Tag Archives: Cilantro

Spicy Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

Last year I visited the Urban Element on Parkdale for a cooking class called Live and Let Thai. This is awesome on multiple levels. First, it’s a Paul McCartney reference, which is awesome. Secondly, I love Thai food – and the Urban Element’s class did not disappoint. Chef Candice Butler taught us all about the tastes, flavours […]

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Homemade BBQ Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Pizza

BBQ Chicken & Portobello Mushroom Pizza

It’s the day after Valentine’s day. We’re exhausted. It’s been a crazy few months for us, and finally we have a weekend just to ourselves. After an incredible dinner last night at Beckta, we just wanted to lounge. House of Cards. Sweat Pants. Pizza. Pizza you say? Yes. Homemade barbecue chicken and wild mushroom pizza. […]

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Vietnamese Chopped Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

We love Asian food – Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese – all of it. Traditionally, we make a lot of stir fries and noodle dishes. Lately, however, we’ve been looking for something a bit lighter. A bit healthier. This chopped salad is crunchy, sweet, spicy, healthy, and best of all, satisfying. Vietnamese Chopped Salad 1 head […]

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Winter is here. There’s no denying it anymore. Get ready for sub zero, windy, frigid days for the next 3 months. Honestly, I don’t really have any issue with winter. I love the snow and especially winter sports. One of the best parts about winter is the comfort food. After a long day skating on […]

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Honey Sriracha Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp on Zucchini Noodles

Comfort food. I talk about that a lot on Raise a Toast. Those foods that just give you a big hug on a cold, sleepy day. Pasta has always done that for me. But over the years I’ve started to cut back on my pasta intake, mostly due to the carbs. Maybe that’s why I took up […]

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Crispy Fish Tacos

Centretown I live in an area of Ottawa called Centretown. Well, more specifically, I live in the Golden Triangle. It is the neighbourhood east of Elgin Street and bordered in by the Rideau Canal. It’s a beautiful area in the heart of downtown full of green space, parks, cafes and pubs. Food in the area […]

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Indian Chicken Curry Pizza

Chicken Curry Pizza

Lately we’ve been really into Thai and Indian food. Not only do they bring a vast array of wonderful flavours to your plate, but they are relatively easy to make and turn into incredible leftovers. Among our favourites are Pad Thai, chicken cashew, chicken tikka masala and curries – I can’t forget about the curries. […]

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Tomato Jalapeño Enchilada Sauce

Tomato Jalapeño Enchilada Sauce

What is your favourite food? People often ask me what my favourite food or dish is. That’s an impossible question. It all depends on what I’m in the mood for, or what is in season at that given time. However, lately Katie and I have been on quite the enchilada kick. They are so amazingly […]

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Mexican Rice Bowl

It’s 6pm. You’ve just got home from work and it’s already cold and dark. Yup, November is here. That awkward month between the beautiful autumn season and the snowy Christmas holidays. As someone who loves outdoor sports, November is always a transition month for me. Too cold to run, but not cold enough to skate […]

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Chipotle Chicken Pumpkin Ale Chili

To inaugurate the start of fall, bv02 decided to hold an office chili cook-off back in September. The result was 8 chilis, 27 judges and a hot pepper eating contest. Predicting that many of my coworkers would go with the classic chili full of beef and spice, I decided to take the creative route to set […]

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