Category: XiaoCooks

Black Bean Beef and Pepper Stir Fry

Similar to the Chayote stir fry post, this recipe offers the basic flavours and steps to create a quick stir fry. The vegetables can easily be substituted (ie. with broccoli, snap peas, celery or shredded cabbage) with ingredients you have on hand. The key ingredients are really the black beans and garlic. I buy dried

Pork Shrimp and Garlic Chive Potstickers

Making dumplings from scratch was the only way my mom ever made them. I’ve helped her in the process for as long as I can remember. I would watch her roll out each wrapper and work on folding them. Her rolling always outpaces my wrapping skills. My mom’s dumplings will always be my favourite; steamed,

Fresh Pasta

Fresh pasta has quickly become one of my favourite dishes to make at home. When The Fiance first bought a pasta maker, I was sure it would sit untouched for months. In actuality we use it pretty regularly and the entire cooking process is under 30 minutes. We’ve scrapped lots of batches of dough and

Curry Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Back in April, I had periodontal surgery for all four quadrants of my back gums. So, top, bottom, left and right side, all at once. It was a 3 hour procedure and I wasn’t allowed to use those teeth to chew for at least 48 hours. This was after I had my wisdom teeth pulled

Blackened Chicken Breast

Given the choice between white and dark meat, I will always choose dark. However, during a busy week, throwing a piece of chicken breast in a pan is the easiest way to add lean protein to a meal. What I love about this quick and easy recipe is how much flavour it adds to the