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migas

Migas, for me, are another way to say Nachos. There are different versions all over the place so you can load them up with your favorite ingredients. The extra step of making your own tortilla bits makes these special. I will brag about my nacho making skills, they are fantastic and I don’t like to deviate from my usual routine but I will make an exception for these! Plus, these are acceptable to eat for breakfast and I just love that. This recipe is a mix from a few variations and a little trial and error! I hope you enjoy…

salmonchermoula

Salmon gets cooked a lot in my house. It’s such a versatile fish and goes well with a variety of different sauces and sides. I enjoy it baked in parchment paper with lemons and fresh dill, smothered in honey mustard sauce and broiled, pan seared with garlic and olive oil but especially with chermoula. I had never heard of chermoula which honestly surprised me. From North Africa, this sauce is made with toasted cumin seeds, fresh parsley, coriander, lemon and garlic. It can be used with fish, veggies, meat but I can’t imagine not having it on my salmon every…

tikkamasalaroastchicken

Adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tikka Masala Roast Chicken from It’s All Easy, this recipe is outstanding and the best Tikka Masala I have ever made.  I love love LOVE Indian food but it’s one of those things that intimidate me. I would much rather go out for dinner than try and attempt to bake naan bread or make saag paneer but this recipe has opened my eyes to how easy it can be. Yes, I’ve made curries before and while very good, they were not packed with the kind of flavor GP brought to the dinner table. I invited my…

carrotgingersoup

This is the easiest soup you’ll ever make yourself. So much flavor in so little time! How can this be? I am not lying to you and will tell you how to whip this up in NO time and impress your grandma or your hard-to-please aunt. Gwyneth has done it again, ’nuff said. Ingredients – adapted from Gwyneth’s It’s All Easy  2 tbsp Coconut oil 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced Garlic cloves Chopped fresh ginger 2 tbsp Ground Cumin 2 tbsp Garam Masala 1 tbsp Coriander 1 lb carrots, chopped 3 cups Vegetable Stock Freshly ground…

sesame noodles

It seems like when I get hungry it happens instantly. I go from not hungry to hunger pains in 0.2 seconds. It can be rough, especially when I know I have a big meal to make! This recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy is another gem because it definitely was made for the fast lane. I already had Tamari, Toasted Sesame Oil, Mirin, Furikake seasoning and sesame seeds from the Kimchi Fried Rice recipe I made recently. I bought noodles and I was in business. Boil them per instructions on the box and set aside. In a small bowl,…

chickensouvlaki

I don’t much about Greek food apart from Feta and Spanakopita. I enjoy it but don’t always seek it out when in the kitchen. That is until I opened up Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook and there it was. He has an entire chapter on Greece and this dish looked simple and delicious. It had me wishing I was enjoying this in Cyprus and not in my living room, but what can you do? The ingredients are simple and it took me only about thirty minutes to make from start to finish.

chickenmilanese

As is the theme of this blog (so it seems) I invite people over for dinner quite often. I love being the hostess with the mostess, I truly do. However, I can’t just do “simple”. If I try and do “simple” it’s just to make it look like it didn’t take any time to whip up! Which kind of defeats the purpose. Kind of like a woman takes hours to get ready to make it look like she just rolled out of bed. I want things to be perfect. I want guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, I want the…

shrimpfriedrice

Another Gwyneth recipe. What can I say? It’s just too easy. This one, especially so. I rarely cook Asian cuisine unless I’m making Ahi Tuna with Yuzu Ponzu. I love fried rice but was too intimidated to try and make it. I figured that ordering take away would be heaps better and easier. This recipe proved me wrong and even though I had it last night I would happily eat it all again today.

parmesan encrusted chicken recipe

When I get to repurpose things, I get excited! No waste, and a bonus of enjoying the same thing twice. After I made Chicken Souvlaki the other night I had a plethora of tzatziki sauce leftover and it was too good not to keep. I was making parmesan encrusted chicken and was just going to whip up a side of whatever I could find in the fridge. It was a long day and I wasn’t in much of a mood to cook to be honest. I decided to scroll through Instagram hoping an image would spark an idea when I…

cheese course

Having friends over to dinner is in my top three of favorite things. I get so much joy out of cooking for people and lately out of sharing this cooking project experience with them. Monday night Cory was to come over. Cory has been a friend for a few years now but I haven’t cooked just for him. He’s no stranger to great food and so I pulled him away from his usual spot at the Riegar to come over for some home cooking.

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