Category Archives: pantry basics

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.

spice blends ~ pumpkin apple pie

After countless times of countless jars and countless spoons –  I’ve finally come to my spicy senses! Open 6 bottles once, make a blend, and enjoy the taste of pie whenever the mood strikes! Spice companies got smart, threw a few spices together, slapped on a label – and sat back thinking they found the…

tomato sauce deconstructed

Tomato sauce is a staple in every pantry, so why not load up on fresh tomatoes and make it yourself!

mango cubes

Stock pile in-season fruit and make a purée that can be easily frozen in ice cube trays for use in all sorts of recipes – smoothies, sauces, curries and baking.

bok choy 101

bok choy feature

To perfectly cook bok choy, separate the green leafy part from the white stalk to create 2 piles– heat up a pan, swirl in a little olive oil, add the stalks, cook until tender and finish with the leaves.

mirepoix

mirepoix feature

Mirepoix is a cooking term referring to a basic dice of carrots, celery and onions, cooked and caramelized into a major flavour maker – make mirepoix the starting blocks of every sauce, soup or stew race you’ll ever find yourself in!

balsamic reduction

balsamic reduction feature

Meet balsamic reduction, the drizzle juice from heaven, and by any other name – reduction, sauce, glaze, syrup – tastes as other-worldly. And just like many of my recipes, this too is a method – simmer the vinegar until the desired consistency is reached – the more it simmers the thicker it gets – which is pretty much the case with most things that hang over heat.

chia seeds

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Talk about superseding – these babies should be superseding all seeds and be crowned the super seed of all time. But first a little backstory – remember chia pets? If we’d only known we should’ve been eating the seeds instead of growing them, we may be a collectively smaller planet! Chia seeds are like little…

garlic nuggets

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Roasted garlic prepped in the microwave turns into chewy, crunchy little nuggets and is a heavenly addition to pizzas, pastas, dips, salads, rice, vegetables, soups or stews. The oven has its time and place but the microwave is a dependable stand-in!

garlic roasted with olive oil

roasted garlic feature bagel

Roasted garlic is the easiest thing to make to bring some serious flavour to just about anything – break up several cloves, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper before wrapping in foil is one of the best ways to cook a vampire’s fiercest enemy! And oh the places you’ll go!