Prawn Barley Risotto with Chili Gremolata

Here’s another one, part of the weekly mission to source and try out ‘something new’, something different. This was interesting and the addition of a fresh fig salad both brightened and lightened the density of the risotto. Olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped fine 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 1/2 cups pearl barley 4 cups…

Watermelon Steak Salad

On a visit to Vancouver a few weeks ago, I had a phenomenal Tuna Watermelon Salad at the Fable Kitchen in Kitsilano, with chunks of seared tuna tossed with feta, cucumber, egg, anchovy and guanciale (cured meat from Italy, prepared from pork jowl). I came across another watermelon salad recipe and it was pretty good….

Roasted Pear and Apple Roquefort Salad

This one’s a winner – saw the recipe somewhere and remembered to try it out. Light, and satisfying. Prepare earlier, assemble before serving. 2 pears and 2 apples, cored, sliced into 1/2 inch rings Olive oil, as required salt and cracked black pepper arugula 60g proscuitto, sliced 60 g crushed pistachios 60g Roquefort or other…

Spice Options

I can’t see myself making these, but found the idea appealing – freshly ground spice mixes for the occasion ! Found this in a magazine, as I do on the odd occasion I read magazines, usually in waiting rooms … Caribbean Jerk (makes 2 tablespoons) Use as a marinade mixed with a little honey and…

Grilled Fruit with a Palm-sugar-Rum syrup

Came across this recipe, haven’t tried it out but sounds delicious. 2 bananas, unpeeled, sliced in half lengthwise 2 slices pineapple, peeled, cored 2 mangoes, unpeeled, sliced to obtain 4 cheeks Syrup 1/2 cup gula melaka or palm sugar, chopped small 1/2 cup water 1 tbsp dark rum Garnish Roasted peanuts Mint leaves Heat a…

Indonesian Vegetable ‘Urap’

This is an easily repeatable dish – brings a different flavour to the table and the vegetable. Very interesting. 500g winged beans, washed, sliced crosswise in 0.5 cm pieces 300g cabbage, sliced in 1 cm pieces 3 large red chilies, sliced 4 or 5 bird’s eye chilies, sliced                                                             ) 5…

When in Vancouver …

Crackers a la Tenaz – pre-wine, from what’s available in the fridge and garden, and on the table Crisp herb crackers, topped with a garlic cheese spread, sprinkled with mixed nuts and chia seeds, then layered with a slather of spicy red pepper jelly (so good, so fresh from the farms and greenhouses of Fraser…