Polenta with Mushrooms

Happy New Year…x2, because yesterday ushered in the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Water Dragon! I read in an article that  “the dragon is larger than life and means big things are to come”  so I wish you all good things to come in 2012.  While you are chasing the “big things” out…

Matoke with Groundnut Sauce

Last year, I accompanied my sister to Kampala, Uganda and I had the pleasure of eating one of their staple dishes – matoke with groundnut sauce.   “Matoke” are a variety of green bananas, which cannot be eaten raw – they must be steamed or boiled for consumption. “Groundnut Sauce” is basically peanut sauce.  Groundnuts…

Spaghetti with Pesto

Is it me or does it seem like the closer you get to the end of the year the faster the days fly by?  I feel like I used to get so much done during the day and still have time left over to plan dinner menus.  I’m almost convinced that the days are getting…

Pizza Two Ways

Have you ever had pizza so bad that the crust tasted like cardboard?  Tomatoes acidic…check.  Chewy cheese…check.  Flavourless toppings…check.  On the flip side have you ever had pizza so good you wanted to just curl up in the corner and purr?  Everyone has a favorite pizza memory and every pizza they eat after that is…

Sausage and Tomato Bake

I was watching Jamie At Home the other day and he was showcasing three recipes using different types of tomatoes.  I love the show because the recipes are easy and more importantly, he uses fresh ingredients picked fresh from his garden!  This particular dish uses sweet cherry tomatoes and Italian Pork Sausages but if you…

Vegetarian Cannelloni

The other day I wanted to surprise the Mr with a dish that I used to make him when we first met.  When you’ve been with someone for a long time, sometimes you run out of things to surprise them with so you have to keep reinventing stuff you already made.   The simplest thing…

Pasta & Peppers

My sister has a farm in the black cotton hills of Ngong and a couple months ago she put up some greenhouses that are doing pretty well.  She is a new farmer so she has been trying everything that she thinks will grow up there in the hills. One being bell peppers – the red and…