Category: XiaoCooks

Irish Goat Stew

Making stew is one of the main reasons I purchased my slow cooker. What helped me get through this long Toronto winter has been the many bowls of rich, thick stew, full of hearty carrots, meat and potatoes I’ve consumed. With the help of a slow cooker stews really are easy to make, and with

Savoury Potato Pancakes

Many cuisines have their own version of a potato pancake, from latkas and hash browns to croquettes. The BF’s mother shared with us her take on the dish with a very Chinese spin. The result is a thin, savoury pancake that’s filling, easy to make and fitting for breakfast or lunch. Step by Step Photos

Salmon Chirashi Bowl

One of my favourite foods is sushi and sashimi. Raw fish is one of my weaknesses and I will crave it at least once a week (backing up my belief that I was a bear in a previous life). Living in Toronto, I’m lucky to be inundated with Japanese restaurants that are great quality at

Bison Shepherd’s Pie

Taking advantage of a Groupon offer the BF bought several cuts of bison that included 2 lbs of ground meat. This was perfect for a Sunday of cooking Shepherd’s pie with plenty of leftovers for lunch during the week. With inspiration from this recipe from blog Slice of Feist, we seasoned the bison filling with

Banana Pancakes

Pancakes were one of the first things I ever learned how to cook, back in middle school home economics class. The basic ingredients are cupboard essentials and there’s an endless number of variations with fruit, nuts or chocolate. Somehow, I always have bananas in my freezer. This recipe from, with the addition of cinnamon, is