week 51

FRIDAY date night
SATURDAY vietnamese noodles with steak & shrimp
SUNDAY falafel salad
MONDAY marinated lentils
TUESDAY japanese grilled chicken noodle bowls
WEDNESDAY thai fish burgers
THURSDAY spiedies

oh man so many good dishes this past week! all the flavours! perfect summertime fare!*

i adore noodles in the summer. these vietnamese noodles with steak and shrimp pack so much favour! they’re probs not super authentic (nor attractive) but who cares? it’s dead easy to make and super quick too. rice noodles, red pepper, carrots and cucumber, steak, shrimp and a yummy dressing. yes, there’s fish sauce in that dressing and yes, fish sauce smells like death, but my god, does it ever make food taste delicious!!  fish sauce + sugar + lime = 😍
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week 50

FRIDAY bookclub
SATURDAY date night
SUNDAY burgers + french fries
MONDAY enchiladas verdes
TUESDAY peanut soba noodle slaw
WEDNESDAY ahi tuna poke
THURSDAY salmon en papillote

lotta hits and a couple misses this past week, altho the misses were really my fault — what was i thinking turning on my oven in the middle of this insane heat wave in vancouver?? and were they really misses, or was i just cranky by the time i sat down to eat? who’s to say really.

started off the week with good old fashioned hamburgers. it doesn’t get more summer than that, amirite? plus it gave me an excuse to make smitten kitchen’s insanely easy and delicious french fries again. i probably shouldn’t have made the full amount as there was only three of us at dinner, but my boy happily finished them off the next day (even tho deb says they don’t keep very well — depends on who you ask i guess!) yes, i know, there are hamburger recipes out there — does anyone really need another?? i blitzed an onion in my food processor till it was essentially liquid and added it, along with some minced garlic, to a pound of lean organic ground beef. a little salt and pepper, and then formed them into patties. that’s it. oh and brioche buns if you can find them! yum!
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week 49

FRIDAY lamb burgers with mint-feta pesto
SATURDAY date night
SUNDAY fajitas
MONDAY asian bbq salmon + thai coconut rice
TUESDAY szechuan noodle salad
WEDNESDAY enchiladas verdes
THURSDAY sweet potato & black bean burgers

on friday, i made these lamb burgers and omg i love them so much! i don’t even bother buying buns for these; we like them served plain with a dollop of the mint-feta pesto on top and an easy greek salad on the side. and by easy, i’m not kidding. the amount of posts i see for greek salad is crazy. traditional authentic greek salad (horiatiki) is chopped cuke,  tomato, green pepper, and red onion, with a bunch of olives and a nice slice of feta. i use yellow pepper cos i don’t like the green ones, and neither my husband nor i like olives so i don’t bother. in greece, we often saw capers (!!!) in the salad so sometimes i go that route; i didn’t this time. but it’s the “dressing” recipes that get me. it’s literally olive oil, people. no vinegar. just good extra virgin olive oil, glugged over all the veg. crack some salt and pepper over the top and mixy mixy. and some dried oregano if you fancy. yum!
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week 48

FRIDAY date night
SATURDAY shrimp corn cakes + jicama slaw
SUNDAY croque monsieur + grated carrot salad
MONDAY shanghai cod with udon noodles + smashed cuke salad
TUESDAY taco salad
WEDNESDAY tomato crostini + steak frites + green beans in escargot butter
THURSDAY fajitas

for the first time in never, i cooked exclusively from cookbooks or cooking magazines all week! not exactly newsworthy, but i’d noticed a pattern of buying more cookbooks and yet still only cooking from printed-off-the-internet recipes. well done, me!

first up was a meal from the rebar modern food cookbook. if you’re not familiar with the almost vegetarian restaurant rebar, in victoria on vancouver island, i would recommend you become so. we’ve only had the fortune to dine there a handful of times but their food has inspired me to cook a few meals from their menu (almond burgers and wild rice salad are two i’ve made recently). so i was well pleased when my sweet daughter bought me their cookbook as a “just because” gift. these shrimp corn cakes took me forever to make and i must admit i was ridiculously disappointed when we finally sat down to eat. the cakes didn’t stay together super well and i was unsure if i’d even prepared them correctly. that said, when i had a couple the next day for lunch, i was reassured as to how delicious they are and it just got me to thinking how i’d do them only a tad differently next time. these would certainly be perfect fancy dinner party appies. i was serving the shrimp corn cakes as a main dish so roasted some yam wedges to go with, in addition to this very delicious and easy to make vegetable slaw from the same book.
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week 47

FRIDAY date night
SATURDAY mustard chicken + herbed pasta + leeks vinaigrette
SUNDAY cowgirl salad
MONDAY steak frites + tomato crostini
TUESDAY roasted cauliflower salad
WEDNESDAY asian barbecue chicken + napa slaw
THURSDAY gnocchi & meatballs

the week before last was a bit of a gong show and so a couple recipes got postponed to last week. one of those was a meal inspired by the food52 cookbook club: from my paris kitchen, david lebovitz’s mustard chicken with herbed fresh pasta, and leeks vinaigrette. making all three together was a bit of an undertaking, so i spent the entire afternoon prepping and cooking while the old guy worked on painting the house.

we’re not normally bone-in, skin-on chicken people, and to be honest, next time i make this i’m going to try it with boneless, skinless chicken thighs (several members of the cookbook club say it’s delightful that way), but this time around, i followed the recipe exactly. the flavours were amazing! that sauce? gahh!! the herbed pasta was the perfect vehicle to sop it all up. altho regular dried pasta or even mashed potatoes would do in a pinch too.
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week 46

FRIDAY date night
SATURDAY salmon sliders
SUNDAY cold rice noodles with peanut lime chicken
MONDAY banh mi
TUESDAY steak + beet & hazelnut salad
WEDNESDAY mustard chicken + herbed pasta + leeks
THURSDAY cauliflower salad

i tried out a new recipe on saturday night: salmon burgers with peanut sauce and asian slaw. this was incredibly quick and easy to make. preheat your grill; mix the sauce ingredients together; slice, chop, and grate the veg for the slaw; grill salmon fillets, skin-side down, for about 5-7 minutes depending on thickness. boom. done. that’s literally it. assemble. eat. the only real change i made to this recipe was to make my burgers full-size as i find slider buns to be huge! and we certainly don’t have hawaiian buns here in vancouver so i went with brioche. i would also suggest dabbing some of that sauce on the top of your bun as well as drizzling it over the slaw, rather than over the salmon fillet; i followed the directions in the recipe and the sauce kinda just ran off the salmon and we didn’t get the full flavour all the way through. we had these for leftovers a couple days later and we assembled it like i suggested and it was much better! lots o’ flavour!
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week 45

FRIDAY date night
SATURDAY moroccan carrot salad
SUNDAY bbq salmon
MONDAY johnny carino’s angel hair pasta
TUESDAY chicken lady chicken
WEDNESDAY flank steak with salsa verde + root vegetables
THURSDAY shrimp burgers

it feels like we wait soooo long in vancouver for the summer to arrive! well, here it is!! with boiling hot temperatures to go with! yayyyyyy!

first up this week is a recipe from a brand new cookbook that i bought. i’ve been following cookie + kate for a long time via her email newsletter and i make several of her vegetarian and vegan recipes on a regular basis (she’s my go-to veggie) and was very excited when i first learned she was releasing a cook book. i’ve bookmarked several pages but wanted to make her moroccan carrot salad asap! especially as i’m growing carrots in my veggie garden. not only is it gorgeous but it is absolutely delicious!!
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