watermelon and basil salad

I have a love/hate relationship with summer.  I hate the hot, humid days of summer, but I love all the fresh produce summer offers like plump, sweet Ontario strawberries, luscious, ripe peaches and of course, juicy, sweet watermelons! You know it’s summer in Toronto when you see bins of watermelon in your local grocery store… Continue reading watermelon and basil salad

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

Carrot and Beet Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

Today, I spent the day with my friend T.  T and I go way back. Back to when we were wee teenagers finding out our true selves.  We were never one of those party girls growing up and even now in our adult years, we prefer to do things together that’s more casual and low… Continue reading Carrot and Beet Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

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

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)

Ribboned Asparagus & Macadamia Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Let’s talk about asparagus.  Anyone else think that it’s a weird sounding word? No? Okay, maybe it’s just me.  Anyway, it’s one of our favourite veggies because asparagus makes an easy side dish.  All you have to do is sprinkle some salt, pepper and lemon juice (if we want to get all fancy, we add… Continue reading Ribboned Asparagus & Macadamia Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Baked Asparagus Fries

One topic that most of us Canadians love to talk about is the weather. It’s true. No exaggeration here.  To prove it to you, here’s what I found googling Canadians and weather: “there are only three networks in the world dedicated to weather and two of them are in Canada.” If you need more proof, just… Continue reading Baked Asparagus Fries

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Zest

My husband grew up eating brussels sprouts but I did not.  The first time I have ever had them, I have to admit, I hated them.  I hated them but politely ate them anyway.  Arkadi on the other hand gobbled them up and proceeded to tell me how they used to eat brussels sprouts all… Continue reading Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Zest

Eggplant and Tomato Stacks

  We LOVE eggplants around here! Eggplants are so versatile and you can prepare them any way you like – grilled, baked, fried, stuffed, etc.  Eggplants can be your main dish or your side dish.  For today’s recipe, we used eggplants as our side dish for our Mediterranean theme dinner.  This recipe was so easy… Continue reading Eggplant and Tomato Stacks