brown butter maple rosemary almonds

There are few snacks that pair as well with a glass of wine, a beer or cocktails, than nuts. Especially when they’re seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of salty heat & coated in nutty, browned butter; lemon zest; maple syrup & fresh rosemary.

5 Southeast Asian soups you need to be making

There are few things more wholesome & comforting than a steaming bowl of soup. If that soup happens to take its flavor inspiration from Southeast Asia, better yet. To celebrate National Soup Day, here is my quick, cheat’s version of hot & sour shrimp soup plus a few others you have to try. All soups…  [Read More]

spiced nuts

There’s much to love about nuts, apart from their obvious moreishness. Because of their high fat content they help to stabilize blood sugar, keep us satiated longer, contain lots of fiber, lower cholesterol & contain omega-3 fatty acids which of course are good for your heart, joints & most importantly…YOUR BRAIN. These spiced nuts are…  [Read More]

thai chicken cakes with sweet cucumber salad

If you’re anything like me & absolutely love Thai food, then you’ve probably eaten Thai fish cakes. Instead of using fish, I opted for inexpensive ground chicken. Same flavors, different protein. Ground chicken works brilliantly in all sorts of recipes – this recipe is a perfect example. These are so good you’ll just want to…  [Read More]

spinach, bean & white cheddar soup

I think I need to add a disclaimer to this post: It’s Father’s Day in the northern hemisphere & I have been drinking – margaritas no less – skinny ones but still…I’ve never posted under the influence so be prepared! As a supportive wife, it only seems right to celebrate Father’s Day with my husband,…  [Read More]

grilled veggie antipasto

Thursday already, time to start thinking about the weekend meals. Are you entertaining this weekend? Maybe putting a menu together for Father’s Day in this fine nation? Antipasto, as you know is a wonderful Italian first course that can consists of salted meats, seafood, veggies, olives, cheese & nuts. This week I’ve been focused on…  [Read More]

spicy pickled shrimp

Shrimp are cheaper than steak, low in calories, cook in seconds & go from a simple grill to a spicy curry, an appetizer to a main meal, effortlessly. This spicy pickled shrimp recipe makes a perfect make-ahead appetizer & it fits snuggly into my diet renovation plan.  If I had to choose a short list…  [Read More]

spicy avocado hummus

How was everyone’s weekend? We shot another cooking video, I’ll upload tomorrow to my YouTube channel. That was lots of fun work. Then it all went downhill afterwards as my poor hairless baby, Mango got sick in the evening, bleeding profusely from her nose. This has been an ongoing issue. An emergency dash to the…  [Read More]

rainbow sushi (grain-free)

Those who know me know I’m not into foo-foo names, such as “rainbow sushi”. And, this recipe isn’t really sushi, but…it does have a rainbow of veggie colors that are rolled up in sheets of nori (seaweed). The name seemed apt. This is not only a cool way to get your kids to eat their…  [Read More]

hot & creamy citrus avocado dressing (& kitchen clean-out)

Monday is here again. How was your weekend? I’m feeling a little virtuous for a Monday morning because I’ve already got dinner planned & prepped for tonight – barbecued chicken & bacon salad with this damn, delicious hot & creamy citrus avocado dressing. All you do is throw some ripe avocado, orange & lime juice, garlic, mayo,…  [Read More]

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