Asparagus and Mushroom Galette with Bacon, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Asparagus and Mushroom Galette with Bacon, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction
The local asparagus is finally here and I celebrated with this amazingly tasty asparagus and mushroom galette with bacon, goat cheese and balsamic reduction! A galette is a freeform pie where the crust is rolled out on a flat surface, the 'filling' is placed on top and the edges are folded over to hold the filling in before baking until the crust is nice and crispy and golden brown. Of course sweet galettes are always welcome but I prefer savoury ones and using one of my favourite spring flavour combos, asparagus and mushroom, is pretty much perfect in my books! This galette is really easy to make, you really just cook some onions along with the mushrooms, throw them onto a pie crust with the asparagus, fold up the edges and bake! Being the cheese fanatic that I am I usually add cheese and goat cheese, blue cheese or feta are all great choices here. I like to finish this pie off with a sweet and tart drizzle of balsamic reduction and if you are a fan of bacon then you cannot go wrong in adding some! No matter how you slice it, this asparagus and mushroom galette with goat cheese and balsamic reduction is a fantastic way to welcome in spring and the fresh asparagus harvest!

25 Recipes for the Grill

25 Recipes for the Grill

Grilling season is here so dust off your barbecue, fire it up and get your grill on! Whether you are cooking for family or friends the warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to move things outdoors, and who doesn't love to cook under open, sunny blue skies with fire! It's easy to cook an entire meal on the grill with everything from mains like juicy steaks, meat on a stick, burgers and sandwiches to sides like grilled vegetables and even desserts with grilled fruits. Below you will find a few of my favourite recipes for the grill and I am looking forward to sharing some new ones this summer! Happy grilling!

Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna 'Sushi' Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna 'Sushi' Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette
Today I have a new salad recipe for you, a sushi themed salad with sesame crusted seared ahi tuna! This salad was inspired by the flavours of sushi and my favourite fish for sushi is tuna so that is the centre piece of this salad. I would be perfectly happy with raw sushi grade ahi tuna for this salad but if you are making it for someone that is a bit leery about eating raw fish, it's just as good lightly seared! I build the salad up with other common sushi ingredients including avocado, edamame, cucumber and carrots in addition to the lettuce. If you want to include the rice component of sushi you could add some or some quinoa but I like the lighter version of the salad without it. For the dressing I went with a wasabi vinaigrette that includes soy sauce both of which are commonly served with sushi. This sushi salad with seared ahi tuna really does remind you of eating sushi and it's a makes for an amazingly tasty light meal!

Korean BBQ Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Gochujang BBQ Sauce

Korean BBQ Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Gochujang BBQ Sauce
With the weather warming up grilling season is here and up first I have these Korean BBQ chicken burgers with grilled pineapple and gochujang BBQ sauce! I started by flavouring the chicken patties Korean BBQ marinade style with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, green onions and pineapple. Korean BBQ marinades often include a fruit like an Asian pear, a Fuji apple, a kiwi, etc. both as a source of natural sweetness and to help tenderize the meat and for these burgers I went with a pineapple theme so I included the chopped up pineapple bits in the patties. Up next for the burgers is even more pineapple in the form of grilled slices for a nice juicy, sweet and tangy contrast, salty bacon and feta, a crunchy romaine slaw and sweet and pungent grilled onions! The final piece of the burgers is a Korean themed BBQ sauce that uses gochjang (a Korean chili bean paste) for a sweet and spicy heat that finishes off the burgers nicely. These tasty burgers are an amazing combination of flavours and textures that work so well together and they are the perfect way to kick off grilling season and to keep it going throughout the summer!

Creamy Roasted Asparagus and Brie Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Roasted Asparagus and Brie Cauliflower Soup
Spring is a glorious time of year and one of my favourite parts is the first of the local produce, asparagus! Cream of asparagus soup is always a great way to enjoy some of that fresh asparagus and this is my favourite version, a creamy roasted asparagus and brie cauliflower soup. Normally cream is used to make a cream of asparagus soup creamy but it's a little heavy and why not add some flavour at the same time by using a creamy brie cheese? Roasting the asparagus is a great way to bring out it's flavour and instead of using flour or potatoes to thicken the soup I like to go with cauliflower which I also roast. The soup is then finished off with some fresh basil and lemon to brighten things up and make the soup nice and fresh and a perfect ode to spring!

Spring Recipes

50 Spring Recipes

Spring took it's time showing up here this year but now that we have had a few days of warm weather I feel like it's finally here! What's more is that I finally saw some of the first of the local produce at the farmers market this weekend including asparagus and ramps and that brings with it the promise of many good things to come! With that in mind I figured that it was time to roundup some of my favourite spring recipes using fresh ingredients like asparagus, strawberries, ramps, fiddleheads, peas, fava beans, artichokes, etc. I am definitely looking forward to making some of these recipes again and trying out some new ones using the fresh spring produce! This certainly is an exciting time of year, with the sun shining and the warming weather we can head out doors where the world is once again turning green; the perfect time to head out for BBQ's, picnic's etc!

Seared Salmon in Dill Avodaise (Avocado Hollandaise) Sauce

Seared Salmon in Dill Avodaise (Avocado Hollandaise) Sauce
Still looking for cooking ideas for mom for Mother's day? How about this crispy skinned pan seared salmon with a dill avocado hollandaise sauce? This recipe is so nice and quick and easy that any level of home cook can make it and it is sure to please mom! The salmon is simply seasoned and seared until the skin is nice and crispy and it is served topped with an creamy and lemony avocado hollandaise sauce. Hollandaise sauce is normally made with plenty of butter along with lemon juice but avocado makes a healthier substitute for all of that butter and it is just as creamy and good, pairing well with the salmon. Serve with crisp and juicy steamed asparagus and sweet and tart roast tomatoes to contrast and complement the creamy salmon and avodaise sauce and to complete the meal!

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich
I have been thinking about brunch menus with Mother's Day coming up and with Cinco de Mayo just past I naturally combined the two to make these huevos ranchers style breakfast sandwiches. These breakfast sandwiches include all of the ingredients and flavour of huevos rancheros including refried beans, guacamole and salsa ranchera in addition to fried eggs. Even if you are not a cook, these huevos rancheros breakfast sandwiches are super easy to make and take little time but mom is sure to enjoy them and appreciate the effort! Just make sure to wipe the dribbling egg yolk from your chin before brining mom her breakfast in bed and I swear that I won't tell her that you inhaled several before brining her hers!

Mother's Day Recipes

Mother's Day Recipes

This weekend is Mother's Day and a great way to show her how much you care is with some home cooking! Start the day off right for mom with breakfast in bed or a special brunch and then keep things going with some tasty snacks in the afternoon followed by and quick and easy dinner that is sure to please! You don't need to be a master chef to treat mom to some home cooking on Mother's Day; most of these recipes are super easy to make and she will definitely appreciate the effort! Whether you treat mom to a full day of home cooked meals or just one dish you can't go wrong with one of these recipes and any one of them will make this Mother's Day one that mom will never forget!