Curried Chickpeas {Instant Pot Recipe}

The mister and I have tried quite a few curry type recipes for the kitchen robot (Instant Pot), but they’ve all come up lacking the kind of rich fragrance and flavour we’ve come to expect from our combined 485965 lifetimes of cooking and eating and LOVING curries. My theory is that many Instant Pot recipe…

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…

Shrimp & Veg Enchiladas in a Cheesy, Roasted Poblano Sauce

This dish is not very in-tune with the season as the cooking parts will heat your kitchen up on the QT and takes a bit of forethought (those poblanos don’t roast themselves), but we’ve had a few chilly days here in the Kawarthas, my BFF was visiting and doesn’t often get to eat shrimp, and…

Tomato and Feta Galette

I wasn’t going to post a recipe for this galette because I feel like my galette recipes are pretty formulaic and, well, they are: Pastry + cheese + some kind of alium + some kind of herb or herb mix + fresh veg on to top = galette. That said, I had posted a pic…

Veg Tian with Turkish Eggplants

I have been dreaming of veggie tian since I was first gifted with four gorgeous Turkish eggplant plant bébés at the beginning of the growing season. Unfortunately, the squirrels keep getting at them and I’ve been worried that we would never get to tian-making, but I sent a couple of plants away to the boarding…

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…