Category Archives: Condiments

Black Bean & Caramelized Onion Curry Dip

*Just looking at the title lets you know that this is going to be pretty flavourful! 🙂

I love to dip. There, I said it. There is something just so fun and carefree about standing around and dipping your vegetables, crackers or pita bread into a communal dip (No double dipping allowed!). Get togethers just wouldn’t be complete without an assortment of dips to share and enjoy.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Appetizer, Condiments, Curry


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Salsa Fresca

Jamie and I were at the Farmers Market this past weekend, and my eyes went wide when I saw that farm fresh field tomatoes were available.  I love tomatoes, and when they are in season, I can’t stop myself from indulging in a large variety of tomato treats;

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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Condiments, Vegetables


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Strawberry Vanilla Jam

With summer finally here, it is time to embrace the fair weather pleasure of the Farmer’s Market. We are very fortunate here in Ottawa to have many different locations to choose from, and Jamie and I are lucky enough to live within walking distance of a few.

Our on last visit I was so happy to see that strawberries are in season! The window for any fresh berry season is very small, maybe two weeks, so when I saw the overflowing baskets of strawberries I knew I had to get some.

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Canning, Condiments, Desserts


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Oven Baked BBQ Ribs


In celebration of this week’s RibFest happening here in Ottawa, I thought it was appropriate to share a recipe for ribs 🙂  RibFest is that wonderful time of year when you step out of your office and all you can smell is BBQ!  All the options are there to tempt you; Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken and Ribs. It is difficult to sit at your desk, eating your garden salad, when the smell of BBQ is coming in from the street.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Baking, Condiments, Entrée, Pork


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Pecan Almond Butter

A few months ago I tried making my own almond butter, and much to my surprise it was incredibly easy and absolutely delicious!  Since that day forward, Jamie and I have not purchased a jar of almond butter (and we go through a lot!) but each weekend we roast almonds and whip up a batch to last us the week. (for us the perfect ratio is 3-1)

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Baking, Condiments, Nut Butter


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Spicy Hummus

Now that the weather is nice, it is time to start to think about BBQ’s, picnics and the many types of food that go along with these outdoor events. Fresh vegetables are always a favourite of mine, but sometimes just eating raw vegetables gets a little boring. I find myself scouring the picnic table looking for something to dip my cucumber slice into. Then I see it – Hummus!

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Caramelized Onions

I am a bit of a conundrum.  When we are out at a restaurant and I order a burger, I always ask for no onions, but then proceed to order a side of onion rings!  Weird, right?   This brings me to today’s topic, Caramelized Onions.  The flavour of the onion transforms right before your eyes when you cook them slowly and add a few extra ingredients to help bring out their natural sweetness.

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