The sprawling metropolitan capital of Rome. What a sight, what a beauty! A city studded so full of ancient monuments and doused in history. But is it possible to visit this city in a mere matter of days? A spontaneous flight purchase and boom, I did it again - another weekend trip! It’s definitely doable but I would advise you to plan accordingly. Rome in 48 hours, the complete itinerary - after the jump!Read More
Stir fries have always been a lazy and easy meal for me. I used to make them a lot when I first started cooking when I was around 10 years old and haven’t made them much since I moved out of my first serious boyfriend’s house in 2013 - it’s been a while. Since my cooking has improved so much over the years, I believe it’s time for an upgrade for my vegetable stir fry. Easiest recipe ever1Read More
Pasta is always one of my go-to dishes when I’m working during the week. It’s super versatile and you can literally do anything with it. For this, I was inspired by some leftover olives in my fridge that needed to be used up. Briny, salty, nutty and toasty is what makes this pasta. My linguine with olives and bread crumbs is the easiest thing to whip up and a great dish if you don’t want something too heavy.Read More
When a British asks you to bake a Bakewell tart, you just do it…but with my own spin on it, of course! A deliciously gooey tart that can be assembled from start to finish in less than an hour. Even works well baking a couple day ahead for those busy weeks! Subtle sweetness and richness. A must make.Read More
The simplest of pasta dishes. Cacio e pepe is a modest concoction of fat, cheese, and black pepper and not much more than that. Its simplicity is one of the main reasons why I love this dish immensely. Good as a primi or an entree served with your choice of protein, I’m sure cacio e pepe will soon be on your list as favourite pasta dishes.Read More
If there’s one dish you must have at the Time Out Market in Lisbon, it is the squid ink risotto with wakame and seared scallops by Alexandre Silva. The brininess of the squid ink paired with the creaminess of a strong cheese like gorgonzola just go hand-in-hand. Enter the nutty wakame salad and you have yourself a winner. Definite date night quality. Or if you just want to treat yourself. Slosh down with a glass of pinot. Do it!Read More
Ever had Filipino spaghetti? No? Hot dogs in tomato sauce? Not ringing a bell? Well you’re seriously missing out! The perfect marriage of sweet and savoury is exemplified in this classic Filipino dish. The secret ingredient - it’s after the jump!Read More
Fall is officially here so that just means it’s mac ‘n cheese season! Macaroni and cheese is such a classic and a super cinch to make - made even easier with the Instant Pot! It’s so customizable and you can literally hide anything in that luscious cheese sauce. My bacon and onion mac ‘n cheese might give you a heart attack but it sure is tasty!Read More
Sweet potato noodles, a chock full of vegetables and a sweet soy-based sauce = the recipe for success? Honestly, you can't go wrong with this recipe for japchae. It's total favourite amongst everyone I serve it to and feeds a crowd. If you're planning a Korean-themed dinner, make sure that this is on your list!Read More
Dill is one of those herbs I always get stuck with. Besides throwing it in chowder, with smoked salmon, and mini tea cucumber sandwiches, what else is there to do? It’s not one of those herbs I can necessarily make pesto with. Yes, I could’ve froze it but I decided to hone in on my scone-making skills. I think I’ve almost mastered it! Dill and greek yogurt scones - after the jump!Read More
When someone gives you a bottle of squid ink, you make squid ink gnocchi! That’s how it works, right? Well, when you just so happen to have potatoes, flour, eggs and squid ink on-hand it just seems like the right thing to do…Read More
These fall days have got me craving soup 24/7. I was inspired by a trip to the Okanagan last month at a corn and halibut chowder I had at one of my favourite restaurants there, Waterfront Wines. The flavour was so rich yet light - a delicate balance which I find difficult to achieve when it comes to chowder. I believe I was able to achieve that with my corn and cod chowder. Recipe after the jump!Read More
Soon doo boo jjigae is a Korean soft tofu and kimchi stew that is comforting, spicy, and will warm your bones. It’s such a Korean staple and is a regular on my roster during the cold winter months. It’s a cinch to make and honestly really hard to fuck up. It’s also a great way to use up leftover kimchi. Recipe after the jump!Read More
If you don’t know what poke is, then you must have been living under a rock under the last decade, or at the very least, the last five years. Poke has exploded all over the coastal cities and its popularity is not even close to slowing down. I regularly spend almost $20 per poke bowl in Vancouver so I finally decided to make my own! My recipe for salmon poke is after the jump!Read More
Potato, patata…frittata? Another one of my favourite things to make due to its flexibility and simplicity: breakfast frittata. You cannot go wrong with making this if you want a meal under 30 minutes or less. An awesome choice for those days when you have unexpected guests coming over for brunch or are pressed for time. What will you throw in your frittata?Read More
I've never been to Italy but if I were to go, I think I'd really enjoy the southern area. I'm always drawn to the pungent and briny tastes of the south. Olives, capers, anchovies, bright citrus, fruity olive oils... I love all of those flavours - they all go hand-in-hand together. Savoury with savoury. Why not?
I had a Siclian-style dinner recently and I had a lot of leftover ingredients due to the caponata I made. The flavours found in caponata are very similar to the dish I was going to make: spaghetti puttanesca.
Puttanesca, or "whore sauce", is a very savoury southern Italian tomato sauce filled with pockets of briny ingredients - olives, capers, and anchovies. It was rumoured it was named "who sauce" because prostitutes were known to cook this cheap and cheerful sauce as the aroma was said to lure in potential clients. And when I was making this sauce, who could blame them!? The smell is so wonderfully intoxicating and enticing.
This dish can be made start to finish within 20 minutes which makes for a great weeknight meal. Additionally, it keeps well for the week without the sauce drying up. If you can't find passata, you can always use canned San Marzano tomatoes (which is actually the more traditional method). Lastly, if you want to stay authentic, serve it as is! Rarely is cheese added to puttanesca as all of the ingredients are quite savoury and the additional salt is not needed.
SPAGHETTI PUTTANESCA - makes 4 - 6 servings
- 1 (500g) pkg spaghetti
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive ol
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ red onion, diced
- 1 tsp dried red chili flakes
- 6 small anchovy filets, in oil,
- ¼ cup capers, drained
- 1 (298ml) can sliced and pitted black olives, drained
- 2 cups passata (Italian tomato sauce)
- ½ cup pasta water
- salt + pepper, to taste
- ½ bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions and cook until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Drain, rinse and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and chili flakes and saute for 2 minutes or until the garlic starts to brown.
- Add in the anchovies and crush with the spoon you are cooking with until they are mainly broken apart. The anchovies will disintegrate with the sauce so no need to worry if it’s not evenly broken apart.
- Add in the olives and the capers and saute for 1 minute.
- Add in the passata and stir until everything is well-incorporated. Add in the pasta water – this will help the sauce stick to the pasta and give it more body. Add salt and pepper if necessary.
- Add in the cooked spaghetti and toss until every noodle is coated.
- Top with freshly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley just before serving.
If there is something that is quintessentially Nicoise, it would be a pissaladiere. I remember living off of these when I spent two whole weeks in the south of France for the my birthday. Is it a French pizza? Onion tart? French pizza onion tart? You be the judge. The result is deliciously sweet yet savoury and perfect for those days of reminiscing about the French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea.Read More
Ah… classic eggplant parmigiana. Yes, I’m calling it eggplant parmigiana and not eggplant parmesan because this is the traditional Sicilian way of making this dish and not the bastardization that Americans have made it. What’s the difference, you ask? Find out after the jump!Read More
If there's something I love doing, it's recreating old recipes with new ingredients. Take my amaranth polenta for example - nutty yet nostalgic. Perfectly paired with my roasted rosemary garlic mushrooms for a hearty vegetarian weeknight meal.Read More
“Cabbage soup” - sounds so boring but I couldn't find an appropriate name for this soup. Maybe I should have called this “wrestling soup” which is how I remember it. So many road trips in high school when we feasted on this between matches - oh, how that remains so vividly in my mind! And also how easy it was to replicate this recipe - such an easy soup to whip up too! Recipe after the jump!Read More