Category Archives: Sides & Appetizers

Patatas Bravas

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Back in November, I went to Madrid for a conference. I had a few days before the conference to explore a bit, as I had only visited Barcelona in the summer of 2013 for a few days. It was nice to be back in Spain, this time exploring a different city, and one activity I did was take a cooking class. I will have some Spanish-themed posts from what I learned 🙂 Continue reading Patatas Bravas

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Corn Chowder

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Ingredients

  • oil or butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk of choice (coconut milk is a great choice!)
  • 2 cups of broth
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn (or fresh shucked corn)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt, to taste

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In a large pot, heat oil or butter. Add onion, red pepper, and celery, and a pinch of salt. Sauté until soft. Add potato and mix, then add paprika and stir, followed by the flour. Stir to coat. Cook for a few more minutes before adding milk and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cover for 15-20 minutes, or until potato is fork tender.

Add corn and stir, letting it cook further until softened. Once cooked, use an immersion blender or blender to blend until desired consistency (chunky or smooth). Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and adjust seasonings. Enjoy with sliced baguettes rubbed with olive oil and garlic!

Sri Lankan Pasties

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I love small hand held appetizers/pastries. Growing up, this particular pastry was made for special occasions, or really when my mom really felt like it.

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Homemade Perogies

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I don’t know about you, but growing up, I loved eating perogies. I would eat them all the time, taking them to school for lunches and the like. My mom would make them really crispy (frozen ones, of course), and added fried onions, chilli flakes (because we liked them spicy), and doused it in ketchup and mayo (I know, not the traditional sour cream); it was SO good. Continue reading Homemade Perogies

Spicy Fish Cakes

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I really love Thai food. Every last two weeks of January here in Vancouver, we have a Dine Out festival with participating restaurants releasing a 3-5 course menu for three different tiers of pricing, depending on how fancy the restaurant is. It’s a great way to be able to try more expensive restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Recently, I went to a more upscale Thai place and tried out their menu. I have got to say, it was the best Thai meal I’ve had, even if it may have been somewhat fusion. The used the freshest ingredients, sometimes locally sourced, and organic.

Thai food is always so rich and flavourful. The combination of the different spices, the sweet, the sour – it all melds together. I always try to pick out the flavours I’m eating. I’d like to think my palate is good, but it’s difficult sometimes! Continue reading Spicy Fish Cakes

Turkey Dumplings

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Recently, I learned how to make dumplings from a friend of a friend. It was such a fun experience that I had to do it again. It had been a busy semester, so I hadn’t seen my best girlfriend in a while. As a catch up session, I decided to take what I learned and have a cook day with her! Continue reading Turkey Dumplings

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

With (Canadian) Thanksgiving in a couple days, it’s time to get ready for the big turkey dinner (or chicken or tofurkey, if turkey isn’t your thing).  As I mentioned in my last post, my sister and I usually take on the big holidays because we like to cook. We never did celebrate Thanksgiving too much when we were younger, but that changed when we took charge of the kitchen. My mom never liked the taste of turkey, so we would usually have chicken, but that changed when she had turkey that was cooked properly (i.e., wrapped in bacon). Of course, that wasn’t going to happen all the time (although the rest of my family wants to do that this weekend), but we found a way to cook the turkey to her liking that still left it moist and flavourful.

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