Korean (-ish) BBQ Pork, Lazy Cooking Day Edition

Today’s post is about a dish inspire by Korean cuisine, BBQ pork, to be precise. I first tried Korean food many years ago, at a run-of-the-mill Korean all-you-can-eat grill.

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Addictively delicious

They had me at the first bite. All that meat! All those side dishes! The KIMCHI!!! I could not get enough of it. I love eating out, but when I really love a dish I do my best to replicated it at home. Cooking from scratch is marvelous, healthy and satisfying, but sometimes it is nice to take a shortcut. Everyone needs a break every now and then, right?  In the recipe I use a Korean BBQ sauce (not to be confused with a regular BBQ sauce) and a Kalbi Marinade . I buy mine at the local Korean supermarket,  but have seen variations of it at the regular grocery stores as well. For those of you who live in Toronto, The Real Canadian Superstore has quite a few options. Continue reading “Korean (-ish) BBQ Pork, Lazy Cooking Day Edition”

Easy Stuffed Potatoes

This is another post dedicated to my love of potatoes. These are stuffed with seasoned meat and baked in the oven.

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I admit, this is not the most photogenic dish. But it more than makes up for it in flavour. You will not be able to stop at just one 😉

My mom makes this dish for me whenever I come to visit her (my parents live in Ottawa while I am in Toronto) and it is only recently that I have cooked it for the first time on my own. Continue reading “Easy Stuffed Potatoes”

Garlicky Mushroomy Chicken with Kale

I have been using quite a bit of kale in my dishes recently, mainly due to the fact that I put it in my morning smoothies and then must figure out what to do with the rest of the leaves.

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For some reason, grocery stores don’t sell just a little bit of kale but a huge bunch of it and I have no room in my fridge or freezer to store it (same story with dill, although space for dill is easier to find. WHY are those herb bunches so big???). I have also promised my husband to keep the freezer only 2/3 filled, which is proving to be quite difficult. He claims that the freezer is so full, there is no room for ice cream, should he want to buy some (it could also be a ploy on my end in order to keep his waist slim and trim). Continue reading “Garlicky Mushroomy Chicken with Kale”

Leek and Potato Soup With Kale

Have you got some potatoes, leeks and kale kicking around? How about making some soup?

IMG_1796When I was growing up, I hated soups. My mom always made me eat them, as she is a firm believer that warm liquid keeps guts healthy. Maybe she is right, but I don’t mind eating soups any longer. I love them, specially when prepared by her. During my early cooking days I was quite intimidated by soups and thought that making them was a form of fine art. And then I discovered cream soups and everything got less scary. Somehow, pureeing the soup hides any imperfections, makes it look sophisticated AND even kid-friendly (all the lovely vegetables are hidden from the vegetable-wary eaters). Continue reading “Leek and Potato Soup With Kale”

Okra Stew, Iraqi Style (AKA Bamieh)

I am always in a mood for Okra Stew and think that okra is seriously underrated.

IMG_1198.jpgMy husband’s dad’s side of the family is from Baghdad and Arabic dishes make regular appearances on our dinner table. Bamieh is the official name our Iraqi family has for this dish, but I stick to a safer ‘okra stew’ as I only witnessed my husband’s cousin’s wife cooking it once and tried to learn the steps the best I could (so authenticity of the recipe cannot be guaranteed). I improvised with the ingredients a bit and came up with a recipe that satisfied myself and the extremely picky eaters I happen to share my life with. Even my 6 year old likes it, and it says a lot! Continue reading “Okra Stew, Iraqi Style (AKA Bamieh)”