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…

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…

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…

Roasted Rainbow Root Veggies

Rainfall Warning Issued at 08:25 Saturday 27 January 2018 Rain, at times heavy, continues. A moisture-laden frontal system will continue to move across the south coast today. Heavy rain expected. Approximate rainfall amounts since Saturday morning: 70 mm over Metro Vancouver. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in…

Swedish Meatballs

The first real storm of Autumn hit our coast today with gusts of wind that finished off the leaves that were still clinging stubbornly to the trees.  I walked over a carpet of hundreds of them on my way to work, all yellow and soaked with the rain.  Aside from the wind, the city was…

Slow Cooker Irish Stew

I can hear the rain falling outside. The raindrops tap the dry leaves in the trees and on the ground making a crackling that sounds like a wood fire burning.  Salem and Merlin (our cats) have made themselves some cozy nests, sleeping on the thick feather duvet on the bed. I want to snuggle up…

Asian Sesame Noodles with Teriyaki Salmon

Are noodles not the most comforting food ever?  this was a comment at the dinner table tonight.  I got home just past 5pm.  It was supposed to rain but the sun was still shining as I walked along the sea wall, the boats clanking like wind chimes as they bobbed  in the marina.  Spring has finally…