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…

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…

Pistachio, Herb & Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin For My Daddy

Whether it’s a birthday or father’s day, the request is always the same, pork or lamb for dinner. This is my favourite recipe for my daddy’s favourite dinner. The nuttiness from the pistachio, the fragrant sweetness from the orange and the sharp mustard, combine masterfully to create the perfect crust for the tenderloin while still…

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…

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…