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Cocoa Nib Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Dark Chocolate & Red Wine Jus

Perhaps it is because I don’t eat chocolate often that I find myself a bit of a chocolate snob. If I’m going to indulge in such a delightful treat the chocolate must be really good. Green & Black’s Organic fair trade is one of my favourites and with this pork recipe I’m even inspired to use it in my cooking. […]

Free Meal Plan: 5 Easy To-Go Meals

Everyone is getting run down, catching spring colds, tired of school and ready for summer holidays. This week is going to be simple, comforting, low-stress and easy to eat – nothing complex if at all possible. I’m hoping for some happy, relaxed mealtimes with minimal prep that will rejuvenate tired kids (and parents!) so that we can focus on resting and reconnecting, taking dinner to soccer or eating at the park. Nothing some bare feet in the grass won’t cure. […]

Pork Recipe: Chipotle Pulled Pork for a Backyard Barbecue

When the apple tree begins to blossom, I want to invite people over for dinner in the back yard. A big batch of pulled pork is perfect for feeding a crowd – get everyone to bring a side or salad and everyone will be able to enjoy an interesting meal, with friends, for minimal effort. […]

Free Meal Plan: 5 Travel Inspired Ethnic Dishes

I have the travel itch. When spring shows up, everything thaws and blooms and the days get longer, I want to stay outside – and hop on a plane, train or automobile, if at all possible. The travel bug translates well to the kitchen, fortunately – if I can’t make it to Asia or Greece myself, I can always use my imagination. Right? I’ll go for a walk and visit some interesting ethnic groceries – much cheaper than a plane ticket. […]

Free Meal Plan: Pulled Pork Tacos

Spring has almost sprung, and although we’re still waiting for those first tips of green to poke through the ground, we still gotta eat our veggies. I’m a little jaw-weary of root veggies and winter squash though, and so will shake things up with a vegan veggiepalooza quinoa fried rice, springy leeks baked with salmon and a side of (yes, imported) sugar snap peas, and even a wintry turnip… baked with chicken and lentils into an easy and hearty one-dish meal. […]

Pork Recipe: Pulled Pork Tacos

Swap pizza night for taco night – a favourite around our house. Braised pork makes a flavourful alternative to the usual spiced ground beef; set it out family-style with taco shells or flour tortillas, grated cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce – all the fixins you like on your tacos. It’s a perfect setup for a party, or dinner in front of a movie. […]

Pork Recipe: Pork Carnitas

Carnitas, or “little meats”, are the new trend in Tex-Mex – similar to tacos, but without the crumbled ground beef and taco shells, carnets are made with braised pork (or other types of meat) and your choice of toppings. It’s easy to buy a chunk of pork shoulder and braise it over the course of an afternoon, then pull it apart and serve it straight from the pot, family-style, with corn or flour tortillas, grated cheese, salsa, avocado, chopped tomato and lettuce and sour cream. […]

Pork Recipe: Oven-Roasted Sticky Asian Ribs

Pre-cooking ribs is the secret to getting them fall-off-the-bone tender. Many people boil theirs, which I find awkward and messy; you also lose a lot of the flavour by boiling meat in a large pot of water. I prefer to pre-roast ribs on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Regardless of your recipe, try roasting them, tightly covered with foil, at 300˚F for 2- 2 1/2 hours. […]

Pork Recipe: Orange & Rosemary Pork Satay

Tenderloin is my favourite cut of pork – it’s tender and flavourful, easy to cook and lean without being dry. You can make the sauce and marinate the meat the night before, or freeze it in its marinade for months (the liquid will protect the meat from freezer burn) – on Friday they’ll cook in the oven or on the grill in just a few minutes – just what I’m looking for after a long week. […]