Easy Recipes Inspired By My West Coast Kitchen Garden On Vancouver Island

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Wild West Coast Prawns In Tomato Fennel Broth And Grilled

Wild West Coast Prawns In Tomato Fennel Broth And Grilled

My brother and I who spent a few seasons deckhanding together would ceremoniously eat the first prawns of the season raw before then cooking up a feast. Often we ate them steamed or pan fried with garlic butter (cook gently just until opaque and immediately remove from heat so they don’t over cook) but after we’d had our fill, it was time to get creative. I can’t count the number of recipes we tried over the years but it was a lot! Today I’m sharing two recipes, Spot Prawns In Fennel Tomato Broth and simple Grilled Prawns.

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco De Mayo

A roundup of fast, fresh and easy Mexican style recipes to help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Salud my friends!

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli? This Broccoli Cheese Soup Is The Answer! (Gluten-Free)

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli? This Broccoli Cheese Soup Is The Answer! (Gluten-Free)

Do your kids love broccoli? No? Then this week’s recipe is for you because this will convert most kids especially if you omit the word broccoli and call it “Cheesy Vegetable Soup”. Today’s recipe is not particularly pretty but it’s a weeknight favourite in our […]

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

This fruit salsa recipe is made for using up overripe fruit or whatever fruit you have an excess of. The fruit is easily interchangeable-use oranges, melons, peaches or even strawberries, kiwis or grapes, whatever needs using up.

Crispy Fried Oysters With Lemon Caper Aioli

Crispy Fried Oysters With Lemon Caper Aioli

In my humble opinion, the main requirement for fried oysters besides being very fresh, is that the oysters are crispy on the outside, like REALLY crispy! I have experimented with various techniques and recipes and believe the method below achieves the crispiest crust without having to deep fry. These are simple and easy and the whole recipe including sauce and frying time takes under 40 minutes.

Chocolate Almond Brownies

Chocolate Almond Brownies

Inspired by classic chocolate covered almonds, these are somewhere between a cake and a chocolate bar. To make this even better, you can make these with just one bowl, 2 measuring cups and a very short amount of time. So come on, “Treat yo’ self!”

Winter Comfort-Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)

Winter Comfort-Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)

It’s the dead of winter and there’s not much growing which is tough since my blog centers around my little kitchen garden. I recently joined a photography challenge to try and get my creative juices flowing and for our first challenge we were given onions […]

BC Snapper Laksa

BC Snapper Laksa

With the weather cold, I’m gravitating to warm spices and comforting soups. This recipe starts with a versatile and easy homemade curry paste and is finished with coconut milk, stock and fish sauce for authentic south Asian flavour. The snapper is added minutes before serving and poured over a bowl of rice noodles and vegetable garnishes. Thick and rich, full of bright spice and herbal aromas, this soup is a comforting and satisfying meal in a bowl.

Easy Festive Drinks To Keep Your Holiday Merry And Bright

Easy Festive Drinks To Keep Your Holiday Merry And Bright

Happy Holidays! This year more than many others I am simplifying plans and focusing on quality time with my family and if time permits, a little downtime for myself. Whether you’re like me and working through most of the holidays or simply want to relax […]

Oyster Stew-Easy And Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner

Oyster Stew-Easy And Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner

Oyster stew is a traditional dish to have on Christmas Eve….on the East Coast of North America.  I think it’s a great tradition and that we should adopt it here on the West Coast because we too have an abundance of these fresh and delicious […]


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Winter Comfort-Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)

Winter Comfort-Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)

It’s the dead of winter and there’s not much growing which is tough since my blog centers around my little kitchen garden. I recently joined a photography challenge to try and get my creative juices flowing and for our first challenge we were given onions […]