Category: XiaoCooks

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

Chayote with Beef Flank Steak

There are the week nights when I’m too lazy to cook and grab a quick dinner out. Then there are the nights when I just want to get home and don’t even want to leave the house again for food. A quick stir fry on those nights are my usual solution and weekend prep is

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

The BF loves our Ninja 3-1 slow cooker, and I mean loves to the point where we actually use it weekly. One of the best conveniences is that it allows you to saute ingredients directly in the pot before switching to the slow cooker mode, reducing the number of dishes to wash. We’ve been testing out