Fresh Pasta with Pancetta and Tomato Sauce

There is really no comparison between freshly made pasta and dried. The fresh noodles have a satiny and gently yielding texture that comes from thorough kneading, lamination and the perfect ratio of egg to flour. This recipe has 3 whole eggs plus two egg yolks to give the exact balance of moisture from the whites […]

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Scottish Girdle Scones

No one knew how my Scottish grandmother made her stove top scones because she didn’t use measuring cups. Everything was measured by eyeball or with one of her teacups or a spoon that she has on hand. I searched for years to find a recipe that resembled hers, but most were for the more popular, […]

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Cucumber and Bulgur Wheat Salad

Near the end of summer, cucumbers are abundant. If you have a garden or have friends who garden, you will no doubt be looking for ways to use them up. This recipe is great for turning your overstock of cukes into a refreshing, colourful side dish that can easily double for a light lunch. It […]

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho is one of my favourite things when local fresh tomatoes are available right off the vine. I have stuck very close to the authentic ingredients, but I have to admit, I like my gazpacho smooth without any graininess from the bread crumbs. I also like it to be slightly warmer than ice cold. That’s […]

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Baba Ganoush with Pita Crisps

For years, I thought eggplant was a disgusting vegetable. Bitter, mushy yet fibrous, it had no redeeming qualities for me. And then I learned how to cook it. It’s always a process. You can’t just eat it as it is. When making baba ganoush, which is probably my favourite eggplant dish, the roasting of the […]

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Swedish Meatballs

I was a young teenager working my first job at a Swedish banquet hall, when I first ate Swedish meatballs. I have loved them ever since! In fact, I get serious cravings for them. I’ve kept this recipe as simple and as close to authentic as possible. Like many traditional recipes, there are a huge […]

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Make It! Garam Masala

If you’re like me, you probably have several dozen different spices sitting in your pantry cupboard that need to be used up. So, why go and buy a spice blend when the ingredients are probably sitting right there? Spice blending is a lot of fun, makes your house smell amazing, and it’s more economical than […]

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Dry Fried Beef With Garlic Stems

This dish isn’t for the faint hearted. The flavours are strong, pungent with a good kick of heat, but if you’re feeling adventurous or in a rut, then this Szechuan inspired beef dish is a real thrill ride. Bonus points for being simple to prepare and fast to deliver to the table. You can have […]

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Poached Egg on Avocado Toast

This makes a very simple, quick breakfast or brunch dish.  Print Recipe Poached Eggs on Avocado Toast A delicious and simple way to wake up in the morning. A gooey poached egg on top of creamy avocado and spicy arugula Prep Time10 minsCook Time3 minsTotal Time15 mins Course: BreakfastCuisine: American Servings: 2 Equipment3 quart saucepanMedium […]

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Make It! Ras Al Hanout

Ras Al Hanout means “top of the shop” in Arabic. Merchants would develop their own blends to compete for their customer’s loyalty. As with many other long standing spice blends, you’ll probably never find two that are the same. Poke through your spice cabinet and you will probably find that you have most of what […]

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