Category of: Resources

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with quick flatbread

December 4, 2019

Two hummus recipes in a row but that’s how it goes. One was so good I had to make one more but this time I had roasted peppers and added them to the mix. I also made a different flatbread, a very simple one with no yeast so it does not require rising time. I added a teaspoon of baking powder to lighten it up. It’s not vegan though, as I use yogurt instead of... View Article

Scrambled egg tartine on sourdough bread

November 2, 2019

  My foodie friend Val and I traveled a couple of hours south a few weeks ago especially to get a sourdough bread from a chef who offers them at the local market. The bread was so outstandingly good that I made a few tartines with it, topping it with roasted peppers, figs and gorgonzola, beautiful ricotta and a couple of more toppings. The only one that got photographed was this breakfast tartine with scramble... View Article

Purple Cauliflower spread

November 1, 2019

  Purple cauliflower is not always available but when it is at the market I grab it, if only for its colour. I like mixing the white, yellow and purple cauliflowers in salad, roasting them or making soup with one or two colours together. This purple dude was sitting in my fridge and I just didn’t get around to it so finally I thought I’d roast it and make a beautiful purple dip or spread... View Article

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Coffee Caramel

October 19, 2019

    Panna Cotta means cooked cream in Italian and it is very easy to make. You simply heat up cream, milk and sugar, add flavouring and then stir in gelatine to hold the mixture together. It must be refrigerate before serving so you can make it a day in advance, taking off the pressure for the day you have company (for me this is mostly a “company” dessert). I use leaf gelatine to make... View Article

Sydney Cooking School: DYI Dumpling Cooking Class and Recipe

January 20, 2019

    As soon as we arrived in Sydney (and even before) I was looking for cooking classes teaching Asian cuisine. I was interested in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, whatever I could find. From watching hours of Masterchef Australia I knew that there is a major Asian influence on Australian cooking, likely because of the proximity to South East Asia. From watching the show it seemed like almost everyone knows how to cook Asian food... View Article

New year’s Eve 2019 at Sydney Opera House – you know I always have a story

January 1, 2019

    Spending New Year’s eve at the Sydney Opera House has been a bucket list item for a long time. This year we are spending four months down under, visiting Australia and New Zealand during their summer (our winter) season. Since we are here in December and in time for New Year’s Eve, I planned to view the iconic fireworks over the Sydney Harbour’s bridge from the other iconic landmark across from the bridge... View Article

Sydney – Carriageworks Market

December 28, 2018

As you probably know by now one of the first places I head to in a new city is the farmers market. Here in Sydney the question is which market to go to, as there are several. Coupled with Christmas markets now open everywhere, the list is rather long. One of the first markets I went to, other than the local one at nearby Kings Cross is Carriageworks. This market, formerly known as Eveleigh Farmers... View Article

Sydney – Woolloomooloo, Finger Wharf, dinner at Otto

December 22, 2018

    From our perch on top of the hill at Potts Point we venture down into different areas of the city mostly on foot and sometimes by train, easily clocking 10-14 km of walking a day. From our neighbourhood we can make our way down via a set of colonial steps knowns as the MacLeay step, creating a shortcut that takes us down to sea level in no time. Another set of stairs known... View Article

Sydney – The Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and dinner at Bennelong

December 19, 2018

    The most iconic sights of Sydney are of course the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Although we got a glimpse of them on Friday from the hill where we stay, we waited until Sunday to get the full impact. Before we left for the trip I bought tickets for a Christmas concert at the Opera House and booked dinner at the iconic Bennelong restaurant, located  under one of the white sails... View Article

Crispy gnocchi with grana padano

October 29, 2018

  Sometimes I have craving for crispy gnocchi without much of a sauce other than the oil or butter they were cooked in and of course a good shower of grated parmesan. I used to make gnocchi with russet potatoes but recently have been making then with Yukon gold and love the results. I now bake the potatoes rather than steam whole but had successful results either way. One thing you don’t want though is... View Article

Exploring our own back yard: The Sunshine coast

July 20, 2018

After traveling the world for a few years now I thought that here we are flying all over the world while our own backyard in BC is so beautiful and I haven’t yet seen it all. A few weeks ago we had an opportunity to travel to the coast and decided to add a few days to begin exploring the vast sunshine Coast with its islands, inlets, beachfront homes and local food. The Sunshine Coast is part... View Article

Grilled cabbage salad with citrus dressing

July 8, 2018

Cabbage salads are so versatile and fun to make. They go well with creamy or tangy dressing and you can combine them with other shredded vegetables for a colourful salad that looks beautiful on the plate. Today I thought I’d grill some of the cabbage, combine it with fresh and crisp shredded cabbage and dress it with citrusy dressing and orange segments. I had a similar salad at Char Bar in Calgary a few weeks ago and... View Article