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Zippy, Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken

Zippy, Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken

I adore Southeast Asian flavours, such as those in this easy weeknight oven baked Vietnamese chicken.  The balance between sweet, sour, salty and spicy is positively addictive.  Plus, at its base, Vietnamese food is earthy and accessible — a cuisine for all people and all […]

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

This bright, crunchy cucumber and tomato salad, which is loosely adapted from Naomi Duguid’s brilliant book, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, is the perfect accompaniment to summer meals and barbecued meats.  It’s both refreshing and cooling, and takes […]

West African Spicy Grilled Chicken

West African Spicy Grilled Chicken

Poulet braisé (grilled chicken) is one of the iconic foods of my husband’s home country, Côte d’Ivoire.  The recipe is deceptively simple.  However, the result is intensely aromatic and flavourful. Grilled chicken is every bit as popular in Côte d’Ivoire as it is where I […]

10 Great Cookbooks for Your Holiday Wishlist

10 Great Cookbooks for Your Holiday Wishlist

I own hundreds of cookbooks.  However, they’re not all created equal.  These are ten of my favorites. I believe every cook deserves to own some (or, better yet, all) of these special books.  For me, these books represent a culinary master class.  They present accessible recipes, techniques, and […]

Hearty, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Strata

Hearty, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Strata

Keep Christmas morning stress free with this easy peasy breakfast strata.  A simple and elegant alternative to scrambled eggs that can be put together the night before and heated in a cold oven in the morning. Being an avid cook, I used to love to […]

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Nothing makes a better holiday treat than buttery caramel popcorn.  It is the perfect companion to hot chocolate and a good movie.  Its crunch and saltiness make it addictive.  And, thanks to the microwave, it’s easy enough to make throughout the holidays! I love caramel […]

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

This delicious green goddess dressing is jam packed with herby goodness.  It’s a recipe which has evolved from a sauce Louis XIII’s chef developed to serve with green eel, and it’s still fit for royalty. In South Africa, we are spoiled by the wide variety […]

Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

This deep red infused gin is undoubtedly my favourite holiday tipple.  It makes a beautiful gift and really shines in festive cocktails. I am not much of a cocktail drinker.  However, I have to confess that I love a gorgeous cocktail during the holidays — […]

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup has long been one of my favourite comfort foods.  This version is easy enough for a weeknight, packed with bright flavours, and short on exotic ingredients. I have an outsized collection of cookbooks.  Personally, I blame my cookbook collection on my […]

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy cocktail nuts are a welcome addition to any happy hour buffet.  They’re filling, satisfying and healthy.  Best of all?  You can make them in under 15 minutes! When I was a little girl, nuts were always an integral part of holiday celebrations.  In those […]