Bean Sprouts with Fried Fish and Chili from “Heavenly Fragrance”


I'm more than a little addicted to this salty, spicy, crunchy side dish. It's simultaneously the perfect bar food and lunch. You hallow-fry fried anchovies or some other small dried fish and then toss them with sautéed garlic, beansprouts, chili and fish sauce. Then serve with … [Read more...]

French Rack of Lamb with Honey-Parsley Marinade, Potato Purée and Pickled Beets


I was a rack of lamb virgin. Embarrassing, right? 28-years-old and I'd never seared an expensive piece of meat with the ribs sticking out like boney fingers. I bet that's not what you think when you order it in a restaurant — bony fingers — but I do. Which is mostly why I didn't … [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...]

7th Annual Volk/Watson Extravaganza: The Pictures

7th annual volk/watson christmas extravaganza

My family's annual Christmas party happened yesterday. As usual, it was ridiculous: There were the beef tacos. And the chicken tacos. And the shredded chicken with Mexican rice, black beans and aioli crema. Since the party was tex-mex themed, there … [Read more...]

Wok-Fired Bok Choy with Peanut Sauce


I waited about a month before pulling this last pak choy (like bok choy) from my garden. It's a little like kale in that it's hardy and can handle the first frosts. Mostly I wanted to keep something green growing, in an effort to fend off winter, which would inevitably fail. I … [Read more...]