Oriental Style Salad

16 Oct


  • a handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced into semicircle shape
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes, thinly sliced into semicircle shape
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • sea salt

Ingredients for the sauce (omit the water, cilantro and green onions) can be found here.

  1. In a large salad bowl, add the onion and squeeze the juice of one lime (or a half a lime depending on how juicy it is) over the onions. Let this marinate for five to ten minutes. Typically this is the amount of time needed to cut the vegetables.
  2. Add all the vegetables to the onions and lime juice.
  3. Very sparingly sprinkle some sea salt onto the vegetables and mix well.
  4. Add sauce and serve immediately. IMG_2099

Optionally, if you are a meat lover, I find this salad goes well with a few slices of grilled beef.



Spring Roll Dipping Sauce

16 Oct


While I make this sauce fo spring rolls, it is also good for dumplings, green onion cakes, salads and so forth. Here’s how I like to make it, which makes about 3/4 cups of sauce:

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 3tbsps cilantro, finely chopped
  • a few dashes of fish sauce and hot sauce
  • 3 to 4 tbsps of soy sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5 tbsps of canola oil
  • water
  1. To a bowl, add the green onions and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan, add the oil, garlic and ginger. Once bubbling, turn down the heat and simmer until the garlic turns a light brown (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Add sugar, soy sauce and a few dashes of fish and hot sauce.
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved, add a splash of water (about 1/4 cup) to thin out the sauce.
  5. Turn the heat on high to get the sauce to a very high temperature (ie. boiling).
  6. Pour sauce into bowl with green onions and cilantro. Mix well and enjoy immediately.

Sweet and Savoury Pie Company

30 Sep

From traditional meat and sweet pies to tasty variations on old favourites like quiches, sausage rolls and shepherd’s pie to unique creations like butter chicken pies and pie brownies, this local Waterloo pie place makes an assortment of delicious sweet and savoury pies and pie-like creations. To learn more about the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company, click here.


A beef and mushroom pie made by the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company.


The inside of the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company’s Just Love Pie Cafe.


The menu options at the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company’s Just Love Pie Cafe.

Elmira’s Own

16 Sep

Elmira’s Own offers vine-ripened tomatoes grown in their specially designed greenhouse allowing their delicious tomatoes to be available year round.  Located approximately 100km west of Toronto, this farm has gained a stellar reputation in the region.


Inside Elmira’s own greenhouse. It is not often opened to the public, but this special trip was made possible by Door’s Open Ontario. Thank you for opening your Greenhouse doors to the public. What a special treat!


A bowl of cherry tomatoes from Elmira’s Own.


Locally made tomato soup using Elmira’s Own tomatoes.

Pupuseria Latinos

15 Sep


As its name indicates, this family run restaurant offers home cooked Salvadoran dishes.  Having established itself nearly ten years ago, it’s become one of the best places in the region for authentic Salvadoran food. I have been going there for many years and their food continues to be amazingly delicious. Check out their facebook page here!


Enchiladas (Salvadoran style). These provide an explosion of flavours and crispy crunch.


Corn tamale. The filling is light and fluffy, and goes well with a side of sour cream.


Savoury pupusas! The Pupuseria Latinos offers various fillings for their pupusas including cheese, zucchini, beans, chicharron and loroco.


A spot-hitting veggie burrito.

Crispy Beef Fried Rice

30 Aug


  • 1 cup of rice, cook and let cool completely before using.
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • beef, diced
  • corn starch
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 to 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce.
  1. Coat the beef in the corn starch. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a wok on high heat, add enough oil to coat the wok.
  3. Place beef in the wok in a single layer. Do not stir but let the beef cook on this high heat for 1 minute or so. (Not stirring will help the beef crisp up.)
  4. Add fish sauce, hot sauce and sugar. Mix this well with the beef.
  5. Add onions. Stir often.
  6. Once the onions are soft, create a well in the wok. Pour a thin layer of oil, and then add the eggs.
  7. Once the eggs are almost cooked, add rice, garlic, ginger, green onions and soy sauce.
  8. Stir well until combined.
  9. Serve immediately. Enjoy! (Serves two very hungry individuals.)

London, Ontario

26 Aug

Some local food places to explore while visiting London, Ontario.


A combo dinner meal from Los Comales, which is a laid back restaurant serving Latin and Mexican inspired dishes.  On this plate are pupusas, flautas, tostadas, rice and beans, salsa and a lightly seasoned coleslaw. Everything was so tasty and not oily. Complimentary chips and salsa are served to all restaurant patrons.


Merla Mae‘s is an iconic ice cream shop in London. There are both classic and avant garde ice cream creations available.


Inside Merla-Mae‘s.


One of Merla-Mae‘s sundae creations, which had soft serve vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crushed macademia nuts. A wonderful summer time treat indeed!


Covent Garden Market, located in the heart of London’s city center, is the city’s farmers’ market. There are local produce stalls, meat and fish vendors, organic fares, baked goodies, fresh flowers, sushi, crafted chocolates and handmade crafts. Upstairs is a British tea house and kids’ theatre company.


Handmade wooden pear and apple from the farmers’ market.


Billy’s Deli Restaurant has quality breakfast and lunch dishes.


An eggs benedict from Billy’s! So delicious!