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…

Blushing White Peach Sangria

This is my version of the Spanish/ Portuguese drink. The beverage can only be called sangria if the wine used is Spanish or Portuguese, by European law.  Sangria comes from he Spanish and Portuguese word for blood- letting because of its deep crimson colour. Another version is  sangria’s cousin, sangria blanca, because white wine replaces…

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…

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…

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…

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…