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Green Rice (recipe)

Green Rice (recipe)
This recipe was the first one that my mother decided to try from my copy of The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipes. Since then she’s made it at least twice a month and I never tire of it. Smoky, spicy, and heavily herbed it is almost a main dish by itself From The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipes: “Arroz verde, “ or green rice,... 

Sarina’s Chocolate Saturns & Ginger Trigs (recipes)

Sarina's Chocolate Saturns & Ginger Trigs (recipes)
Spaced out by the title of this post? You should be! I’ve been bit by the Sci-Fi bug just in time for this month’s Blog Party Inspired by The Happy Sorceress’ theme requirements, and some leftover ginger ‘hard candy’ that I had made on Friday, I put the following together… Chocolatey, creamy, with a sneaky rum assault, I named this cocktail after the ringed planet... 

Espresso Cake (recipe)

Espresso Cake (recipe)
Mmm Mmm Mmm. Can you believe that this is my first entry to Sugar High Friday for the year? I don’t know what’s taken me so long! But look at this cake, I think it was worth the wait This time around Domestic Goddess asked participants to post desserts that they ‘crave’. Well I crave chocolate cake. Not only is it the cake that I make the best but it also needs little to... 

Sarina’s Peppery Paprika Cornbread (recipe)

Sarina's Peppery Paprika Cornbread (recipe)
For my first entry to Weekend Breakfast Blogging I was awhirl with ideas. The theme was ‘Spice it Up’ and I toyed with the ideas of a spicy omelette, spicy hash brown potatoes even a spicy breakfast shake before finally settling on this spicy cornbread  Read More →

Cauliflower au Gratin (recipe)

Cauliflower au Gratin (recipe)
Cheesy and tangy, this is a rich, buttery ,and all-so-easy, way to enjoy your vegetables  Read More →

Baked Ziti with Cauliflower: Ziti Gratinati (recipe)

Baked Ziti with Cauliflower: Ziti Gratinati (recipe)
There is something about the dishes that I’ve tried so far from America’s master chef Mario Batali. Something very clean, simple and almost spartan. I really appreciate how his recipes allow the flavours of his ingredients to shine, and how he creates an interplay of textures that never seems forced or contrived. My admiration for his food philosophy only increased after watching his... 

Fried Plantain (recipe)

Fried Plantain (recipe)
Fried Plantain is a simple snack that appears to be common on tabletops across the Caribbean. I’ve grown up eating them my father’s way which is to wait for the plantain skins to turn almost black before panfrying them on high heat, until they are slightly charred on the outside. Then, when done, immediately sprinkle the slices with brown sugar. YUM!  Read More →

Carrot Punch (recipe)

Carrot Punch (recipe)
This recipe is my submission to Mixology Monday. I decided to use Orchard’s Carrot Punch (which includes pineapple juice, orange juice, and passion fruit) instead of plain carrot punch and as a result I think this is why the punch didn’t have a strong ‘carrot flavour’, something I was really looking for. I also am not too sure about how the beer and condensed milk went together.... 

Penne with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino (recipe)

Penne with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino (recipe)
Anchovies? Anchovies?!? I can’t believe I’m cooking with anchovies! I had sworn them off years ago after a disastrous pizza suggestion in the US (my first encounter with them). However over the last few months repeated viewing of the Food Network and Rachael Ray started to wear down my resistance. ‘Don’t fear, they’ll cook down to a paste and just add flavour’,... 

Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)

Gub Gub 'Navy Bean' Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)
“A navy bean is bigger than it seems put it on and don’t ask what it means Parade around” – Tracy Bonham Am I the only one who remembers Tracy Bonham, that alt-singer/violinist from the late 1990’s? I loved her first CD and really think she should have gotten a lot further. The above quotation from her song ‘Navy Bean’ started my fascination with the idea... 

TGRWT #2 – Savoury Banana Fritters (recipe)

TGRWT #2 - Savoury Banana Fritters (recipe)
Although this is the first time that I am sharing an entry to They Go Really Well Together (TGRWT) this is actually not the first time that I’ve created a recipe for this ongoing ‘Molecular Gastronomy Project’. Unfortunately my first creation was so ghastly, so toxic, that I could barely swallow one bite and promptly attempted to discard it when my mother’s frugality exploded... 

Snakebite (recipe)

Snakebite (recipe)
It’s been a while since I whipped up a little poison for y’all, and what’s more poisonous than a snakebite? OK. I never heard about this concoction before this week and the only reason I even stumbled across it was because I wanted to take part in the Edible Reptile food challenge. But who cares? It tastes great! Especially ice cold! Simply mix one part lager beer and one part apple... 

Batter-Fried Zucchini (recipe)

Batter-Fried Zucchini (recipe)
Fried vegetables in a light, almost meringue-like, batter. Delicious! Although this recipe calls for squash or zucchini I used up veggies that I had on hand (cauliflower, potatoes, mushrooms and more!) The results were just as excellent. This is -the- perfect beer food  Read More →

Friendship Cookies (recipe)

Friendship Cookies (recipe)
There are three things that are always in stock in my mom’s pantry, onions, garlic and ginger. We use ginger in so many dishes it’s not funny! I suspect it’s a holdover from the Chinese part of her heritage Most recently I used ginger in a sweet, rather than savoury, recipe when I made my mom a batch of Friendship Cookies for Mother’s Day. As a result, I thought that this... 

Sarina’s Spicy Caesar Salad (recipe)

Sarina's Spicy Caesar Salad (recipe)
My last entry to Hay Hay it’s Donna Day went off so well that I’m not exactly sure why it’s taken me so long to submit another concoction. Oh well, this entry remedies that in a healthy veggie way. This month the theme was Caesar Salad, something that I’ve heard a lot about, have even seen first hand, but never tried. Strange, considering that my own eating habits lean towards... 

Fresh Green Bean Salad (recipe)

Fresh Green Bean Salad (recipe)
This light salad is simple enough to assemble in minutes yet elegant enough to serve to company. The lemon juice really gives the beans much needed ‘sparkle’. Be sure to sprinkle liberally with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper for even more flavour and flair  Read More →

Ras-Al-Hanout (recipe)

Ras-Al-Hanout (recipe)
Late last year I wrote at some length on how ras-al-hanout had become one of my must-have ingredients. I had at that time promised the recipe, but it’s taken me a while to get around to actually sharing it As my supply was running low I figured this was as good a time as any to share this little ‘secret’, especially with those who may find their way here via Weekend Herb Blogging,... 

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)
It’s been several months since I’ve last taken part in Happy Sorceress‘ monthly Blog Parties, and I’ve missed them! This month’s theme is the ‘Wild Wild West‘ and it took me a while to figure out how to interpret it. One of my first thoughts was to take it into a Wild Wild West Indian direction, but I thought that that would be copping out. Let me challenge... 

Roasted Vegetables with Curried Onions (recipe)

Roasted Vegetables with Curried Onions (recipe)
This recipe is a great flavorful way to use up ends of vegetables that you may have on hand. As everything is prepared in the oven cleanup is a cinch and your time is freed up for other things  Read More →

Curried Rice (recipe)

Curried Rice (recipe)
I have no idea why coconut and curry go together so well, but I’m sooo glad that they do This rice recipe leaves the rice grains moist and creamy  Read More →

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