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Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

 

Lately, the weather here on the west coast has been nothing short of spectacular. So nice, in fact, that my azalea bush has started blooming in my front yard. We’ve been extremely spoiled weather wise, especially given that the rest of the country has been blanketed with freezing temperatures and snow. All the nice weather has got me dreaming of summer. When I think of summertime food, I immediately begin to think of all the things I want to Continue reading

Valentine’s Day dinner

Valentine's Day dinner

Mushroom thyme risotto with pan roasted chicken and port and fig reduction

 

Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away now and I’m working on my menu for the evening.  My husband and I don’t usually go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Instead, we’ll go out for dinner on a different night and then spend Valentine’s at home making a special dinner. Date night dinners at our house often include risotto. It’s my ultimate favourite dish. It’s creamy, delicious, comforting and it can be made several different ways. For Valentine’s Day this year I’m making a mushroom thyme risotto and pan roasted chicken with a port and fig reduction. This is a recipe I tried out a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided that I need to make it again. It takes a bit of time, about an hour and a half from start to finish, but it’s entirely worth it. Continue reading

Nutella cheesecake bites

Nutella cheesecake bites

Nutella cheesecake bites

 

 

Over the month of January I tried to focus my posts on healthier, lighter recipes. But with January safely behind us and Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, I think it’s time to post a recipe that’s a bit more indulgent. Sort of like a reward for trying to eat so well in January.

The other day my son mentioned to me that it had been a long time since I had bought Nutella and asked if I Continue reading

Spicy Prawn Soup

Spicy Prawn Soup

Spicy Prawn Soup

 

This soup is a variation of one of my mother in law’s favourite recipes. She calls her recipe zuppa soup, but I’ve changed the name to Spicy Prawn Soup to better describe it. Let me just say that I have a really hard time following recipes, which might seem pretty obvious given that the first thing I did was change the name of this one. When it came time to make the soup, I couldn’t help myself, I had to make a few little tweaks. That’s how I cook, feeling my way through a recipe and tweaking little things as I go. I feel that recipes are really more of a Continue reading

Tequila Lime Prawns with Southwest Salad

Tequila Lime Prawns with a Southwest Salad

Tequila Lime Prawns with a Southwest Salad

 

Have you heard the saying “when it rains, it pours”? That’s what this past week as been like for me. All in a good way, but chaotic none the less. There’s a few reasons why it’s been chaotic, some of which are of my own making, but sometimes life just rolls like that. I always make the mistake of assuming that January is going to be a calm month. A month to rest and recoup from the holidays and get back on track. It usually takes me about a week to realize my mistake. This past week, I feel like I’ve been running around like mad trying to get everything done and forgetting a few things along the way. Like yesterday for example; somehow between noon and 3 pm I completely forgot that I was supposed to pick up my order from the local farm that I buy most of my Continue reading

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