Fusilli Pasta Salad

September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tokyo, Japan

One my last night in Tokyo, my friend Saya and I cooked a delicious feast while her husband Sunny played bartender. He requested that I make a cold pasta dish, so I made a pasta salad.

I had fun being in the kitchen as I knew it was my last night to enjoy being in Japan with my good friends. It was a fun challenge to create recipes that I am used to using different ingredients and adding a Japanese flare on it.

I used fusilli pasta with fresh vegetables that were available at the market with parmesan in a sweet balsamic dressing. I used the beautiful purple cabbage sprouts as a garnish. Sunny was very happy and thought the dish was beautiful as well as having harmony in the flavours.

Cooking time 30 minutes
Serves 4

1 package cooked fusilli pasta
1 handful snow peas
1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
corn niblets
shavings of parmesan (optional)
1/2 handful green olives
handful of baby greens
finely sliced green onions
chopped fresh basil
purple cabbage sprouts.

olive oil
balsamic vingegar
raw sugar
sliced dried hot pepper
fresh ground pepper

1. Place the veggies in a bowl and marinate with the dressing for 1/2 hour.
2. Toss with the pasta, parmesan and 2/3 of fresh basil. Garnish with fresh basil and purple cabbage sprouts.

cold pasta salad



May 1, 2013 § 2 Comments


Tzatziki is a delicious and healthy snack that you can eat in so many ways. Traditionally it’s served with Greek food but you can also use it as a dip for veggies. Personally, I like to add a dollop of tzatziki to my meals to add flavour.

Cooking time 10 minutes
Makes 2 cups (500 ml)

1/2 cup (125 ml) grated cucumber
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1 1/2 cup (375 ml) plain yogurt
2 tsp (10 ml) olive oil

Combine the cucumber, salt and garlic in a bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Stir in the yogurt and olive oil.

Black Olive Tapenade

February 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Olives are one of my favorite foods and I eat them almost every day. I like to make a platter with a handful of olives, cheese and crackers that  I eat for a snack or nibble on while I am cooking. To make olive tapenade all you do is throw a few things into a blender or food processor and it’s ready. Besides the obvious ways to use tapenade, you can easily dress up a sandwich by smearing on a layer of tapenade. Or you can mix a spoon of tapenade in a small bowl of plain vegan mayo and replace that with the plain mayo that you use in your sandwich.

1 small clove of garlic
1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice
2 tsp (10 ml) olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 tsp (1 ml – 3 ml) salt (depends on the salt in the olives)
1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped cilantro
1 cup (250 Ml) pitted kalamata olives

1. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in a blender and blend together.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on low being careful to not over process the olives.
3. Serves with crackers and cheese.

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