Appetizers

Recipe: Sunshine Risotto

Recipe: Sunshine Risotto

This risotto is perfect to serve on a dark, dismal day. The colours of the pepers and the crisp but mellow flavour of the roasted onion come together with the supple risotto so perfectly. For me, it is literally sunshine on a cloudy day.

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Recipe: Vegetarian Cold Noodle Salad

Recipe: Vegetarian Cold Noodle Salad

While this might be called “vegetarian” it certainly doesn’t have to be. It would also be great with warm or cold cooked chicken… or! MMmmmmm… with medium-rare, thinly sliced beef strips. Yum.

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Recipe: Grilled Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

Recipe: Grilled Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

This recipe is amazingly simple but also amazingly tasty. I love it as a side dish to lamb or beef because it sets off the heavy meat perfectly. It takes minutes to prepare but tastes like it takes a great deal more effort.

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Sweet Potato Chips with Wasabi Sour Cream

Sweet Potato Chips with Wasabi Sour Cream

These chips are so simple to make and so delicious as a snack or pre-dinner bite. They would be good with just about any kind of dip; caramelized onion, articoke and cheese, yogurt and curry…I could go on…

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Recipe: Coconut Shrimp

Recipe: Coconut Shrimp

I love foods that combine sweet flavours with savory dishes – I guess that is why I absolutely adore coconut shrimp. This is a simple recipe that you can prepare in advance and then deep fry when you are ready to eat the shrimp. Serve with a spicy asian sauce or a curry sauce on the side.

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Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Terrine/Torta/Pate

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Terrine/Torta/Pate

This appetizer always garners tons of complements whenever I serve it. I try to make a few small ones (in ramekins) every few months and keep them in the freezer for unexpected guests and dinner parties.

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