Jalapeno Honey

Jalapeno Honey
Honey is an amazing sweetener and it's fun to add flavours to it, like jalapeno; that magical sweet and spicy combo! This jalapeno honey is so easy to make! You simply add sliced jalapenos to honey, bring to a simmer, and enjoy! Store it in the fridge in a sealed container and have it whenever you want! I like jalapeno honey on pancakes, on waffles (with or without fried chicken!), on bagels with cream cheese, in sandwiches, etc.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)
Gyudon (牛丼), short for gyu donburi, or beef rice bowl, is a Japanese dish consisting of beef and onions on a bowl of rice. In Japan gyudon is fairly common and might even be considered a type of fast food with several large chains that specialize in it such as Yoshinoya and Sukiya. I made sure that I tried the gyudons at both Yoshinoya and Sukiya when I was in Japan on vacation (years ago), I enjoyed both of them and this is my favourite homemade version! You basically simmer onions in a broth seasoned with soy sauce, mirin and sugar until the onions are tender before adding the beef and cookinguntil the beef is just cooked before pouring it over rice in a bowl. These beef bowls are so easy to make at home, taking less time than it takes to cook the rice, and they are so good!

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
Today I have a super quick and easy creamy tomatillo ranch dressing to share with you! Ranch dressing is a buttermilk, mayo and fresh herb based dressing and for this one I went with a southern twist using tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro and lime which is such a tasty combination of flavours! This dressing is as easy to make as pureeing all of the ingredients in a blender and if you have the time, broiling or charring the tomatillos and jalapeno will add even more flavour. Salads are perfect for this dressing and it also goes great as a sauce for tacos, burritos, or for dipping tortillas or veggies in!

Breakfast Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Breakfast Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
I am a big fan of sweet potatoes, especially when used as a substitute for regular potatoes! I often order sweet potato fries in place of regular fries at restaurants and its super easy to pan fry some sweet potatoes in a skillet until crispy at home. Savoury breakfasts draw my attention more that sweet so using some crispy sweet potatoes fries as a base for a tasty breakfast with bacon and eggs is a great way to go. I start out by cooking some bacon (It just wouldn't be breakfast without bacon!) before frying the sweet potatoes in the bacon grease until crispy. The potatoes are seasoned with onions, garlic, cumin, smoky chipotle chili powder, salt and pepper and topped with some fried eggs with deliciously runny yolks. The entire breakfast is then topped off with some fresh ingredients including homemade guacamole a creamy tomatillo ranch dressing dressing, cilantro and jalapenos! This breakfast takes more time to make than say scrambled eggs or pancakes but it's so worth the effort!

Spring Recipes

Spring Recipes

It has officially been Spring for a while now but it's just finally starting to feel like it! What's more is that I am finally seeing some spring produce in the grocery stores 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!