This year I’m thankful to be with my mom and grandpa for Thanksgiving. We haven’t been together for this holiday in a long time. Mom and I spent a cozy, companionable afternoon, grocery shopping for ingredients and then cooking up this simple but scrumptious feast. Why have turkey when you can have duck? Duck breast… Continue reading Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!
I’ve been going on crazy shopping sprees at the produce store lately—so many gorgeous colours, textures, and tastes, fruits and vegetables coming into season, bundles of fresh herbs. Last week was strawberry week. I had fresh sliced strawberries in my breakfast cereal every day, and I made strawberry syrup after a friend passed on this… Continue reading Fruity summer salads
Supermarket rotisserie chicken is one of my favourite money-savers—they cost about the same as a whole raw chicken—and they are a great midweek meal-saver as well. I cut off the appendages and add butter chicken sauce, or coconut milk and curry, or pasta sauce and olives (et voilà, chicken cacciatore). We are not chicken chest… Continue reading Kicked-up chicken salads
Autumn certainly didn’t wait too long to make itself felt this year. This has been a week of damp, chilly days. But today the sun broke out, and hoping I’ll get to have a lunch time picnic, I made this Sesame Chicken Salad. My last hurrah for the summer. Sesame Chicken Salad 1 boneless, skinless… Continue reading Last Hurrah Chicken Salad
I can’t believe I used to turn my nose up at salads! I’ve been having a salad for lunch every day for a week – and some days for dinner as well. They are so easy to prepare, are light but filling, and taste fresh and delicious. What more could you want from a meal?… Continue reading Crazy over salads!
Try this salad for an easy weeknight meal this summer. Serve with roasted red pepper bruschetta on the side. 4 cups chopped fresh spinach, washed and drained very well (better yet, use a salad spinner)6 slices thick bacon, cut into bits (Most grocery stores sell packages of bacon ends, which are cheaper than those nicely… Continue reading Wilted Spinach Salad and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta
This salad combines autumn flavours with the ease and lightness of a meal you would normally serve in hot weather. Perfect for these Indian summer evenings we’ve been lucky to have lately! For the Salad:200 grams smoked chicken or turkey, shredded4 cups baby spinachhandful of dried cranberrieshandful of chopped pecans, roasted and sprinkled with a… Continue reading Harvest Salad