Creamy Tomato Tofu Soup

This tomato soup is my trusted fail-proof recipe that never disappoints. I first had at my Mother-in-Law’s and have been cooking it ever since. The original recipe did not have tofu, but since this soup is a staple with my children, I added tofu for more nutritional value.

Tomato Soup

Yummy Tomato and Tofu Soup

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Easy Fish Dish

This is one of my go-to saucy fish recipes and the key here is the word EASY. Any fish filet will do, but I prefer it with basa or tilapia. You will have it whipped up in no time and even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this dish. img_5576I use regular mayonnaise as the base for the sauce, but feel free to use low-fat one if you want to make it a bit more calorie-friendly (and there is no reason for vegan mayo not to work as well). Continue reading

Easy eggplant

This eggplant dish will surprise you, as when you are eating it you will wonder if this is actually an eggplant. Or maybe this is mushrooms?

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So good!

Anyway, it will be gone in no time as you will find yourself reaching for more. If you manage to have some leftovers, this dish is great on the next day as a deeper flavour will develop in the fridge. Continue reading

Maple Cottage Cheese Pancakes (AKA Syrnyky)

Who doesn’t like pancakes? Pancakes are always welcome at our breakfast table and leftovers (which there are rarely any) are eaten through the day as a snack. In Ukraine pancakes with cottage cheese called syrnyky (syr is cheese in Ukrainian) are very popular. I decided to give mine a Canadian twist and added maple syrup for sweetness and extra flavour.

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Perfect breakfast food

I consider syrnyky  a healthy(ish) version of a traditional pancake as the batter is mostly nutrient rich cottage cheese and there is not a lot of flour in it. And you can never go wrong with a little bit of maple syrup, right? Continue reading

Lazy Jerk Chicken

I fell in love with jerk chicken long time ago, shortly after my family moved to Canada from Ukraine. We came straight to Toronto and lived in a quaint little apartment building midtown, near Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave West. Just a short walk from home there was an always busy West Indian eatery, called Albert’s Real Jamaican Foods and it did not take us long to discover the amazing food Albert had to offer.

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I usually serve my Lazy Jerk Chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and coleslaw

The most divinely spiced chicken came on a bed of rice and peas, topped with ox tail gravy and served with a side of creamy coleslaw. We would pick up our jerk dinner from Albert’s every few weeks and savor every single bite. Continue reading

Smoky Sweet Potato Fries

Today’s post is quick and short and delicious! It is about sweet potato fries, baked version. Sweet potatoes are full of goodness and nutrients and taste amazing. They are also easy to prepare.

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So delicious!

Mine have a smoky flavour as I use smoked paprika as the main seasoning. I like to peel my potatoes, but you may want to skip this step, which will make the preparation even faster. A little bit of whole wheat flour gives potatoes a lovely texture and the quantity of oil is minimal. Perfect side dish all around! Continue reading

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