Fresh Tomato Salsa

It’s summer so you know it’s time for tomatoes! I remember eating tomatoes like they’re apples as a kid.  I remember my grandma telling me to eat tomatoes because they help you have clear, beautiful skin and you know what, whether it’s an old wive’s tale or not, I think she was right. Nowadays, I… Continue reading Fresh Tomato Salsa

Celery, Apple and Fennel Salad

If you’re craving something crunchy, savoury and fresh, then this salad is perfect for you.  Fennel, celery and apple have such subtle flavours that when they’re combined together, they make for a crisp, refreshing salad.  I’ve tweaked the dressing a bit to add a little bit of that something, something, in the form of fish… Continue reading Celery, Apple and Fennel Salad

Palabok (Pilipino Noodles with Shrimp Sauce)

  Growing up in the Philippines, a typical day would usually mean having 4 meals all in one day.  And I don’t mean grazing on nuts and fruit or having smoothies in between meals.  I mean 3 big meals consisting of rice, meat/fish and veggies for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the fourth one is… Continue reading Palabok (Pilipino Noodles with Shrimp Sauce)

Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions, Black Pepper and Sea Salt

  When I hear the word biscuit, I think of those round, melt in your mouth, digestive cookies.  Today though we’re going to talk about another kind of biscuits.  These biscuits are buttery, flaky, savory and perfect with soup or stew or just on their own with a little bit of butter.  They took no… Continue reading Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions, Black Pepper and Sea Salt

Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Sage

It’s a long weekend for us here in Ontario and let me tell you, we’re all so happy to have a statutory holiday in February.  February is a hard month for us who suffer from winter blues.  To start off our long weekend, the weather for Friday was -11C with a real feel of -20C.  Today,… Continue reading Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Sage

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

  Today was a perfect fall day here in Toronto.  Although, Arkadi will likely disagree because he hates the cold.  Maybe I thought it was a nice day because I stayed pretty much indoors and watched the leaves get blown here there by the wind and the sun slowly disappear below the horizon.  In any… Continue reading Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Fattoush (Lebanese Chopped Salad)

  Fat what? Well, fattoush is a popular Lebanese salad and  it’s likely popular because it’s flavorful and versatile.  Fattoush is a standard dish in a Lebanese mezza (small dish or appetizer) along with hummus, kibeh, falafel, kofta, etc.  Traditionally, fattoush is made up of romaine lettuce, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, radish, mint and toasted… Continue reading Fattoush (Lebanese Chopped Salad)

Carrot and Daikon Pickle (Do Chua)

The more I browse through Instagram food posts, the more I realize that you can pretty much pickle anything.  For real! You can pickle blueberries,  garlic scape, green beans, tomatoes, okra and grapes just to name a few.  And pickled vegetables are really handy to have because you can eat them with anything – sandwiches,… Continue reading Carrot and Daikon Pickle (Do Chua)