Category Side Dish

My Amazing Vegetarian Indian Experience

I am trying to increase the non-animal protein component in my diet for health, and my cholesterol levels.  Because I love Indian cuisine and I love Madhur Jaffrey’s cooking (two of her recipes on previous posts: her garam masala spice blend and Lentil Soup, a Lovely Soup), what could be better than to delve into […]

Carrot Fritters with Dukkah

Six times a year, the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) issues their Food & Drink magazine.  Wonderful perusing during some downtime and I try to make at least one recipe from each issue.  From the Autumn 2015 issue, I have chosen to share the Carrot Fritters with Dukkah.  I was preparing a middle eastern […]

Spicy Baked Potato Fries, Sweeeeeet!

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 […]

14-Carat Carrots

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 […]

Hamantashen – And now for something completely different

It’s Purim time again and it’s the most festive Jewish holiday of the year.  Lots of partying and celebrating and lots of food.  The story of Purim is told through the reading of the ‘Megillah’, the Book of Esther and recounts the heroism of Queen Esther, a Jewish woman who was married to King Achashverosh, […]

Quinoa with Spiced Carrots

I confess, I’m a bit of a food collector. I have to have every kind of grain, rice, seed, nut and dried fruit in my pantry ‘just in case’ I need to prepare any recipe at a moment’s notice. And every spice, a variety of salts and peppers too.  So much so, that I had […]

Oodles of Soba Noodles with Snow Peas and Mushrooms

Stir-fried dinners are a standard in my home and I’m always looking for a variation on the sauce theme.  Today I’m sharing with you a new flavour for my sauce, the exotic Umeboshi paste.  This stir-fry takes on a Japanese flair with  the combination of soba noodles, tofu, and a sauce enhanced with the piquant […]