Recipe: Simply Summer Ceviche

Nothing screams summer (food wise) more to me than a fresh ceviche.  If you don’t know what ceviche is, it’s a light refreshing dish of fish (or seafood) marinated in citrus juice and is perfect for summer months.  It’s light and bright tasting.  An added bonus is that it requires absolutely no heat to cook, so no worrying about ovens or stove tops.  All you need is your fridge!Simple Summer Ceviche

On another bonus, it’s actually really easy to prepare.  However, if you’re making this at home, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind.  Be sure to always use the freshest fish possible. Also, it’s all about the ‘marinating process’ – which is a bit like pickling when you think about it.

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Eats: The Ramen Butcher

Given the growing popularity of Ramen in the Lower Mainland, it’s no surprise that there is yet another one to bring their version of authentic Japanese noodles to Vancouver.  The Ramen Butcher is located on the edge of Chinatown on East Georgia.  This little ramen shop boasts a nice little menu. Open for lunch and dinner, their small menu is geared towards letting their star dish, tonkotsu ramen, be, well a star!

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The menu features seven times of ramen (moslty being named by colour), and four variations of gyoza.  Note that their menu is currently expanding.  They also offer kaedama – which is an extra serving of noodles only.  That means if you still have broth left and you’re still hungry, load up on another serving of noodles for free! Continue reading

Recipe: Curried Broccoli & Chicken Casserole

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As a kid, I absolutely adored White Spot.  My family would take me there and I would always order a milkshake.  I considered it such a treat, since they gave you a glass as well as another cup.  The one dish I always remember my mom ordering when we went to White Spot was the Curried Broccoli & Chicken.  Mind you, she calls it “Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese”.  Appropriate if  you consider the main ingredients in it.  The taste of curry is light, creamy and cheesy – it taste absolutely delicious with rice.

For years, I’ve been making my own version of this dish based on what I thought was in it.  However, White Spot recently published a cook book with the recipe to this classical favourite amongst its glossy pages.  What is below is my personal take on the classic recipe – I added a few things and changed a few things around.  My mom would always order extra sauce – which rarely available – so this recipe makes an extra saucy casserole.

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