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Chicken Tikka

Here is another recipe from my Indian cooking crash course with my future mum-in-law : Chicken Tikka!  This dish is always our go-to when ordering Indian takeaway and I was pleasantly surprised to learn how simple this recipe is to make at home. A couple of disclaimers: I recorded this recipe just as Mum cooked it in my … Continue reading

Mango Pineapple Salsa

I made this version of Mango Pineapple Salsa as an accompaniment to Pulled Duck Tacos for my pre Cinco de Mayo taco party recently.  It is a bit sweeter than the recipe Natalya used when she made her Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa (the original recipe actually only called for pineapple but she added it for more … Continue reading

Lime Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad

This salad is definitely a recipe both Jen and I have had pinned on our food boards for a while, and I finally committed to it to try it. I saw a few versions of the salad and the one I was inspired by most was from the Diva Dish. I loved the interplay of … Continue reading

Soba Salad

For my mom’s 60th birthday celebration, we had a big BBQ at my parent’s house and enjoyed grilled meats and veggies.  This refreshing soba salad dish came from my mom’s friend and it was a huge hit!  The ingredient quantities are very flexible… I just started throwing stuff in… Melanie’s Soba Salad (recipe courtesy of … Continue reading

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta & Herbs

I actually have to give credit to a friend for finding this recipe. He made this appetizer for a Mediterranean Feast a few of our friends cooked up a few weeks ago. The eggplant takes very little time to make and tastes so refreshing with the vinaigrette and herbs. I served it as one of … Continue reading

Taco Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Cilantro Lime Dressing

I stumbled across this recipe from deconstructingthehome a few months ago and was immediately infatuated. Chickpeas aren’t an ingredient I am used to stocking so the recipe photo link just sat there tantalizing me for weeks on my “Recipes to Try” Pinterest board. Finally, I came across a tower of chickpea cartons on sale at … Continue reading

Quinoa Salad Tabbouleh-Style

My quinoa addiction started during my holiday in South America, where I ordered this refreshing quinoa at almost every meal.  I find the taste of quinoa itself to be quite mild, maybe slightly nutty, but I absolutely love the crunchy texture and fluffy consistency.  Sometimes I feel like I am betraying my natural affinity for white … Continue reading

Ensalada Chilena

On our most recent holiday in South America, Natalya and I were completely wowed by the cuisine of Chile.  Chilean cuisine and cooking techniques are quite simplistic but what defines Chilean cuisine to me is the ultimate freshness of the produce.  I felt that every fruit and vegetable I tasted in Chile was by far the best I had … Continue reading

Thai Barbeque Chicken

As an accompaniment to our Papaya Salad, we decided to round out our traditional Thai dinner with a Thai-style marinated barbeque chicken.  We served this with store bought Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, although you can try making your own with this recipe.  The only thing missing was some steamed sticky rice, but think that shall … Continue reading

Tequila Lime Shrimp

From one of my favorite cooking blogs, Closet Cooking, this is Kevin’s take on Margarita Shrimp.  I was trying to think of what to make for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and naturally all I could think of was margaritas.  I ended up trying a recipe for Margarita Shrimp, which required marinating the shrimp in … Continue reading