Caramelized Cabbage Potato Pancakes

Every Christmas Eve growing up, and a lot of other days throughout the year, Kápostás Tészta (Hungarian Caramelized Cabbage Noodles) and Potato Pancakes were featured meals leading up to the greater Christmas celebrations. We would have one for lunch and the other for dinner or one or the other, but each of them would be […]

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Tarts

As the last few days before Christmas approach, I’m always trying to do more with what I have already at home. Stores are crazy busy, farmers markets are only once or twice a week here so certain things I’ll have to wait for. Upon taking stock of my freezer and pantry, I found some chocolate […]

Beef Satay Pastry

While at my neighbourhood bakery, Dutch Delicious, a few weeks ago, I was having a chat with the owner/baker Siebe Koopman. I was talking about how I do a recipe every day during Advent to honour the memory of my mother. The topic went to my sister-in-law and her Indonesian heritage. Siebe’s eyes lit up […]

Ferris Burger’s Day Off

Since its release in 1986, I probably have watched the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off over a thousand times. At least I lost count after a thousand and that was some time in the ’90s. I pretty much watch it alone because I’m *that* guy who talks word-for-word through the entire movie, quoting every line, […]

Shaved Carrot Salad with Cranberry Coffee Dressing

One of my favourite salads is the Moroccan carrot salad. Basically, it’s a simple blend of carrots, dried fruit like dried currants and a basic dressing of lemon juice. I was pondering this while reaching in a cupboard reaching for the sugar to add to my coffee one morning and saw dried cranberries nearby. I […]

Magyar Mac and Cheese

More and more, as I get older, I run a lot of what I eat through my dad’s Hungarian (Magyar) background. It played a large role in my food development as a kid. Usually at least a few meals a week had a traditional Hungarian element to it. A specific cabbage dish, a paprikás, a […]

Roasted Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

There are few things that set my nostalgia trigger to near blinding bliss. Roasting kolbász, or Hungarian-style smoked garlic sausage is one of these moments. Today, while shopping at the farmer’s market, I was getting some various pork products for Christmas next week: pork shoulder, ham hock (No, Ed! Not all the legs of the […]

Auntie’s Doughnuts (Fánk)

In Canada, like across North America, many towns were named after place their European settlers used to call home: London, Surrey or in the case of much of my Hungarian family, Stockholm? Wait a minute… Stockholm, Saskatchewan, Canada was actually settled initially by a handful of lovely people from Sweden, but after the influx of […]

Fruity Oat and Bran Muffins

I think about food a lot. And because of that, I will randomly say something when someone makes an innocuous comment. In a coffee shop, years ago, I was talking about the muffins. The person who worked there wished that the low fat muffins were softer. I open my mouth saying, “Yeah, I can do […]