Beef Heart & Parsnip Stew

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Hey guys. Today’s recipe is quite literally a hearty beef stew. This budget cut of organ meat has a slightly bad reputation, but it really isn’t that different from other muscle meats, like flank steak. It’s very dense and nutritious with a rich beefy flavour. I paired it with some strong spices and some sweet parsnips to balance out the meaty mineral flavour. It’s also a one pot dish, super … Continue reading

Lemongrass & Pork Belly Soup with Dandelion Greens

lemongrass pork belly soup

Hey guys, this week I got my paws on some fresh lemongrass stalks, so I decided to make something Thai inspired. This is directly influenced by tom gai soup. A good helping of lemongrass, ginger and coconut. Instead of chicken, I tried pork belly, with some great results. this recipe is a one pot dish – set it and forget it for an hour, and return to a flavourful, comforting … Continue reading

Slow-cooked Tomato Pork Bones

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Hey guys. Today’s dish is super simple and budget friendly. Set it and forget it while you’re working; and pop out a delicious melt in your mouth meal afterwards. Pork bones are usually a budget cut, but with the right prep, it can taste like a more expensive one. The trick is to deal with all that sinew and gristle. We’re gonna use some acidic ingredients like tomato and wine … Continue reading

Bison, Carrot & Coconut Soup

bison soup

Hey guys. I was lucky enough to spot some bison stew meat on clearance at my local Thrifty Foods last week and snatched it up! I haven’t cooked bison before, so I went with something simple, and basically treated it like beef. I swear it tastes better than it looks. It’s deep, rich but not overwhelmingly so. Bison does taste like a cross between beef, with a slightly gamey flavour … Continue reading

Friday Nails: Winter Love + DIY dotting tool

Hey guys! This look is a combination of Valentines and winter colours. I’ll show you how to easily make cute little hearts with your own DIY dotting tool. The nice thing about this is that it’s so subtle, you can wear it after Valentines and not look strange. Products: Essie ‘No Place Like chrome’ Essence ’19′ (Grey with pink shimmer) Sephora by OPI matte clear coat Pencil with eraser + flat … Continue reading

Shiitake/Portabella Mushroom Steak Burgers w/ Cheddar & Onion

shiitake burgers

Hey guys! Being gluten free, I sometimes miss burgers. Although I can occasionally tolerate a wheat bun, If I want to stay on track, I make these awesome Shiitake/Portabella Steak burgers instead. You still get the burger craving pay off, without the sore tummy later! Makes (2) burgers. You will need: 4 shiitake or portabella mushrooms, de-stemmed. You can find them in Asian markets, they’re about palm-sized. 2 palm sized … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Beef Stew (Poverty Stew)

poverty stew

Hey guys! This is something I make on a regular basis, it works with just about any meat and veggies – I also call it ‘poverty’ stew because it’s what I make when I’m trying to make the food stretch a bit further. This makes enough for two people, and can be done with even the cheapest cuts of meat.  You will need: 2lbs raw beef roast – leave the fat on, … Continue reading

Friday Nails: 2013 Winter trends

Hey guys. It’s time to see the new manicure trends for winter, 2013. The main thing I’m seeing everywhere is textures. 3D textures, and some lovely ones at that. My favourite is definitely the leather-look polish from Nails Inc. You can also pick them up from Sephora, and it comes with some cute bling (studs and diamantes) Ciate is still going strong, their newest look is the sequin manicure. I like this one too, but … Continue reading

Lemon-Honey Butter Cornish Hen + Sautéed Watercress

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Hey guys! Every once in awhile, I like to try something new. I love game meats, and when I saw these Cornish Hens on sale, I couldn’t resist. They’re basically serving sized. This recipe is a simple honey-lemon glaze, with a nice herby dill flavour. This recipe is for two people, so just double it for every pair you’re serving. You will need: Glaze – 2 Cornish hens, gutted 1/4 … Continue reading

Drunken Chicken Stew

drunken chicken

Hey guys! I’m slowly getting back into it after the NY break. Ready to rock? This recipe is easy as pie – it’s also designed to use up whatever random booze you have leftover from NYE. Slowly simmered in a crock pot over 6 hrs, you get just a hint of the wine, and a nice rich, garlicky, brothy chicken stew. You will need: 2lbs chicken thighs 2 heads garlic, … Continue reading