Honey Sriracha Roasted Carrots

Honey Sriracha Roasted Carrots
Honey and sriracha are such an amazing combination of sweet and spicy and it works really well on these honey sriracha roasted carrots that are a great side dish for any meal! This recipe could not be easier, you simply toss the carrots in the honey and sriracha and roast them until they are nice and tender. The sweet and spicy honey and sriracha works so well with the sweet roasted carrots that it will send your tastebuds into flavour heaven! This Easter Bunny approved honey sriracha roasted carrot side dish is sure to be the talk of the dinner table!

Roasted Mushrooms in a Browned Butter, Garlic and Thyme Sauce

Roasted Mushrooms in a Browned Butter, Garlic and Thyme Sauce
Mushrooms have to be one of my favourite foods and they make for some of the best side dishes like these roasted mushrooms in a browned butter, garlic and thyme sauce! This recipe is super easy, you just roast the mushrooms, brown some butter, throw in the garlic and thyme and then toss the roasted mushrooms in the sauce! You really can't go wrong with mushrooms, garlic and butter and browning the butter only makes things better with the slightly nutty flavour and aroma that comes from browning it. These roasted mushrooms in a browned butter, garlic and thyme sauce are a great side for any meal!

Grilled Asparagus with Carrot Ginger Dressing

Grilled Asparagus with Carrot Ginger Dressing
Are you ready for another side dish for your Easter dinner? How about this tasty grilled asparagus with carrot ginger dressing? With spring here, even though it's still chilly here, there is asparagus from down south available and I could not resist picking some up to make this dish! This asparagus recipe is so easy, you just cook the asparagus (I like to grill it to get that slightly charred and smoky flavour) and serve it topped with the carrot-ginger dressing which is inspired by the carrot ginger dressing that you stereotypically find in Japanese restaurants. The defining characteristics of the carrot dressing are of course the carrot and ginger flavours complemented by the tangy rice vinegar and the absolutely amazing aromatics from the toasted sesame oil. With the combination of the spring asparagus and the Easter carrots this grilled asparagus with carrot ginger dressing is a perfect side dish for your Easter dinner! I hope the Easter bunny does not get upset that we turned his carrots into a dressing!

Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini Sauce with Pomegranate and Pistachios

Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini Sauce with Pomegranate and Pistachios
Easter is right around the corner and boy do I have a side dish recipe for you! These tasty maple roasted carrots in tahini sauce with pomegranate and pistachios will blow your mind! The carrots are tossed in maple syrup and roasted until tender before being topped with a creamy tahini sauce along with pomegranate and pistachios to add both colour and texture. The tahini sauce is nice and creamy with a little lemon citrus bite, sweet maple syrup and salty miso paste (or soy sauce). The pomegranate adds bursts of juiciness in addition to the jewel like radiant red colour and the pistachios add that crunchy texture along with the vibrant green colour! When everything is combined into this maple roasted carrots in tahini sauce with pomegranate and pistachios you get one truly amazing side dish that is perfect for your Easter dinner, or any other meal for that matter!

Reuben Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes)

Reuben Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes)
Got leftover corned beef from St Patrick's Day? How about some reuben boxty? Boxty are Irish style potato pancakes that are great when you top them with or fold them over something, in this case all of the flavours of a reuben sandwich including corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and either russian or thousand island dressing. These reuben boxty are super quick and easy to make and I like to take the extra few minutes that it takes to throw them under the broiler, just before adding the dressing, to melt the cheese! What a great way to enjoy some corned beef!

Bacon and Cheese Corned Beef Burgers with Guinness Caramelized Onions and a Fried Egg

Bacon and Cheese Corned Beef Burger with Guinness Caramelized Onions and a Fried Egg
Looking for one last recipe idea for St Patrick's Day? I've got a great one for you! Bacon and cheese corned beef burgers with guinness caramelized onions and a fried egg! Instead of throwing all of your corned beef into the pot or slow cooker today, set some of it aside to grind up in your food processor and use it to make some really tasty burgers! Now you could easily go with the standard reuben sandwich flavours for corned beef burgers but this is my favourite way to dress them up, with bacon, cheese and Guinness caramelized onions along with a fried egg; because everything is better with a runny egg yolk! These bacon and cheese corned beef burgers with guinness caramelized onions and a fried eggs are now my new number one burger! Yum!

Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes) with Bangers in a Guinness Mushroom and Onion Gravy

Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes) with Bangers in a Guinness Mushroom and Onion Gravy
While planning your St Patrick's Day menu don't forget about breakfast! Start St Patrick's Day off right with some boxty, an Irish style potato pancakes! Boxty is great all by itself, I mean what's not to love about potato pancakes that are fried until golden brown and crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside, but why not suff them full of some thing tasty like sausage and a guinness mushroom and onion gravy? The pancakes themselves are super easy to make, consisting of shredded potato, mashed potatoes, flour and milk (I like to add cheese!) that is mixed and then cooked just like any other pancake! The gravy is also pretty easy to make where you simply saute some onions and mushrooms, add Guinness, dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce to make the gravy and you're good to go! This would be a great dinner or breakfast and since I'm thinking breakfast I would be remiss if I did not top it with a fried egg with a runny yolk! I don't know about you but I can't think of a better way to start St Patrick's Day than with these boxty stuffed with bangers in a guinness mushroom and onion gravy!

Steak and Guinness Stew with Irish White Cheddar Cauliflower Mash

Steak and Guinness Stew with Irish White Cheddar Cauliflower Mash
With St Patrick's Day coming up I have been thinking about recipes and of course recipes with an Irish beer like Guinness come to mind and it's the perfect base for a beef stew! This steak stew is a pretty basic beef stew with some of the beef broth replaced with Guinness for extra flavour! I also like to season the stew with thyme, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and a hit of fish sauce for that extra depth of flavour! This steak and guinness stew is amazing all by itself but I often like to top it with cheese, Irish white cheddar cheese of course, and alternatively mashed potatoes, almost like a shepherds pie! This time I was thinking why not combine the two for a steak and Guinness stew topped with irish white cheddar mash and instead of using potatoes I used cauliflower to keep things light! Whether you serve this steak and Guinness stew by itself or topped with the Irish white cheddar cauliflower mash, it's a great choice for your St Patrick's Day menu!

Butter Chicken Noodle Soup

Butter Chicken Noodle Soup
I always enjoy a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup but I also like to change things up and this time I decided to turn one of my favourite pub foods, butter chicken curry, into a butter chicken noodle soup! This recipe is nice and quick and easy! The soup has a creamy tomato based broth with chicken, preferably tandoori chicken, noodles, veggies and of course curry seasonings. Butter chicken, as it's name implies, is buttery and creamy and typically you would get that creaminess with plenty of butter and heavy/whipping cream but to keep things lighter I replaced a lot of that with cashew milk (almond milk would be just as good) and greek yogurt which adds an extra layer of flavour as well as making the soup so nice and creamy. The curry is typically served on rice so I went with rice noodles and I wanted to have some vegetables so I added baby spinach and peas. The final resulting butter chicken noodle soup was amazingly tasty and the flavours and textures were a perfect reminder of butter chicken curry!

Venezuelan Black Bean and Chorizo Soup

Venezuelan Black Bean and Chorizo Soup
I was at a Venezuelan restaurant recently and I ordered the black bean and chorizo soup, since I always enjoy a tasty bean soup. I was expecting to get a more Mexican style spicy soup but to my surprise the first bite was slightly sweet with hints of molasses and that took me back for a second. Then I took a second bite, this one including a piece of the spicy cured chorizo sausage, and I was amazed at how well the combination of the slightly sweet black bean soup worked with the spicy chorizo sausage! Of course I knew that I would have to try making the soup at home! :)

The recipe pretty much wrote itself, being a standard black bean and chorizo soup with the addition of molasses and a bit of brown sugar to sweeten it; I know that there is a special kind of sugar that is traditionally used but since I could not find it here I made some simple substitutions. The resulting homemade version was phenomenal! I am still a little surprised at how well the slightly sweet and spicy combo works so well in a black bean soup like this but this is definitely my new favourite soup!