favourite foods to prepare are the ones that conjure up aromatic and tasty meals that I have eaten on our travels.  In fact, I like to choose the countries that we travel to by researching in advance the local cuisine.  One of my fondest holidays of all times was Morocco in September 2013; I […]

Indian Seasoned Fish Cakes

When I found this Bonnie Stern Recipe inspired by a Vij Vikram recipe, owner of Vij’s modern Indian restaurant in Vancouver, I couldn’t resist trying it out.  I was at Vij’s in June, 2013 and I was so excited to have the chance to eat there.  In her book Friday Night Dinners Bonnie Stern shares […]

Ricotta Cheese Pancakes, Memories of Russian Syrniki

Syrniki :  a word that congers up sweet memories of those delicious cheese pancakes I had the pleasure to nosh on in Moscow last August for breakfast at the hotel.  Below, they are beautifully plated but I hope I have plated a close second above with my version adapted from  Smitten Kitchen Every Day by […]

Thai Green Curry with Poached Cod

It’s just one of those frigid Ottawa days and I need to make something to warm me right down to my bones.  And I had some fresh cod in the fridge and some coconut milk in the pantry.  I search through my recipe folder and lo and behold, I find this intriguing Green Thai Curry […]