Breakfast Congee

I get asked about this a lot, for some reason. Probably because¬† I bring it up a lot. On weekdays, I eat congee for breakfast every day. It’s fast, easy, healthy (maybe? Brown rice has fibre, right?) and filling. I got the idea while staying at a youth hostel in Hong Kong where they offered…

Egg Tofu with Udon in Soy-Peanut Sauce

There are days that I really don’t feel like cooking. That’s why I fill my pantry with items that can easily be turned into a balanced meal with very little effort. Something I always keep around are udon noodles. You can find them in Asian grocery stores in the noodle aisle (for those who haven’t…

Macaroni soup with leftovers

This is a easy Hong Kong style dish that my mom use to make for lunch on weekends or if I was at home sick. The ingredients are simple: broth, elbow macaroni, some meat (leftovers from dinner or Spam), some veggies (whatever’s around). Sometimes she would fry an egg and put that on top. Eating…

Basic Bone Broth

A basic bone broth is the best thing to have in the freezer, and it’s basically free if you do it right and are willing to put a little effort into your everyday cooking. The key is saving all your scraps and bones in the freezer in large (30cm x 30cm) freezer bags until you…

Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas

I really am going crazy with this pressure cooker. It makes my favourite, usually very time consuming, recipes into 1 hour meals. I was in the mood for some carnitas and didn’t want to pay for any, so here goes my version. I purchased pork shoulder because it has great flavour, and pork hock (not…

Dairy-free Cream of Mushroom Soup (vegan alternatives)

WINNER of the least photogenic food ever! Is there anything better than cream of mushroom soup? My mom was a big fan of condensed cream of mushroom soup. Like boxes of cans in the basement before Costco existed, even though everything else she made was made from scratch. Look up “canned cream of mushroom soup…

Pressure Cooker Spicy Oxtail and Chickpea Curry

I just bought a pressure cooker and I LOVE IT. I’ve gone bonkers, trying out all sorts of recipes and even amending my own to suit it. Basically any recipe I have that requires simmering something for hours can go into the pressure cooker and simmer for 30 minutes. So. Oxtail curry. This usually takes…

Laksa – seafood noodle soup

Sometimes my cravings get so overwhelming that I end up spending way too much time and effort on satisfying them. Enter laksa, a deliciously fishy, rich and spicy noodle soup I first tried in an Asian food court in Markham, ON (First Markham Place, if you’re wondering). I wanted it BAD, but not bad enough…

Sautéed Rapini with Balsamic Reduction

I was inspired by a side dish at DeSoto’s, a very good neighbourhood restaurant. I love rapini and this is quick and very, very tasty. Ingredients 1 bunch rapini, washed, bottom 1/2″ of ends cut. I also separated the larger branches from the main stem for easier eating 6 garlic cloves, minced finely (less if…

Vegan Kimchi Fries

Please excuse the crappy cell phone photo Every year my friends put together a vegan thanksgiving meal. Most of the people who attend aren’t vegan, but we all love the challenge of making something delicious and vegan. My contribution this year was vegan kimchi fries. I had a non-vegan version at a Japanese restaurant last…