Portuguese Cornbread

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  My bread-making skills were a little rusty, so I approached this recipe much more methodically than I would normally. I needn’t have been nervous. It was easy as could be, and my family declared it the best bread I’d ever made. Of course, if you don’t want to make it yourself, you can easily get cornbread at a Portuguese bakery.   I … [Read more...]

Clams in Cataplana with Pork, White Wine, and Coriander


This recipe is slightly more involved than the simple clam dish Carla showed me on the video, but she was teaching me the very basics. For those of you ready for something more interesting, this dish promises a hearty meal, and a more unusual one. To be served with Portuguese cornbread, of course. (Recipe follows.) Photo by Ryan Szulz, from … [Read more...]

Lentil and Date Soup

Here it is folk! The recipe to follow the video (which can be seen here: http://ciaodownwithmamatheresa.com/video/) Lentil and Date Soup (Excerpt from The All-New Vegetarian Passport (Whitecap Books) by Linda Woolven Lemtil Soup with a hint of fruit. How very Middle Eastern. 1 Tbsp (15 mL) butter or dairy-free nonhydrogenated margarine1 large … [Read more...]

Strawberries Marinated in Port

 My Healthy ValentineI didn’t think I’d love this recipe, since I rarely sugar strawberries, and I rarely drink port. I’ve marinated strawberries in Cointreau, Amaretto, Limoncello, and rum in the past. All were met with the complaint that the fruit essence and sometimes the alcohol content were overpowering. This recipe surprised me with it’s … [Read more...]

IPA Guacamole Recipe

IPA Guacamole Excerpt from The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook (Whitecap Books) by David Ort Mashed avocado has a silky texture and rich flavour that go well with the punch of a hoppy India pale ale. Tomatoes add some sweetness and a hint of acid that bring the flavours together. If plum tomatoes aren’t in season, use an equivalent amount of cherry … [Read more...]