Broccoli Ramen with Kale and Bok Choy

January 19, 2016 § 1 Comment


My son loves those noodles soups that come in a package and so I started to experiment with a healthier version. This recipe is very healthy as it has lots of greens and I use organic noodles made from brown rice. It makes a hearty meal on its own and warms the soul on a cold day. 

Cooking time 30 minutes
Serves 4

2 Tblsp (30 ml) olive oil
1 cup (250 ml) each, broccoli florets, chopped kale, bok choy
2 tsp (10 ml) Bragg or soy sauce
2 Tblsp (30 ml) miso paste
5 cups (1.25 ml) boiling water
1 tsp (5 ml) siracha
1 Tblsp (15 ml) sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml) each dried onion & garlic
1/4 tsp (1 ml) each tumeric, dried ginger
1 cup (250 ml) cooked ramen noodles per bowl

1. Heat a medium stock pot on medium heat. Add the oil and 3 veggies. Cook until soft about 10 mins.
2. Add the remaining ingredients except the noodles. Bring to a boil.
3. Cook the noodles as instructed and add 1 cup to a bowl and top with the soup.


Tomato Basil Soup

January 19, 2016 § Leave a comment


One of my favorite soups as a kid was Campbell’s tomato soup. My mother was obsessed with making curry and this soup  she allowed us to eat regularly. Tomato soup has always been a healthy comfort food and perhaps why Andy Warhol used it as one of his subject. My recipe is very quick and easy to make and definitely hits the spot. 

Cooking Time 20 minutes
Serves 4 

1 Tblsp (15 ml) olive oil
1/3 bulb minced garlic
1 small onion diced
1 tsp (5 ml) Himalaya salt
1 798ml can organic diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp (2 ml) dried basil
1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
1 Tblsp (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground pepper
25 grams fresh chopped basil
sprinkle with grated parmesean(optional)

1. Heat a medium pot on medium heat and add the oil and garlic. When brown, add the onions. When they turn brown and soften add the salt.
2. Add the can of tomatoes and bring to a boil. Now add the basil, pepper, balsamic vinegar and water. Bring to a boil.
3. Puree the soup in a vitamix or blender. Serve with freshly grated parmesean.


Cheddar Beer and Maple Bacon Kettle Chips

March 16, 2014 § Leave a comment


I picked up these chips at the Wholefoods in Chicago when I was there in November of last year. Yes, I know that was months ago but it has taken me this long to blog about them. I had a reader nudge me to write as she is hooked on Coriander Kitchen and missing my regular posts. This is for her. Well these chips caught my attention as I had not seen these flavours before. Both these flavours seem very Canadian as we are know for our bacon and  as being beer drinkers.

The chips taste quite opposite on the palate. The maple bacon was sweet and the cheddar beer savoury. The maple bacon has a strong bacon flavour and the cheddar beer has a prominent taste of hops. It essentially tastes like a beer burp. I’ve since seen the maple bacon in stores in Vancouver but the cheddar beer is still to come. I wonder if beer flavoured items are not allowed here.

My son preferred the cheddar beer flavoured chips, where my daughter liked the maple bacon better. I couldn’t decided which I liked better and found both equally good.

You can buy the maple bacon chips are natural foods stores and where you buy Kettle Chips.

Chicago Popcorn

November 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

chicago popcorn

When I arrived in Chicago and asked my friends, what Chicago’s specialties were, they all suggested that I try Chicago popcorn. It’s a mix of cheese popcorn with caramel corn, sweet and savoury. One evening I went to a friends and brought up that I wanted to try Chicago popcorn and he just happened to have bought a bag from Costco that day.

What luck. We opened a bag and I could not stop eating them. We realized that the caramel corn is heavier and tends to fall near the bottom of the bag and the cheese floats at the top. For future reference, I’ll give the bag a good shake before pouring the popcorn into a bowl.

The brand G.H. Creates, that is sold at Costco uses non-GMO corn and only natural ingredients without gluten ingredients. I was happy to find it at my Costco at home. I actually ate a bowl while writing this post. It is quite reasonably priced at about $7 for a 737 gram bag.

If you are in Chicago and want to try the best Chicago popcorn, go to Garret Popcorn shop around the city. They make their popcorn fresh and also use non-GMO corn, no preservatives and are gluten free. They have many flavours with nuts and now ship to Canada.

Turkish Street Food

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment


Istanbul is full of street food and their food is similar to Greece. These bakery carts are all over and sell a round bagel like bread that is very airy. They are plain tasting but easy to get everywhere and cost twenty five cents.

roasted corn

Roasted corn is also everywhere and very cheap from fifty to seventy five cents. When I asked this man if I could take his photo, he insisted that I be in it.


This has got to be the coolest street food. You pick your flavours and they roll up the candy on a stick right in front of you.

Adventures in Rome

October 23, 2013 § 1 Comment


I clearly remember my first trip to Italy in the summer before grade 12 like it was yesterday. I fell in love with it’s architecture, culture and of course it’s food. After a few decades of separation, I finally made it back. My plan was to eat everything in sight and so I worked out like crazy a few months before I left to increase my metabolism. My journey started as soon as I got on the plane.

For some strange reason, the airline did not receive my vegetarian meal request and I was starting to wonder how I was going to make it to Rome on an empty stomach.  Fortunately the lady sitting beside me was a pilot who was going to Rome for her shift and seemed to have some pull with the flight attendants.

She explained my situation and they were kind enough to bring me a left over meal from first class, cheese ravioli with a tomato sauce. It was so good that I could not even believe that it was plane food. My new pilot friend also was able to get us both glasses of wine from first class, I got VIP service in economy.

The next day, I arrived in Rome in the morning and was greeted by my friend at the airport. On our way back to their place, I was asked if I wanted to stop for a cappuccino, it was like he read my mind.

We stopped at a cute bar where we got a table outside. A friend met us there and we placed our order. It took me some time to sort through the rows of pastry in the case and decided on an apple tart and cappuccino. I was shocked when 2 cappuccinos, an iced coffee, pastry and bottle of water came to 4 euros or $7. Each sip of my frothy cappuccino was delicious and made me feel like a local.

singita miracle beach

My friends had planned a beach day and it seemed like the best place to relax after a long flight. We went to Singita Miracle beach where all the sexy Romans go to spend their saturday. We spent the day sun worshipping and as soon as the sun began to set, we moved to a table on a white sheet and sat crossed legged and shared drinks and food.

rome sunset

We sipped on the Italian beer Peroni and munched on a flat bread cracker that I had never seen before. A dj was playing electronic music and a white piano hid his equipment. The mood changed as the sun set and partiers migrated from the city.

flatbread crackers

After such a long day, I still was up for more and we decided to head into Rome for dinner. We went to my friend’s restaurant and we ordered pizza. I got a plain Margherita pizza and my friend got a pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on top.


The pizza was absolutely amazing. The crust was really thin and could not be eaten by hand. I had a bit of trouble eating pizza with a fork and knife only because I didn’t have the patience to cut eat piece. The crust was a little soft and soggy and the cheese was delicious. Their idea of mozzarella is like the Canadian version of a firm bocconcini. It so was filling that I only ate about 2 pieces and took the rest home for the next day.

Seaweed Potato Chips

September 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

seaweed potato chips

Theses potato chips come from the Mount Fuji area in Japan called Chizoka. They are made using all local ingredients including organic potatoes. The seaweed comes from the Suruga Bay and the ancient salt comes from deep from the bay’s floor.

The chips are very finely sliced and the oil is fresh and moist. The taste of the salt and seaweed is very light and delicate on the palate.

These chips are made by Matsuura Food Company and can be purchased direct from them in Chizoka. Otherwise you can find them on Amazon.

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