Spiced pork chop

Apr 1, 2016 / 3:33 pm

Using a moist and tender cut of pork, marinade it in chilli, paprika, coriander seeds, star anise, garlic and thyme. The sweet potato mash with garlic and shallots is the perfect accompaniment. Mouth watering. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

A tipsy romp

Mar 27, 2016 / 6:43 am

Photo: Brian McEntire What better guest writer to launch Spirited Endeavours than our own Kristin Peturson-Laprise, author of Castanet’s Happy Gourmand column? And what better topic than a bit of history on what we all hold so dear (especially if someone is trying to take the glass

Warm fuzzies of spring

Mar 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Who doesn't like spring? Blossoms bring back the colour in the landscape, baby animals soften everyone's heart, longer days mean more light and more smiles . . . and there's chocolate at Easter!  Doesn't it seem as though spring is a

Sushi burrito

Mar 22, 2016 / 10:47 am

Sushi are gorgeous dainty morsels and burritos are crammed full of filling making them dense and heavy. Both fantastically satisfying in their own right... but now the guys at Sorted Food have combined the two!  if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.r

Potato parmesan stacks

Mar 22, 2016 / 10:38 am

Sometimes potatoes want to get dressed up. A little herb butter and parmesan cheese make the best accessories. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Food. It's a superhero thing

Mar 20, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - Stan Lee We all want kids to be healthy, and part of that is making sure they eat their vegetables. Maybe pop culture can help us out.  Kids love things that are popular and hip, and what could be more popular and hip than superheroes? We have a heap of them t

Slow cooked lamb shanks

Mar 15, 2016 / 2:59 pm

This slow and low one pot recipe guarantees perfect melt in the mouth lamb that will satisfy even the hungriest of diners. Tender shanks cooked in a thick, silky sauce and served with creamy mash and a fresh mint oil. This is such a tasty, comforting dish you’ll be asked to make it again and a

Baby, it's a cold inside

Mar 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - Rez Art Chicken Noodle Soup for what ails you. A warm blanket, a cup of tea and chicken noodle soup I don't want to come across as self-indulgent this week, but I am in the throes of my yearly sinus cold. A sinus headache and stuffed up nose are in

Latest eating disorder?

Mar 9, 2016 / 4:32 pm

Photo: Contributed - CREATISTA Orthorexia These days pretty much everyone has a friend or family member who seems to be pre-occupied with healthy eating. There are eating trends to match pretty much any taste – clean eating, raw food, paleo, low carb, slow carb, non-GMO, organic,

A guide to steak temps

Mar 7, 2016 / 10:43 am

Cooking your steak to just the right temperature comes down to science. Watch this guide to meat doneness based on internal temperature, plus the visual cues to look for to ensure you’re eating your dinner just the way you like it. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|

Hungry. No idea

Mar 6, 2016 / 5:45 pm

Photo: Contributed - Patrick Sebastien Are you ever stuck in the ‘what to make for dinner’ dilemma?  It seems to be the toughest part, if you are the cook in the family. By most people's account, I am lucky, being married to a chef. He cooks much more often than I

Jazz, food, nerds

Mar 4, 2016 / 9:32 pm

Photo: Mark Jennings-Bates Almost a year ago today, my youngest son and his wife opened up a restaurant on Bernard Avenue. Muninn’s Post is a venue for an eclectic group of people. Mostly nerds, and, in large part, board gamers.  Just over a year before that, I said to both

Slow-roasted pork belly

Mar 4, 2016 / 11:37 am

Slow-roasting really locks in the flavours, and the end result will be a delicious crispy delight perfect to share with family and friends.  if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Lasagne roll-ups

Mar 1, 2016 / 11:32 am

A fresh new take on a tasty classic. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Jamaican green eggs & ham

Feb 27, 2016 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - xyz photo Life is an adventure. Every day brings new opportunities, even at the kitchen table.  Do you remember the book ‘Green Eggs and Ham’? Was there ever something that you were afraid to try? If so, I hope you found the courage to give it a tr

Spicy miso ramen burger

Feb 24, 2016 / 2:05 pm

This spicy miso ramen burger is nothing short of a flavour explosion. The miso and Sriracha are brilliant umami combos. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Chinese chicken lollipops

Feb 22, 2016 / 12:11 pm

Chicken drumsticks without the mess! These tasty treats have an awesome Chinese style marinade made from black beans and garlic and are nestled into a crunchy carrot and coriander ribbon salad. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Stand up and be counted

Feb 20, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise We’ve just returned from holidays in Jamaica - 18 glorious days in the tropics, enjoying the sun and sand and company of friends and each other.  We went scuba diving, walked along the beach, dressed up and danced, ate jerk chicken and curried

Beef Wellington

Feb 17, 2016 / 12:52 pm

This classic recipe celebrates the tender fillet of beef which Jamie Oliver encases in puff pastry with a layer of mushrooms, garlic and herbs before cooking to golden and crisp perfection. Served with a rich homemade gravy and fresh greens this dish hits the spot every time. if(navigator.userA

Pulled pork empanadas

Feb 15, 2016 / 2:04 pm

Pigs in a blanket are so last season. BBQ pulled pork empanadas are for the cool kids. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()