Restaurant Review: Horn of Africa

When visiting Ottawa one night we met some friends at an Ethiopian restaurant – Horn of Africa – close to the Byward Market. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into but it is not typical Western dining. I kind of expected the restaurant to North-America-fy the food by giving us, you know, […]

Restaurant Review: Hot Belly Mama’s

Hot Belly’s is located on George Street in Peterborough. It has a cajun theme. Just check out this voodoo shack located next to the bar. What is more cajun than a jazz funeral?  I had the special soup. I think it was a squash-cream soup. Whatever it was I remember it was good, especially with […]

Recipe: Canadian Mustard Carbonara

Following a craving for creamy mustard pasta I came up with this recipe for Mustard Carbonara. I added “Canadian” to the title since I added some local Ontario maple syrup.  I started by making the protein. I combined a few of my favourite ingredients to make the marinade.  Since I didn’t plan ahead I seared […]

Spanish Night: Chorizo & Chicken Paella

Though neither Steph or I have actually been to Spain (soon to change!) we decided to have Spanish night. We started out with a Paella (pronounced Pie-eh-ah – like tortilla!). Paella is a traditional Spanish dish originating from Valencia which consists of rice, vegetables and a mix of meats or seafood. Seafood is usually a […]

Recipe: Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza (not the drink!) was named after Margherita of Savoy in 1889 and is the Italian word for daisy. The red tomatoes, green basil and white mozzarella represent the colours of the Italian flag! The most important thing to know, though, is it makes a tasty combination! Read full post… For the dough recipe […]

Marvelous Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella – My mom makes this for company – so excellent – I had to try it for myself. The recipe is from the Silver Palate which was apparently the book (and store) that sparked the Mediterranean cooking movement in the 70s & 80s. The second book was called The Silver Palate Good Times […]


A favourite childhood recipe of mine is Greek Spanokapita (even though my family is not Greek whatsoever). Begin by spreading butter over a layer of phyllo pastry. We used a spatula  but it is much easier to use a brush if you are endowed with such a well-stocked kitchen. Keep layering the pastry with butter […]