Air Fryer Shrimp & Turkey Spring Rolls

Buying an air fryer was not my idea; it was my son’s. I didn’t agree with it, as I didn’t know anything about them and thought it was just one more appliance to clutter up our kitchen. I told him that if he wanted it, he would need to buy it. So he ordered it….

Willi con Carne (Wiener Stew)

Willi con Carne (Wiener Stew) I came across a children’s cookbook with this recipe during a Friday ritual visit to the library with my son Tuscan when he was younger (a ritual he was happy to stop when older). The cookbook was called Willi kocht (by Willi Weitzel), and what’s cool is that he divided…

Savoury Roast Turkey

Roast turkey is traditionally served on Thanksgiving Day in Canada and the US (and sometimes at Christmas). This year we celebrated Thanksgiving a few weeks later with our friends, as it was our turn to host a wine tasting. We ordered the turkey from our Lamb Guy at our Friday farmer’s market a few weeks…

Beef Burritos

This recipe is adapted from one I found in the June 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living called Crispy Tacos Picadillo. As you can see from the recipe pic, it’s been used a lot – food splashes and all. It’s one of my son’s favourite recipes since he was little. I also made it a…

Flour Tortillas

I’m sharing this as a separate recipe, as we make them a lot for various meals such as grilled chicken quesadillas, beef burritos, and egg breakfast burritos. You can wrap up pretty much anything in these circular delights – great for lunches too as they are a lighter alternative to bread. Making flour tortillas from…

Risotto with Duck Breasts and Roasted Red Peppers

After a summer of non-stop outdoor grilling and dining al fresco, this is the perfect dish to greet fall weather. The days are cooler and the sun sets earlier in the evening, but you can light candles and with the indoor smells of something good coming from the kitchen, it’s nothing but Gemütlichkeit. Especially if…

Beef Carpaccio

My first time having beef carpaccio was at a restaurant terrace in Florence, celebrating my 30th birthday with Ralph. It was also my first time having arugula, which became my favourite lettuce in the world. The flavour combination of this dish brought me to tears. Or maybe it was because I turned 30. We enjoyed…

Charred Baby Bok Choy

We are fortunate to have a store in a nearby village that sells Asian goods. They always have packages of fresh baby bok choy in the fridge. We buy all of our sushi ingredients except the fresh fish and seafood here too. This recipe is dead simple and can be made on a charcoal grill…

Peri Peri Chicken on a Charcoal Grill

Ralph discovered this dish from watching a cooking video on a flight to Portugal. In the video he saw, 16 chickens being grilled at once over fire between two big screens which the cooks kept flipping over – drenched in sweat but with big smiles. He made a mental note to try it at home,…

Grilled Zucchini with Goat Cheese

I’m not a big grilled zucchini fan, as I find the flavour boring. Zucchini soup and muffins I enjoy, and stuffed zucchini can be nice too. A few weeks ago I came across a lady at our Friday market selling jars of homemade goat cream cheese with only four ingredients: goat milk, herb salt, Salinas…