Spiced Orange, Fig and Toasted Sunflower Pilaf


I'm reviewing a new cookbook called The Smart Palate. It was created by the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University. It's three authors aim for easy-to-make recipes that are visually appealing and healthy. Healthy in their views means fairly low in … [Read more...]

Shrimp with Bananas, Almonds and Agua Diabla: Recreating ABC Cocina Restaurant at Home

shrimp with almonds bananas and agua diabla

ABC Cocina restaurant in NYC blew me away, from the Tequila in my lime- and basil-rimmed margarita to my patatas bravas infused with vinegar and salt and topped with an addictive sweet chili sauce to the tamarind-glazed fish. But everyone at our table agreed on the best dish: the … [Read more...]

I’m Back! With Chipotle Beef Tacos and Salsa Verde


Didn't notice I'd gone? Well, good. My site has been on the fritz for the past few weeks, but hopefully now it's all back to normal. That's basically how I feel about winter. It's a little freak-out period when temperatures plummet along with moods, but then everything goes back … [Read more...]

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Apple Pico de Gallo, Sherry and Toasted Pecans


In a party over-loaded with tacos and deliciously sloppy comfort food, this was my favourite dish. It was sweet and comforting, savoury and simple, with being overly heavy. The best part is that it's pretty easy. Sauté some stuff, add some sherry and stuff it into the squash … [Read more...]

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Slow-Cooker Chicken Curry


When you buy and cook a squash, don't throw out the seeds. Sure, they're sticky and kind of gross, but if you wash them, strain them and toss them with salt, pepper and oil, they bake up to cheap treat perfection. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Seeds of 1 pumpkin or squash 1 tsp … [Read more...]