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Cobb salad with grains


Man, oh, MAN, do I love this salad. Right here is another one of those crowd pleasers that disappears within minutes.

Now, I know it doesn’t look super great to some of you, but trust me when I say that the flavour is off the charts. Sweet shallots combine with spicy Dijon, honey, olive oil, and red wine vinegar to create a zesty, rich dressing that’s light enough not to dominate this (relatively) healthy salad. Continue reading

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Zucchini-scallion fritters


Success! My first fritters.

Well now. Apparently the blogosphere has gone into a fritter frenzy—everywhere I look, I see them! Maybe there’s a zucchini surplus? I suppose I drank the Kool-Aid on this one too, thanks to the special summer issue of Everyday Food magazine by Martha Stewart.

In the past month I have made these fluffy, flavourful fritters three times. They are incredibly easy to conjure up and require next to nothing, ingredient-wise. Whether you make them for a snack or a side, I promise this one bowl wonder will ease you into comfort food bliss. Give ’em a whirl! You may find they quickly become a weeknight staple. Continue reading

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Spicy chicken skewers


Pretty amazing, I know.

There is something about the summer that makes people ravenous for barbecue. I don’t know if it’s the warm sunshine or the antsy feeling of being caged in during the winter months, but the idea of grilling anything turns me into the kind of crazy similar to those women who go crazy for sample sale wedding dresses.

So I decided to riff. It was my cousin’s baby shower this past weekend and I could think of only one thing to make: chicken skewers with an Asian/Mediterranean/Mexican twist. I had a foolproof trio of flavours in mind and an itch to get back in the food-making game. Continue reading

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How to cook quinoa


In the weeks since posting a couple of recipes using quinoa, I have received a lot of requests on how to properly cook it.

Preparing this gluten-free superfood couldn’t be any more simple. You will learn how to cook quinoa effortlessly and in less than a few steps! Continue reading

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Moist Chocolate Cake


Okay everyone, I have to say a couple of things up front:

  1. I am sorry for neglecting you. Two weeks ago I started taking a really intense editing class and have also been a wee bit under the weather. But I’m back, still impoverished and hungry, and going full steam ahead.
  2. You’re probably going to see a few more gluten-free posts in the future. I recently came into possession of Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood and it’s changed the way I think about what “healthy” is.

Now, I’m a person who likes vegetables and food that is generally good for me, but good luck getting me to consume grains of any kind unless they are baked into bread or muffins. Consider this Moist Chocolate Cake from Quinoa 365 one heck of a game changer. Continue reading

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Tabbouleh



Have you ever eaten a dish somewhere and became utterly consumed with duplicating it? Well that somewhere was Nuba, a Lebanese restaurant in downtown Vancouver, and that dish was tabbouleh. What I conjured up isn’t traditional tabbouleh (or tabouli), but for a beginner in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cooking it will suffice.

Not that this recipe holds a candle to what I ate, but it’s a nice, refreshing substitute. Did I mention it was incredibly easy too? Continue reading

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