Feel Good Quinoa Bowl

Did you know that quinoa is a seed that has been consumed for close to 7,000 years?  Well neither did I. According to archeologists, quinoa was a staple food of the Andean people of Peru who domesticated the seed 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.  The Incas considered quinoa to be sacred as it gave them more…

“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…

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…

Prime Rib

When I was catering some time ago, prime rib was offered on the menu. It quickly became a popular seller and for good reason. Served alongside homemade Yorkshire puddings (which I suggest you buy instead of smoking out your home), caramelized onions and mushrooms lacquered in rich, meaty pan gravy, this is the godfather of…

Paella For a Rowdy Crowd

There is something inherently beautiful about Paella. The contrasting colours, the symphonic scent of land and sea frolicking atop a luscious bed of saffron rice, the history… beautiful. Native to Valencia, Spain, this dish is widely considered to be Spain’s national dish. According to food historian Lourdes March, paella “symbolizes the union and heritage of…

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…

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…