bacon wrapped shrimp caesar salad with parmesan crumbs

Caesar salad is on almost every menu in the US, even some Thai restaurants I’ve been to here, which I find annoying and very wrong. A Caesar salad isn’t something I usually order unless choices are limited. Mostly, the Caesar salads I’ve eaten here have been some sorrowful lettuce leaves drowned in bottled dressing and topped with very ordinary, very dry croutons. The Keg restaurant chain in Canada does Caesar salad right, at least they used to – it’s been a few years since I’ve eaten at one.

bacon wrapped shrimp caesar salad with parmesan crumbs

bacon wrapped shrimp caesar salad with parmesan crumbs

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summer breakfast

white nectarine yogurt granola breakfast

Eating a varied diet means you get lots of different nutrients. This is a good thing. When I’m ‘dieting’ though I find it much easy to keep track of my calories when I’m eating roughly the same foods each day. It makes shopping easier, and is often cheaper, more importantly it keeps me accountable. My breakfast of two white nectarines, half a cup … [Continue reading...]

veggie fetta patties with tomato herb salad

veggie fetta patties with tomato herb salad

Whether you’re doing meatless Monday or like me you’re trying to incorporate more veggies, grains and legumes into your diet then this salad is perfect. The inspiration for the veggie fetta patties came from a recipe I spotted in a Weight Watchers magazine. The fresh and summery tomato herb salad that is served with it is really fattoush, a Middle … [Continue reading...]

roasted tomato corn salad

roasted tomato corn salad

Summertime in the northern hemisphere and the corn and tomatoes are plentiful. Together in a salad or a salsa they’re quite a masterful combination. I wanted something quick and easy for a weeknight dinner. It was storming so grilling was out of the question. I rummaged through our fridge and this delicious and pretty salad was born. I made black … [Continue reading...]

coconut lime cupcakes

coconut lime cupcakes

I found this recipe in a Donna Hay magazine recently. The recipe grabbed my attention because the main ingredient is on my top five favorite food list – coconut. Not to mention coconut and lime epitomize summer. And it certainly is feeling very tropical here in Florida. I’ve tested this recipe a few times and tweaked it a little. The result is … [Continue reading...]

grilled chicken, blue cheese & bacon salad

grilled chicken, blue cheese & bacon salad

I’m on a quest to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Contrary to popular belief it isn’t expensive like I’ve heard a few annoying people say.  Four bags of produce at my local fruit stand sets my hubby and I back around $45. This lasts the two of us a week. For snacks my hubby takes fruit to work along with whatever leftovers there are from the night … [Continue reading...]

mussels in tomato, chili and basil broth

fresh mussels

Mussels are perfect for entertaining - as a starter or a main course. I like to pop a couple of large white plates down on the table and have people dig-in. There’s very little prep work when you decide to serve mussels and they take virtually no time to cook. Brilliant. If you serve them with some good, crusty warm bread such as a nice baguette … [Continue reading...]

my florida move

Honeymoon Island, Florida

A lot has happened since I last posted on here many moons ago. We moved to Florida in June. I left my job in corporate America to follow my dream and the reason I came to the US initially - to secure a television cooking show. The move from Minnesota was fraught with much drama but my hubby and I are settling in and doing lots of exploring. In the … [Continue reading...]

tomato cilantro salsa & pineapple lime margaritas

tomato cilantro salsa

I know it's only Tuesday but that means Monday is behind us and it's ok to be planning for the coming weekend. The weather is warming up here in gloomy Minnesota which makes me think salsa and margaritas. This salsa recipe was shared with me by a Mexican friend of mine, he cooked it, I watched. He’s the breeder I bought my dog Mango, a beautiful, … [Continue reading...]

Shrimp…my love affair

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Prawns, or shrimp as they’re referred to in my adoptive country, are on my ‘top-five’ food list.  I could eat them every day and not tire of them. This is speaking from experience…I’ve tried it…I still love them. I always will. This is a love affair that will never end. Although being land-locked for the last 13 years has tested the passion. Out … [Continue reading...]