Jamaican Beef Patties

I have always enjoyed these Jamaican patties from the Patty Shop and have always wanted to recreate them.  Well this is my first attempt at making them. They turned out alright but not the same as the store bought ones.  I will probably have to try to make them again. The first thing that you…

Leftover Congee

Whenever I have bones or leftover meat, I like making congee. Its a really simple and easy thing to do to get the most of something. Start with a cup of rice in 10 cups of water. You can substitute the water with chicken stock. Add the bones or leftover meat. Boil the rice and…

Are Bugs the Food of the Future??

My dad has always been an interesting and adventurous man. He’s eaten his fair share of strange foods from silk worm pupae to mushed up earthworms. Over the past couple years, he’s become more interested in edible insects and foraging. For his birthday, we decided to surprise him and order some edible insects from Thailand…

Leftover Bread – Shake and Bake

The other day I was helping to host a party and I made some bruschetta and had tonnes of extra bread.  We had to eat it now or eat it later.  Well we saved it for later.  We toasted and stored them in a plastic bag in the fridge. I used my food processor and…

Fennel and Apple Salad

This is a simple salad that looks like you spent hours making it.  All you need is fennel, arugula, sweet onion and apples. Start by preparing the fennel.  Cut off the top leafy part and slice the bulb into thin slices. Some people use the leafy tops but I find it is tough and has…

Lazy Vegan Cashew Pesto

Every Thursday is my lazy go to meal: Pesto pasta with salad.  This version is simple and you just need a few ingredients. Basil, olive oil, garlic and cashews. You make this ahead of time and keep in the freezer until you need it. All you need to do is blend together the cashews, olive…

Flour Tortillas

The best flour tortillas that I had was in California. They were full of flavour, crispy but still pliable. It was elastic and strong but still kept the filling from spilling out. There are no store bought tortillas (that I have tried) that compare. Because of this tragedy, I decided to make my own. It…

Lazy, Easy and Quick 4 Ingredient Granola Cereal

Lately I have been addicted to yogurt, cereal and fruit or berries.  The trouble with my special diet is that I try to avoid anything with white sugar (cane sugar).  Unfortunately most cereal is filled with white sugar.  I decided to make my own granola.  We already have a recipe online for homemade granola but…

Pork Carnitas

During my trip to California, I discovered what a real burrito tasted like. It was delicious, flavourful and wrapped in a soft chewy flour tortilla. Just the thought of one makes my mouth water.  Mmmmmmmmm…… Back to Vancouver, I looked for a good burrito place but “burritos” in any place in Vancouver was just a…

Beer Braised Beef

I was given some beer and if you know me, I don’t prefer drinking beer.  I didn’t know what to do with it and it just sat in the fridge getting flat. Growing up, I was taught not to waste food. Even if it is something that I did not like. My dad would say,…

Beer BBQ Sauce

Now I’m not a huge beer fan (and yes I’ve had my fair share of different types) but I enjoy cooking with it.  I was recently given a growler of beer. Not knowing what to do with all of it and knowing that growlers do not last very long, I decided to make some beer…

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Fast, easy and healthy meals are something that I try to do. Its hard to eat right when you don’t have a lot of time. Here is an easy meal that you can try out on a busy day! Start the beef and broccoli dish by cutting and cooking some sweet onion. I used 1/2…