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Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

August 25, 2015

Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Outdoor movie season is coming to its last weeks (noooooo!) so you better make this RIGHT NOW. Well, I mean, you can make it later in the season when you stay indoors, but whatever, I just want an excuse to make you whip up a batch of this spicy, crunchy, salty, smoky popcorn. It’s SO good, just ask my coworkers, they destroyed the bag in like 10 minutes (at 10 am, yup, they’re pros).

If you’re not into the vegan bacon part, no worries, you can sub for the real thing, or even take it a step further and add pancetta! The base, which is the deliciously coated popcorn, can be paired with lots of things, even other simple plain caramel popcorn, or chocolate? I’ll let you pig out on your brainstorming of foodie ideas.

Go get your kernels, blankie, and favourite movie, and let’s make a batch!

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Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

July 19, 2015

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

I made this recipe for La Crema and I must say it was a total blessing! I was getting ready to go on a trip and had all this beautiful produce from the farmers market and didn’t want it to go bad, so I whipped up one of those “kitchen sink” recipes that turned out SO GOOD.

There are juicy tomatoes, spicy chimichurri made from fresh herbs, and everything is topped with crispy chip-like kale. Seriously yum.

You can find the full recipe over at La Crema’s blog. Perfect for a “cleaning the fridge” weekend dish!

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Recipe created in partnership with Jackson Family Wines. All views my own. Word.

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

June 23, 2015

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Dudes. Have you paid a visit to your fish monger? Not yet?! Then you should. This recipe is all about embracing the bounty of the seas in all its glory – that means – without getting super overcooked and with simple ingredients. Little heat and little ingredients? Yep. It’s possible.

Slow cooking salmon is pretty much the way to go. It helps keep all the flavour but gets rid of that sushi feeling in your mouth. This is one of my go-to party salads, especially for when I’m like “oh shit! The putlock was tonight?!”. You know what I mean? It’ll totally save ya. Get the full recipe and step by step instructions over at Kendall-Jackson’s blog.


Created in partnership with Jackson Family Wines. All views my own. Word.

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup

July 31, 2014

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

If you – just like me – are suffering from having an almost-out-control abundance of summer fruit that’s on the verge of going kaput!, then you’ll dig this recipe. I mean, even if you don’t have the fruit and you gotta buy it; you’ll still dig it!

Cue: stone fruit- the best reward of summer. Juicy, plump, sour, sweet goodness. It’s almost like 50 Shades of Grey: The Orchard Edition, ama rite?!

I saw quite a few recipes popping out around the interwebzz for easy summer tarts, so I decided to try making a few. In addition to the traditional ingredients I wanted to add something custard-y, and what better than a honey coconut syrup! It’s tropical, it’s Maui on your plate, with the touch of a hot local farmer. Bam! Sold.

Shall we get in the kitchen? Get the full recipe after the jump!

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Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries

July 22, 2014

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

I’m fo fancy, you already know….If loads of chocolate, meringue, and fresh farmers’ market berries is being fancy, then yes, we all are.

Have you ever bought a bunch of ingredients that look super pretty and then you wonder: umm..now what? Ok so last weekend I was walking by the market when I saw all these mountains of stacked local berries just sitting there, winking at me, asking me to take them home. So I did. I basically bought my own weight in berries and decided to figure out what to do with them later.

The ah-ha! moment hit me when I saw the cover of may’s issue of Donna Hay (yes, I admit it, I’m a donna fan – the woman knows how to style!) and saw this freaking fantastic chocolate meringue cake. I then knew that these berries needed to marry this cake. Done and done.

Such a beautiful summer love story, right?

This cake is served chilled, which still makes it appropriate for the season – though if you make it later in the year you can serve it at room temp and it’ll be just as amazing. It’s messy, fudge-y, and lusty!

Nuff talkin, more eatin’. Full recipe after the jump!

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Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles

June 26, 2014

Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles via Artful Desperado

Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles via Artful Desperado

Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles via Artful Desperado

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it ain’t xmas, it’s Popsicle Week 2014! organized by the one and only Billy of Wit and Vinegar. This week has been FILLED with amazing recipes from a bunch of harcore foodies and today’s my turn to share the goods: Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles!

You know black forest cake, right? That delicious german creation stuffed with chocolate, cream, and cherries. Well, this recipe is THE SAME except that there’s no dairy AND I skipped the maraschino cherries which taste like cough syrup, instead, I used a sour cherry compote and topped it all with dark chocolate shavings. I’m telling ya, THIS IS GOOD.

Side note: I used some local cherries for styling purposes and my house ended up looking like a murder scene from Dexter! ha! There was cherry juice on the walls and all.

Full recipe after the jump!

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Starving Artist Recipes and Illustrations by Sara Zin

June 25, 2014

Starving Artist Recipes and Illustrations by Sara Zin

OH! Someone please pass me a bar of chocolate, I feel fainty with such beauty! Food, illustration, recipes – yes yes and yes.

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