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…

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Fluffy potatoes, stewy stuff, what’s not to love? Note, I use real butter in this recipe, but it’s easy to substitute with vegan margarine. Ingredients 1/4 cup carrot, diced 1/4 cup celery, diced 1/2 onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced about 10 mushrooms, chopped small (I used white button mushrooms) 1 can brown lentils, drained…

Vietnamese Vermicelli with Chicken and Green Papaya Salad

It’s hot. It’s been about 40ºC with the humidex for over a week and not surprisingly, a heavy, hearty meal isn’t what I’m looking for nowadays. I still love love love noodles, though, so here is a recipe for something I get pretty often in Vietnamese restaurants. Vietnamese Chicken and Vermicelli 2 Chicken thighs 1/2…

Fancy Fish Curry

Sorry for the iPhone photo. I don’t always bring the good camera to work This recipe is based on one for Gulai Ikan from Charmaine Solomon’s “The Complete Asian Cookbook.” I was in the mood for an East Asian green curry fish dish (yes, my cravings are just that specific) but I didn’t have all…

$12 Sandwich

Do you ever go to a bistro for lunch and see a sandwich that looks tasty and say “$12?! What the what?!” It happens to me pretty often. With a little bit of foresight, those sandwiches could be had for a couple of bucks. Good quality deli meat, roasted veggies, it doesn’t take much. Obviously,…

Easy Roasted Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice Powder

Chicken is probably the easiest meat in the world to make. Put some spices on it and bake. Ingredients 2 chicken thighs, separated 1 tbsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder 3 tbsp light soy sauce Let’s do it! Put everything into a big bowl and coat the chicken well. Let marinate for as long as you…

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

  As I say in my bio, my husband is a picky eater. But together (my cooking skills and his inability to cook) we’ve expanded his palate to eat all sorts of things. One of the things that seemed really challenging at first, but was made pretty simple was dark green veggies. Loaded with nutrients…