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…

Not-Just Red Pepper Soup

My husband and I recently took a trip to Italy where I tasted this incredible soup in a restaurant called Roscioli in Rome. It was dairy free, but incredibly creamy and had a real complexity to the flavours. The soup at the restaurant had little shrimp and chunks of salami in it (it tastes better…

Spinach and Potato Curry Roti

Potato in curry is one of my favourite things in the world. So the first time I had spinach and potato curry roti, my mind was absolutely blown. Anyway, this is a great spicy lunch for a super cold day. Seriously, Toronto?   I added in peas for some protein, to round out the meal….

Penang Curry Paste

Back in one of my older posts (curry noodle soup), I linked to a recipe for Penang curry paste. It was the wrong one, which I discovered when I made it for a bunch of people. I looked in my handwritten recipe book and found the real one. I’ll be fixing the link, since that…

Vegan Enchiladas

I know, it looks gross, but it tastes great. Okay, this is nowhere near authentic. I tried to make authentic enchilada sauce and it was a horrific failure. So here’s my version. Note, the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce is what gives this sauce the right flavour. It will be spicy. I don’t know how…