One of our favourite things is… FOOD!
Food, Glorious Food...
Liana has always enjoyed cooking, and a while ago Evelyn and Liana began taking classes at our local Real Canadian SuperStore. What a blast! We had a great time, and we learned a lot. Several of the recipes here are from classes we have taken, and all are credited to the Chef (or source) in the download PDF. I hope you enjoy them as much as our families and guests do. To download the recipes, just right-click on the title, choose Save Target As, and watch where you save it! Bon Appétit!
Developed by Herbert Pryke at East-Gwillimbury’s Real Canadian Superstore Cooking School, this Asian-inspired soup is so deliciously creamy that you’ll never believe that it hasn’t any cream in it (especially hard to believe if you know Herbert!). And just the right amount of seasoning to kick-start your taste buds; this soup is a “Gotta Try”!
Quick and easy—and filling—this soup tastes like Mama used to make… And it’s calorie-wise, too (until you add the sour cream!). Best yet, it cooks up in a hurry, though it tastes like an all-day effort. Ground pork and your everyday fridge-variety veggies will make this soup a favourite to make—and to eat!
Traditional fare at Italian weddings, this soup is simple to make and deliciously light-tasting. While it’s not supposed to be filling—it’s usually only one of many courses—serving it alongside some crusty bread and a green salad makes it a meal. This recipe was another I collected from the RCSS Cooking School, from Aurora Co-ordinator Maria Marotta.
This has got to be the easiest homemade soup ever—and fastest to make, too! With only four ingredients, you simply can’t go wrong. And it’s a perfect warmer-upper on a cold winter day! Thick and rich, perfect for a family dinner or a meal with company, this one’s hard to resist. Serve with fresh, crusty bread and a salad.
Bean salad epitomizes summer—and this version does it so beautifully. With a simple combination of red kidney beans, chick peas, corn, and a light, tangy dressing, this salad is perfect for potlucks—and it will be requested again and again. Another easy dish to make—perfect for those always on the go… and who isn't’?
Another potluck favourite, this salad combines the crunchy goodness of fresh broccoli, red onions, and sunflower seeds with the irresistible flavours of bacon and raisins. An unusual combination, to be sure… but I’m also sure you’ll be back for seconds! You’ll want to make this one often, and so will your family!
Consider this flavourful cabbage salad a classy, Asian coleslaw. A delightful mix of flavours and textures, this salad is equally suitable for a formal luncheon or a family reunion picnic. No mayonnaise means it keeps well and its large quantity make it a perfect make-ahead dish for any event, and is sure to please a crowd.
This one’s a popular dish for lunch-included classes around here. The mild curried mayonnaise gives it a lovely Indian flavour, without being overpoweringly spicy. The addition of sweet red bell peppers and toasted pecans definitely elevates this recipe to a “make-again”. Oh, yeah—and it makes a great sandwich filling, too!
Italian Chef Maria Marotta shared this recipe with me (and others) in her RCSS cooking classes. While redolent with the fresh flavours of ripe tomatoes, cucumber, and olives, the huge, home-made croutons are the super-star of this salad—which is almost a meal in itself! Even so, it is a perfect companion to any grilled meat or a creamy pasta entrée.
Quinoa is being touted as one of those “super grains”, but I just love the light flavour of this easy-to-make salad. The slight sweet, slightly tangy dressing gives it a unique appeal, and the addition of cabbage and celery give it a lovely crunch. It makes a fairly large batch, but can be easily scaled to serve a smaller crowd, if you wish...
Sweet mandarin oranges and crunchy celery, all on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce—this simple salad is perfectly complemented by sugared almonds. It’s a wonderful flash of summer—anytime! And you can easily stretch it onto a light luncheon by topping it with some grilled chicken. Getting hungry yet?
Take a side trip to the Middle East with this traditional wheat salad. Perfect for you parsley lovers, this salad is a very refreshing dish—and a healthy addition to any meal. It’s especially yummy served alongside souvlaki and garlicky tzatziki, or grilled shish kebabs… Mmmmm… and great way to use up a bumper crop of fresh parsley!
“Who’d-a-thunk” carrots could be decadent? This rich, creamy carrot purée may become a new family tradition on holidays. Personally, I don’t need a holiday as an excuse to make this one, I just need carrots. Just enough texture to keep it from being baby food, this veggie side dish fairly bursts with flavour. Definitely on the “comfort food” list...
This is a very simple preparation for green beans from another of my favourite Indian cookbook authors, Madhur Jaffrey. You can increase the dried hot chillies in this dish to spice it up even more, or leave them out entirely for less adventurous palettes. Either way, the garlicky, salty-sweet taste of this dish will have you reaching for seconds!
This subtly flavoured Indian rice dish is so tasty I can make a meal of it alone! I got this recipe from one of my favourite Indian cookbooks, called Everyday Indian by Niru Gupta. A lot of my favourite Indian recipes are from this book. If you like Indian Cuisine, you’ve gotta try her recipes. Click on her book title, above, to visit her web site...