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…

Colombian Carne Desmechada (Shredded Beef) with Corn Arepas and Guacamole

We’ve been having some really beautiful warm weather on the coast.  I’ve been taking full advantage of it spending the afternoons yesterday and again today, laying out on the patio working on my tan.  All the sunshine and Carlos Vives music I was listening to  inspired me to make some yummy Colombian food today.  I…

Jenn’s Chicken Enchiladas

Today I thought I’d try a dish I’ve never made before. They turned out better than I imagined but I would best leave them as a weekend dinner, when I/you have extra time.  Even though I got home at 5pm today, with this being a new dish and the improvisation that comes with creating the…

Jenn’s Homemade Garlic Toast Spread

Today it rained. Hard. All day.  After running various errands and shopping into the afternoon I was relieved to remember I had cooked up a big pot of my delicious Chilli last night which meant I didn’t have to make dinner and could focus on assembling the nail polish stands that arrived in the mail…