Spicy Soba Salad

IMG_9621This is very much one of our family’s “go-to” recipes. Slightly spicy, with a good mix of interesting flavours, it’s great on it’s own for lunch, or as a side dish for supper. Soba noodles have an earthiness that plain wheat noodles just don’t deliver. Combined with the soy based dressing, they create a dish that totally satisfies. Try serving it with some sliced, grilled chicken, and some steamed vegetables. This little noodle salad lasts well in the fridge for up to five days. Just think, five whole days of lunches prepared in one go! Our family usually doubles this recipe; consequently all the photos show the double portions. Continue reading

Gâteau au Chocolat Épicé

IMG_6434I’ve always loved the exotic combination of chilies & chocolate.  The two flavours are perfect together, and have been used together for far longer than I’m sure the history books show.  Whether it’s adding a bit of cocoa to a robust chili con carne, or having a chili infused piece of chocolate, it all works for me.

I was working on a Mexican menu for an event once, and needed to finish with a cake.  Starting with a basic flourless cake recipe, I added different amounts of various spices until I finalized the recipe with this mix.  Because it is flourless, it stands well as the gluten-free dessert selection on a buffet.  It is a grown-up cake, and is good as part of a menu that requires something less sweet, that is also intriguing.

Usually I serve the cake precut into wedges, with raspberry coulis and a bowl of whipped cream alongside.   When you’re done, remember to thank the Mayans. Continue reading

Tomato Jam

IMG_3868Hot dogs and hamburgers seem to be a part of summer that never changes.  They may have tofu wieners and veggie patties, but they’re still what they are.  A bun cut in half, with a sizzling hot centerpiece smothered in the trimmings of one’s desire.

These trimmings usually define the dog or burger.  The better they are, the yummier the creation.  Our house usually does the ketchup, zesty relish, mustard & mayonnaise thing.  Switching it up with chipotle mayo, salsa & guacamole.  Pickles and caramelized onions are essential, along with crispy lettuce and slices of tomato.  I do not like ketchup.  That being said, I am very open to tomato chutneys, salsas etc.

So, with the summer abundance of tomatoes around the corner, try this very simple tomato jam.  If you want a smooth consistency, process it once it’s cooled a bit, remembering to remove the cinnamon! Continue reading