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Lemongrass Pork Meatball Quinoa Bowl Recipe

You know that awkward stage when you’ve just started dating someone and you go over to their parents’ place for dinner? Everyone’s smiling and making small talk about the weather and you’re basically worried about sounding coherent and likeable at…

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Honey Mustard Chicken Thigh Recipe

Have you guys ever played that game where all the animals in the world disappear and you can only eat one kind of meat for the rest of your life? (I know this isn’t relevant to all those non-meat eaters…

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Baked Turkey Tenders Recipe

Yesterday I looked in the fridge at a package of chicken breasts to only discover that they were turkey. Not that I have anything against turkey — I guess poultry is poultry is poultry? Anyway, my plan for the chicken…

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Irish Beef Stew Recipe

It’s Pi Day tomorrow and St. Patrick’s day on Monday so I thought I’d do a little mashup homage for a little festivity. Generally I’m not one of those people who celebrates every occasion under the sun (mostly because I…

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Miso Coconut Chicken

Everyone has their favourite pantry staples and one of mine is coconut milk. I’m not sure why, but a can of coconut milk makes me feel safe. So much so that I have back-up cans, just in case. You may…

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Okonomiyaki Burger Recipe

I tend to get into food ruts. I’ll eat the same thing, over and over and over again. And the thing is, it doesn’t bore me. In fact, the freedom to consume my favourite foods for days in a row is…

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Miso Pasta Salad Recipe

Miso is one of those super versatile ingredients that I find myself using more and more. Miso is like Pink. Not pink the colour, but Pink the artist. It seems like she’s never in the spotlight, drama-wise, at least, but…

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Calamari Carbonara Recipe

Clearly, I love eggs. In fact, eggs are one of the most tagged items on this blog. I love eggs almost as much as I love potatoes and noodles. And, depending on my mood, maybe even a little more so…

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Jalapeño Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

I love garlic, but whenever I peel and chop it my fingers end up smelling like garlic for the rest of the day. I haven’t resorted to buying peeled garlic (yet!) and I recently just discovered a new garlic peeling…

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Pasta, Sausage & Broccoli Bake

I don’t know about you but I love a good snow storm and all the recent crazy photos of snow are making me nostalgic for my snow-filled childhood. Don’t get me wrong, Tokyo is wonderful in the winter, but the…

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Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

2014 is fast approaching and with the coming of the new year, there are always resolutions to eat better and be healthier. I’m all for healthy eating and living, but there’s still time to indulge my friends! And nothing is…

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Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Let me start off by saying that before this post I have never eaten chicken fried steak. It’s not a big dish in Vancouver and I actually don’t see it on menus all to often, even while travelling. Apparently I…

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Mac and Cheese Pie Recipe

I’m fresh off the plane from my trip to Australia, and the one thing that stuck out for me about the land down under, aside from the abundance of cute marsupials, is the fact that they LOVE pies. There were…

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie was my all time ultimate favourite thing to eat growing up. More than mac and cheese, more than grilled cheese and even more than french fries, I would choose shepherd’s pie as my meal of choice. There was…

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Pumpkin Red Curry Udon

Do you have a favourite noodle? I profess to love all noodles (and I do!) but if there was ever a Asian noodle smack down, I’d be in udon’s corner. Udon is often overlooked in the noodle world. People sing…

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Chicken Congee with Crispy Chicken Skin Recipe

I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather lately, which usually ends up in me craving the Chinese food of my childhood. I’ve never been one of those people who don’t like to eat when they’re sick. In fact, I’m…

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Mapo Tofu Waffle Recipe

I love tofu, probably because I grew up eating it. It’s fairly standard in Chinese cuisine and when I was a kid, we ate it at least twice a week for dinner. I know a lot of people who don’t…

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Turkey Parmesan Meatball Recipe

Meatballs have always held a certain allure for me. It’s probably all due to that childhood song, “On Top of Spaghetti.” I remember singing rousing versions of that song in Kindergarten but having no idea what the song was about….

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Mini Burgers with Smoked Mozzarella and Arugula Recipe

I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s. I love how friendly they are, how they have samples all the time and their large variety of cheeses. The other day I even found tiny brie wheels! I’m not quite sure what it is…

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Recipe

If there were no consequences, like possibly turning orange or becoming orange-shaped, I think I would eat mac and cheese every day of my life. Stove-topped or baked, with breadcrumbs or without, with add-ins or plain, mac and cheese is…

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Hainanese Chicken Summer Roll Recipe

Hainanese chicken rice is one of my all time favourite meals. For those of you who haven’t had it, it’s a simple chicken and rice dish that is deceptively full of flavour. I say it’s deceptive because it’s literally just…

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Banh Mi Taco Recipe

These banh mi tacos combine two of my favourite things: banh mi and tacos. Sometimes it not so easy finding fresh Vietnamese baguettes (I’m quite picky about the bread my banh mi is made on) and for some reason, using…

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Peach Panzanella Salad with Mozzarella and Mint

Have you ever gone fruit picking? Every summer, when I was young, my parents would take us on a fruit picking road trip. We’d all pile in our maroon minivan, me in the middle seat and my brother in the…

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Spicy Carrot and Chicken Pasta Recipe

Maybe I don’t know where to look for spicy food in Europe, or maybe my idea of spicy differs from the palate here, but I’ve noticed that there’s a decided lack of spicy heat on this side of the pond….

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Mushroom and Pea Orzo Risotto Recipe

San Sebastian is where I’ve had the best food I’ve had in all of Spain, maybe even all of Europe. It was delicious, innovative, accessible, and best of all, in small plate format. How can you not love a tiny…

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Oxtail Pho Recipe

If you’ve never had pho, you’re missing out. Slippery, thin rice noodles, flavourful meat, savoury stock and a bunch of fresh herbs make a bowl of pho something to covet when you’re looking for something filling, yet light. It’s simple…

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Parsley Pesto Pasta with Broccoli and Salmon Recipe

Do you ever just wander around the grocery store until inspiration strikes? Sometimes that means I’m in and out of the store in five minutes, but sometimes it means I’ll wander aimlessly for hours.

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Heart-Shaped Pizza Recipe

Seems to me like there are a lot of Valentine’s Day haters out there, but I will confess right now, I’m not one of them. I’m not the hugest fan – I don’t go all out and decorate my house…

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Paella Recipe

I haven’t had paella in Spain, but if I ever hit up Valencia I know paella will be on my must eat list. Paella has bits of everything I love: rice, seafood, and most importantly, crispy burnt parts. Not everyone…

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Chinese Steamed Fish Recipe

Do you ever have random cravings for food? This happens to me all the time and while I’d like to give in to my stomach’s every whim, I rarely do–usually because my food fantasies revolve around elaborate feasts that would…

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Ikea Swedish Meatball Recipe

Sometimes Mike and I will go to Ikea just for the meatballs. The furniture shopping is pretty much secondary. I also have a thing for Ikea’s mac and cheese (it’s sacrilege, I know) but that’s a story for another time….

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Ginger Fried Rice Recipe

Fried rice is one of those dishes where preferences are very individualized (much like how well-done you like your instant noodles). Peas, no peas, soy sauce, no soy sauce, scrabbled egg bits or egg mixed right in, and the list…

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Roasted Chicken with Dijon Recipe

I used to dislike mustard with a passion. I know what you’re thinking: how could anyone who claims to like food dislike mustard? I think it must have been a leftover childhood thing. I don’t recall any traumatizing mustard memories,…

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Crispy Lemon Sole Recipe

In high school my cooking repertoire consisted of instant noodles, eggs, and Kraft Mac and Cheese. I wasn’t particularly adventurous, but I did love the ritual of putting on a pot of water, opening all the little seasoning packets and…

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Fennel Sausage Pizza Recipe

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like pizza. Even my dad, who’s on a self-imposed strictly Asian food only diet, has been known to enjoy a slice or two of Hawaiian. He’s even been inside the pizza kitchen…

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Tacos al Pastor Recipe

I’ve eaten a lot of tacos in my life and one of my favourites, hands down, are tacos al pastor. The combination of crispy charred pork and sweet roasted pineapples in a warmed corn tortilla can’t be beat. Unfortunately you…

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Porchetta Carbonara Recipe

When you have a lot of porchetta in the house, you tend to get creative. So far we’ve had sandwiches (delicious), tacos (very tasty), and carbonara (even better than traditional?!). Carbonara is one of my favourite pasta dishes, so it…

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Porchetta Recipe

A couple of years ago while Mike and I were taking one of our rambling, random walks, we passed by a storefront in the midst of construction. The giant paper black and white window cover proclaimed: MEAT & BREAD coming…

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Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but this year I thought I’d make something Irish themed. After all, I’m quite fond of Ireland–we share a love of potatoes. I was thinking of an Irish potato…

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Fish Taco Recipe

Fish tacos will forever remind me of living in Mexico. The endless white sand beaches, the cerulean ocean, and the hot, hot heat. It was so hot that we hardly ever ventured out during the day. Instead we stayed inside…

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