Everyday Chinese Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy and Snow Peas


Look at those peas. Aren't they gorgeous? Those peas and bok choy were not bought in a grocery store. I picked those myself, and felt almost bad stir-frying them until I saw how bright green and delicious this recipe made them. The recipe is incredibly simple, and it's not … [Read more...]

Greek Dolmades: Vegan, Healthy and Local (if you Forage the Vine Leaves)


I'd walked past the vine leaves outside my community garden hundreds of times, but I'd never put them to use in my kitchen until now. I know they're good for two things: pickling cucumbers (they supposedly keep the pickles firmer without adding any chemicals) and dolmades … [Read more...]

Life-Changing Lemon Chicken, Homemade Hoisin and Everyday Chinese


I read an article in the Globe & Mail a little while ago called "Chop Suey Nation" about why Canada has so many Chinese-Canadian takeout restaurants in small towns from BC to Fogo Island. Not regional Chinese places making hand-pulled wheat noodles in bone broth soups or … [Read more...]

Cheater’s Risotto with Turbot, Dill and Capers


Here's how you make awesome seafood risotto: Buy a whole fish. Get the fishmonger to filet it. Ask him or her to toss the skin but save you the bones and head. Put these flavourful bits in a pot covered with water and bring them to a simmer for 30 minutes. Strain. Eat the fish … [Read more...]

Mountains of Gluten Free Fake Oatmeal Cookies

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It was a lie when I told everyone these were oatmeal cookies. They're actually made with quinoa flakes instead of oats, which are tons more expensive but I can digest them. And I used buckwheat flour in place of all-purpose. They're not vegan though – I used two large eggs … [Read more...]