grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce

I have a confession to make. I used to be very afraid of large chunks of meat.  No, not because I’m a vegetarian.  I like meat and I eat it often.  But I was afraid of large cuts of meat because I didn’t know how to prepare them.  Arkadi on the other hand has no such… Continue reading grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce

thai red curry chicken lettuce wraps

Thai food has so many flavours combined to make a simple dish complex in taste. And because we were eating Thai food twice a day while living in Thailand, we now really crave those complex flavours.   One dish we tried to make in Chiang Mai was  Thai red curry chicken lettuce wraps and it’s perfect… Continue reading thai red curry chicken lettuce wraps

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

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

Haddock Topped with Crab and Wild Rice

Tuesdays in our household mean seafood for dinner.  We adhered to this weekly routine for years –  every Tuesday we had salmon or fillet of sole or shrimps or red snapper or scallops or fish sticks, you get the drift.   One fine Tuesday, we took a pass on fish and then it was followed… Continue reading Haddock Topped with Crab and Wild Rice

Marinara Sauce

My husband and I both grew up not eating  a lot of pasta dishes.  For me, we had rice three times a day and for Arkadi, they always had bread on the table for every meal.  The one time I’d eat pasta is for snack and I remember the spaghetti sauce being sweet. For Arkadi,… Continue reading Marinara Sauce

Pork and Veal Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

During the week, after a long work day, it can be very difficult to summon energy to make dinner. Well, at least for me anyway. When I first got married, I went on overdrive with our week night meals.  I mean real overdrive.  I cooked all of our meals during the week and I made… Continue reading Pork and Veal Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Guinness Beef Stew

I distinctly  remember the first time I ever tried beef stew.  I was about 13 years old and new to Canada.  One night for dinner, I was given a plate of white rice topped with this wonderful, rich, home made beef stew.   I remember what a fantastic meal it was – rich broth, creamy… Continue reading Guinness Beef Stew

Penne with Sausage and Rapini

Rapini a.k.a. broccoli rabe is one of those vegetables that is super healthy and green, but one that we have avoided for some time.  The reason why we’ve avoided it until now, is because I made this special dinner for Arkadi when we were dating and I made some sauteed rapini as a side dish.… Continue reading Penne with Sausage and Rapini