All posts tagged: canadian food blogger

Spinach & Red Pepper Puffs

December is finally here which means the holidays are just around the corner! It feels like it was just yesterday when I was writing holiday posts for my blog, and so much has changed between now and then. But, I am really looking forward to the holidays to have some time to rest and recharge, but also to celebrate the most festive time of the year! While December brings lots of excitement for the holiday season ahead, it also brings my #AppyHolidays series back to my blog! For those who are new here, #AppyHolidays is a mini blog series where I post a brand new holiday appetizer every week! This year, I am posting on Tuesdays so that means you will see FIVE new holiday appetizers this month! This is my fourth year running this series on my blog and I am still coming up with tons of great recipes. Be sure to check out some of my existing holiday appetizer recipes in my Appetizers tab for more inspiration! ❤️🎄 For my first #AppyHolidays recipe, …

Crispy Baked Shrimp Balls

The holiday season may be marked by festive decorations, cool weather, and tasty holiday cookies. But most importantly, this season brings lots of delicious holiday appetizers! While we may not be going to big parties with friends and family this year, we can still treat ourselves with some delicious home cooked food, including my recipe for Crispy Baked Shrimp Balls! These Crispy Baked Shrimp Balls are a unique appetizer to serve this holiday season. Even though they look a bit complex, I can assure you they are really simple to make from scratch and are sure to impress! Crispy Bundles of Joy Phyllo pastry is the key to making these Crispy Baked Shrimp Balls so crispy and delicious. Phyllo is a paper-thin pastry used often in Eastern European and Middle Eastern cooking. The pastry sheets are so thin that you can often see through them, making them extremely delicate. However, due to their thin and delicate nature, they offer tons of crunchy and flaky texture when layered and baked in the oven. I used phyllo …

Chicken Saltimbocca

During American Thanksgiving week, I always get a bit envious of Americans getting to celebrate the most delicious holiday of the year. Even though we had Thanksgiving just over a month ago here in Canada, I start to crave those warm and comforting Thanksgiving flavours again. So to experience those flavours without having to cook an entire turkey dinner again, I decided to make this simple and quick Chicken Saltimbocca recipe! This recipe can be made in under 30 minutes and has all the delicious flavours of Thanksgiving…and even has gravy! A Bit about Fresh Sage If there is one flavour that stands out at Thanksgiving, it has to be fresh sage! You typically use sage in bread stuffing, but is also used to add flavour to your turkey and/or gravy. Fresh sage has a beautiful green-blue colour and the leaves are velvety soft. It’s a very powerful herb (even when used fresh) and has a strong earthy, peppery and lemony flavour. Dried sage is even stronger in flavour, but for this recipe, I prefer …

Vegan Kabocha Squash Curry

Seasonal squash gets a spicy twist in this recipe for Vegan Kabocha Squash Curry. Kabocha squash is simmered in a flavourful Thai Red Curry sauce with other fresh vegetables. Served with freshly steamed rice, and you have a spicy vegan recipe that is perfect for fall and winter! What is Kabocha Squash? Kabocha is a type of winter squash that is in season during the fall months. It grows through the summer in a long trailing vine (just like a pumpkin) and produces gorgeous green-skinned squash by September. If stored in a cool and dark place, it will keep throughout the winter months, so you can enjoy the squash even in the cold months of February. Although kabocha is green on the outside, if you cut one open, you will see that the flesh is a beautiful golden orange colour. The overall flavour of kabocha squash is almost like a chestnut with lots of nutty notes. It also has a dense texture, very similar to a taro root. Plus, the skin is actually edible and …

Smoked Gouda, Garlic & Cauliflower Soup

Soup season is here! With the days getting darker and colder, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up and have a delicious bowl of hearty soup. This Smoked Gouda, Garlic & Cauliflower Soup is comforting fall recipe in itself. However, it gets a refreshing bite with the addition of a fresh herb and crunchy garlic garnish.  Read on down below on how to make this tasty soup recipe! Recipe in collaboration with Red Barn Market.

West Coast Mushroom Galette

Fall is a special time for mushroom lovers since so many varieties come into season! I use Chanterelle, Oyster and Cremini mushrooms in this delicious and seasonal recipe for my West Coast Mushroom Galette! You can forage your own mushrooms (if you have some expertise in mushroom foraging) or you can simply buy mushrooms at your local grocery store. Plus, this recipe allows you to combine whichever mushrooms are your favourite into this savoury galette! Read on down below to see which mushrooms I chose for my West Coast Mushroom Galette plus some tips on how to make the perfect pie dough and homemade ricotta cheese! Wild & Commercially Grown Mushrooms For my West Coast Mushroom Galette, I like to combine both wild and commercially grown mushrooms. Although wild mushrooms are a bit fancier, they come with a much higher price tag than regular commercially grown mushrooms. So instead of spending a fortune on this meal, I like to use some commercial mushrooms as a base and then accent it with some high end wild …

Salted Caramel Apples

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year, and I can’t officially celebrate it without a caramel apple. This classic combination of fresh tart apples and sweet caramel is the perfect flavour combination and is quintessential during the fall season. This year, I have decided to glam up this traditional Halloween recipe and make it fun for adults, with the addition of a sprinkle of fancy sea salt flakes. This adds beautiful texture and flavour to the apples, plus it looks absolutely stunning! Read on down below to learn how to make these Salted Caramel Apples! 🍎🍏 Which Apple Variety to Choose? During the fall, there are tons of fresh and seasonal apple varieties to choose from. And really, you can use whichever apple is your favourite in this Salted Caramel Apples recipe! If you have read my Apple Cider & Honey Pork Chops post, you all know that I absolutely love Honeycrisp apples. They are sweet and tart at the same time and I really love how it compliments the caramel in this …

Spooky Outdoor Halloween Decor

Spooky season has arrived and I have our house all decorated for Halloween! 🎃👻 Although Halloween may look different this year, I am glad that we are able to still celebrate and hand out candy to kids where we live. Since it’s been such a crazy year, I have decided to go all out on our Halloween decor for this year just to make it extra special for all the trick-or-treaters! Read on down below for my tips (and tricks!) on how to decorate your home for Halloween! Use Natural Elements Natural elements like pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay are such a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate the outside of your home for Halloween. Pumpkins and squash can also serve a dual purpose as decor and food as well! When Halloween has passed, you can cook up your pumpkins or squash, or store them in a cool and dark place over the winter. Plus, there are so many varieties of pumpkin and squash that are available that you can go with all monochromatic colours, …

Apple Cider & Honey Pork Chops

If you’re looking for a recipe with ALL the flavours of fall, these Apple Cider & Honey Pork Chops are it! Pork chops are stewed in fresh apples and onions that get nice and soft and tender. Plus to add a bit more zip, I add black pepper, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. Local honey rounds out this entire recipe making it slightly sweet and bringing all these delicious fall flavours together! Honeycrisp: The Apple of Choice For these Apple Cider & Honey Pork Chops, my apple of choice is the Honeycrisp apple. This is probably one of my favourite apples to eat during the fall since they are sweet and tangy. They’re also called ‘Honeycrisp‘ for a reason as they are incredibly crunchy and juicy! When cooked, Honeycrisp apples also retain their shape fairly well and have a nice soft texture. Honeycrisp apples are a beautiful red colour with yellow underneath. Inside, the flesh is a nice firm texture and is a very light yellow, almost white, in colour. When buying Honeycrisp apples, …

Easy & Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes for 2020

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Well…at least for us Canadians! Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays because it mainly centres around food and eating food all day. Plus, it’s a great time to sit back, relax and enjoy the fall season with your friends and family. Although the holidays may look different this year, I still wanted to give you a full Thanksgiving menu so that you can make it for your family or your close friends. All of the recipes look really impressive but they are really easy and just about anyone can pull these recipes off. So if you’re in need of some recipe inspiration for Thanksgiving, check out the recipes down below and let me know which ones you want to make. Additionally you can also watch my brand new YouTube video to see how I made everything from scratch! Roasted Turkey Breast with Bread Stuffing I am taking Thanksgiving turkey to the next level with this Roasted Turkey Breast with Bread Stuffing. It has all …