Category Archives: hors d’oeuvres & snack

dukkah

It’s time to liberate your snacking, seasoning and smack factor of everything that’s coming out of your kitchen – and here’s one way to do it. With its origin in Egypt, and the folks Down Under bringing it to our attention, dukkah is one compelling little concoction. So first a little history lesson – it’s “do-ka” and it means…

seared surimi crab

The crab should be honoured – imitation really is the highest form of flattery and with this imitation crab, especially after a hot sear in a skillet can stand-in for the real thing with it’s claws firmly in tact!

hummus with spice & parsley

hummous

Hummus is a favourite goto dip we can all enjoy without the guilt! Armed with a can of chick peas and a jar of tahini you too can be snacking on something healthy where the variations are endless.

chickpea peanut sauce

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Peanut sauce made with chick peas, not vats of peanut butter is not only a healthy way to get garbanzos in your diet, but when pulverized in the food processor, mimics the texture of high fat peanut butter. This is a delicious sauce to accompany anything on your plate – chicken, pork, burgers, fish, salads, wraps … limited only by your imagination!

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

popcorn with maple syrup & salt

It doesn’t get any better than this! Popcorn, maple syrup, brown (and if you have it, maple) sugar, maple extract & salt. Talk about addictive. I make popcorn in the microwave using brown paper lunch bags, make the maple coating in a measuring cup, pour it over the popcorn, stir to coat and bake it…

cornmeal cakes with bacon, scallions & corn

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What better way to enjoy your veggies than folded into a batter headed for a hot pan to become a nice crisp cake or fritter!

lemonade from scratch

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Lemonade from scratch is the only way to go and could not be easier to put together! I can’t think of a better reason to keep a batch of lemons on hand at all times, and we all have sugar and water. Master the basic recipe and then move on to a myriad of ways to serve up this summer classic!

chickpeas roasted with vinegar & dijon

roasted chickpeas

Roasting chickpeas is another way to enjoy this incredibly healthful bean. So go beyond hummus, flavour them up, toss in a hot oven and roast them to golden crunchy perfection – snack time never tasted so good!

cornbread jalapeño muffins

Cornbread jalapeño muffins combines the best of cornbread and a little spice in a tasty muffin bite. The creamed corn brings the moisture and the kernels bring the crunch for a unique and delicious alternative to plain ‘ole cornbread.