tomato cilantro salsa & pineapple lime margaritas

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, hairless xoloitzcuintle from in Baja California back in 2006. He and I remained friends ever since. He loves to cook and he and his gorgeous family came to visit when I lived in Canada. This was one of the recipes he showed me how to make. The original recipe has developed a little over the years but the basics are still the same.

tomato cilantro salsa

tomato cilantro salsa

Of course if one is going to eat salsa one must have a margarita to accompany it. I think of all cocktails a well-made margarita is probably top of the list. I’ve tried variations of margaritas over the years but this one is by far my fave. I’ve also tried it with more expensive booze but trust me, this version using triple sec I found to be a winner.

 

pineapple and lime margaritas

pineapple and lime margaritas

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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...]

Sydney, Australia

under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

I've not long been back home in the US from a trip home to Australia to see my family. I felt energized from the sun, the incredible food and the love of family. I try to keep a positive outlook on most things but I am done with winter DONE I tell you. And it's not even just winter, it's being land-locked in a place with such a short summer, with … [Continue reading...]

crunchy waffle breaded chicken & gravy

crunchy waffle breaded chicken and gravy

I tried chicken and waffles on a trip out to Cody, Wyoming in 2012 with my honey. Thanks to the potato chips with the same flavor I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. When it comes to food I’ll try just about anything so I was delighted to see chicken and waffles on my friend’s Sunday brunch menu at Cassie’s, a local hotspot in Cody. So … [Continue reading...]

thai fish cakes

thai fish cakes

These tasty little treats have been on all the menus of the Thai restaurants I’ve ever eaten at & served as street food. They make perfect appetizers along side a lime and ginger cocktail. Thai food and seafood are my most favorite things to eat. Combine them and I’m in some sort of seafood utopia. If you can’t find kaffir lime leaves fresh, … [Continue reading...]

beer & bacon pancakes

beer & bacon pancakes

Pancakes were one of the first things I learnt to cook as a child. I’d get up before everyone else on a Sunday morning and make the most god-awful mess in our tiny kitchen. Once I even set the curtains on fire. Thankfully I didn’t burn the house down. The curtains were a little worse for wear but I don’t think anyone was very sad about it…they were … [Continue reading...]

thirsty thursday blood orange & pineapple margaritas

blood orange and pineapple margaritas

Aren’t blood oranges stunning? Their deep, jewel-like tones are just begging to be made into a cocktail. At least in my world they are. At the Walker-Imrie home we usually make our margs with fresh lime and pineapple juice, quite a magnificent potion, as many a friend of ours will attest to. This weekend however a celebration was to be had with my … [Continue reading...]

crispy baked coconut shrimp with honey sriracha sauce

crispy baked coconut shrimp with honey sriracha sauce

Bread it, fry it and I will eat it. And then feel guilty about it. Baked instead of fried these tasty little morsels are really crunchy…without the hideous guilt. They’re also really good served with sweet chili sauce instead of this hot, creamy Sriracha sauce if you’re feeling particularly virtuous. … [Continue reading...]

cookbooks by Lovoni Walker

simple, fresh, delicious - recipes for easy living and relaxed entertaining

Lovoni Walker has co-written over 60 cookbooks. Simple, Fresh Delicious was published by her company in 2005 and from it spawned television cooking show 'simple, fresh, delicious' aired nationally in Canada on OWN. Published in 2005, simple, fresh, delicious was written for the harried cook in mind. 85 recipes all photographed to get you back into … [Continue reading...]

bacon, avocado & egg on toast

bacon, avocado & egg on toast

I’d always followed the golden rule with avocados & never cooked them. Recently though I’ve had them cooked and they’ve been good – granted they were cooked with bacon which might explain why they were so delicious. I love avocado on toast for breakfast simply sprinkled with salt and pepper -perfectly uncomplicated. That to me really is the … [Continue reading...]