Home made Spicy Shrimp Pad Thai

After having posted this photo to Facebook, I was asked by a few lovely ladies for the recipe…rather than try to explain it in the limited comments section of Facebook, I figured this is most likely the place where the recipe should be going. First to answer the question that’s burning in your mind: What…

Home made beef-a-roni

I know it sounds silly, but I often find myself craving some sort of macaroni and cheese. In N. America it’s as simple as going out to the store to pick us some KD or Chef Boyardi. Over here? No luck. You want it, you make it from scratch. So here’s my attempt at home…

White Lasagne (sort of)

Recipe to fantastic, chaotic, culinary exploration – no recipe, hungry people, limited grocery stores. Recently my friend and I decided that we would make dinner on a Friday night. The deal – she would pick up some stuff, I would pick up the rest. I get a text saying that she got the wine, pasta…

Tofu Stir-fry!

This was an exceptionally exciting day, as I used tofu for the first time! Imagine my surprise, when I came across a package of tofu in the grocery store. It was too much of an opportunity, that I didn’t want to miss – I could both try making something out of tofu for the first…

Alternative Crispy Quesadillas

It’s a Sunday, which means we’ve got a free day for experimental cooking! What are we making this time around? These fantastic Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas, which I came across at this fantastic site for cool recipes: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/ The recipe is exactly what it sounds like, involving cheese, chicken, bacon, avocado, and tortillas. The…

Korean Kimchi!

This delicious korean appetizer was introduced to me recently by an actual korean person. Ever since, I’ve taken every opportunity to have some (when possible)! When half a head of cabbage was wasting away in my fridge, I jump on it, and took up the challenge of making kimchi myself! Making it was pretty straightforward…

Honey-Mustard Chicken Burgers

Yumm! What can I say – I love burgers! So naturally, when I asked my friend what to make for dinner, and she suggested burgers, I jumped on the opportunity. The entire process was simple enough. Cook the chicken, cut the veggies and cheese, and make the sauce. The sauce was pretty obvious, mix together…

Mac and Cheese – Chicken and Broccoli Style

What could be more North American than macaroni and cheese? It was clear, that the latvians had to be exposed to this fantastic comfort food. And so my friend Imanta and I embarked on the journey of preparing this lovely meal. Although our goal was to make mac and cheese, this dish turned out to be…

Canadian Pancakes

A staple of canadian cuisine, and quintessential to the canadian identity is undeniably maple syrup. Which is why it was so logical that it would have to make an appearance here.  I’ve been bringing maple syrup to Latvia every time I return from Canada, and it has a permanent spot in the fridge. I’ve even…

Easter Treats – Devilled Eggs

So this easter passed without much ado, I didn’t even do the traditional egg colouring in onion skins. For those of you who don’t know what that looks like, here are some previously coloured eggs: Pretty, no? And yes, it was snowing that year… So, since I didn’t have any coloured eggs, I decided that I…

Grilled Cheesy Goodness

I have to say it – grilled cheese sandwiches are gross. At least the ones with the processed cheese slices. The way it sticks to your teeth while you’re eating it…. But the concept is genius. What could be better than a load of melted cheese on bread? But why stop there? I’ve gone the…

BBQ Birthday Wings

So it’s my friend’s birthday, and we’re having a little get-together at our apartment. I figured I could show my appreciation for the birthday boy by cooking up a special meal (and by meal I meant party food) for him and the guests. So the day before, I asked him what his favourite food was.…

Cultural Collisions

Ok, although this doesn’t exactly classify as a “North American favourite”, it is a favourite of mine which I discovered in North America. After having been to my friend’s birthday party in Toronto, where his asian friends made this Japanese pancake called okonomyaki (spelling?), I absolutely fell in love with the dish and decided that…

Spinach Lunch

So I’m in the grocery store in the fresh foods section, and what do I happen to find? Bagged spinach! So I snatched that up and just HAD to make use of it. And here’s what I came up with: Strawberry-mandarin spinach in a white wine vinaigrette. Delicious. And also, for some added protein (my…