Author: cookingwithshy

Eating My Way Through Toronto: Pan Asian Flavors & Hidden Gems Around the City

Toronto has a plethora of Pan asian joints ranging from Chinese takeouts, street foods, Ramen bars,Thai bistros, food trucks and fine dining fare serving up some great exotic cuisine.It has now become a serious foodie destination. Looking for quality asian restaurants could turn into quite a daunting task as each neighbourhood focuses on specific cuisine, given the multi cultural diversity. The Chinatown neighbourhood around the city does offer a spectacular fare spanning across Vietnamese, Dim sum, Japanese and Cantonese. While the mid town and places up north too quite easily match upto some great dining experiences. Each year the food scene in Toronto seems to be getting increasingly interesting with new eateries opening up and lending a vibrant and eclectic vibe around the city. Whilst some focus  on the classic traditional menus ,others twist it around to cater to the modern new age or Asian fusion cuisine, alluring younger un-conventional palettes.Either ways there is a lot of extraordinary cuisine on offer and to fit every budget. I’m a glutton for good food, and it goes …

Coriander-Walnut Pesto

Move over pine nuts and basil as fresh coriander and toasted walnuts blend together to make this wonderful and easy pesto. Traditional Pesto also called Pesto Alla Genovese originates in Genoa,Italy and consists of pine nuts, salt, basil leaves , minced garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Also quite strictly this pesto is pounded with a mortar and pestle to achieve the desired results. However a small food processor works great too. In this modern version the pine nuts are substituted with walnuts and the star ingredient is fresh Coriander leaves or Cilantro and just some basil leaves thrown in for good measure. All the ingredients compliment each other really well and trust me you will be tempted to eat this pesto by the spoonful. Here is my recipe for this delightful pesto. I have wonderful memories fine tuning this recipe for an event at the college, I taught at some years ago. With quite a few trials and errors we perfected this recipe and now it’s a go-to recipe in my kitchen. This is …

Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash

Our weekdays are fairly hectic with all of us working from home. Most mornings turn out to be busy with either my workshops or recipe trials for future ones. Yes busy is good, but then the family has to eat too! Easy lunch ideas are what I aim for most days without the monotonous repertoire of soup and sandwiches. I had been browsing for some quick and easy recipes,when I stumbled upon this one for a Hasselback Butternut Squash.I have made hasselback potatoes often which are essentially a swedish tradition. The squash on the other hand has taken various avatars, in soups and salads, but never really quite in this form. I have adapted this slightly from Nourishing Amy. To be quite honest I was totally blown away by her images and the wonderful presentation. Now when I went through Amy’s blog post I got really excited as I had a medium butternut squash that was calling to be made just this way. This recipe is just so quick and easy. The important tip for …

Quinoa Burgers

Meatless Mondays just got even better with these ridiculously easy and delicious Quinoa Burgers. Yes I get it, I’m probably giving way too much importance to Quinoa of late. The fact is, I now substitute Quinoa for rice most often, and now hooked and a diehard Quinoa fan. As a result, I almost always have leftover Quinoa in the refrigerator and looking for creative ways of using it before it heads to the bin. Leftovers always make for interesting innovations in my kitchen and the Quinoa quite often gets turned into a spicy Curried Quinoa or Potato Quinoa Patties. The burgers worked out very flavourful and packed with clean  and wholesome ingredients. Last week I gave the Quinoa Burgers a try and they sure turned out great. Best part is they freeze well too for the weeks ahead when you need a vegetarian fix. Of late I seem to be going Vegan almost three to four times a week and quite enjoying it. Well, I do cook Meat and chicken for the family, however quite …

Potato & Quinoa Patties

  This fabulous vegetarian dish could be served as an appetizer, a side or even part of a main meal accompanied with a  garden fresh salad or roasted vegetables.Do bring it to your dinner table the next time around and I’m sure it will please even a staunch carnivorous dinner guest. Quinoa has come a long way in the last couple of years when it became quite the rage around one’s kitchens. It has slowly moved up from being stocked in the health food isles to the regular shelves in most supermarkets. I recently hosted a virtual cooking class and called it ” Quinoa Goes To Hollywood”. It was a fun session where the participants used simple cooked quinoa and twisted up two traditional Indian recipes, one  into a Curried Quinoa (the original recipe being Poha, which is curried flattened rice) and Potato Quinoa Patties which is the Aloo Tikki (classic Potato patty that got a makeover) I for one quite enjoy cooking with Quinoa and while the obsession continues, I’d been looking at something …