Category Archives: Food

Cozonac: Romanian Festive Sweet Eggbread

People who looooove artisan bread in five minutes a day, raise your hand! Oh, it might be easier to have people who *don’t* like it raise their hands. Just like I thought: not too many hands, eh? What’s not to love, I wonder: wonderfully flavourful bread that comes out of an easily workable dough which takes minutes to make and stores 4evah in the fridge or freezer.

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Fried Fish Filet with Polenta and Garlic Sauce

I’m so behind on posting recipes, it’s not even funny! I’ve just discovered that making them is the easiest part (especially when somebody else makes them and you’re just taking pictures.) Duh! Processing pictures, posting them on Flikr, coming up with words that have sense when put together – that’s where the real work is. So, I’ll try to be short and sweet today, while convincing you to try an alternative to Brit-style fish ‘n chips. Continue reading

Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Gnocchi (OSC 3)

Yes, yes, my friends, Operation Spring Cleaning continues. It has now reached its third episode. Oh, the thrill. The suspense. I’m not sure I can take it, really. Let me tell about today’s episode. You know you’re dying to hear about it. The good news is that there’s actually space in my freezer. Wow! That hasn’t happened in a loooong time. Yes, and there’s more: my fridge offers a visibility that extends beyond the rim of the shelves. Isn’t that crazy? Who would have thought it possible? The bad news is I’m out of dark chocolate. Yes, I know: that’s really bad news. And a dangerous turn of events! Will I stay strong and gobble on the dried-up pieces of candied ginger and dry apricot? Resort to dried prunes for desert? Will I cave? Only time will tell.

But for now, let’s just go back to the issue at hand:

What’s more important is that it tastes as good as it looks. So comforting, so melt-in-your-mouth, so heart-warming! We still have leftovers if you want to join us for dinner tonight. Continue reading

Thai Green Curry with Shrimp, or Operation Spring Cleaning Vol. 2 (OSC 2)

I’ve finally decided to tackle the elephant in the room my fridge. NO, I do NOT actually have elephant in my fridge. Just thought I’d make that very clear. You see, the problem is that I like grocery shopping. Strike that: I love it. It’s actually therapeutic. I’m not sure it’s because I like cooking, or because I like eating, but I just enjoy browsing the isles (all of them, yes), just to make sure I’m not forgetting anything. What’s behind that, you ask. I like to have everything on hand just in case a certain craving strikes. As a result, every storage space in my kitchen is full: my fridge, its freezer, and my pantry. Plus a couple of cabinets that house miscellaneous snacky thingies. Continue reading

Braised French Lentils with Pepper Pork Tenderloin

If you’re thinking that the title of this dish is topsy-turvy, you haven’t tasted lentils like these. I hadn’t either, and if I had, I probably would have tripled the recipe. It’s *that* good. I had been looking for a good recipe for French Lentils for a while, and this is probably going to become my staple. Even Adi, the ever-skeptical gourmet demanded “we make this again soon,” which, is like, crazy. I remembered seeing this recipe on food tv’s The Main, and it sounded as a good idea at the time. I decided to test it out, but also tweak it just a bit. A very tiny little bit. Continue reading

Almost-Fattoush Salad

Fattoush plate

Fattoush plate

It’s very environmentally unfriendly of me to crave summer salads in the winter, but I have to confess: I totally do. I feel like I’m cheating here, like I’m not practicing what I’m preaching, but sometimes I just need to suck it up and have Fattoush salad. Does it count in environmental heaven that I made it with stuff that I had on hand? Of course not. It would have counted more if it had been made with veggies from the farmers’ market. Alas, the only farmers’ market open in Edmonton in the dead of winter is far-far away from me (but not as far away as freakin’ California, mind you), and I’m lazy, and, ummm, did I mention environmentally unfriendly. Continue reading

Banana Muffins


Please disregard the mutant Mikey Mouse figure above. These are my favourite muffins… uhmmm, and the only ones I make, really. Because I’m the only one in this house who eats floury stuff (so far; I’m hoping to draw Eria on my dark side once she’s old enough), I have to find ways to make them keep well. So banana bread (which the batter is originally for) doesn’t work for me. I’d have to slice it and wrap slices individually before freezing them. But muffins are perfect.Too perfect. Continue reading