Mushroom Risotto

May 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

This creamy risotto is super easy to make and full of flavour. You can use a variety of mushrooms to create a more complex flavour.

Cooking time 45 minutes
Serves 4

1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
1 medium onion finely diced
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) arborio rice
3/4 pound of crimini mushrooms or another type
1/2 – 1 tsp (2-5 ml) salt
2 tbsp (30 ml) vegan or regular butter
grated pecorino romano cheese (optional)
chopped fresh chives (optional)

1. Heat a large saucepan on medium-heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic stir until brown and add the onions and sauté until golden.
2. Add the arborio rice and sauté. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté for a couple of minutes.
3. Slowly add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of water and stir. When the water is absorbed add another 1/4 cup. By adding the water slowly, it allows the risotto to become creamy. Continue adding water until the risotto is soft and can not absorb anymore.
4. Add the butter and the salt and turn off the heat. Serve in a bowl, sprinkle with pecorino romano cheese (optional) and garnish with fresh chives (optional).


Rhubarb & Apple Crisp

May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Making a crisp is a delicious way to cook with the rhubarb that is in season and plentiful at the grocery stores and markets. Buy a few stalks and chop them up and add them to your next apple crisp.

Cooking Time 60 minutes
Serves 6
Preheat oven to 375 F

4 cups (1 L) rhubarb cut into 1/4 inch pieces
5 medium apples cut into 1/2 inch pieces
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/8 cup (30 ml) water
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
1/2 tsp (2 ml) cinnamon

1 cup (250 ml) oats
1/2 cup (125 ml) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 ml) chopped pecans
1/4 cup (65 ml) sugar
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1/2 cup (125 ml) vegan or regular butter

1. Combine the rhubarb, apples, lemon, water, 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
2. Combine the oats, flour, pecans, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and butter in another mixing bowl.
3. Transfer the rhubarb and apple mixture into a baking dish and top with the dry ingredients.
4. Bake in the oven until the apples are soft and the topping is crisp about 35-45 minutes.
5. Serve with vanilla ice cream if you dare.

Blueberry Quinoa Porridge

May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

One morning, I used leftover quinoa in my porridge instead of oats and it turned out heavenly. A delicious and light way to start the day, you can top it off with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.

I can not stress enough the importance of breakfast and many don’t know that by eating breakfast, you actually lose weight. How is this possible? Well, eating breakfast tells your body that you are awake and speeds up metabolism. People who skip breakfast experience low blood sugar which often results in binging and eating more than if you ate regular meals. People who eat breakfast tend to have a clearer mind and can make healthier diet choices. Even if you are in a hurry,  at the very least you can grab a piece of fruit.

Cooking time 10 minutes
Serves 2

1 cup (250 ml) cooked quinoa
1 cup (250 ml) coconut beverage
1/2 cup (125 ml) blueberries
1 tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup
1/4 tsp (1 ml) cardamom powder
2 tbsp (30 ml) pecans
2 tsp (10 ml) hemp seeds

1. Combine the quinoa and coconut beverage in a small pot and bring to a boil on medium heat.
2. Add the blueberries and cook until soft, about 2 mins.
3. Add the maple syrup and cardamom. Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with the pecans and hemp seeds.

Vancouver Farmers Market Opens This Weekend

May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Vancouver Farmers Market opens this weekend at Trout Lake from 9am – 2pm. The Trout Lake Market is located between Templeton and Lakewood, just south of East 13th Avenue. There are seven different market locations that you can visit throughout the year with five markets in the summer markets and two in the winter.

Besides finding the best produce that the city has to offer, you can find an amazing assortment of baked goods including organic and gluten free items. I love testing the preserves, homemade canned items, speciality cheeses, artisan chocolates and other goodies that people pour their hearts into.

For more information about market locations and dates, visit the Vancouver Farmers Market website at While you are there check out my herb photo on their website.

Happy First Birthday Coriander Kitchen

May 3, 2012 § 5 Comments

To celebrate Coriander Kitchen’s one year birthday, I invited friends over for a Bollywood themed party. I cooked up some of my favourite recipes from my blog and we all got dressed up in saris for the special occasion. I wore a vintage embroidered light blue chiffon sari that was originally my grandmother’s.

The music from Slumdog Millionaire and Monsoon Wedding played in the background as we chatted about Bollywood movies and Shiamak’s Bollywood dance classes that I took last year. Most of my friends have travelled to India and we reminisced on our travels and the various yoga and meditation retreats that we have taken there.

My friend is beautifully draped in this green and gold silk sari that I brought back for her from Kanyakumari, the town on the very southern tip of India. Kanyakumari is a popular tourist destination because it’s where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet, making the sunset and the moon-rise visible at the same time.

We ended the evening with a soothing cup of freshly made homemade chai that has been my personal recipe for years. I hope that everyone has enjoyed reading Coriander Kitchen and experimenting with my healthy vegetarian recipes. Here’s to the next year!

Spring Photography

May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s May and I have another giveaway. This time it is for 5 photography art cards by Yolande Morin. To enter the draw all you need to do is follow Coriander Kitchen by email or like the Facebook Page. For two chances to win, do both. The winner will be contacted by email and to collect the prize, you must be able to visit Yolande Morin’s studio from May 19-21, 2012. Congratulations to Cera Ziegler who won the photography art cards. Please note that this contest is now closed.

Photography is a passion of mine and I love to photograph food. When I shop at the farmers’ market, I have my eco grocery bag over one shoulder and my camera hangs around my neck.  I walk through the crowded stalls as I shop for my groceries for the week. I squeeze past individuals riffling through fresh produce as I keep an eye out for food to photograph. When I find something that catches my eye, I try to get the shot as fast as I can without getting in the way.

Now that it is spring, I love to wander into my neighbours’ yards and capture the beauty of flowers. My neighbour Yolande Morin is well-known for her garden and even better known for her photography greeting cards that she sells around Vancouver at Choices Market on 16th Avenue and Banyen Books. Morin is among the few photographers who have not switched over to digital and she still uses 35mm film. She loves to take photos of her garden foremost and has a large collection of photos that she took in France, the Galapagos Islands and of other places that she has travelled.

Morin recently had the privilege of photographing the National Ballet of Cuba while they visited Vancouver in February. Morin will be showing a triptych of these photos at the Artists in our Midst Roundhouse Exhibit (181 Roundhouse Mews) on May 16, 2012 from 7-10pm. Artists in our Midst is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and on the weekend of May 19-21, 2012, you can browse through 36 artist-created galleries and venues on the west side of Vancouver. For more information about Artists in our Midst and the artists featured visit

a photo that I took in Yolande Morin’s garden

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