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,…

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…

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…

Creamy Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon and Spinach

It’s high Summer on the Pacific Northwest Coast. It hasn’t rained in weeks.  The sun is hot and we spent the day hiking at Belcarra Regional Park about 1 hour outside of Vancouver.  Shielded from the muggy, hazy air, the cooler temperature under the forest canopy was a welcome reward.   Ignoring the cougar and…

Summer Orzo Salad with Spinach, Feta and Cranberries

British Columbia is on fire!. Literally.  There are currently close to 800 fires burning throughout the interior and Cariboo region of BC. The winds must have changed because this morning we woke to hazy skies and a crimson sun.  It’s August 1st, Lammas or the first harvest that we as pagans celebrate.  Wheat, corn, squash,…

Chopped Salad a la Jenn

It’s July and the hot spell we’ve had in the city has kept us outdoors.  Enjoying afternoons floating on the lake or laying on a blanket at the beach with music and books,  it’s hard to come inside especially when our summers last less than 3 months. The impending shorter days and rainy season in…

Summer Salads in Minutes

These are two salads we like to make at home during the Summer months.  When it’s warm out, we don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen when we can be enjoying the sun or a drink on the patio.  These salads are also great fresh sides for any BBQ; fish, steak, chicken, even burgers….