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This holiday season we’ve had a few home-cooked meals, and we took the opportunity to make some new dishes. One of which we made, and we fell in love with, was cured salmon.

We followed a recipe from Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network website. The preparation is essentially the same but we modified the list of ingredients based on our size of fillet and what we had in our pantry. The result was amazing.

Vodka Citrus Cured Salmon

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Being Chinese, make stir-fry is in our blood. Stir-fry dishes are always on our dinner table. For our family, we’re not traditionalists, so we often incorporate ingredients and flavours from other cuisines.

This time, we had a pack of Johnsonville Italiano Sausage Meat. It’s most expected to be a pizza topping, or being made into meatballs. Because we also got some fresh snow peas out of my mother-in-law’s garden, we decided to make a stir-fry.

Johnsonville Sausage Snow Peas Stirfry

The sausage meat is basically ground pork seasoned with Italian style herbs and spices. It’s like a hack for not having to season your meat. It also means that you have to watch how much additional seasoning you’re putting in this dish – it could get salty.

Ingredients

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Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s the season for iced tea! How do you usually enjoy yours? Pure Leaf Canada sent us a few bottles of their unsweetened iced tea, and we came up with a few recipes for your everyday occasions.

Pure Leaf Canada Iced Tea

The unsweetened tea has 0 sugar, 0 artificial sweeteners and 0 calories, so it is the perfect base to add your own ingredients and make your own iced tea creations.

Sunday Brunch

A fruity iced tea is perfect for any brunch dishes. Mr. and I love having waffles for brunch. Now that mangoes are in season, we made some waffles and topped them with super sweet Ataulfo mango and maple syrup. To go with it, we made some strawberry & mango iced tea with the unsweetened lemon tea.

Recipe (4 servings)

  • 1 Ripe Ataulfo Mango, Diced
  • 1/2 lb Strawberries, Fresh or Frozen
  • 1L Pure Leaf Unsweetened Lemon Iced Tea
  • 4 Teaspoons of Maple Syrup (optional, to taste)

You can prepare this ahead of time, to allow the fruit to be infused into the tea. We actually froze the strawberries so they served as ice as well! When you drink the tea, muddle the fruit a bit to allow the flavours come through even more. Add some mint for some freshness and colour.

Mango & Strawberry Iced Lemon Tea for Brunch

A Day in the Park

Whether you are out for a stroll, or having a picnic by the water, this refreshing green tea would make a great beverage in your cooler bag.

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Happy Pi Day, everyone! Today some Asian countries also celebrate White Valentine’s Day, so I want to take this opportunity to share the recipe of the pie pops I made for Mr. this Valentine’s Day. The filling is fig preserves with Nutella. I really like the combination of fig and hazelnut and chocolate, and the flavours turned out very well. Just have to watch the ratio of fig preserves to Nutella – fig flavour is a bit on the subtle side so Nutella could be overpowering if there’s too much of it.

Nutella & Fig Jam Pie Pops

Pie Crust Recipe

  • Make one portion of my simple pie crust recipe
  • You can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. Just make sure to let it rest in room temperature for a bit so it’s soft enough to roll. Otherwise, the pie dough would be too cold to roll and the dough will crack.

Fig & Nutella Pie Pop Recipe

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One day as I scrolled through my Facebook feed, I came across this tried and true Beer Batter Bread recipe on Epicurious. Mr. always bugs me about not baking enough, and that he misses my occasional baking (when are you going to bake me another pie?!). And since Mr. likes freshly baked bread, I decided to give it a try.

The recipe is very simple and doesn’t require yeast or proofing. It just needs a bottle of beer. But it doesn’t specify what kind. Perhaps back then, one would assume it’s asking for a bottle of domestics, like Bud, Coors or even Molson. Fast-forward to 2016 and we have so many craft beer options now! And thanks to Bryan, we have become a bit of a beer snob, so the lightest beer I could pull out from our stash was the Parallel 49 Jerkface 9000 North West Wheat Ale. Wheat ale for a bread recipe? Why not!

Beer in Bread Batter

And with a heavy heart, I poured a bottle of the Jerkface 9000 into the bread batter. The colour of the batter remained quite pale, and in the oven it went (after drizzling the melted butter).

Bread Batter

Result? As my first try, the recipe was easy to follow and it turned out great. (more…)

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that we made some apple roses for our thanksgiving dinner. It was quite easy to make, and I think it’s a very romantic finish to any dinner with your loved ones.

Apple Rose

Apple Rose Recipe

The recipe is originated from this YouTube video by Cooking with Manuela. We made some adjustments because 1) we didn’t think it would be sweet enough and 2) we made extra jam mixture to add more moisture to this, so our recipe here is slightly different.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 40g of peach jelly
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Water, to soften the apples
  • Flour, to sprinkle the counter

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Traditionally it’s not in our culture to celebrate Thanksgiving. Instead, we celebrate Moon Festival (aka Mid Autumn Festival). But this year, as newlyweds, we did something different and invited 4 friends over for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Courtesy of Echelon Foods, we received one of their Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roasts and that was the star of our Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, it’s a turducken roast with Italian sausage stuffing and wrapped with bacon. A 3kg meaty goodness. It’s going to be an epic dinner!

Echelon Foods Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium RoastEchelon Foods Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roast

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