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A Beef Asian Bone Broth Soup with rice pho noodles topped with roasted Shiitake, spinach, carrots and scallions for a bowl filled with flavours and a touch of heat! It’s a recipe I wanted to do for a while: Asian Bone Broth Soup. It’s basically to simmer slowly the thick beef bones and knuckles for a minimum of 24 hours up to 3 days. This way you’ll get all the goods and flavours from the thick bones. The process is fairly the same as any broth… you sear the bones, add aromatics and wait. Yes… it’s that simple although you need to keep an eye on the level of liquid and add some water when it goes too low. Once the broth is done, you can either drink it as it is or do anything with it really, for this post I’ve done an Asian flair broth. I gave the broth a little…

Baked Twice Sweet Potato a la Mexicana is all the flavors of a great spicy taco inside a double baked sweet potato. An easy homemade spicy taco mix to season the meat, a few fresh tomato dices, crunchy lettuce and cheddar and a final smooth touch of sour cream. Some of you know how I love to mix up ideas… and after a long winter it’s time to call mother nature for some sun. No better way to bring the heat back than a nice spicy taco right? Well, what if we merge it to a nicely crunchy twice baked sweet potato? The spicy taco mix goes to perfection with the sweetness of the potato, plus you get some nice fresh and crunchy toppings and sour cream to makes it taste fully like a Taco. Homemade spice mix No need to go buy a “mexican spice mix” at the store, this nice taco seasoning is often…

Spicy-Mango Shrimp Skewers are a colorful, tropical and most of all delicious. Spicy and sweet is one of my favorite combination, although it’s a mildly spiced recipe. Those skewers remind me of Caribbean food, especially with the mango and little sprinkle of grated (unsweetened) coconut. You can simply make a bunch of those under 15 minutes, no need to marinate, on the BBQ or the oven, so simple to make. The solely added ingredients, other than the obvious ones, are a spicy paprika or any hot pepper powder you prefer and coconut shreds. If you don’t want to let go of summer, this is the way, it will warm you right up. This dish can be serve as an appetizer or main meal, it’s light, fresh and filled with vitamins, in other words, a healthy dish. You also could make smaller version of skewers for a hors d’oeuvre style dinner or tapas night. I’ve added…

Spicy bolognese with sweet potato lasagna is a new discovery, a punchy spicy bolognese sauce with a few layers of sweet potatoes to replace the lasagna pasta layers. Making this dish a gluten free one with tons of flavors and frankly, the spicy-sweet touch is simply irresistible. Plus, to give some extra smooth texture to the lasagna, I’ve added a bechamel in the middle layer, just to smooth things out. The result is a delicious contrast of spicy, sweet and creamy lasagna. Talking sweet potatoes, those are the healthier choice to go with, they contains a lower glycemic index and carbs than normal potatoes, plus they contain more vitamin A which is good for the eyes. The sweet potato only “problem” would be its taste; it’s almost too sweet. But when it’s equilibrated with enough spicy element, it becomes this perfect match, a delicious one. The recipe is separated into 3 parts, first the making of…

Habanero hot peppers are not for everyone, most of the time you need to be brave to eat it, after all, they are pretty high on the scoville scale. The good news here is you can use the pepper in moderation accompany with some sweet factor (in this case pineapple) which help to neutralize the heat from the pepper. I use a homemade dehydrated habanero powder, which over time gets less and less spicy, making it tricky to dose up for a recipe. For this recipe you can use any style of hot pepper, the format your prefer wether it’s powder, sauce or even fresh. The dosage is all up to you, make sure to do it little by little to prevent a killing spicy dish. I particularly love habanero because of it’s got this extra fruity flavor most peppers don’t have. The challenging part with habanero is: it’s a quite powerful one, the kind of pepper that you cut…

For those last days of cold, before the heat comes, just a little hot Bloody Mary drink will warm you up! Those are so delicious and different then most cocktails, it’s a bit of everything; spice, veggies, vodka… Back in Canada, where I’m from, they do drink a version with Clamato juice (mildly spicy clam broth and tomato juice) instead of simple tomato juice, they call it Bloody Caesar. Since Clamato isn’t easy to find in  Europe… maybe in latin american stores… I have to use tomato juice, and spice it up. Also add to import a few thing from Canada to make it, like the celery salt, which I think is an important element to this drink. Obviously, living in Spain, I add a little ingredient called “Salsa Espinaler” which is basically a vinegar and paprika sauce instead of the Worcestershire sauce. The origin of the drink isn’t clear, but…

Cauliflower have such delicate taste and texture, why not give it an edge and spice it up a bit. Last week, I saw that nice recipe cauliflower-paneer-kofta-curry on the exquisite “Curry trail” blog, and I felt inspired, only problem is the balls are fried and since I’m on an eternal diet… I should cut out the frying, so I did a simplification and healthier version. I’m not an “extra spicy” kind of person, I like it in moderation… So I used only 3 tbsp of Garam Masala spice (which is spicy), but it’s totally up to you, just add 2 more of those spoons of Garam Masala spice and you’ll get a rock n roll cauliflower! I saw other recipes and mix it to my taste, for exemple, I add a little green cardamom seeds, and a squeeze of lime at the end, it end up being a success. Also you can make…

This recipe is a bite into the tropics, brings you right to those caribbean islands, also is a great recipe for those people on eternal diet, like myself. You can spice it up to your liking and with whichever is your favorite hot pepper… mine are the habanero peppers. My husband happen to grow them and I obviously have too many, so I dehydrate them and make powder out of them. I’m not usually a big hot pepper lover but this one is special… the habanero has that fruity taste to it. I encountered with this hot pepper in Martinique, a caribbean island. Since then… I add it to many of my spicier recipes, like the spicy “ratatouille” spaghetti sauce with a bit of habanero pepper, it’s fantastic or I do “spicy cod fritters” which is a “typical” meal from the Antilles. They eat those balls like candies over there,…

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