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Preserved Lemons

April 20, 2017

Following the last post featuring the asparagus salad with preserved lemons I had a few inquiries about how to make preserved lemons. The process of preserving lemon is very simple and does not require cooking. Essentially you pile lemon wedges, coarse salt and lemon juice into a jar and let it sit for a month or so until they are ready. What kind of lemons My favourite lemons for this recipe are the small Meyer... View Article

Asparagus salad with preserved lemons

April 19, 2017

I am getting a little addicted to some of the food TV shows, particularly Master Chef Canada (home cooks) and now Top Chef All Star (professionally trained accomplished chefs). I have no idea how these people can cook like they do, with difficult ingredients and under such time pressure. I couldn’t boil water under these conditions. Apart from the entertainment value I watch the shows because I learn something and even if it is not... View Article

Raviolo al uovo, ricotta e carciofo (single raviolo with egg, ricotta and artichoke)

April 17, 2017

What is it? Raviolo al uovo is a single large raviolo filled with ricotta and containing a soft egg yolk that oozes out when you cut into it (“raviolo” is not a typo, in Italian “ravioli” is plural, “raviolo” is singular). You would serve one per person drizzled with butter, hollandaise, light tomato sauce or whatever else you think would go with it. Serve it on its own or with a little topping such as... View Article

Ravioli with ricotta, artichoke, hazelnuts and brown butter

April 16, 2017

Last week my daughter Jade was home with a couple of her friends and made fresh homemade pasta and roasted tomato sauce for dinner. We all joined the pasta party, rolling and cutting the dough to the dance tunes of Mambo Italiano and That’s Amore in the background. It was a memorable evening and put me in the mood for more fresh pasta. Today I set out to make ravioli with soft egg yolk inside, a unique... View Article

Saffron poached pears

April 14, 2017

The small Honey Belle pears are ideal for poaching and serving as a stylish little dessert that is easy to execute. I thought I’d use saffron threads in the poaching liquid to give them a pretty golden colour and a delicate saffron flavour and also add a warm tone to the sauce. You can poach the pears whole or cut in half. They cook quickly so be careful not to over cook them. Last time... View Article

Barley, roasted cauliflower and shitake warm salad

April 12, 2017

So I set out to make this recipe from my friend Colleen’s The Food Blog but somehow got distracted and ended up with the similar base ingredients but a different recipe. I’ll have to make Colleen’s recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook another time. I cooked the barley the day before, planning to do something with it but wasn’t sure what. Some of it went into a vegetable soup that is currently simmering on the back burner... View Article

Cupcake party: Vanilla cupcakes with pink vanilla frosting

April 8, 2017

I was looking at my cookbook collection to get inspired and saw a cupcake book by Martha Stewart that was hiding among many books in the dessert section. I pulled it out to take a look and immediately wanted to go into the kitchen and bake. The thing with cupcakes is that they need to look attractive. Piping nice and uniform designs with a piping bag is not my forte. I have taken cake decorating... View Article

Potato gnocchi with homemade tomato sauce

April 3, 2017

What’s the story with gnocchi? If you ask two Italians how to make gnocchi, you are likely to get three strongly held opinions. What kind of potato to use, bake or boil them, add an egg or never with an egg, all purpose flour, semolina, or “00”  flour, add salt or no salt and so it goes. You get the picture. Essentially, gnocchi are light and fluffy dumplings typical of northern Italy (dare I say?),... View Article

Mushroom,spinach and ricotta lasagna

April 1, 2017

So this morning I am off to begin a 30 day yoga challenge at Moksha Yoga across the street. What am I getting myself into? Can I even hold any of the yoga positions? I am better at hiking, walking, swimming and leisure biking occasionally (not to mention lunching) but my friend suggested we do it and I took her up on it. Granted, it’s good to surprise your body/muscles as they can get used... View Article

Two lentil soup

March 27, 2017

The last couple of weeks have been busy with food events and other local activities. First was the International women’s Day dinner organized by local chef Aman Dosanj. You can read about here. Next, our “foodie crew” attended a cooking class at Mission Hill Winery, the Tuscan-like sprawling estate on top of the hill overlooking the Okanagan lake. Recently,Vancouver Magazine declared the winery “the anchor piece of architecture in the entire Valley”, and for good reason.... View Article

Yucatan black bean soup

March 19, 2017

Cooking with beans in Mexico is a different experience than cooking beans at home. Even the dry beans you buy at the local Mexican supermarket are more fresh and cook in no time. I still soak them in water for a few hours but this is only because old habits die hard. We have had a few bowls of black bean soup throughout the Yucatan over the last few years and they are quite delicious.... View Article

International Women’s Day Dinner and Mona Johannson amazing Roasted Carrots and Tomatoes soup recipe

March 17, 2017

What and Why International Women’s Day was special this year in Kelowna. With the hashtag #BEBOLDFORCHANGE women around the world gathered to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women by holding various events and raising money to better their communities and beyond.  Here in Kelowna a limited number of lucky guests were treated to a memorable dinner to celebrate women and forge a better, more gender inclusive world. Fittingly, the proceeds from our... View Article