here’s a fun and vibrant twist on your classic hummus recipe. the addition of sesame oil nicely rounds out the bitterness of the tahini while bumping up the flavour of sesame. depending on the consistency of the tahini you have, you can adjust the viscosity of the hummus by adding or omitting water. devour as a snack with a rainbow of assorted veggies and gf crackers (sesame rice crackers are bomb in this context!), or as the main component to a hummus grain bowl with roasted veggies and your grain of choice.Read More
if you love mochi, you probably love the ‘qq’ texture of it that is oh-so satisfying. this ‘qq’ texture can be described as soft, springy, and bouncy, a desirable quality in many asian desserts. this waffle recipe achieves the perfect harmony of crispy and chewy with a 1:1 ratio of white rice flour to glutinous rice flour. do not fret as glutinous rice flour is made from ground up sticky rice and is 100% gluten free, contrary to what the name suggests. recommended pairings: coconut ice cream, pandan kaya, and grilled peaches!Read More
inspired by ottolenghi, this recipe has been on heavy rotation in our household for the last couple of years. it’s the perfect one to whip out when our bodies are craving something healthy yet hearty, especially after a week of take out or decadent eating. roasted cauliflower is delicious on its own so there’s a lot of leeway in terms of substitutes here.
*if you want to get fancy, you can substitute the dried fruit with brown butter grapes. cook a handful of grapes in butter in a pan on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until grapes are slightly softened.Read More
a couple of years ago, reid and I spent 3 months backpacking around southeast asia, planning our days around eating all the food we possible could. our mission was to find locals who could give us lessons on what they cooked at home.Read More
I ran into some conflict at work the last time I created a dish that fused together two cultures. I was serving a ‘chicken pho sandwich’ similar to a french dip but with all the usual pho ga fixings: chicken braised in a medley of charred onions, ginger and earthy spices, bean sprouts, thinly sliced white onion, thai basil, cilantro, and even a mayo flavoured with sambal oelek and gf hoisin.Read More
there are a couple of tricks to ultimate fried rice:
1 - use leftover cooked rice rather than freshly cooked rice and store it uncovered in the fridge - the more it dries out, the better the fried rice will be!
2 - use the hottest setting on your stovetop at home
3 - when in doubt, add oil (加油!)
with those tips, you’ll be getting charred, crispy, chewy fried rice in no time!Read More
there’s a bit of a back story with how this dish came about.
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fall 2018. reid (smalltown boy) and jannell (city gal) move to kitchener to start their lives together as reid gets into the family bbq manufacturing business. city gal blindly parachutes herself into a new neighbourhood, feeling distant from her friends and family.
for the past 4 months, I have had the opportunity to cook lunch 4 days a week at a local grocery store here in downtown kitchener (or as they call it, DTK). since it’s just me running the show (while the other cooks handle the catering side of the business), it’s been a huge learning curve; a really ideal way to test recipes and to get feedback for it. I get to share my experience through the food that I make while pushing people’s boundaries a little with asian inspired flavour bombs ;)Read More
there’s not much to explain for this one. great as a quick snack or party app, this edamame is dressed to impress as it is packed full of flavour! this recipe makes about a cup of dressing, but you’ll only need about 1/3 of the recipe per 500 g pack of edamame. don’t worry when the dressing comes out a bit thin - you’ll just want to flavour the beans, not coat them. bonus for not having super greasy hands after eating these either! 1 pack of edamame makes about 6-8 servings, but I would lean closer to 6 since people tend to eat more than they think they will. serve with a nice, crisp cider or gluten free beer of choice.Read More
banana muffins baking in the oven has got to be one of my favourite smells in the world. as the maillard reaction goes down and the bananas begin to caramelize, an intoxicating, golden aroma fills the room and brings me right back to early memories of the first thing I ever baked. this version (based off a recipe from reid’s mom) is extra fibrous and filled with lots of good stuff for when you’ve been eating too much take-out and need a gut cleansing. perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, or as a snack, any time of day. we sometimes sub the bananas with pumpkin or chestnut purée to mix it up a bit. serve with a knob of butter for extra unctuousness.Read More
one upside of it being the dead of winter is that it’s also citrus season!!! from pomelos to clementines, blood oranges to navel, we’ve got some beautiful, tropical imports that remind us that there’s still colour in the world. this slaw uses one of my favourite citrus fruits - pomelo! it’s a sweeter, milder grapefruit that’s less bitter. combine that with easily available winter veg and a dressing that’s shelf stable for a week, and you’ve got an easy, healthy option for lunch or dinner. for added protein, toss in some cooked chicken.Read More
growing up in canada, I never understood why my friends were disgusted by tofu. but then I realized that their version of tofu was often flavourless, dry, and firm. the tofu I grew up with was always a massive flavour bomb - this silky, soft vessel used for absorbing velvety, meaty sauce, turning any bowl of plain white rice, into the ultimate comfort food. reid was a tofu convert when he first ate this, and I think you will be too. the chili bean paste (doubanjiang) and the black bean paste can be found at your local chinese supermarket in the sauce aisle.Read More
for not being a celiac myself, it says a lot when I say that these are my favourite chocolate chip cookies ever. they’re crispy on the outside, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside, and perfect with a glass of milk. store them in an airtight container at room temp for a couple days and they’ll go like hot cakes. I always microwave them for 20 seconds to get them back to their freshly-baked-out-of-the-oven state. my microwave sucks though, so adjust your seconds accordingly or you’ll have a melty mess. still a melty delicious mess, but not what you want. this recipe makes 36 cookies, but we always divide the dough into 3rds and freeze 2 portions in ziplock bags. whenever we’re craving some fresh baked cookies, we just defrost a bag, ball up the dough and pop them in the oven! efficiency for the win!Read More
This is definitely our favourite tomato soup recipe ever! It's buttery, velvety, tangy, sweet and the perfect accompaniment for crisp and gooey grilled cheese. The key is letting your onions cook down so that the natural sweetness of them balance out the tartness of the canned tomatoes. Simple and delicious, this is an effortless recipe to add to your repertoire.Read More
We’re always looking for new ways to integrate vegetarian meals into our diets, and as much as we love tofu we’re eager to explore some more imaginative alternate proteins. Lately, that has meant pulse-patties, from black bean burgers to falafels. We love falafels for transforming relatively-boring-but-packed-with-nutrients chickpeas into crisp-on-the-outside-moist-on-the-inside flavour bombs that add substance to rice bowls and keep us full for hours after a meal. They’re traditionally spiced with cumin, coriander, mint and cilantro, but we wondered if they could be done using the same blend of aromatics as our favourite Thai sausage, Sai Ua. The answer is a resounding yes. Full of lemongrass, turmeric, chilies, kaffir lime leaves and galangal, these Thai inspired falafels have a bold flavour that keeps you going back for more. For strict vegetarians, we use powdered dry mushrooms for umami, but if you’re more lenient we recommend a healthy dose of fish sauce.Read More
We first encountered this unbelievable, spreadable, heaven-in-a-spoon through Jannell's good friend Meagan, who brought a jar of it back from Singapore. After trying it, Jannell couldn't stop talking about how good this was. It's essentially a pandan flavoured coconut custard, but since most of us have never encountered pandan before, that description really doesn't do it justice. It's sweet, rich and has this incredibly unique grassy flavour that comes from the pandan leaves. Please just trust us. You want this in your lives. It goes great on toast, on gf crackers as a snack, or our personal favourite application, as a replacement for maple syrup on waffles or pancakes.Read More
Coconut chia pudding is excellent either as a delicious dessert to cap off a nice meal, or as a beautiful breakfast to start your day. You can even use it as a dairy free yogurt to top off some granola if you reduce the chia seeds to 3 tbsp! This recipe is super easy, but that doesn't mean you won't be blown away by the results. It's sweet and rich, pairing perfectly with fresh seasonal fruit.Read More
I first made this for the family I've been personal chefing for the summer. I drew inspiration from multiple recipes online and combined them to achieve the ultimate buddha bowl! If you're body is craving a hearty and healthy meal, this is a great option. If you care for more protein, sautéed shrimp is a nice addition. Read More
I struggled for a long time with coconut rice. I loved the concept, but it always turned out a bit gloopy and mushy. finally, I stumbled upon andrea nguyen's technique, which is to use the coconut water found at the bottom of coconut milk cans rather than the cream. In order to separate the cream and water, make sure you buy a good brand of coconut milk that doesn't contain any emulsifiers.
note that this recipe still works fine if you don't have a rice cooker. use the same cooking method as usual, but for the liquid use all of the coconut water you get from the can and top it up with water to reach the right rice-liquid ratio.
Serves 4 hungry rice eaters or 6 normal rice eaters
400mL coconut water
3 rice-cooker-cups of jasmine rice (2 1/4 US cups)
6 makrut lime leaves or 1 pandan leaf (optional)
Measure out the rice into your rice cooker and rinse until the water runs clear.
Pour in the coconut water and kaffir lime leaves. Top up with water until you reach the "3 cups" marker on the side of the bowl.
Cook the rice in the cooker. Serve.