Cardamom Infused Poached Pears
This is such a simple, but elegant treat! It is especially nice for a dinner or brunch gathering as everyone can get their own poached pear. You can serve it on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or even some yogurt if you are having it for breakfast! If you would like to save these pears for a few days, store them with the liquid in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also save the poaching liquid to sweeten up yogurt, or some freshly made iced tea.
Agua de Tamarindo - Tamarind Water
This is a classic drink served on the streets of Mexico. If you like things sweeter, double up on the sugar since tamarind makes this drink pretty tart. I however, love the sourness of it! This drink is just so refreshing and delicious served on a summer’s eve, or as a signature cocktail to serve with tacos to make a real Mexican Fiesta!
Snow Pea Shoots, Bok Choy and Tofu in Black Bean Sauce
Snow pea shoots are delicious greens, they are the actual plant that snow peas grow on. You can find them in Asian grocery stores, if you can’t find them replace them with any other green that you like such as beet greens, spinach or swiss chard.
Chinese Broccoli and Bok Choy in Black Bean Sauce
This is a great stir fry similar to what you would find in a Chinese restaurant. You may need to go to an Asian grocery store to find the Chinese Broccoli. Since this dish needs to be served immediately I like to wash and chop all my ingredients in advance and just as I am about to serve I make the stir fry.
Silken Tofu Steamed with Sweet and Spicy Sauce
This way of cooking the tofu makes it taste so creamy and buttery. I use a bamboo steamer over a wok for this recipe but if you do not have one you can simply use a regular vegetable steamer over a pot of boiling water. Also, I use a cabbage leaf to support the tofu, but feel free to use any leafy vegetable you have such as lettuce, vine leaf, corn husks etc...
Fusilli with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
A delicious light fresh tasting pasta. It is especially great in the summer when the tomatoes and basil are fresh and abundant!
Soft Tacos Stuffed With Lemony Tofu and Avocado
These tacos are so addictive! They taste like something you would get at a beach side restaurant – the tofu is crispy and lemony with the creamy avocado and crunchy coleslaw on top. You have to try them!
Spinach and Zaatar Crispy Tart
A great appetizer for a dinner party or a brunch item. Zaatar is a middleeastern spice mixture that contains thyme, sesame seeds and sumac. It is very flavourful!
Spicy Steamed Sweet Potatoes with Lime Leaves
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and nutrients so I try to get them into my diet as often as possible. Steaming them is not only simple, but it allows the sweet potatoes to become creamy and delicious without adding any extra fat. In this dish I love the contrast of the sweetness from the potato with the heat from the chilli.
Steamed Silken Tofu with lime leaves and chilli
I am really having fun with my bamboo steamers! This is a great and simple method to infuse flavours into silken tofu without having to deep fry or add heavy sauces. The kefir lime leaves serve a dual purpose here, they add such a beautiful fragrance while supporting the tofu in the steamers so it doesn’t fall through. If you like you can serve this with a drizzle of soya sauce, but it is not necessary.
Chinese 5 Spice Crunchy Chickpeas
These chickpeas are so crunchy and addictive – your family will devour them without realizing how healthy they actually are!
Mini Pasta Shells with Spinach and Lentils
Lentils and spinach make this pasta sauce really hearty and filling - full of protein and fibre.
Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower Curry)
This is a traditional Indian Curry. I find the potatoes and cauliflower go so nicely together for a hearty comforting meal. Serve over basmati rice any day of the week!
Cardamom Scented Basmati Rice
The cardamom adds a flowery aroma to the rice which makes it feel special! If you are not used to the taste of cardamom, start off with half a teaspoon, but if you really want the cardamom taste to shine use the full teaspoon.
Spicy Couscous with Chickpeas and Nuts
This dish is deliciously spicy and hearty full of chickpeas and nuts. You can serve it as a side dish with roasted vegetables or it is great as a meal in its own!
Asian Tossed Salad
I just love this salad because of all the different ingredients it has. So many different textures and flavours makes this salad so much fun to eat!
Thai Coconut and Corn Soup
This is a nice spicy soup and quite different from the usual soups you may be used to. You can use a good quality store bought Thai curry paste or you can make your own.
Fresh Homemade Pickles
This is a really great recipe for pickled vegetables that you can make at home. You can really use any veggies you like as long as they are crunchy and hearty.
Easy Spinach and Chickpea Curry
This is a hearty vegetable curry that is quite simple to prepare. I felt a need for a simple curry, so in this recipe I used store bought curry powder and paste as well as frozen spinach.
China Town Spring Rolls!
These spring rolls include some authentic Chinese ingredients that you would only find in an Asian Grocery store. For example, dried black fungus –I know it sounds gross, but it’s a kind of mushroom and it’s delicious, trust me!