Asparagus and Mushroom Galette with Bacon, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

The local asparagus is finally here and I celebrated with this amazingly tasty asparagus and mushroom galette with bacon, goat cheese and balsamic reduction! A galette is a freeform pie where the crust is rolled out on a flat surface, the 'filling' is placed on top and the edges are folded over to hold the filling in before baking until the crust is nice and crispy and golden brown. Of course sweet galettes are always welcome but I prefer savoury ones and using one of my favourite spring flavour combos, asparagus and mushroom, is pretty much perfect in my books! ...more

Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna 'Sushi' Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

Today I have a new salad recipe for you, a sushi themed salad with sesame crusted seared ahi tuna! This salad was inspired by the flavours of sushi and my favourite fish for sushi is tuna so that is the centre piece of this salad. I would be perfectly happy with raw sushi grade ahi tuna for this salad but if you are making it for someone that is a bit leery about eating raw fish, it's just as good lightly seared! ...more

Korean BBQ Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Gochujang BBQ Sauce

With the weather warming up grilling season is here and up first I have these Korean BBQ chicken burgers with grilled pineapple and gochujang BBQ sauce! I started by flavouring the chicken patties Korean BBQ marinade style with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, green onions and pineapple. Korean BBQ marinades often include a fruit like an Asian pear, a Fuji apple, a kiwi, etc ....more

Creamy Roasted Asparagus and Brie Cauliflower Soup

Spring is a glorious time of year and one of my favourite parts is the first of the local produce, asparagus! Cream of asparagus soup is always a great way to enjoy some of that fresh asparagus and this is my favourite version, a creamy roasted asparagus and brie cauliflower soup. Normally cream is used to make a cream of asparagus soup creamy but it's a little heavy and why not add some flavour at the same time by using a creamy brie cheese? ...more

Seared Salmon in Dill Avodaise (Avocado Hollandaise) Sauce

Still looking for cooking ideas for mom for Mother's day? How about this crispy skinned pan seared salmon with a dill avocado hollandaise sauce? This recipe is so nice and quick and easy that any level of home cook can make it and it is sure to please mom! ...more

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

I have been thinking about brunch menus with Mother's Day coming up and with Cinco de Mayo just past I naturally combined the two to make these huevos ranchers style breakfast sandwiches. These breakfast sandwiches include all of the ingredients and flavour of huevos rancheros including refried beans, guacamole and salsa ranchera in addition to fried eggs. Even if you are not a cook, these huevos rancheros breakfast sandwiches are super easy to make and take little time but mom is sure to enjoy them and appreciate the effort! ...more

Guacamole

Happy Cinco de Mayo!For Cinco de mayo I had to make a batch of one of my favourite Mexican dishes, guacamole, and I figured that I would take the opportunity to update the photos for this recipe! At it's base guacamole is mashed avocados and from there you can start adding more ingredients like lime juice and salt. The lime juice adds a brightness to guacamole and helps prevent the avocados from turning brown and the salt balances the sourness of the lime juice ....more

Pollo Pibil Tacos with Citrus Salsa

Are you still looking for an idea for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations tomorrow? I've got another one for you, these pollo pibil (chicken in achiote) tacos with fresh citrus salsa are perfect! The chicken in these tacos gets it's red colour from the tasty achiote paste which includes annatto seeds, which is a natural red dye, and the paste is dissolved into sour orange juice and used to marinate the chicken ....more

Citrus Salsa

I am a big fan of salsas, especially fruit based salsas, and todays recipe is the one that I am currently crushing on, a citrus salsa with oranges, grapefruit and limes! This salsa is a pretty simple one containing jalapenos, red onions and cilantro in addition to the citrus fruits and despite the fact that you have to peel and remove all of the skins and membranes from the individual slices it really does not take all that much time or effort. The easiest way to prepare the citrus fruit is to supreme it and you do this by cutting the top and bottom from the fruit, setting it on the table, running a knife down the sides to remove the skin and then running a knife down the sides of the membrane that separates the sections to remove the slices of fruit ....more

Mexican Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions have to be one of my favourite condiments at the moment and they are amazing when added to a lot of different things like sandwiches or even tacos. What's more is that they are really easy to make a home so I almost always have some in the fridge. A common base for pickles consists of water, vinegar, salt and sugar and from there you can add various other things like spices, garlic, etc ....more