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Feta Fries

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Here is a fast and delicious side dishfeta fries. Bake up some fries so they are nice and crispy, and then toss them with some crumbled feta and any other flavourings you like. This batch has oregano, for a Greek flair.

Also note the other sides in the back. There’s mushrooms fried with butter and garlic. And there’s grape tomato salad with fresh basil and balsamic dressing. We had these, along with caramelized onions, with burgers as a way to kick off the summer barbecue season. All simple to make, and all really tasty. Let the barbecues begin!

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Spicy Nachos

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I just made this outrageously delicious version of nachos.

I picked up a jar of Huy Fong chili garlic sauce this morning and was mulling over how to use it. Then, a craving for nachos struck. The answer seemed obvious.

I used one can of refried beans, and mixed in a couple of spoons of the chili garlic sauce and one bunch of chopped green onions. I used the cheese I had, which was extra old cheddar.

The chili sauce gave the beans a nice kick and the green onions added a nice freshness. The extra old cheddar went really well with the spiciness, too. And, luckily, I had some sour cream on hand to help tone down the spice a bit. (Full disclosure: I always have sour cream on hand.)

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It was a great combo. I am looking forward to eating the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow, and I will definitely be making these again.

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Biriyani Redux

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There is an amazing array of lunch options near my work. One of my favourites is chicken biriyani. It makes a filling lunch, but luckily, also provides fantastic leftovers. This is my favourite way to have leftover biriyani. I fry an egg or two in butter, reheat the biriyani slightly in the microwave, place the eggs on top of the rice and drizzle any remaining butter over the eggs and rice. Amazing, and fast.

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Chicken Slaw with Blue Cheese Dressing

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This salad looks a little bland (I will have to work on that), but it it is big on flavour. To make it, I use a store-bought coleslaw mix, a store-bought blue cheese salad dressing and leftover, cooked chicken. It is fast to make and really delicious.

 

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Spicy Crab Coleslaw

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This spicy crab coleslaw was one of my favourite brown bag lunches in the past little while. It was fast to throw together and outrageously delicious.

I just used a pre-cut coleslaw mix, which includes carrots and red cabbage. I mixed up a spicy mayo, but you could make your own or use a store-bought variety. My current version includes Miracle Whip, Tabasco-style hot sauce, a bit of seasoned sushi vinegar and a bit of white sugar. I made my mayo in a couple of minutes, tore up some thawed fake crab, and mixed it all together with the cabbage. By the time I was eating it for lunch several hours later, the flavours had had a chance to meld and the crab and spiciness had completely infused everything.

This would make a great company salad or potluck item. Or, if you don’t mind envious stares from co-workers, a perfect lunch for the office.

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Kimchi Stir Fry: Spice Up Your Life!

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This is comfort food at its finest. I made this delicious kimchi stir fry yesterday. I was trying to recreate a meal I had at a Korean restaurant.

I made this by frying a medium size onion, adding chopped green onions and then adding cabbage. After that I added cooked rice, kimchi (which I chopped finely), juice from the kimchi and green peas. And that’s it.

I topped it all off with two eggs fried sunny-side up. Of course, the sunny-side-up technique I have been perfecting over the past couple of years involves frying eggs in a lot of butter (one could say more than is strictly necessary) and then spooning the hot butter over the top so that the egg can bathe in buttery goodness. This results in an egg that is more cooked than a regular sunny-side up egg, but less cooked than an over-easy egg. When I serve it on toast, I pour the melted butter over the bread first and top it with egg.

For the stir fry, I placed the eggs on top of the rice and cabbage and drizzled the butter over top of it all. And then I ate it, enjoying the amazing blend of kimchi, cabbage, onion, rice and eggs. I think I am going to have to add this dish to my repertoire.

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Eggs Smothered in Jalapeno Cheese Sauce: Better than Eggs Benedict?

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I think I may have found an amazing alternative to eggs Benedict. Don’t get me wrong. I am a big fan of eggs Benedict. Well, used to be. When I order it now, I always order it without the English muffin, of course, but it is not really the same and not nearly as filling. And just this past fall, I tried ordering it in one restaurant where, apparently, the “hollandaise sauce” was not gluten free. I ended up eating something else.

But I love eggs—scrambled, poached, fried—you name it. And, as I may have already mentioned once or twice, I love cheese. Recently, I had the happy accident of having too much jalapeno cheese sauce on hand. I had about a cup sitting in my fridge, needing a purpose, so I toasted a Glutino English muffin in my panini press, reheated my cheese sauce in the microwave and fried up two eggs over easy.

The result was this delicious combination of eggs, cheese sauce and jalapenos. I had it for dinner, but it would make a lovely company brunch dish, too.

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Pure Deliciousness

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Recently, I found pork loin on sale at my grocery. I bought it and froze it. Later, when I decided I needed to clean out my freezer, I decided that pulled pork would be a fine thing to do with it.

Tenderloin is not the recommended cut for pulled pork, but it was what I had. I threw it in a crock pot, and added barbecue sauce ingredients, such as honey, vinegar and ketchup. I got to use up the last of some sweet chili sauce and add in some of my sichuan pepper blend. I plugged it in at night and woke up to an amazing aroma and a generous quantity of spicy, delicious pork.

Pulled pork is so versatile—perfect over rice, but also good on nachos or as part of a plate with cooked vegetables. I will definitely be making this again sometime soon.

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Poutine: Yes, I Am Canadian!

Poutine is a staple of French-Canadian cuisine. It’s simple but extremely tasty.

A few years ago, I went with my sister and my niece to a concert put on by Ron Cahute and Jane Lapko, the creators of these educational French songs. They performed their Poutine song, which goes like this:

Poutine, let’s start with the french fries,
Poutine, add the cheese and the gravy!
Poutine is my favourite thing,
It’s fries with an attitude!

Poutine is easy to make at home. You can use cheese curds or (if you don’t mind the wrath of poutine traditionalists) any cheese you like. I like a blend of mozzarella and old cheddar. I make my own gravy (with gluten-free beef broth and potato starch) and I bake my french fries until they are extra crispy.

To make it, you just need to make or reheat some gravy, prepare your chosen cheese and bake some fries. Then, all you do is layer your cheese curds or grated cheese on top of the fries and ladle gravy on top. Et voilà! The heat from the fries and gravy will melt the cheese, creating an ooey-gooey, delicious mess, all ready for you to dig in. Miam miam!

Poutine: Yes, I Am Canadian!

Poutine is a Québécois dish that combines french fries, cheese and gravy.

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Spring Cleaning

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Since going gluten-free, I have found breakfast to be a real challenge. I have never been a toast person, and most store-bought gluten-free bread is really only good for toasting. I also have found my appetite has changed. I don’t crave food the way I used to, and I am often not hungry at all when I wake up. This means I need something easy to eat that is filling and packed with real food.

I recently realized I needed to clean out my pantry, which led to the happy accident of a delicious version of homemade granola. The great thing about home cooking is that you get to put in lots and lots of whatever you like best. I worked off a recipe, but mainly based my amounts of things on what I had on hand.

I ended up with a cereal packed with protein and fibre that is not too sweet. It’s got sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened coconut. Whole quinoa makes a nutty addition to cereal when it’s roasted, so I threw in what I had on hand of that, plus several cups of quinoa flakes. I used up bits of dried fruit I had too: it’s loaded with apple pieces, chopped figs and raisins. It has a touch of vanilla and honey, as well.

The best part is having both a cleaned-out cupboard and tonnes of great cereal waiting for me first thing in the morning.

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