Buddha’s Delight

Buddha’s delight – also known as the world’s ultimate veggie stir fry – is quite the adventure for the palate. Named as such because it is a vegetarian dish, Buddha’s Delight is typically served on the first day of Chinese New Year as a part of the feast. It’s absolute proof that a dish can…

Asazuke

In the colder months of the year (spring, where are you?), it’s easy for us to focus on umami-filled, warm, hearty, comforting foods. Who can blame you, really, when there’s been snow and rain non-stop? It’s easy to overdo it, however, and end up with a meal that is too rich, too heavy, or too…

Bacon and Cabbage

While Irish cuisine may not have the punchiest of flavours or exotic ingredients and spices… there is certainly something to be said about a dish that is purely warm, nourishing comfort. With a simple list of ingredients (this dish was common given that many families used to grow their own crops and rear farm animals),…

Dutch Boerenkool

After over two years of recipes, it’s time for me to say goodbye to you. It’s been a pleasure writing for The Source, sharing my stories and learning about new cultures alongside of you. Over the past year I’ve been building my own business, in kitchen literacy coaching and training. The time has come to…

Biscuits and Gravy

When I think of the cuisine of the southern United States, I think of fantastic flavour and – perhaps more importantly –rib-sticking comfort. This is the kind of food I cook up for myself on a cold winter weekend, and is perfect whether you’re alone or you’re making it for a crowd. My dish today…

Chinese Tea Eggs

A recipe today to celebrate the year of the Rooster. The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many millions all around the globe, and is a time of promise and wishing your loved ones good fortune for the coming year. A beautiful way to ring in the year of the Rooster is to make these…

Jeweled rice

This traditional Persian dish is served often at weddings or large feasts so I thought it was a fitting holiday recommendation for your table. Whether it’s a new addition or perhaps even a replacement for your more typical dishes (such as stuffing), this rice dish is full of flavours both foreign and familiar. The spices…

Dublin Coddle

A Coddle is basically a leftover stew. Traditionally eaten in Ireland on Thursdays, to finish any meat left in the house, it is a hearty potato based dish best made in a Dutch oven, or any other heavy lidded pot. This version contains all the basics: potatoes, onion, sausage and bacon. While it sounds like…

Tufahije (with maple syrup)

I’ll admit that I wasn’t too familiar with Bosnian cuisine when I was given this assignment. What I was delighted to discover is that its focus is truly on the ingredients at the heart of the dish. While I am a big fan of sauces and accompaniments to any dish, I also appreciate dishes whose…

Sri Lankan Fish Curry

Sri Lankan cuisine, like in many island cultures, brings forth some amazing seafood based dishes. This fish curry is warm and comforting without being heavy. It has an interesting flavour punch due to the crushed fennel seeds, and the spice level is easily adjusted. Serve with basmati rice, cooked with half water, half coconut milk.…

Kugelis (baked potato pudding)

With Thanksgiving here and the holidays just around the corner, it’s just about time to start thinking about the perfect dishes to bring to a gathering. This hearty, starchy, bacon-y dish is the perfect side to turkey or a roast ham (think of it as your potato and stuffing hybrid dish). Alternatively, it can be…

Persian Kalam Polow with meatballs

You may know this type of one-pot rice dish under other spelling variations used around the Balkan and Middle East, like pilaf, polov, or pilau. Persian Polow is rice that is pre-cooked, and then mixed and steamed with vegetables, herbs, and/or meat. In this recipe we panfry small beef meatballs in a separate pan, and…

Šaltibarščiai: a cold beet soup

Get ready for a shock to both your eyes and tastebuds! Šaltibarščiai (Shal-tee-barsh-chyay) is a traditional Lithuanian cold beet soup, made specifically for the hot summer months where Lithuanian weather can exceed 30˚C. It’s perfect for this time of year as summer approaches. This dish is great for a gathering – it’s eye catching, delicious,…