dressings / sauces

A New Year Tradition with Classic Caesar Salad

A New Year Tradition with Classic Caesar Salad

Serves 4

Happy New Year!

Yes, I am fully aware that it is almost February. Another month, and indeed beginning of a new year, has gone by since my last post. However, in this case, I think it’s acceptable, as this post is the epitome of slow food. That being said, I will make a concerted effort to post more frequently in 2016 – but I don’t dare resolve to.

My good friend Alanna has a tradition of making spaghetti and meatballs on New Years Day and...

Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette with Ataulfo Mango

Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette with Ataulfo Mango

Makes 1 cup

Have you ever heard of a salad bar potluck?

A colleague introduced this concept to me a few weeks back.  We are working together on a pilot project to build a vegetable garden on our downtown office’s seventh floor balcony. The idea behind the garden is to create an interactive outdoor space to enjoy at work. One where employees can learn about small space/container gardening, and of course to enjoy the bounty it produces. Assuming we produce a bounty of veggies, and I remain confident this will be the case...

Friday Night Pizza - 2 Ways

Friday Night Pizza - 2 Ways

Serves 2-4

Believe it or not, Pizza Hut ranked quite highly among my favourite places to eat out as a young child. More often than not though, when growing up we made homemade pizzas in our house, and today I’m thankful that I came to appreciate the latter.  Pizza was typically a Friday night meal because, you see, Friday nights were our ritual “cleaning night”.  My sister and I would come home from school and get started on cleaning as quickly as we could. The sooner the house was spotless (and for those who know my mother, spotless is not easily awarded) the sooner we could make pizza...

The 10th Day of Christmas: Sticky Toffee Pudding & Whiskey Caramel Sauce

The 10th Day of Christmas: Sticky Toffee Pudding & Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Serves 6

Who knew? There are a surprising number of restaurants in BC with sticky toffee pudding on their menus. I discovered this because my job requires me to travel throughout the province, and at times I find myself eating out a lot. Fortunately, I have amazing colleagues that are great dining companions. One in particular has a serious soft spot for sticky toffee pudding and I swear he must scope out the places that have this on their menus because, without fail, it always makes an appearance at our table at least once per trip.

A classic British dessert, sticky toffee pudding is about as comforting as you can get at this time of year. A good one is moist and has depth to...

The 7th Day of Christmas: Hump Day Stilton Soufflé

The 7th Day of Christmas: Hump Day Stilton Soufflé

Serves 4 as a main; 8 as an appetizer

“Soufflé. It’s quick and easy.” As a child, those were words often spoken by my mother in response to the question what’s for dinner?  Understandably, some of you might be skeptical, but you don’t need to let the myth-like horror stories of collapsing egg whites scare you off making soufflé.

This entry officially puts us over the halfway mark of the 12 Days of Christmas, hence the post’s name. That, and we made it on Wednesday. It comes from not a cookbook, but...