Kitchen Experiments: Chinese Herbal “Soup Stuff”

Bless Minh’s, my favourite Asian grocery store, for always finding new and novel ways of keeping me clean and off the streets. The last time I was in, I was poking around the aisles in search of dried lily flowers and stumbled upon this: An ambiguous label? Largely in a language I do not speak…

Passover Brisket {Instant Pot Recipe}

The kitchen robot (instant pot) stepped up to save our sanity for our Seder this year. I had purchased a brisket, but it was not until the day of the Seder that I finally decided how I wanted to cook the brisket and doing it in the instant pot became a very valid choice once we…

Make Ahead Hashbrown Bake {Recipe}

This is another recipe from the breakfast-is-hard files. It’s a bit like a quiche and a bit like a fritatta, but less eggy and more resilient to re-heating than either of those things. This makes it an ideal make-ahead, grab-and-go to have on hand for busy mornings. It’s also another recipe from the pantry-busting files….

Mushroom Rice {Vegan Recipe}

If you’ve been hanging around this blog for any length of time, you well know that mushrooms are my favourite meat. As such, I’m pretty surprised that I haven’t got ’round to writing out a recipe for mushroom rice until now, as it’s one of my favourite applications for mushrooms of all time. A big…

Roasted Tomato Sauce

In my life, two things inevitably happen…like clockwork…almost ritualistically, toward the end of August or into early September. Thing the first is that my friends will come out of their summer hidey-holes and my pad will turn into grand central station for a good week or so. My theory is that September really is more…

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…

Soup of the Week: Roasted Poblano and Three Sisters

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Three Sisters in agriculture, I strongly suggest you educate yourself because it’s rather cool and there’s a lot of compelling folklore and art around it. My Coles’ Notes version: The Three Sisters are corn, winter squash and beans. Different variations on this trio is grown all over…

Turnip Rangoon

When I first started talking about putting this recipe together and then dropped some pics on the facespace while I was making them, I got a lot of “WTF is a Rangoon?” I was a bit flabbergasted because I thought crab Rangoon was one of those things everyone knew about because it’s on pretty much every…

Brulé

So #sorrynotsorry for the tease of a headline, for this post is not about that wonderful method of torching food things in order to give them a delectable, crispy, caramelized croute. What it is about is a project (one among many, many others) I’ve had the honour, pleasure, and arse pain (literal and figurative) of…

Spicy Fried Clam Po’ Boys

One of my favourite sandwiches ever is a good fried clam po’ boy. I was introduced to this delight while visiting Old Orchard Beach (alas, not New Orleans, but I’ll get there one day) as a youngin – a place that left a go-back-to stamp on me because the whole “town” is either beach or…

Lazy Lady’s Buns for All the Things

I am a lazy person in ways that are not always logical. The grocery store is full of people. Often angry people . Especially on a holiday weekend. Today, I did not feel like schlepping it the four blocks to the grocery store for a couple of lousy rolls that will be infused with the…

dirty tuna casserole

This is yet another post spawned by a recipe request from a sprog. The daughter texted to ask: “Where’s mah money?” Then: “Will tuna work with your casserole recipe?” “Which casserole recipe?” – Me agog at the fact that I have any kind of casserole recipe. “The mac ‘n’ cheese – standard one.” I had…

bouillon {tutorial}

  I get asked a lot about making stocks. probs because I post a lot of pictures to the social medias like this: with the caption “stock day!!!” and this: with the caption “stock day!!!” and this: with the caption “stock day!!!” and many more, but I’m sure you get it. stock days make me…

ham + cheese + spinach + leek hand pies

I made a seven pound ham for us last weekend. needless to say, that was a bit too much ham for two people, even if I’ve been nibbling at the leftovers by eating scalloped potatoes with ham bits for breakfast (best. breakfast. ever.) I made these hand pies today to deal with some of the…

spicy, smoky stuffed acorn squash

  I’m on a veg kick lately. I blame pinterest and all of its “bowls” of this and that, which I don’t quite get, but they seem delightful. it got me thinking that a) it’s very difficult to find bowls to accommodate these “recipes” (scare quotes because they’re not really recipes, are they? it’s almost…

spicy carrot potage

in case you’re wondering, a potage is basically made by tossing a bunch of stuff into a pot with water and boiling it until it becomes some kind of (hopefully) tasty glop. straight-up medieval peasant food, yo. it’s perfect pantry-bustin’ fare. at the weekend I found some carrots and celery that were on their way…

bread sticks

to say I’m a soup fiend is a bit of an understatement. those around me know that, if I haven’t made a soup, or at least a stock, each week, they have good reason to doubt my mental health. bread things go hand-in-hand with soup things, but oddly enough, I’m not much of a bread…

yorkshiritos

a friend posted this little number on my wall in that face place the other day: I’d put some off-hand, non-committal consideration into making a Yorkshire pud wrap in the past, but this was like a challenge. so, fiiiiiiiine. challenge accepted. I’d put it on my list of things to make at the weekend and…

pantry-busting egg rolls

I was in need of an onion the other day. I reached out to neighbours. I have awesome neighbours. they always either have onions (or whatever the hell else I need) or are about to go to the grocery and can procure me onions (or whatever the hell else I need). this neighbour had onions…

things to do with chick peas

My bestie rather emphatically announced that she found a stash of chick peas her late mum had stashed – to the tune of six cans! SIX! I’m sorry, but I do have to giggle at the obvious discrepancies in our views of what constitutes a Metric Shit Ton when it comes to chick peas. Six…