PSP (Pumpkin Spice Penne)

I know you’re thinking…what? But it’s that time of year when everything is Pumpkin Spice, isn’t it? So why not something savory? Here’s a great meal when you get that Pasta craving… Makes 4 Servings Ingredients: 1 lb sweet italian sausage 1 large sweet vidalia onion, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tbsp butter … Continue reading

Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta

I was on a kick of Greek-inspired flavours this week. It started with some homemade Spanakopita, and continued with this dish – one of my favorites. It’s my take on a greek classic – Yemista. Ingredients: 8 – 10 large ripe tomatoes, tops cut off and scooped out well into a bowl. Keep insides for … Continue reading

Donair Tacos

There are few things I like as much as some good tacos. But here’s where the twist comes in – what if they tasted like donairs? Here’s a little creation I came up with using some components from other recipes. Ingredients: 1 lb extra lean ground beef 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper … Continue reading

Sweet Potato and Andouille Chili

This delicious and affordable twist on chili was based on a recipe recommended by my friend Chris (found here: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/10/chorizo-sweet-potato-chili/). I made a few tweaks of my own and this is the result. Ingredients: 4 links fresh andouille sausage (in Halifax, I buy this from Pete’s Frootique), casings removed 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Curried Vegetables

Ingredients: 1 small head of cauliflower (cut into very small florets) 1 onion chopped 1 small eggplant, chopped (optional) 3 cups butternut squash (chopped in small pieces – I use frozen) 1 can chick peas (drained and rinsed) 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 398ml cans plain tomato sauce 3 tbsp curry paste (mild red curry paste … Continue reading

Mushroom Bruschetta

Ingredients: 4 cups Mixed mushrooms – any type you prefer! I use shitake, portabella, button, and any other types I can get my hands on 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves of garlic 1 shallot or 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1 tsp fresh thyme 1 tbsp butter 1/4 cup white wine 1/4 cup cream Salt … Continue reading

Jamaican Me Hungry!

A couple weeks ago, we had an impromptu dinner party at our place featuring some of our favorite Caribbean-inspired dishes. The menu ended up consisting of Jerk Chicken, fried plantains, curried apple and pineapple slaw, and festivals. We topped it all off with a pineapple upside down cake with rum caramel. As promised, here are … Continue reading

Tomato, bocconcini, and artichoke salad

This is a salad I created one day on a whim for something light. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. For those who haven’t had bocconcini before, it’s like little round pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese. Ingredients: 2 containers of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half or quarters depending on … Continue reading

Layered Nacho Dip

This one is a recipe I got from my dear friend, Donzella Kelly. You can use either the recipe contained here for the avocado layer, or my recipe for guacamole. Bottom Layer: 1 can of refried beans (14 oz) 2nd Layer: Mash together: 3 avocadoes 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ tsp pepper ½ tsp salt … Continue reading