I think I’m pretty much obsessed with green pastas. It’s just the best way of eating pasta without feeling super guilty about it. I mean - who am I kidding - do I ever feel guilty after eating pasta? No. But with my veggie-packed dishes, you won’t ever regret having a few bowlfuls of this.Read More
Who loves a good tortilla soup? Don’t even think about throwing those leftover corn tortillas out after taco night. Throw them into this super easy, super spicy soup that can be whipped up in a cool 20 - 30 minutes. Freezes well and the flavours develop the longer it stays in the fridge. You might be needing a dollop of sour cream to cool this one down!Read More
As you may know, pastas are always an easy go-to. Pasta + veg + sauce = done. It’s an easy meal to whip up during the middle of the week. Feel free to add an egg, chicken or any type of protein to make this into a complete meal. Don’t forget the lemon zest - it’s s important to brighten up the dish!Read More
My favourite recipe have to be the ones where I can easily throw all the ingredients in my fridge is and be done with it. This is certainly the case with egg foo young, a Chinese Canadian recipe that may probably be found in all those old school restaurants that I grew up with. Quick, easy and suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this recipe can be whipped up in a pinch.Read More
I know winter has come and gone already BUT I’m a little backlogged on posts, okay!? I had made this lentil shepherd’s pie in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and was eating this by myself for almost a week - and I was not mad about it. So comforting and such a breeze to make. Honestly, you won’t miss the meat in this one!Read More
Yakiudon has always been a go-to in my kitchen. It was one of the first meals I’d ever made when I was growing up - one that didn’t involve any condensed soup or onion soup mixes! It has been such a staple in my house and something that I crave out of all other Asian noodles. Big, fat udon noodles and a chock of vegetables…yum!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
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.
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
Have you ever used preserved lemon in your cooking? They’re basically lemons that have been preserved a ton of salt. It’s commonly found in African cooking, tagines, and the like. It makes a great addition to salad dressings and vinaigrettes, like the one found in this recipe!Read More
Pasta + veg + herb sauce. Always one of my regular go-to meals on a busy weeknight! My chimichurri gemelli takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish - clean up included! Chimichurri isnt just for steaks - try it as a pasta sauce and I’m sure you’ll be just as delighted as I was!Read More
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