Wild Mushroom Risotto

My little piece of the Pacific Northwest is cooooold tonight.  Minus 5 (celsius) and a cloudless sky.  We got a sprinkling of snow on Superbowl Sunday and the icy breeze nipped at my exposed ears and nose on my walk home from work. I’ve been cooking vegetarian a few times a week; curried lentil stews,…

Winter Braised Ribs with Mexican Mole

Christmas has come to an end. The shopping, the gifts, quality time with family and way too much chocolate.  It’s been mild as far as Winter goes. The rain incessant at times.  Dark grey clouds lay low hugging the tops of the coastal mountains; they feel almost close enough to reach out and touch.  There’s…

A Winter Wedding and My Heavenly Apple Pie Filling.

Seth and I were married last Saturday in the snowy mountain village of Whistler BC.  This was where we took our first weekend trip as a new couple almost 5 years ago.  I could never go to Whistler in the Summer though. For me it holds all the warm memories of the scenic drive along…

Boscaiola – Italian Woodsman Pasta

Sunday’s are comforting aren’t they?  Especially in the Fall.  The sun streamed through the windows most of the day flooding the apartment with light and warmth; the cats lounging in sun beams on the warm hardwood floor.  We walked along the seawall to Granville Island, the best market in the city.  Farm fresh veggies and…

Italian Zucchini Ribbon Salad

I had the most amazing birthday this year. 5 days of celebrations; family dinners, presents, parties, I was spoiled.  On the actual day of my birthday, my Fiancee and I had dinner at Savio Volpe an Italian Osteria on Kingsway.  We were still on an Italy high having flown home just a week before and…

Wild Mushrooms On Garlic Toast (With Crumbled Goat Cheese).

Every time we visit Forage Restaurant we order this amazing appetizer of wild mushrooms on toast.  Recently I’ve been loving mushroom everything and have added them in my meals 3 times this week.  Perhaps it’s because it’s a new acquired taste and I’m just excited or maybe I’m really deficient in vitamin B’s! which mushrooms…

Making Fresh Pasta

I got a pasta maker for my birthday last month and being a long weekend and having all this extra time, my Fiance and I decided to try our hand at making fresh pasta today.  This was such a fun activity to do together and really was a team effort; we watched a few videos…

A Sunday Roast

It’s 7:20 pm. Sunday. I’m in the studio. This is where my piano is kept as well as all my books, my favourite upholstered chair and a wooden armoire adorned with Indonesian carvings and filled with linens and candles.  I keep extra pillows on top of it and the warmest blankets that only come down…