Baby It’s Cold Outside Lentil Soup

It’s one of those days. It’s minus fifteen, the sun is shining in the impossibly blue sky, it’s blinding light bouncing off the pristine snow sparkling through every window in my kitchen. Two pairs of socks and the softest cashmere sweater that my wardrobe has to offer, makes this day warm, fuzzy and smiley. This…

Tea Party Lemon Thyme Shortbreads

Pinky’s up! If you are in the need for a nice cuppa with your friends on a cold afternoon, serve these gorgeous buttery shortbreads with some strong tea. The interesting addition of thyme pairs perfectly with the lemony sweetness in these dainty cookies. The shortbreads, once baked, will keep extremely well tightly wrapped and frozen…

The Crabby Shack’s Cheesy Dip

I’m not sure which category this recipe should be filed under. I went with “blue” because it’s obviously comfort food but it is a beautiful dish to serve up with cocktails for pretty much any event. I have this tiny obsession with anything super cheesy and gooey and this dip takes the cake. I serve…

White Girl Wasted Whisky Scones

I came up with these cheesy little treats for a clothing swap party some time ago. They are perfect hors d’oeuvres before a casual meal or as a bar snack while you get tipsy with your buds. I use Jameson exclusively for this recipe as Jameson happens to be our shot of choice when my…

Easy Peasy Orzo & Shrimp To Impress Your Crush

  It starts in the very pit of your stomach, like a small fire was lit within and your body warms at the thought of them. The butterflies in your tummy are causing unbearable turbulence that make your cheeks burn with blush and ache with permanent smiles. You didn’t expect it, you didn’t set out…

Midnight Creamy Polenta For Frans

After work drinks are a pretty common occurrence with my group of close friends. We frequent the same watering hole and know everyone sitting at the bar, including the barkeep. This familiarity, paired with excellent conversation, sometimes carries the “5 a 7” late into the evening. Recently, with my good friend Frans, our after work drinks, had their own…

Calamari Alla Luciana

Calamari From The Port Of Santa Lucia  I first came across this dish at the Montreal restaurant “Da Emma.” I was a little girl, about eight years old and my grandparents took me out for a lavish dinner to celebrate my birthday. Emma, who at the time was already in her sixties, came out of…

Little Miss Sarah’s Cinnamon Rolls

I have always considered Sarah more like a sister than a cousin as we have very similar biological backgrounds both having a caucasian and Indian parent. This recipe is dedicated to her love of cinnamon rolls, Christmas and the love we have for each other.  We are a very close knit family and frequently celebrate holidays together,…

Let’s Have a Pesto Party!

Pesto 8 Ways   back to impress   Pesto. Yet another, albeit, surprising Italian Indian crossover. Basil, an herb that originated from India over 5000 years ago, is the main ingredient in classic pesto recipes. Pesto comes from Genoa in Italy where the ancient Romans used to eat a paste made of garlic, cheese and herbs…

Spice Scented Mango & Cherry Tomato Salad

“Mango takes the spotlight in this interesting salad, for good reason. This diva is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines as well as being the national tree of Bangladesh. Because of my Indian heritage and Italian upbringing, it seemed only natural to pair the two most influential fruits of each respective culture…