Bang Bang Shrimp

Bang Bang Shrimp
Today I have a tasty treat for you, crispy fried bang bang shrimp! Bang bang shrimp is a shrimp dish that can be found in Chinese restaurants and it consists of shrimp, typically fried in a crispy batter, served in a spicy creamy mayonnaise and chili sauce. Instead of the more common cornstarch based batter I like to go with panko breadcrumbs for the crispy coating as they provide more nooks and crannies for the sauce to get in and cling to! I like to use the combo of mayo and sweet chili sauce to add a touch of sweetness to the creamy heat of the sauce but feel free to go with something like sriracha chili sauce or even Franks Red Hot sauce! This bang bang shrimp is the perfect appetizer or finger food snack with dipping and it also makes for a nice light meal when served on rice along with a vegetable tossed in the sauce!

Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Balsamic Sweet Chili Sauce

Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Balsamic Sweet Chili Sauce
Mini peppers are so much fun! I am a little obsessed with stuffing them right now and these bacon and goat cheese stuffed mini peppers with balsamic sweet chili sauce are my current favourite! They are so easy to make! You simply cook some bacon, mix it in with the goat cheese and cream cheese along with some garlic and onions, stuff the halved mini peppers and roast until the cheese is nice and warm and melty and good! These sweet and savoury, finger licking bundles of goodness are so good all by themselves and even better when dipped in a balsamic sweet chili sauce! Whether you serve these bacon and goat cheese stuffed mini peppers with balsamic sweet chili sauce to guests as appetizers/snacks or you devour an entire batch of them by yourself (I won't tell anyone... since I do it too...) you are sure to enjoy them!

6 Ingredient Recipes

6 Ingredient Recipes

One request that I keep getting is for a list of 5 or 6 ingredient recipes and I think that's a great idea! I went through my main course recipes and collected all of the ones with 6 ingredients or less and I labeled/tagged them all as 6 ingredient recipes! As it turns out, I have a fair number of them, and these easy 6 ingredient recipes are are far from boring! In fact many of them are among my favourite recipes! I mean who doesn't like a recipe with only a handful of ingredients? Once I had identified all of the 6 ingredient recipes I had to roundup the top 50 recipes and share them with you here today and here the are!

Beef Short Rib Borscht

Beef Short Rib Borscht
It's time for a new soup recipe, a beef short rib borscht! Borscht is a sour soup that is common in Eastern European countries with one of the more popular versions being a bright red beet soup! There are plenty of different versions of borscht or barszcz and this beef and beef one is my favourite. I like to start out with beef short ribs which have plenty of flavour and the beef is slowly braised until it's melt in your mouth delicious! In addition to the beef and beets this soup has plenty of veggies including onions, carrots, celeriac root (or potatoes) and cabbage making for one really hearty dinner! The sour aspect of soup comes from lemon juice (or vinegar) and it balances out the sweetness of the beets so amazingly well! I like to add dried porcini mushrooms for the extra hit of umami flavour and the soup is finished perfectly with fresh dill and a dollop of sour cream! Serve this beef short rib borscht with some buttered crusty bread for one tasty and satisfying meal!

Cheddar and Rosemary Irish Soda Bread

Cheddar and Rosemary Irish Soda Bread
There's little better than a freshly home baked loaf of bread, especially along side a comforting bowl of soup! Irish soda bread is a super simple homemade bread and this cheddar and rosemary irish soda bread goes perfectly with a bowl of corned beef and cabbage soup. Soda bread is as easy to make as mixing flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk into a dough, shaping it into a loaf and then baking it until it's lightly golden brown and has that amazing fresh baked bread aroma that fills your home! For this soda bread I mix in plenty of cheddar cheese along with rosemary which adds a fabulous flavour! It only takes 30 minutes to make this cheddar and rosemary Irish soda bread which makes is so easy that you can make it even on a busy weeknight!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup
Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner and with the chilly weather I figured it was the perfect time to make a nice big pot of corned beef and cabbage soup! This is a super simple soup that relies on the flavour of the corned beef which is slowly braised until it's melt in your mouth tender and oh so good! After the beef I load this soup up with veggies including the standard onions, carrots and celery in addition to plenty of cabbage, which goes so well with the corned beef. I like to fill out this stew with potatoes or cauliflower, celeriac or even barley making for one hearty comforting meal! This Saint Patrick's Day curl up with a bowl of corned beef and cabbage soup!

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl
My current obsession is poke (a Hawaiian style raw fish salad) and after trying out a bunch of local poke rice bowls it was time to make my own! My favourite fish to enjoy raw has to be tuna, with salmon coming in second, so I like to start my poke off with raw ahi tuna which is seasoned in soy sauce along with green onions, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Since good quality/sushi-grade fish can be a little pricy I like to fill out the poke bowl with a nice bed of rice which also soaks up all of the juices from the salad. With the base of rice and the fish you can finish the poke bowl with pretty much anything that you can think of! I like to start with some cool and creamy avocado, crisp cucumbers, tangy sweet onions, crunchy macadamia nuts and pretty watermelon radish. You can use so many other ingredients from sushi inspired to Korean, Mexican, etc. No matter how you serve these ahi tuna poke bowls you are sure to enjoy them!

St Patrick's Day Recipes

St Patrick's Day Recipes

St Patrick's Day is this week and that means that it is time to start planning your menu! Corned beef is a classic recipe for St Patrick's Day, one of my favourites, and it is so easy to make! You simply throw it in the slow cooker in the morning and then optionally glaze it and toss it in the oven for a few minutes at night and you are in corned beef heaven! I always plan to make plenty of extra corned beef because there are just so many tasty recipes to use the leftovers in! Some great sides for your corned beef are colcannon, sauteed cabbage and soda bread. Of course corned beef is not your only option, lets not forget the tasty Irish stews, pies, fish n chips and dishes made with Irish stouts like Guinness. Of course no St Patrick's Day meal is complete without dessert and Guinness just happens to work fabulously well with chocolate so you have plenty of options! With these St Patrick's Day recipes your St Patrick's Day meal is sure to be one to remember!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl

Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl
Vegetables noodles are always fun and a nice light alternative to pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.! Zucchini is my go-to veggie for noodles but sweet potatoes also make for really nice noodles and chipotle sweet potato noodle bowls are a great way to enjoy them! This is a simple noodle bowl with sweet potato noodles cooked with onions, garlic, chipotle chili powder and cumin before being tossed with lime juice and cilantro before being served with black beans, corn, avocado and fried eggs! These noodle bowls make for a really nice quick and easy light meal or a powerhouse breakfast to kick start your day off right!