Vegetable Korma and Biriyani

The biriyani that we made for our wedding welcome dinner involved two major steps.  First, you make the vegetable korma, which elevates humble vegetables by braising them in an elegant cardamom nut sauce.

Garam Masala Baked Chicken with Pickled Plums

I am very, very pleased with this dinner.  I have made this chicken recipe a few times before.  It’s from a Food and Wine Annual Cookbook (2007) that my mum gave me for Christmas a while back, but I have made a few changes… I use my favourite Garam Masala recipe instead of the one…

Camper Honeymoon Cookery

Chris and I just got back from our honeymoon.  We drove from British Columbia (where my family is from and where the wedding was) to Tennessee (Where Chris’ family lives) in a diesel Ford pick-up truck with a vintage Slumber Queen truck camper.    The truck and Camper belonged to my daddy, who passed away a…

A DIY Wedding Menu for 100 guests…. if your friends and family rock

On August 20th Chris and I got married.  The wedding was on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, not to far from where I spent my early childhood on the coast.  It takes a bit of effort to get there.  Our friends and family from New York, Tennessee, Virginia, Alberta, inland BC, Portland, Seattle, Texas, Detroit…

Improvise Stir Fry!

You know, everyone who I consider my tribe here in Vancouver–and I’m talkin’ my extended circle of friends and acquaintances–make stir fries. It’s my regional cuisine, and it’s a way of life. Why is this? The deep-rooted Chinese influence on the city? The chronically lingering hippy culture? Maybe it’s the fact that stir fries are…

Green Bread & Green Soup!

Erin got me the book “Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking” for Christmas this year, and this interesting bread is the first recipe that I’ve made out of it. It is called Hara Paratha, Collard/Kale Bread. It’s a fried bread that is similar to roti in consistency. It has a spicy flavour and, of course,…

Cranberry Brisket with Parsnip & Carrot Latkes and Spiced Cabbage

My Cranberry Brisket is adapted  from Sheila Lukins  recipe for  Shaker Cranberry Brisket in her USA cookbook.  I have added wine to the recipe and I am pretty sure that Shakers don’t drink so…… I also skip the cloves and add five spice powder instead.  Either one is good.  Brisket is a tough but flavourful…

Erin’s Thanksgiving Menu

We just had Thanksgiving here in the States.  I love Thanksgiving with all of my little heart.  It celebrates two things that I feel strongly about- Thankfulness and Harvest.  It is a particulary sweet holiday in New York.  So many of us who live here are far, far away from our families.  The most time…

Menu for My Father’s Wake

Our father Hank passed away just before Halloween this year. He died in the evening, with family watching over him, and afterward we went back to the home of my mother and I for a wake. This is all simple & comforting food, easy to make and easy to eat. The colours are also really…