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Great reads worth digesting

I love to read. I love to travel. I love food. I love all 3 combined. Sound familiar? So what’s a girl (or guy) to do when you can’t carry Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry Cookbook in your purse (or manbag) to…

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Posted by: on Sunday, February 1st, 2009
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Matcha Tea Truffles

When I think of dark chocolate, matcha tea is something I never considered as a pairing. I first experienced these truffles at Hapa Izakaya restaurant, as a dessert. The combination was so perfect, I couldn’t get enough…

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Posted by: on Saturday, January 24th, 2009
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Tales of the Leftover Xmas Eve Ham pt.3: My Take on the Classic Leftover Sandwich

At this point, talking about what to do with the Leftover Xmas Eve Ham is no doubt starting to conjure up images of Homer Simpson hiding his moldy staff picnic hoagie behind the radiator, complete with bloated belly and…

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Posted by: on Monday, January 5th, 2009
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Toasted Almond French Toast

If toast is bettered bread, French toast is certainly another step in the evolutionary process – dipped in egg and pan-fried, this staple of Sunday brunches everywhere is about the best example of a perfectly simple…

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Posted by: on Friday, January 2nd, 2009
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Tales of the Leftover Xmas Eve Ham pt.2: Ham, Shrimp & Capsicum Pasta

We are currently on a fairly tight schedule with our daughter Caia when it comes to bedtime which means that I typically prep for a meal before we start our routine of bath, massage, story, feed & bed and then I cook…

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Posted by: on Thursday, January 1st, 2009
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Tales of the Leftover Xmas Eve Ham pt.1: Polenta and 3 Mushroom Casserole (with aforementioned ham..)

We had Xmas Eve at our place this year with Jane’s parents, her brother and his wife. Due to factors well beyond our control (insane weather patterns, traffic mayhem & an 18-week-old daughter) we decided to…

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Posted by: on Monday, December 29th, 2008
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What Are You Eating This Holiday?

Turkey or ham? Mashed or roasted? Sweet or savoury? Christmas cookies or Hannukah latkes? Eggnog or fine wine? Meat or vegetarian? European, North American, Latin, Asian? There are so many traditional dishes that make up…

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Posted by: on Thursday, December 25th, 2008
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Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie

Twas three nights before Christmas and all through the house, not an idea for dinner was thought of until my pal Pete told me he was doing Shepherd’s Pie for his. On a day when Vancouver got walloped with a…

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Posted by: on Sunday, December 21st, 2008
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Pumpkin Pie, the “Old Fashioned” way

It’s Thanksgiving time again in Canada, and this year I decided to make my own pumpkin pie—from scratch. No canned pumpkin this year! Making a purée from roasted pumpkin is a bit of work, but I hoped it would be…

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Posted by: on Sunday, October 12th, 2008
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Janice’s Ultimate Ribs

As summer 2008 fades, we’ve not slowed in our pursuit of the perfect BBQ. Of course Ben defends the purists’ approach of dry rub and slow smoking, my friend—and fellow foodie—Janice offered a recipe with a…

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Posted by: on Thursday, September 11th, 2008
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White Truffle Gnocchi; or, Perfect Pillows of Pure Pleasure from Piedmont

Ah, white truffles. The season will be soon over, but you can still enjoy that intense, indescribably earthy, pungent flavour year-round with this recipe for white truffle gnocchi I nabbed from the chefs at West. I made…

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Posted by: on Monday, January 21st, 2008
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Is Anything More Soothing Than Bacon Corn Chowder?

This weekend was cold, wet and lazy as hell. Having a cold with a cough didn’t help. By Saturday afternoon I was totally stir crazy and hungry for something warm and soothing. Something creamy with bacon…

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Posted by: on Sunday, January 6th, 2008
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Fettucine with Prawns in a Tequilla & Tarragon Cream Sauce

So before we get going on this dish, it should probably be noted that there is some serious heat going into it. But it is a big all-encompassing furnace type of heat that is cut nicely by the cream and lime making it…

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Posted by: on Friday, January 4th, 2008
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Red Curry with Roasted Duck and Lychees

I haven’t been to Thailand yet, so I can only pretend that I know what I’m talking about when I say, “This dish is my favourite Thai dish!” Mark says it’s the best thing I’ve ever made.…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
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Yeah, it’s a girly drink

There are only three things you can do in Singapore; the first is to go shopping, the second is to wait for the rain to stop, and the third is to get hammered on girly drinks at the Raffles Hotel. Why the Raffles Hotel?…

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Posted by: on Sunday, June 17th, 2007
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