Appetizers

KALE CHICKPEA SALAD

KALE CHICKPEA SALAD

  There is a restaurant in Toronto called GUSTO 101. They have this kale salad that is absolutely amazing. It’s one of their signature dishes. Their Cavolo Nero has kale, currants, pine nuts, pecorino, and a lemon vinaigrette. Every time I go there I order […]

CHIMICHURRI CHICKEN

CHIMICHURRI CHICKEN

  A few years ago I went on a South American adventure with my cousin Danielle. Our first stop was Buenos Aires. We drank a bottle of Malbec every night with dinner, and dinner was always grilled meats with sides of veggies. I really loved […]

GRILLED CHEESE WITH BRIE AND PASSIONFRUIT JAM

GRILLED CHEESE WITH BRIE AND PASSIONFRUIT JAM

  I made these for my cousin Danielle’s bachelorette party and they were a hit. I got two marriage proposals that night because of them. And people were still talking about them for a week after. When entertaining, taking something simple and making it special […]

THAI SPICED PUMPKIN SOUP

THAI SPICED PUMPKIN SOUP

  I had left over pumpkin puree from thanksgiving and decided to make a spicy soup with it. This is quick and easy and can be frozen for future meals. 1 litre organic chicken stock 2 cups pumpkin purée 2 tbsp. red curry paste 1/4 […]

ROSEMARY PARMESAN HERB MUFFINS

ROSEMARY PARMESAN HERB MUFFINS

  I’ve been testing low-carb recipes lately. If you’re someone who wants to do a low-carb diet but really misses having something like bread with your meals, then these muffins are for you. What I love most about them is how many things you can […]

MEATBALLS STUFFED WITH MOZZARELLA

MEATBALLS STUFFED WITH MOZZARELLA

  This is a great appetizer for the holidays. It takes a little work to make, but the end result is totally worth it. These can be made in advance so the day you’re entertaining you can warm them up and concentrate on other things. […]

ROSEMARY HARISSA SPICED CASHEWS

ROSEMARY HARISSA SPICED CASHEWS

  I was helping my friend do a cheese platter for her New Year’s Eve party and she had some pecans to accompany the cheeses. We jazzed them up with some brown sugar and chili powder and they were a nice addition to the cheese […]

SPICED WALNUTS

SPICED WALNUTS

  This cafe I used to go to for lunch would make a salad with dried fruit and candied walnuts. They were sweet and spicy, they used curry powder for the spice and sugar. I wanted to try the sweet and spicy mix but without […]

SRIRACHA DEVILED EGGS WITH CRISPY SERRANO HAM

SRIRACHA DEVILED EGGS WITH CRISPY SERRANO HAM

  Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that never gets old. Especially when there are so many variations to try. I wanted these eggs to be spicy, mixing sriracha with the yolks gives it a nice bite. And with an extra hit of heat from […]

FIG & WALNUT CROSTINI

FIG & WALNUT CROSTINI

  I was having friends over and I wanted to make something quick and already assembled…meaning not a cheese platter for us to munch on while we talk, and it would have to go great with a bottle of wine. I had a jar of […]