The Best Panzanella: Beef Tenderloin + Charred Spring Onions

September 10, 2017

This panzanella is at the top of its game! I made an updated version with beef tenderloin, charred spring onions, loads of tomatoes, and greens and let me tell ya it turned out fantastic!

I find a panzanella to be the easiest way to come up with a full dinner idea with minimal effort, totally cheating the game haha, but seriously, all you need is some nice crusty bread (it can even be a day or two old) made into croutons, some veggies, and a protein of your choice, combine and bam! You are ready to feed the masses.

This recipe was paired with some wine for my wino friends of La Crema, their Monterey Pinot Noir, and it went preeeetty nicely with it. You can find the full recipe OVER HERE. Enjoy!


Created in partnership with La Crema wines.

A Mojito Fit for the Weekend

September 10, 2017

Mannn oh man, this mojito is gonna bring chill times to your weekend. Especially since it’s a cool variation on the classic recipe, this one is a bit of a digestive / mojito. The “digestive” part is the port that I added to it, but don’t worry, this isn’t some crazy health new craze, it’s just what europeans drink to chill after a long meal, so you know it’s legit.

The mix of sweet port, with mint, boozy rum, and a splash of bubbly water is just perfect to sit back and relax after stuffing your face on the last bbq of the year (let’s be real, summer is almost gone). Anyways, I made this recipe for my peeps of West Elm so you can find the full recipe over there.

Seafood Skewers with Herbed Oil and Citrus Dipping Cream

August 18, 2017

Summaaa is still going strong, yo! And I am basically stuffing my face with all the fresh seafood I can get before I go back to my life as a winter-carbo-loader.

I made this really fresh and easy seafood skewers with a herbed oil (chives, parsley mostly with a touch of garlic) with a dipping sauce (sour creme and lemon zest). It involves very little cooking, mostly just the bbq OR if you don’t have one (like me) you can do them in a grill pan, same thing.

I paired up this dish with some wine for my friends of La Crema, and the one I chose (I think I’ve been addicted to it all summer tbh) is the Monterey Chardonnay, a super chilled glass of this chardy with a skewers and some of that citrus creme, ohhhh mama, we be in heaven.

You can find the full recipe over at their winetastic blog.

Created in partnership with La Crema, all views my own

Al Pastor Burger

July 24, 2017

Hi all! Damn, can you believe summer is already here (and half way through actually). I just came back from an extended break and getting back into reality, and it’s been quite nice. I love traveling and all, but there’s always something nice about coming home and being in our own space, no? I mean, living out of a suitcase gets a bit cray cray after a while.

Since summer is in full swing here in Vancouver I cannot think on anything but classic summer staples like burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream – yep! All the stuff that’s good for your body figure haha.

With a bit of a taco inspiration in mind, I made this recipe for Al Pastor Burgers for La Crema Wines, which I paired with their Monterey Chardonnay – the best combo! Total hit for a bbq party or for stuffing your face while watching the new season of GOT. I definitely like the way the acidity of this chardy balances the spice on the burger.

Ok go get the recipe here!

Ps. I also have some cool news coming up regarding the blog. Stay tuned!


Created in in partnership with La Crema wines. All views my own. 

Beer Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Chimichurri

May 1, 2017

Beer Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Chimichurri

Beer Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Chimichurri

Beer Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Chimichurri

Drooooling!? I know, this chicken is quite SEXY. I’ve been roasting chickens at home all winter long, but my usual mix of spices is pepper, lemon, and thyme, easy peasy. This time I wanted to heat things up and make something a bit more smoky, and spicy. Cue all the chipotle in the world!

I made this recipe for my dudes at West Elm and repeated it a couple times since then. It’s the perfect “in between dish” for times like this when the weather is being a total asshole, you know? One minute sunshine, then you go in the shade and gets so cold that your nippled rip through your shirt…dramatic? Just a bit haha.

On another note, I am working on the revamp of my site – yay! – it will continue to be artful desperado but a bit more sleek and presh. I initially thought of doing the whole thing in millennial pink, but, that probably will backfire at some point (still love that colour tho haha).

I have a few more other posts from recent work coming up, so stay tuned!

Beer Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Chimichurri

Chorizo Shawarma Crepes with Lemon Tahini

March 31, 2017

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Chorizo Shawarma Crepes

Oh haaai. What’s shaking my dear friends? Been bouncing up and down, left and right, hence I am sometimes MIA on this blog. That doesn’t mean I ain’t cookin’ or photographin’, I am! But mostly for other people haha, so that leaves little time at the moment for funsies with the blog. That being said, I did whip up one very very tasty dish that I’ve been having for dinner for the last 3 days: Chorizo Shawarma Crepes with Lemon Tahini!

So here’s a little explanation as to why I made shawarma with crepes: so, I love shawarmas, who doesn’t, right? But the bread is sometimes a bit too much and I end up feeling like a stuffed pigeon. Crepes are light and fluffy but they retain some of that bread-iness. That combined with some spiced-up chorizo (with ras el hanout and za’atar) and a very tangy and garlicky tahini sauce, well, it screams heaven!

I bought the chorizo sausages raw at Whole Foods, and even though you can buy the cured Spanish or Mexican version at specialty shops, I recommend the raw meat version so the flavour of the added spices can really get in there.

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This whole recipe is now up on my wine buddies’ blog over at La Crema. As a bonus I offer a pairing that makes this spicy dish 100 times better, seriously, this chardonnay is crisp and fresh with a touch of floral notes which I really enjoyed. And hey, since I opened the bottle, might as well finish it right? HAAAA…no for reals tho..

Hope you enjoy it!


Post created in partnership with La Crema Wines, all views are my own

Popcorn Two Ways Plus a Wine Pairing

February 23, 2017

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Hi guys! How’s’ it going?! Hoping all a-ok with ya. Over here I am up to my knees in food prep and prop shopping for a client cookbook which is preeeetty cool, but also leaves me with little brain power to get here on the blog and produce additional content. However, I did get in the kitchen on the weekend to make a snack for all of us.

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This snacky poo is pretty easy to make and has lots of flavour. I mean who doesn’t like glam popcorn, am I right? This popcorn is great for movie night or for stuffing your face while watching re runs of sex and the city (what?! Don’t judge me).

The flavour combos are sage and chipotle and pepper and caramel, so you can get both, sweet and savoury. Aaaand to complete this snack, I am pairing it with a nice mellow red from my friends from La Crema. I tried this combo with their Monterey Pinot Noir and it was just perfect!

Ok, time to get poppin’, go to La Crema’s blog and grab the recipes! Hope you enjoy them.

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