A few weeks ago, I spent a couple of days in Prince Edward County to have a peek into what Countylicious had to offer. Twice a year, the county celebrates the best of food by featuring prix fixe menus from local restaurants. Chefs had created unique three-course dinner menus showcasing an appetizer, entrée, and dessert valued at $40 per person (taxes and gratuities extra). The menus are creative and bold, giving us a true taste of the County. The participating restaurants all have one thing in common, to craft menus inspired by the ingredients found in their own backyard, and to celebrate the best of the season by working with the local farmers, winemakers, beekeepers, fishers, brewers, bakers and producers who work year - round, prioritizing farm to table cuisine not only as a movement, but as a way of life.Read More
I'm so happy to I'm so happy to finally write this post and share with you some BIG news. But first, let's start from the beginning.
When I moved to Canada, twenty something years ago, I had no idea how to cook. My recipe repertoire consisted of lasagna and spaghetti. That was pretty much it. Montreal, the city that I called home for almost six years, was where my passion for food began and where my eyes and heart opened to the wonderful world of cooking.Read More
Ever since Gaby started to crawl, her favourite place to be was in our kitchen. She was quite taken by any sort of plastic container, pots, pans and wooden spoons. When she started to walk, I would find her playing with mixing bowls (filled with Cheerios) and measuring spoons. As soon as she turned four, she became my little kitchen helper and every time I would bake or make our Sunday waffles she would don her tiny pink apron, climb on a chair, start to carefully measure flour into her own set of measuring cups, ask me to let her add the vanilla, and stir the batter. To this day, Gaby loves to bake. Especially with chocolate (like mother like daughter) and often I hear her in the kitchen after we've had dinner, getting cake pans and developing her own recipes. So with Halloween around the corner, I invited two of Gaby's closest friends, Rachel and Jules, to spend a Sunday afternoon baking Halloween chocolate cupcakes.Read More
As much as I love summer, there are so many reasons about fall weather that I look forward to. Wearing a beanie all day long, wrapping myself in the I biggest scarf I can find, drinking tons of tea and reading more, but if I had to choose my favourite thing about fall, it would definitely be baking.
Baking and fall just go hand in hand. From pies to muffins and galettes, as soon as the leaves start turning all shades of orange, you can find me whipping something up in my kitchen with some of the local fruit we have around our home. I feel fortunate to live within minutes from some of the best farmer markets and fruit stands I've been to, and on any given weekend I stop by to pick up apples, pears and buttercup squash.Read More
Sometimes, the best recipes happen when you gather ingredients that you already have on hand. When I made dinner Saturday night, little did I know that this farro bowl would be the kind of dish I will be for sure making over and over again.
It all started with wanting to use some of the last tomatoes from the garden and pair them with farro that I had brought recently from Florence (where farro is king), asparagus, roasted butternut squash, and from a trip to the farmers market, basil and mini eggplants. Craving a bit of seafood too, I decided to add roasted shrimp and also avocados that were perfectly ready (I don't think I can have a meal without them).Read More
Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a class for Loblaws as part of their Chef at Home series. The class was such a great experience! Interactive, fun and a great way to learn about meals made for entertaining that are not intimidating. With Fall holidays fast approaching and tons of entertaining for friends and family happening in a few weeks, I created a menu that was simple, delicious and with a bit of prep done in advance. Let's be honest, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when you could make a great meal in under 30 minutes AND spend time with your friends?Read More
I've been quite taken with quinoa for the longest time. What first drew me to it was its protein content. As someone who doesn't eat meat and works out regularly, choosing high protein foods has been always a must.
In comes Quinoa! A true superfood that deserves so much praise. With 8 grams of protein per cup plus all 9 essential aminoacids , it's a staple at our home and I cook with it a couple of times a week. Wether is quinoa salads, stuffed buttercup squash, or mixing it with almond milk, nuts and bananas for a winter porridge. A week doesn't go by without including it in our meals. Last week I made a vegan chili for Isabella, and along with lentils, chickpeas, black beans and sweet potato, I added quinoa to it and a new recipe was born. She was so happy with it and nothing gives me more joy than to see both of my babes enjoying the meals I make them at home. For me, its always been about the way food brings families together and how a dish can make memories and traditions.
As we are in the last stretch of summer, I wanted to make one last burger recipe using ingredients that you could easily have already in your pantry and fridge. For these quinoa burgers, I've included sweet potato, spinach and feta in the recipe, plus a bit of oatmeal as well for binding. You could easily make them vegan by omitting the egg and the feta, which would still taste delicious with the rest of the ingredients. For this recipe, I've used chipotle powder and parsley but you could you use your favourite herbs and spices. Cumin on these burgers would be amazing!!
I hope you are enjoying the rest of the summer and can't believe than in less than 2 months we will be bringing out our jackets and scarves. For now, gather the people you love, make them these quinoa burgers, a white sangria to go with it and keep celebrating the gorgeous weather.
4 D’Italiano® Brizzolio Hamburger Buns
2 baked sweet potatoes
1 1⁄2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup steamed spinach
1 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
1/2 beaten egg
1⁄2 cup oatmeal
1⁄2 cup diced onions
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1⁄4 cup chopped parsley
1⁄2 tsp. chipotle powder
4 slices Havarti cheese
6 Romaine lettuce leaves
1 container of PC Tzatziki
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Slice cucumbers and tomatoes and set aside.
3. Mash sweet potatoes and mix in the quinoa , oatmeal, 1/2 beaten egg, feta, onions, garlic, chipotle powder and spinach, adding salt & pepper to taste. Refrigerate mixture for 15 minutes.
4. Form the chilled mixture into four burger patties.
5. Add 2 tbsp. canola oil to a skillet or grill pan and heat to medium-high.
6. Add patties (2 at a time) and cook 3 minutes per side; finish baking patties in the oven for 8 minutes.
7. Once the patties are fully cooked, grill the buns and top them with tzatziki, lettuce, a quinoa patty, Havarti cheese, and cucumber.
*This post was made in collaboration with 150 buns of summer however all views, opinions and recipe development are my own.
Every summer my mum comes to visit for a few weeks. We start our morning by brewing delicious Dominican coffee and having café con leche, while we make breakfast and talk about our plans for the day and tidy up. By tidying up, I mean she goes into full cleaning mode ( honestly, I've never know of someone to love cleaning as much as my mom does)
We have also been walking around the city quiete a bit, and showing my stepdad, on his first visit to Canada, a few of the places that make me love Toronto so much. I had been looking forward to taking him to the St. Lawrence Market because of our shared love of cooking. We got pasteis de nata at carrousel bakery that reminded me of the ones in Belem, and spent a few hours in food heaven. From seeing squid ink pasta being made, to trying fresh watermelon juice, St. Lawrence Market is my idea of paradise.Read More
I'll admit it. I'm the biggest chocoholic. I think it started when I was a kid and after my Friday piano lessons, my mom used to take me to this little bakery near by where they had the best chocolate cake I've had in my life. Isn't it something how we can recall memories like these? Those evenings were magic.Read More