Triple Bacon BLTs with Roasted Garlic and Bacon Aioli

Triple Bacon BLTs with Roasted Garlic and Bacon Aioli

Hey, fellow bacon lovers – rejoice! It’s officially BLT month, and that means that we get to unabashedly celebrate our love of this classic sandwich every day if we jolly well please – because April only lasts 30 days, so let’s get snacking.

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Burrata, Bruised Kale and Bread Salad with Crispy Farro

Burrata, Bruised Kale and Bread Salad with Crispy Farro

If you are anything like me, you have the best of intentions to eat healthier – which usually includes a generous supplementation of salads to your diet. Here I have attempted to combat the mundane character of the salad by focusing on a mash-up of texture. The kale is hearty, the crisp farro crunchy and nutty, and the burrata is so soft and creamy.

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Shrimp Causa

Shrimp Causa

Most people who have a bit of familiarity with the Peruvian food scene equate it with ceviche, empanadas and pisco, and they wouldn’t be wrong! If you haven’t heard of it before, causa is a traditional Peruvian dish made of layered and seasoned mashed potatoes, avocado and a ‘salad’ of tuna, chicken shrimp or seafood that is served chilled.

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Triple Canapés

Triple Canapés

Triples, (pronounced trip-lays) are a staple Peruvian sandwich. A triple decker nosh with egg salad, fresh tomatoes and sliced avocado, they are a relatively light, satisfying and easy to make snack. The avocados in Peru are unlike here in North America. They are soft, sage green and always seem to be perfectly ripe. This sandwich no doubt owes its invention to the abundance of beautiful avocados readily available in Peru. We up north have to make due with sometimes-hard, under-ripe avocados, but none the less, this sandwich is still a crowd pleaser.

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Ibérico Chorizo Pizza

Ibérico Chorizo Pizza

Pizza is my favourite food group, what is yours? I am actually a little flabbergasted that I have not yet included a pizza post on this blog. I mean, when I say pizza is my favourite food group that is not hyperbole, I actually mean it. If I were on death row a Margherita pizza and glass (oh, who am I kidding) a bottle of Chianti would be my final meal.

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Pattypan Squash and Bomba Rice Risotto with Spring Herbs and Chanterelles

Pattypan Squash and Bomba Rice Risotto with Spring Herbs and Chanterelles

Patty pan squash are to me, the harbinger of the fast approaching farmers market. They are tiny, delicate and saucer-shaped with scalloped edges and oh yeah, absolutely adorable. Because of their small size they need to be prepared gently, as overcooking them will ruin their delicate appearance and taste. The flesh is unlike their hardier winter squash relatives, and more akin to a firm zucchini, with gently, bright notes of squash.

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Sous Vide Octopus and Fennel with Blood Orange and White Beans

Sous Vide Octopus and Fennel with Blood Orange and White Beans

In search of spring, this dish partners octopus with unexpected ingredients, sure to make you reconsider this not so common seafood. If you have ever had octopus at a restaurant, you have probably had it served with a Mediterranean flair, with rich olive oil, tomatoes, capers and olives – all absolutely delectable accouterments to this versatile meat. However, because of its versatility, it can take well to many flavours. Here I opted for a more sweet and rich iteration while still attempting to keep it fresh and light. 

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Sweet Potato Onigiri

Sweet Potato Onigiri

As a westerner, my first exposure to onigiri was from my favourite, lunchtime anime, Sailor Moon. Every day, the teenaged superheroes would open their little bento lunches, and they would have these adorable molded rice balls, sometimes with super-kawaii nori faces winking back at them, and all I ever wanted was a lunch that cute. Now, as a grown-ass adult, I can finally have my cartoon lunch!! Now of only, I could have that ooey, gooey, foldy, drippy Ninja Turtles pizza….#lifegoals.

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Cheeseburger Empanadas

Cheeseburger Empanadas

Happy Independence Day to our neighbours to the south!For the Fourth of July I decided to make one of my favourite foods – and a food I associate with America – the cheeseburger. But instead of the traditional flame-grilled patty on a bun, I decided to see if I could encase the essence of a burger in a hand-held empanada.  

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