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…

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…

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…

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…

Curry noodle soup – Sick at home edition

If you’re truly, horrendously sick, you’ll have to had done some planning before making this. Hopefully you have most of these items in your house, like homemade broth in your freezer, coconut milk in your cupboard, curry paste and noodles. You should also have some vegetables and proteins hanging around in general. And if you’re…

Split pea soup with bacon, if you’re into that sort of thing

Even though it’s unseasonably warm for December (low of -1ºC on December 15? Really?) I’m already craving soup like crazy. This is something I threw together with a bunch of ingredients from my house. Ingredients 1 cup dried split peas, rinsed very well Water 1 bay leaf 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder 1 medium onion…

Donburi… type thing

The problem: Leftover rice and other stuff in the fridge Difficulty: Don’t want to make fried rice, despite being Chinese and that being my most common fallback. X-factor: Don’t need to make lunch for husband, so I can be as crazy as I want with this. Solution: Donburi, or a variation thereof. A Japanese dish…

Basic soup stock

Do you ever find yourself at home in the evenings with nothing to do? No? Well turn off the TV, then. NOW you have spare time, don’t you? Why not spend that time doing something really good for yourself, like making stock? (Don’t worry about missing the latest episode of House. Here’s the plot: Someone…