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Indulge in the ultimate comfort with our Porcini Risotto recipe. Earthy porcini mushrooms delicately blended with creamy Arborio rice creating a luxurious, flavorful delight. Perfect for a cozy evening, this dish is pure culinary bliss! If there is a traditional fall risotto in Italy, it’s this beloved risotto ai funghi made with those exquisite porcini mushrooms. These giant mushrooms bring nature into your plate; if you are lucky enough to get it in whatever form possible (fresh, canned or dried), you’ll never go back to button mushrooms. This Porcini Risotto showcases these mushrooms at its best! Porcini Mushrooms Porcini mushrooms, also known as cèpes, steinpilz, or king bolete, are highly valued for their rich, earthy flavour and meaty texture. Found in forests across Europe, North America, and Asia, these wild mushrooms are a popular choice in many cuisines, especially Italian and French. They add depth to soups, sauces, and risottos, enhancing…

Mexican Tacos al Pastor features succulent marinated pork slowly cooked to perfection, nestled in a corn tortilla and covered with a delightful slice of pineapple. All toppings are customizable, so you can experience the perfect combo of sweet and spicy! Who doesn’t love a good spicy taco with a touch of sweetness? Mexican Tacos al Pastor, which means shepherd’s tacos in Spanish, are pork-based tacos from Middle Mexico. The method used to cook the pork is based on Middle Eastern kebabs’ rotating grills. Therefore, the Lebanese immigrants inspired Mexicans and basically made their version of Shawarma. They’ve changed the veal for pork and added chilli peppers and a welcomed touch of sweet pineapple! Delicious stuff! Of course, for this version, no rotating grill could be used. So we’ve braised the pork meat and finished it slowly in the oven to mimic it. If you want to mimic this grilled effect…

Spicy Chicken Stuffed Peppers is an explosive combo of sweet and spicy chicken, pineapple, onion and a touch of habanero hot peppers baked in a red bell pepper—a fun dish with a fiery, fruity spin. A straightforward recipe that looks good fresh and got this spark some of us dig! This spark is called Habanero chilli peppers, and they go wonderfully with pineapples! This version of Chicken Stuffed Peppers is for adventurous people who like this famous duo of sweet and spicy. Habanero Chilli Peppers Habanero chillies are not for everyone; you need to be brave enough to eat them, but they have this fruit aftertaste, which I believe no other chilli peppers have. The good news here is you can use the pepper in moderation, accompanied by some sweet ingredient (in this case, pineapple), which helps to balance the heat. I use a homemade dehydrated habanero powder, but freshly chopped habanero…

These famous Spanish tapas, Squid Ink Croquettes or croquetas, are made with tinted thick bechamel, squid, onion, spicy paprika and garlic, making this an outstanding bite for any occasion! Squid Ink Croquettes, called Croquetas de Calamar en su Tinta in Spain, is my favourite, “Tapa.” Made with the surprising Squid ink to give it an extra “sea” taste and this bold, dark colour to the dish. This “black croqueta” tapa version is one you should experience, whether in Spain or if you want to reproduce it in your place. The Spice Mix So, in this version, I’ve slightly modified the original recipe by adding a touch of spicy paprika and garlic to my croquetas. I believe it brings a deeper aromatic croqueta. The spices are not overpowering, just enough to give the beloved calamari a kick, which I think goes perfectly with this recipe. Spanish Croquetas Spain has a wide variety of…

This Creamy Seafood Chowder variation is for a grown-up with a fancy palate; it features a base of white wine-infused cream with saffron, clams, mussel meat, Salicornia salt, and a last touch of colour: shrimp. Who doesn’t like a comforting Creamy Seafood Chowder? A warm and smooth soup filled with clams and mussels and a unique salt that tastes like the sea. This version of chowder is made with clams, mussel meat, white wine, saffron, and Salicornia salt on a cream base. This clam chowder is nothing complicated to make nor too long and tastes fantastic, a bite into the ocean. The only challenge is to clean up the sand from the clams. Origin of Chowder Well, I fell in love with chowder in Ireland; I thought this thick soup they have all over Ireland was just a surprisingly comforting seafood concoction of theirs, but surprisingly, it’s not. Chowder originated in the…

Indulge in the cozy embrace of autumn with this Butternut Squash Fall Risotto, perfectly harmonized with the bold tang of sharp blue cheese. This creamy delight is tailored to warm up your chilly fall nights, offering a comforting experience that eases you into the colder months. You can use the popular butternut squash, acorn or leftover pumpkin carvings you just carved with the kids for this fall risotto. Generally, winter squashes are sweet and need an excellent contrasting element to balance. Sharp blue cheese, being spicy and sharp, will balance perfectly with the sweet and smooth squash, turning this dish into a dynamic and well-balanced one. Blue Cheese Types Well, there is a whole world of blue cheeses, some made of sheep, goat, cow or a mix of milk. The general rule for blue cheese is the more blue veins, the more potent it is. Personally, I’m a big Roquefort…

Originating from the mountainous regions of Peru, Chicha Morada is a traditional alcohol-free beverage crafted from purple corn, pineapple peel, cinnamon and cloves. This delightful concoction is highly customizable, going from healthy to sweet. Despite its roots in Latin America, it is a delicious drink that deserves recognition worldwide. Chicha Morada holds a higher level of popularity in Peru than Coca-Cola. While it’s available in various forms, such as bottled, powdered, or gel, nothing compares to authentic homemade juice. Crafting it at home is surprisingly easy; the most challenging part may be sourcing dry purple corn (maíz morado), typically found at your local Latino market. If not available locally, you can likely find it online, ensuring it’s from Peru as they have the unique entirely purple cob. Particularly favoured among children, there’s also an adult version called Chicha de Jora, which includes alcohol, offering a different twist for the grown-ups.…

Persimmon Salad with Duck Prosciutto, walnuts and pieces of fresh goat cheese to welcome the fall is the way to go this year! A lightly sliced persimmon bed topped with colourful veggies is irresistible! Persimmon Salad with Duck Prosciutto is a great fall appetizer, just in time for the Persimmon season. Those fruits are pretty similar to tomatoes in looks; although firmer and drier, you can eat them raw, with or without the skin, dried or cooked. They are both considered “a berry” because of their morphology. Some types of Persimmons are sweeter, others more astringent, but their inside is always composed with a beautiful star shape when cut horizontally, making them perfect for a good-looking salad bed like this one. How to Choose the Right Persimmon? The persimmons should still be firm when you buy them. The Hachiyas variety is a little longer than the Fuyu type, which is more of a flat…

The Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers blend two cultures: a Japanese influence featuring teriyaki-marinated chicken and a Hawaiian twist with succulent grilled pineapple pieces. This fusion creates a contrasting and dynamic combo! Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers is a variation of what my mom used to make when I was a kid. Back in the day, coming from this small town up north in Canada, the supermarket had no choice of “Asian” ingredients except for the soy sauce. My mom would marinate the chicken simply in soy sauce for an hour, and the pineapple touch would bring a contrasting sweet touch. Low-Sugar Teriyaki Sauce So, in a way, I’ve separated the sugar from the usual Teriyaki sauce and added the pieces of pineapple to balance the savoury of the soy sauce because Asian food is all about the perfect balance! This version is lighter on sugar but high in taste…

Spicy Sweet Potato Lasagna is a gluten-free version with a tad of spicy habanero to balance the sweet potatoes. Instead of traditional pasta layers, this dish features sweet potato layers, resulting in a carb-conscious and utterly delicious alternative. This Sweet Potato Lasagna is made with a spicy bolognese sauce, a few layers of sweet potatoes and stringy gratinated cheese to top it off. Making this dish a gluten-free one with tons of flavours and frankly the spicy-sweet touch is always a winning combo. To calm things down, and give some smooth texture to the lasagna; a bechamel. The result is a delicious contrast of spicy yet sweet lasagna with a smooth core. Sweet Potatoes vs. Normal ones Talking sweet potatoes, those are the healthier choice to go with, they contain a lower glycemic index and carbs than regular potatoes, plus they have more vitamin A. The standout feature of the sweet…