Best Ever Fast Food Greek Salad

  When did “salad” become a bad word?    Synonymous with dieting and completely vilified, salads are getting a bad rap. So many people have come up to me stating that they hate salad and that salad is yucky, but why? What salads are these guys eating that make them feels like cows out to…

Everything Couscous

Well, what to say? I am trying to get that winter weight off! The over indulgence was totally worth the muffin top but with bikini season coming… Just no. I just really wanted to eat something cooked instead of salad and something to fill me up so I wasn’t chewing my freaking arm off!   …

Dukkah Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Dukkah, you are seriously missing out. I was first introduced to this spice mixture out of Egypt by my parents who heard of it from Turkish friends. Dukkah is derived from the Arabic “to pound” since the mixture of of nuts and spices are…

“Cheaters” Thin Crust Spinach Pizza

      If you are anything like me, then you will understand when I say that pizza might just be the perfect food. This doughy vessel that lifts your favourite flavours to your lips while oozing a molten lava of cheese. This food fit for anytime of day, yes ANYtime. This delicious meal to…

The Two Parrot Nachos (my version)

While attending culinary school in Vancouver, one of the local haunts that us students would unwind at, was a bar called the Two Parrots Perch & Grill. Through the foggy memories of gin soaked nights out with friends, it is the nachos that I remember best. Hands down the best nachos I had ever had. I…

Dolled Up Green Beans

This makes an excellent side dish for a light summer meal. The parmesan cheese can be omitted for a lighter version but, let’s be honest, why would you ever want to do that? I suggest serving these beans with my recipe for “the gift of blood orange & fennel scented cod” for a perfectly simple…

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…

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…

Oooooh Lala! French Onion Soup

There is nothing quite like the smell of onions caramelizing in butter filling your house. In Montreal, it can get really cold in the winter, and I sometimes find myself craving something rich and savoury on a bitterly cold day, so I make this dish and I instantly feel warm. My favourite part of making…

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Gratin

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Gratin   Wow. This is definitely one of my favourite ways to eat cauliflower. I am fortunate to live near North America’s largest outdoor market Marche Jean – Talon, where you can get the freshest vegetables and fruits almost all year round, so when I see a huge, snow white cauliflower, my…