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…

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…

The Trick To A Perfect Platter

Over the many years I have spent cooking professionally, I have noticed a pattern arise when cooking with family and friends. My mother has always commented on how much better a dish looks when I have plated it compared to when she has and credits my culinary training with that ability. Throw that notion out…

“Amaretti di Saronno” Romantic Mac & Cheese

See it here on Foodporn Daily!   Contrary to popular belief, the amaretti cookie and amaretto liqueur are unrelated. Both apricot kernel based delicacies hail from the Saronno region in Lombardy, Italy.  Amaretti cookies are enjoyed as a delightful treat with coffee, at tea time or with a digestif at the end of a meal…

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…