Review – Hi Genki

Hi Genki is a hidden gem in Burnaby. It is located in a Nikkei Senior Home. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine in a  cafeteria type setting. Upon entering the senior home, you would not have suspected it would be a restaurant. The only hint is the line up of patrons patiently waiting for seats. Large…

Frickin’ Easy Vegan Black Forest Cake

By popular demand, I tried to make a vegan version of my black forest cake.  It sort of worked?! I guess.  It tasted great but the coconut whipped cream didn’t last long.  My original cake was made with whipping cream and it was perfect. It was a moist and delicious cake. This version was just…

Broccoli and Ham Quiche

Quiche is an easy dish that can be made with many different ingredients. That means it is a very versatile meal! For this quiche, I added ham, sharp cheddar and broccoli. Start by dicing the ham, cubing the cheddar and cutting the broccoli in bite-size bits. You need about 2 cups of broccoli, 1/2 cup…

Review: The Workshop Vegetarian Cafe

  Vegetarian food. Oh vegetarian food. I have a weird relationship with you.  Some times you are good and some times not so much.  I am always skeptical when I try vegetarian food, especially when they have a meat version that is sooo good. And you know how I like my ramen. I mean how…

PSL: Pumpkin Spiced Latte (Paste)

The PSL or pumpkin spiced latte is a popular drink at this time of year.  When I tried to think of something to make for this post, I said why not try to make it like everyone else? But I didn’t want to be like every one else. I wanted to make a twist on…

Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes

My family had a late Thanksgiving dinner this year and we decided to have a family potluck to celebrate. I wanted to stay traditional and make a candied yam dish. Instead of just yams, I wanted to add a bit more colour to the dish so I included some sweet potatoes as well. Start by…

Review – Mamie Taylors

Mamie Taylor’s is a restaurant located in Chinatown, Vancouver. As you walk in, you notice the taxidermy along the wall, the brickwork and the friendly wait staff. You definitely feel welcome when you enter. Looking at the menu, you notice that there are a lot of local west coast ingredients. The one thing on the…

Potluck Favorite: Corn Quinoa Salad

Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Canada.  Typically Thanksgiving in our house is potluck.  If I am lucky I will be able cook the turkey but usually I am left to make a sides dish and usually this is a salad.  This recipe is my go to potluck salad.  It is light and…

Chicken and Potato

On days when I feel like an easy home cooked meal, I make chicken and potato with a honey garlic soy sauce. This dish is quick and easy to make after a long day at work. Begin with a chopping up half a sweet onion. Sauté the onion on medium low heat. Add two slices…

Summer Salad featuring PopUpMeal.com

PopUpMeal is a wonderful website which helps chefs share their food passions with the community.  It offers great resources to help launch a pop-up restaurant and tips on how to run your business.  The blog has many interesting articles, such as “how to handle bad restaurant service” to “farmer market scams” and a new series…

Easy Squash Gnocchi

Last month was my dad’s birthday and I wanted to make something special for him.  I decided I wanted to gnocchi so that he can eat it now or eat it later.  I know he really likes gnocchi and I have never made it for him. This recipe can easily be made ahead and frozen. …

Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

Rhubarb is one of those beautiful plants you find in many gardens. They have bright red stalks and dark green leaves.  The leaves of the rhubarb are poisonous and cannot be used in baking and cooking. The red stalks are sour and need to be cooked or baked with sugar. My backyard has one rhubarb…