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...]

Masters Sunday Masterpieces and What to Cook for a Potluck

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My dad has an annual tradition of inviting all of his golf friends and their partners over to watch the last day of the Masters, the annual golf tournament that ends with someone wearing a green jacket. It's the only time of the year my dad orders catering – he usually gets a … [Read more...]

Shui Zu Yu: Spicy Boiled Sichuan Fish


This is a typical Sichuan dish that's quick, light and tongue-tingling. Make sure you find real Sichuan peppercorns. If your mouth doesn't go a little numb, they're not real. You want the burn, because it's not really heat, per se; it's numbing. And sometimes we all need a little … [Read more...]

Frog’s Legs, Chicken Wings or Scallops in Brandy


The original recipe is for frogs legs and it's in honour of Jabba the Hut's preference for eating them in brandy (see Christmas Party 2015 for further explanation). But frog's legs are somewhat hard to come by in Newfoundland, let alone in the middle of winter, so I subbed … [Read more...]