I was little frightened when my room-mate Nathan told me I was going to be in charge of cooking something for “Ethnic Potluck 2014″, a potluck with all the kitchen staff from Ayden Kitchen & Bar. Naturally it’s a little intimidating cooking with chefs of that level, and knowing I had to make a dish from another country didn’t help! Fortunately I got Vietnam, which I felt was one of the less intimidating submissions amongst places such as Peru, Croatia, Morocco, & more. After doing some research, given my love of sandwiches, I knew the Banh Mi was the way to go!
With my research and a little consultation from Nathan, I was ready to prepare my feast of Banh Mi! The end result was delicious! Although I have never actually had a Banh Mi, I think I did pretty darn good, and everyone else seemed quite satisfied with my contribution.
Posted in Barbecue, Bread, Dinner, Fresh herbs, Lunch, Pork, Sandwich
Tagged banh mi, cilantro, dinner, do chuan, how to make a banh mi, lunch, party, Pork, potluck, recipe, Sandwich, traditional, vietnam, Vietnamese, vietnamese bbq pork
I must say September was a pretty pitiful month for blogging and I apologize for that! It’s not that I haven’t been cooking anything, I just haven’t been taking the time to edit the images, and write up a blog post. I’ve got a few recipes that are quite timely for this fall season, so you can expect a little more blogging this month!
Let’s start with this delicious meal featuring some wonderful ingredients from my mothers garden! The stars of the dish are delicious onions that have been drizzled with balsamic vinegar and roasted, as well as a hearty pork chop finished with chive butter. My house smelled so good after making this, it was a low level of torture, having to wait to eat this while smelling it and taking pictures.
Posted in Dinner, Fresh herbs, Pork, Roast, Side
Tagged Balsamic, balsamic vinegar, chive butter, comfort food, dinner, fall, pan roasted, Pork, pork chop, red onion, Roast, roast onions, winter
First off, let’s all welcome Carlene back from a blogging hiatus with her Cherry Scones, hopefully she’ll stick around for a while!
We took a bit of a break from CTV appearances the last month, but wanted to come back for a timely garden cooking segment. Trying to figure out what I was going to cook, I ventured into a garden full of tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans, beets, zucchinis and more! After picking several different vegetables, I decided Zucchini was the way to go. There is tons of it every year and it usually just ends up in the typical zucchini breads or cakes, so I figured I would try something new – Zucchini Fritters!
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Fresh herbs, pancake, Side, Vegetable
Tagged Chives, easy, fritter, Garlic, parmesan cheese, recipe, summer, tzatziki, vegetable, zucchini, zucchini fritter
Continuing on with the pizza and pesto of the previous posts, here is a pizza stacked with some awesome flavours! Delicious fresh pesto, juicy mushrooms, savoury red onion, finished off with the smokey flavour of creamy smoked gouda! A pizza that not only looks great, but tastes awesome too!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Pizza
Tagged basil, Garlic, gouda, mushroom, no-knead, pesto, pizza, recipe, red onion, smoked gouda, thin crust
In a never ending quest to expand my culinary horizons and due to a large amount of fresh basil in my fridge, I decided it was time to try making pesto for the first time!
It certainly won’t be my last!
This stuff was delicious! I ate a significant amount just “taste-testing” the pesto and I had to stop myself before it got out of hand and I ate it all! Along with trying my hand at pesto, I figured why not shoot a video for it too right!? I wanted to try a different editing style on this video, and decided to channel my inner James Brown and make a funky piece of music to go along with my vision. I gotta say I’m pretty happy with the results!
Posted in Appetizer, Condiment, Easy, Fresh herbs, How To, Video
Tagged basil, basil. pesto, easy, food video, herbs, how to make pesto, how to make pesto video, olive oil, parmesan, pesto, pine nuts, recipe, video
For whatever reason, this week just felt like a pizza week, but truth-be-told, every week could be pizza week because that stuff is freakin’ amazing! Especially with this ridiculously easy pizza dough recipe. It literally takes about 5 minutes to make (maybe less).
For this pizza I decided to keep it simple and go with a classic margherita style pizza with tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, topped off with a sprinkle of salt! So simple, so good!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Lunch, Pizza, Vegetable
Tagged basil, classic, homemade, how to make pizza, margherita, mozzarella, no-knead, pizza, pizza dough, recipe, simple, tomato
I have had visions of creating a salad in this style for quite some time and finally got around to actually doing it the other day! Along with fancying up the presentation of a watermelon salad, I wanted to try marinating watermelon and this was the perfect opportunity!
Initially I had plans to add some baby arugula into the dish, unfortunately when I went to the grocery store they were all out, so I just had to make do without it!
This salad really transforms the watermelon into a savoury dish that felt surprisingly hearty! Marinating the watermelon adds subtle hints of lemon, honey and balsamic to the freshness of the watermelon, and pairing it with the feta, mint, bacon and red onion makes it much more savoury. Topping it all of with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar gives it a bit of needed acidity and a nice tang!
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Fresh herbs, Fruit, Lunch, Salad, Side
Tagged Bacon, Balsamic, cheese, easy, Fancy, Feta, fruit, marinated watermelon, mint, recipe, red onion, Salad, summer, vinegar, watermelon, watermelon salad
Here is a recipe I created the same day I made the delicious Smoked Salmon Bagel Grilled Cheese. Given that I wanted to keep things grilled cheese focused during April, I have kept from posting it until now! Although for anybody following me on Instagram, you might remember seeing it!
As I have previously mentioned, I’m not crazy about smoked salmon, often finding it far too pungent, but it’s a whole different story here! Well balanced with a number of other ingredients, namely fresh dill, capers and sour cream, the smoked salmon enters into a beautiful union of flavours!
Posted in Dinner, Easy, Fish, Fresh herbs, Lunch, Potato, Salad, Side
Tagged bagel, capers, dill, lox, Potato, potato salad, recipe, Salad, salmon, smoked salmon, sour cream
Inspired by a similar drink at a local Saskatoon restaurant/lounge called The Rook & Raven, I decided to try and make my own version! Cucumber and basil in a cocktail may seem like a strange combo to some, but I assure you it is delicious and very refreshing! Especially with gin! I even decided to do a short recipe video for it, I hope you guys enjoy it!
Posted in Drink, Fresh herbs
Tagged alcohol, basil, cocktail, cucumber, Drink, gin, gin & tonic, gin and tonic, refreshing, saskatoon, the rook and raven, tonic
In my last post, I made Porchetta inspired by the Meat & Bread’s Porchetta sandwich in Vancouver, so obviously I had to do a sandwich post too! It’s really the Porchetta that’s the star here, because there is not much else going on in this sandwich, just delicious roasted pork, crackling, and salsa verde. You’ve got crackling, what more do you need!?
If you plan on making this delicious sandwich, refer to my last post to make the Porchetta and salsa verde (which you should definitely make because it’s AMAZING). Continue reading
Posted in Dinner, Fresh herbs, left overs, Lunch, Pork, Roast, Sandwich
Tagged crackling, herb, how to make porchetta, italian, meat & bread, meat and bread, pig skin, porchetta, porchetta sandwich, Pork, pork shoulder, recipe, Roast, salsa verde, vancouver