Som Tam Thai

It’s incredible how much taste and flavour can impact one’s memories. Growing up in Southeast Asia for over a decade, I have had the opportunity to expand my palate and devour the cuisine of the region, but it wasn’t til I moved back to Canada that I really dove headfirst into my love for Thai…

Savijača

Regardless of the time of year, a warm, delicious apple dessert is always my weakness. There’s just something about apples and pastry that go together perfectly. Couple it with a luscious scoop of vanilla ice cream and it’s even more perfect. This savijača is better known to most of us under another name, the strudel.…

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…