Archive of ‘Main Dishes’ category

Butter Chicken

For some reason, cooking Indian food has always proved an enigma to me. Even the cheapest, sketchiest takeout joints seem to serve up dishes that just sparkle with flavour and richness that I’ve found really tough to replicate in the kitchen. I used to secretly attribute the discrepancy to the fact that these cheap takeout […] Read more…

 

Butternut Squash, Chestnut and Pancetta Soup

I recently came across a Jamie Oliver recipe called ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and got excited: I’d never used pumpkins for anything but roasted seeds, pies, and jack-o-lanterns and was curious about what a soup would taste like. Of course, to my mild disappointment, the British pumpkin is, apparently, nothing else but what we call squash over […] Read more…

 

Spiced Rice with Raisins, Coriander and Almonds

I have been flipping through a new cooking book we borrowed from Oliver’s mother called World Vegetarian Classics. The book gives great insight on vegetarian cuisine around the world, and shows how each and every culture has embraced vegetarian cooking and made it an essential part of its culinary traditions. I am enjoying reading about […] Read more…

 

Ricotta, Spinach and Pea Ravioli

I used to wash dishes at a posh ‘pre-theatre’ restaurant in Niagara on The Lake, Ontario. One of the perks of scrubbing out food-encrusted pans for 6 bucks an hour was that, when it came time for dinner break, they fed you like royalty. Mussels, salmon, shrimp, steak, nothing was off-limits with one key exception: […] Read more…

 

Sweet Shallot and Tomato Tart

I am moving to New York City in less than two months to start a culinary program at the French Culinary Institute. Moving to a new country definitely has its share of anxiety, but the prospect of being able to cook for over 5 hours a day and learn about the real tricks behind a […] Read more…

 

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