Archive for the ‘Main Course’ Category

Bacony Baked Beans with The Works

If you’ve ever read the blog¬†Smitten Kitchen, you’re familiar with Deb Perelman’s particular style of effortless but soul-satisfying recipes, and they don’t come without a healthy dose of humour either. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to come out from whatever rock you’ve been living under and get with the program, man. Over […]

Lemony Quinoa & Tuna Patties

I came here to write an eloquent, meaningful post about trying to be everything (mother/freelancer/wife/whole human) and having that turn into doing nothing because the pressure is just so intense and overwhelming….but it has been such a hard week at home with our 2yr old that I can’t quite seem to grasp on to the […]

Herby Sriracha Lime Chicken Wraps with Crunchy Peanut Sauce

It must have been a decade ago now that we were at a cottage with friends for the weekend when my girlfriend, who was always a kitchen inspiration and skilled home cook, prepared us all a dish that I was really looking forward to, but that I was sure my picky boyfriend would hate. I […]

Shrimp Rolls with Truffled Lemon Tarragon Aioli

Exactly 3 years ago, I was in PEI for the first time celebrating our good friend Grant and his lovely girlfriend (now wife, of course) Jill’s nuptials.¬† I had been dying to go for years and years but as a contractor who only makes money when they’re working, I had never found myself in a […]

Baharat Lamb Flatbreads with Goat Milk Yogurt and Mint

I used to wonder why people found weeknight meals so taxing – just cook something! Then I had a kid. Sorry, parents. Dinner, like many other aspects of parenting, has been a total cluster…. you know. Learning how to manage a newborn baby who needs to be attached to you while you cook, an infant […]

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Crostini with Herbed White Bean Puree

Usually around this time of year I’m huffing and puffing about the heat and the sweat and the inability to get anything done as a direct result of the heat and the sweat. The only solution is to live off iced tea and popsicles… hardly an option with a toddler who is as interested in […]

A Lack of Colour

I’ve been feeling heavily uninspired in the kitchen lately. We’ve been eating a lot of pasta, a lot of Marcella Hazan’s 3 ingredient tomato sauce on top of said pasta, a lot of bread-based meals and boring grains. Whether it’s the grey cast days we’ve been having lately or the general lack of colour in […]

Crispy Carnita Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins with Salsa Verde and Manchego

Fall has barely arrived here in Ottawa and I’m already buried in succulent braises, creamy, gut-hugging soups, slow roasted veggies and way too many apple-cinnamon dessert (if that’s possible?). These incredibly tasty stuffed sweet potato skins throw a nod to my favourite taco fillings from the summer while embracing the slow, hearty flavours that the […]

Heartfelt Food

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Loblaws and Zehrs. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m a sucker for big family dinners, I always have been. The hustle and bustle of a house filled with fast-moving bodies, laughter, pots clanging as the smell of something wonderful fills the air, gathering together […]

In Season: Spiced Lamb Rack with Green Olive Pistachio & Orange Gremolata

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Loblaws Companies Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine. There was a time when Ontario lamb was most commonly sold in the spring, signalling the return of warmer days ahead. Nowadays, they are raised year round so there is no reason you can’t cook up […]