Masala Lamb Roast

Many many years ago, before we knew what nut allergies were, my mum used to make this lamb roast. She would use a bone-in leg of lamb – for best flavor, smothered in this wonderful paste that would form a crust on the roasted leg. Her choice was to grind up cashews and mix it with a blend of spices until it formed a thick paste. The meat was salted and peppered well and the wet marinade would be applied onto the surface of the meat, rubbed in well – my dad or I would have to do this, and […]

Indian Cooking in Italy – Madras Chicken Curry

It’s been a while, but I’ve been away, in Italy – Florence, Montepulciano, La Spezia, Genoa, Pienza, Cinque Terre and Rome (there were others but that would be bragging :)). Many were day trips and some, well “port” trips?! And really, how much could you see in a couple of hours on land?! But you know how much I love Italy and even if only for a few hours – it was fantastico! Ate much, drank more – this thing about Italian wines, even the single euro cost bottles were equivalent to many of our $20+ bottles here. My suitcase […]

Fast and Easy – Raw Beet and Herb Salad

As the days get warmer, we want to spend less time in the kitchen. That is unless you like being in the kitchen as much as I do. Regardless of time spent in the kitchen, this is a remarkably cooling salad. Without too much effort, you can have this refreshing crisp salad – make lots so you can have it again the next day. It will keep, as long as you don’t dress the herbs. The most interesting part of this salad – no lettuce – of any kind! It’s an adaptation of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Beet Salad. I used beet […]

Fast and Easy – Eggs in Tomato Curry

This is a recipe adapted from “Classic Indian Cooking” by Julie Sahni. I love the flavors of this recipe. I love the flexibility of this recipe. It makes a great curry base which you can easily make lots off, freeze and bring out later for easy home made meals. I modified it to fit with our criteria for the “Fast and Easy – Meals in 30 minutes“. It is so versatile that you can add just about any type of protein, vegetable to it. I will list variations in the “Substitutions and Alterations” section at the end of the recipe. […]

Macanese style Meatloaf

Sometimes you come across a recipe which makes perfect sense and makes you think “why didn’t I do that?” This is one of those recipes. Imagine meatloaf – not the kind from a cafeteria, but the kind you make at home. Real comfort food, really delicious, moist, and flavorful – you get the idea. Now multiply that by 10 and you get this recipe. It’s been adapted a couple of times but this is my version of it. The original is from ‘The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau’. I haven’t seen the original […]

Crispy Pork Belly! No, really crispy!

Hi, my name is Chris and I’m in love with crispy pork belly! Seriously, I could eat this every day – different healthy sides with it, but every day. Yes there is something about the crackle of that skin that just makes this dish one of my favorites. I’ve tried numerous recipes for getting this just right. I’ve even cheated and broiled the skin at the risk of drying out the pork just to hear that crackle in my mouth from each bite. Never quite happy with the result – always tasted great, but not always the right mouth feel. […]

By |July 14th, 2016|Appetizers, Food Blogs, Hors d'Oeuvres, Mains, Miscellaneous, Recipes, Tips and Trips|Comments Off on Crispy Pork Belly! No, really crispy!

Pan Fried Sole and Cole Slaw

I know it’s been a while since my last post, just getting into the summer mode. You know, I love summertime! The heat – just like my food, the hotter the better! The green (okay sometimes brown) grass, blooming (okay sometimes drooping) flowers, birds (and those darn squirrels that keep eating all their food) at the feeder/fountain and of course a chilled white wine, cold beer, or something else that keeps you cool – nope, no variations here:). But it’s so short a season and I really do wish it would last longer. But like most things, there is a […]

Potato Crust Shepherd’s Pie

I was watching Jaime Oliver on TV the other day and he was making this wonderful potato crust shepherd’s pie, loved it! Simple beautiful comfort food that I just had to try making. It worked and tasted awesome! Now I know what you are thinking. He says everything tastes awesome, but really, it was. I can assure you that not everything I try works to my satisfaction (expectation of awesomeness). But that’s all I show you, and while my wife is the beneficiary of these successful and tasty dishes, she is also the recipient of the failed attempts – which […]

Peri Peri Yellow Perch Fillets with Za’atar Baked Cauliflower and Fennel

Here’s a doable weeknight supper that leaves lots of time for an after dinner binge on something Netflix. We did a version of this in my afternoon classes at the PC Cooking Schools last week. I haven’t had perch since my fishing days a long long time ago. A popular fish, always the first one on the hook and the first one released. The odd time, we did eat them, but so small. We were big hungry guys then, we’ve just gotten bigger. It brought back some wonderful memories and recollections of taste. Mind you, back then, it was mostly […]

By |March 5th, 2016|Food Blogs, Mains, Recipes, Weeknight Meals|Comments Off on Peri Peri Yellow Perch Fillets with Za’atar Baked Cauliflower and Fennel

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Cashew Chicken!

Happy Chinese New Year to my Chinese friends – and well really anyone celebrating the incoming Year of the Monkey! May it bring joy and may you find – keep – spread happiness and good health! Getting ready for the big day is a lot of work. You don’t have time to fuss over things so if you are looking for a great tasting dish to add to your repertoire, here’s a recipe for Cashew Chicken. It works because the flavors come together well. Just a few ingredients really and you end up with a flavorful dish that can be […]