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What’s for Dinner: Mum’s Cypriot Meatballs

I called my mum the other day because I missed the meatballs she used to make when we were kids. I was hounding her for the recipe because I've never been able to make them the way she does. I got the ingredients right and they taste great, but they're never as good as my mum's. Here is the basic way to make them. Feel free to add your own spices and herbs to personalize them to your taste. Oh, and if you're wondering, in Cypriot they're...

April 23, 2015 Read Blog

What’s For Dinner: Sausage and Kale Pasta

This is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is hearty for the colder months. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Ingredients 1 package fresh rotini (any short pasta will do; I prefer fresh because it cooks faster) 1 tbsp butter 1 medium onion, chopped 1 package sausage, casings removed (usually comes with 4 sausages) 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped 1 1/2 cups chicken broth salt, to taste red pepper flakes, to...

October 28, 2014 Read Blog

Spring Pasta Recipe

Ahh spring is (finally) in the air! That means meals move from heavy stews and soups to light and fresh dishes. One Sunday evening I put together this pasta dish in around half an hour and it fulfilled all of my springtime cravings! Hope you enjoy! Ingredients One bunch asparagus, cut into 1” pieces 3” piece of pancetta, cut into bite size pieces One shallot, sliced Half of one onion, chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed 4...

April 21, 2014 Read Blog

What’s For Dinner: Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Roasted chicken might be intimidating for some, but I promise that once you realize how easy it is, you'll always want to roast your own chicken. I love this recipe because once you put it in the oven, you can pretty much forget about it (if you can ignore the smell) plus with the leftovers you can make sandwiches, wraps, or even use the chicken to top a salad! Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Start with your vegetables. I have used...

March 12, 2014 Read Blog

What’s For Dinner: Chicken Chili

I usually leave the chili-making to my wife, she has it down pat. The other day, though, I was at the butcher getting some fresh chicken when I spotted a chorizo and inspiration hit. I had the butcher grind the chicken and headed home to throw some ingredients together to make my own chili- this is what I came up with. Oh, and trust me with the cinnamon. It makes the dish! Ingredients: Ground chicken (3 ground chicken breasts at the...

January 29, 2014 Read Blog

Brits at The Cottage

I’ve lived in Canada for the last 15 years. I was introduced to the phenomena also known as “going to the cottage” early on. As soon as the spring hit it was very common for someone to say, “Want to come to my cottage this weekend?” What I also learned early on was how painful it is to bruise your buttocks on a jet ski in Muskoka, but I will save that story for another day. One of my best mates and his family finally came to...

September 5, 2013 Read Blog

What’s For Dinner: Chicken and Bean Stew

This is one of my favourite recipes that my mum and gran used to make. It's awesome for any time of the year, but I made it last weekend with all of the fresh vegetables from my garden. You can make this with lamb or beef instead of chicken, or omit all meats to make a vegetarian and vegan meal. You can also add potatoes to make it a bit thicker. Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil 3 - 3 1/2 lb chicken, cut into portions 2 lb runner...

August 29, 2013 Read Blog

What’s For Dinner: Sliders

Sliders are brilliant. If you're not familiar with the term you can start by lifting the rock you live under... just kidding. Sliders are mini burgers. They are perfect for adult parties - we all love food you can eat in one or two bites and they are perfect for kids and their little hands and mouths. My kids love them! They are easy to make and they freeze well. They're quick to cook because of their smaller size and I love them as leftovers...

May 1, 2013 Read Blog

What’s for Dinner: Fish Fingers with Chunky Tartar Sauce

One of my favourite foods when I was a kid growing up in England was fish fingers with baked beans and mashed potatoes. Now, my kids love them but we usually just take them out of the freezer and toss them in the oven. Personally, I doubt that the frozen fish fingers actually have any fish in them so this recipe was great. I felt good about feeding these fish fingers to my kids, and (bonus) they loved them! This familiar family...

February 14, 2013 Read Blog

What’s For Dinner: Chicken Soup with a Cypriot Twist

This soup, called "Soupa Avgolemono" or Egg and Lemon Soup with Chicken, is a Cypriot soup that is traditionally served during Easter and Christmas festivities. I make it for my family all of the time, since it’s a fairly hearty soup that doesn’t take much to make.   Ingredients: 3 – 3 ½ pound whole Chicken Water Juice of 2 lemons 4 eggs 1 Cup of long-grain white rice, rinsed Chicken stock cube Salt and pepper, to...

December 13, 2012 Read Blog

A Brit’s Interpretation of Thanksgiving

As an immigrant to Canada, Thanksgiving is foreign to me. Coming from the UK we never had Thanksgiving. We celebrate a lot of things but this is definitely a North American tradition that gives me an opportunity to eat turkey twice a year. When I met my wife, her family didn't really celebrate Thanksgiving either. It wasn't until her sister decided to have Thanksgiving dinner that I got to experience it. What is Thanksgiving? From what...

October 1, 2012 Read Blog

What’s for Dinner: Chick Pea Stew

This is another Cypriot recipe that has been passed down to me from my mom. It is hearty, relatively cheap to make, vegetarian, and best of all quick! Warm up with chick pea stew.   Ingredients: Olive Oil 1 Onion, Chopped 2 - 3 Leeks 2 Cans of Chick Peas, Drained 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes Juice of 1 Lemon 1 Cap full of white vinegar 1 Cube Vegetable or Chicken Bullion Base Hot Water Spinach Chopped fresh...

September 19, 2012 Read Blog

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