Articles about rice
One of my all-time favorite Thai desserts is sticky rice with mango. I always wondered how to make it and was surprised how labor-intensive the authentic version is to create. I don't own a bamboo steamer - but I do have a kick ass rice cooker. After reading some commentary on a recipe website for coconut rice (created in a rice cooker) I decided to skip the stove top method. Instead of using sugar, I Canadianized my version by using maple syrup instead. It was fabulous.
Halloween isn't the same for kids with food allergies. Each year, I've made three different Halloween treats for specific dietary needs. I made one that was vegan, one that was gluten-free, and one that was peanut-free. Finally, I found a way to make just one no bake treat that everyone can enjoy. So throw the kids a Halloween party with this simple recipe and relax with the goblins.
With Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season almost upon us, I thought a slow cooker turkey stew would make the perfect gift for someone unable to attend family get-togethers. Perhaps a new mom or someone who is bedridden would love to have this simple dish brought to them to enjoy with you. I've tweaked this recipe to make it gluten-free for those who require it but regular gluten-containing ingredients will work just as well.
Although I am cooking more vegetarian dishes now, when I was about to start a family, my blood work revealed I was low in iron and folate. To supplement my diet, I looked for natural sources of these nutrients. Broccoli and lean flank are excellent sources and taste wonderful in a recipe which I adapted from world renown Canadian chef, teacher, and author Bonnie Stern.
If you've ever had African braised chicken in peanut sauce, you'll love this dish. The subtle nutty flavour combined with hot peppers, curry and sherry makes this an easy meal to serve up on rice. For those of you on a peanut-free or gluten-free diet (or both), I've found WowButter to be the tastiest substitute. What's more, it's actually healthier than peanut butter and mixes easily into slow cooker recipes.
Since zucchini season is long and extends from May through August, I tweaked a vegetarian casserole recipe in Robert VanNorden's Kindle book Casserole For The Soul: 25 Hearty Casserole Recipes; Comfort Food to Satisfy the Hunger Within. Since this recipe contains rice, it's fairly easy to make gluten-free as well. Just be careful to grate your own cheddar cheese - since prepackaged shredded cheeses sometimes contain flour to keep cheese pieces from sticking together.
Thanksgiving desserts seem to be the same ones every year - whether I am in Canada or the US. This year, I thought I'd try a gluten-free blueberry pudding cake made in my slow cooker. It's the ideal way to serve up a warm dessert without having to use my oven, stove, and microwave. Plus the aroma of it cooking for a few hours creates an uplifting mood that greets everyone who enters my home.
If you love to barbecue year-round, this simple dish is a no muss, no fuss way to ensure everyone gets exactly what they want. It's also ideal for those who arrive a little late for dinner. Each serving is baked in foil which helps to keep it warm and prevents it from drying out. There's no fry pan to scrub and you only need to prep a few vegetables. No barbecue? Don't worry, it bakes perfectly in the oven too.
Pad thai is a flavourful stir-fried noodle dish that can be made with shrimp, chicken, tofu, egg, or crab. Most pad thai (aka phat thai) dishes contain roasted peanuts, fish sauce, and bean sprouts. But the recent bean sprout recalls are enough to keep my friends from eating pad thai (even those without an allergy to peanuts or fish). Finally, I made a gluten-free, sprout-free, peanut-free, fish-free version that my family and friends love. What's more, you can tweak this recipe to suit your tastes.
After my man-servant made a tortilla pizza, I decided to create a recipe with his leftover ingredients. Fresh basil is too good to waste. I settled on a pasta dish since it's the easiest to reheat for lunches and leftovers. With the creaminess of Alfredo sauce and the flavours of homemade pizza, this gluten-free pasta dish was a big hit with my daughter. She calls it "pizza pasta." What's more, there is plenty of wiggle room and you can add any "toppings" you desire.
If you enjoy tender, slow-cooked stews with thick, flavourful sauces, then you must try a tangine recipe. The spicy, aromatic tastes of a tangine dish is kept within the pot by its cone-shaped lid. I'm thoroughly impressed by Jamie Oliver's book "Jamie Does...Spain" which I feature in my article along with his incredible beef tangine video. Also included is a fabulous vegetarian tangine recipe.
When I was in college, I used to enjoy an incredible cashew chicken dish at Castle Dragon (a small mom-and-pop restaurant) in the Dupont and Spadina area of Toronto. Unfortunately, it closed down and I've been looking for a recipe ever since. I have a seafood allergy, so I have to be extra careful. So, I tweaked a recipe from fellow featured author Robert VanNorden.
If you thought butter chicken was too much work or had too many hard-to-find ingredients, you are in for a treat. I found the simplest way to make it in your slow cooker with common everyday spices. What's more, my version is gluten-free, nut-free, and lighter on milk fat than most recipes. There is plenty of wiggle room with this recipe and I include other substitutions to suit your tastes.
Kale is heralded as one of the healthiest food sources on the planet. And for good reason: studies have proven it has anti-cancer, cholesterol lowering and protective nutrients in it for maintaining retinal (eye) health. In fact, it's been shown to repair DNA in cells. The problem I have is getting my family to eat it. Finally, I found and tweaked three recipes that even my daughter says isn't too yucky.
Just when I thought Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases were a big coincidence in certain Zika-endemic regions of the world, the perfect reservoir is paired up with them. And this bird doesn't migrate; therefore, the poorest people in the world are once again the most vulnerable. What's worse: discovering outright lies by public health authorities and the omission of glaring scientific facts. Looking for Zika in birds is about as fundamental as plugging in your computer.