Mexican Chorizo Gratin

Last night’s dinner (German Pork Tacos) combined German flavours with a Mexican dish. Tonight, we’re flipping the fusion script a bit and building Mexican flavours into a French dish! So, we decided to make a gratin, which is (at its heart) a cheesey baked dish that’s a little crispy and brown on top…but with spicy…

Enchilada Stacks

I find that enchiladas can be a bit of a pain in the rear-end to make, so I played around with some ideas and landed on these! Essentially, it’s all the goodness of enchiladas, but without the hassle of worrying about a finicky corn tortilla or tow breaking apart during assembly. That’s really about all…

Moroccan Salmon

It took me quite a while to figure out how exactly I wanted to cook my salmon tonight, but in the end, I decided to try a spice blend I hadn’t ever tried before and make a Moroccan inspired salmon fillet. I’m quite happy to report that the spice of the cayenne and the earthiness…

Crab Jambalaya

This one is my take on the classic Cajun rice dish. The fact that I’m using cooked chicken sausage and crab claw meat from the outset also makes this full-flavoured dish extremely easy to cook and very simple to clean. Anyway, the base of this dish is what’s referred to in Southern cooking as “The…

Chana Masala (Chickpeas in a Tomato Cream Sauce)

This one is a nice, rich, flavourful vegetarian classic often found in Indian restaurants. It is basically a dish of spiced chickpeas in a creamy tomato sauce, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out! We enjoyed this over brown basmati rice with Baked Vegetable Samosas, but it would go very well with…

Hot and Sour Soup

A staple on any Chinese takeout menu, this soup is surprisingly easy to make at home. This is great news for a few reasons, but the main one is you can easily make it conform to your tastes. For example, you can play with the hot vs sour ratios and swap out any ingredients you’re…

Black and Red Bean Burritos

It’s pretty hard to imagine going to a Mexican restaurant and not seeing a litany of burrito options, so I’m going to skip a long winded introduction and get right to business. These little bundles of spicy goodness are so customizable though, so if you don’t want beans to be your primary protein, try diced…

Spicy Cilantro Cucumber Salad

Here’s a nice side salad that would go well with BBQ, Mexican, or even Asian flavours (if you tweak the seasonings and vinegar choice). I personally find a lot of back yard BBQ and Mexican entrees to be very heavy, and the sides often build on that richness (potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, refried…

Blackened Shrimp

Here’s an easy shrimp dish for anyone who likes spicy food. This is a go to in my house since it’s so quick and easy to make. The only tricky thing is that shrimp tends to dry out quickly, so it’s important not to overcook it. But as long as you get that little detail…

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

These need little to no introduction, so let’s just get right into it.  They are great as appetizers or sides for bbq or Mexican dishes.  Tonight, I’m making them with Spicy Southwest Black Bean Burgers to complete the vegetarian meal. Time: 25 Minutes Ingredients: Jalapenos (3 per person is a good serving suggestion) Cottage Cheese…