Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken and Veg

ALL of my focus of late has been on prepping for being a vendor at our local folk festival.  The last time I did any such thing was at least two lifetimes ago and, while some of it is coming back to me like riding a bicycle, I did forget just how much work is…

Spicy Zucchini Fridge Pickle

Last week, knowing I wanted to make zoodles to go with the Trapani style pesto I made, I requested zucchinis from the market fairy (my daughter) and, boy howdy, did I get zucchinis. It seems zucchini season is in full swing. Now, prior to making the zoodles to go with the pesto (which is a…

Trapani Style Tomato and Mint Pesto

Pesto should be a no-brainer as far as summertime staples go, but truth be told, I don’t make this type nearly often enough. Like its greener cousin, it’s simple to make, has relatively few ingredients, can be served hot or cold and, even though some would condemn me for screwing about with something so simply…

Marinated Tofu & Veg Spring Rolls

Getting a decent breakfast into my bod each day remains a challenge. A  41 year old challenge. Between dealing with hypoglycemia, not being much of a morning person, not being a lover of sweet things (putting cereals and fruits and smoothies and yogurt and so many good breakfast things out of the race) but finding…

Red Beans & Rice

Apparently I make red beans and rice all wrong. Firstly, my recipe has no tomatoes. “Louis Armstrong’s recipe has tomatoes, Melanie. Who do you think you are making red beans and rice without tomatoes, Melanie?” I’m someone who believes that there are already enough saucy, tomatoey things in this world and that the holy trinity…

Shrimp + Shiitake Spring Rolls

The more I make things stuffed with things, the more I want them to be a one-stop shop with no oils or dips or what have you to have to fuss about with. I just want each bite to be its own little flavour bomb and I don’t think that’s too much to ask. These…

What I Did on my Summer Vacation – Part Un

In the wee hours of yesterday morning, the mister and I returned from a week long adventure on Salt Spring Island or, as we call it, Fraggle Rock. It was a bit odd for me as a good portion of the maternal side of my BFF’s fam jam picked up and moved to the island…

Pizza Margherita, Canadian Girl Style

SO many of my friends have been in Italy lately and taunting me with their endless pics of bare-bone cheese and tomato pizzas, with their crisp, wood-fired crusts and puddles of mozzarella atop what I can only  imagine to be the smoothest, sweetest, lightest, most tomatoey tomato sauce with pops of garlic here and there….

Hakurei Turnips & Beech Mushrooms with a Miso & Wine Sauce

Yesterday was another Wednesday upon which I could not make it to our downtown farmers’ market. Ok. I could have, but that would have meant setting aside the final deadlines keeping me from being fully and truly on vacation and being fully and truly on vacation won out. Luckily, the daughter is almost always up…

The Apostolic Visitrix of the Melocalypse

I’ve been dreaming of making this drink since it occurred to me to infuse some whisky with rhubarb after pilfering my BFF’s rhubarb patch of one bajillion rhubarbs early in the season. I think my sub-conscious mind supported my obsession by allowing me to purchase and promptly forget a bunch of local strawberries I’d picked…

Borage Chimichurri Sauce

I somehow ended up with six borage plants in the wee garden on the glorified fire escape. That’s about four borage plants too many and this is after I’d offloaded a few to the daughter and some friends. If you’re not familiar with borage, the one thing you should know is that it grows BIG. BIG,…