Live Cooking Demo @ AEON STYLE

It was definitely fun times last Saturday at Kornhill AEON STYLE store doing a live cooking demo there. DayDayCook has recently launched 3 new Southeast Asian sauces and they were doing a special promotion at Aeon stores for a week.

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Truffle on!

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Homemade Linguine with Sage Butter, Manchego and Shaved White Truffles                             by Moving Concepts

 

 

I love visiting bookstores (surprise, surprise). And one of my favourite store to visit whenever I go back to Vancouver is Barbara-jo’s Books To Cooks on West 2nd Avenue. As the name of the store suggests, the place is filled with a wide range of cook books, chefs’ memoirs, biographies as well as travelling books on gastronomical cities such as Paris,  Tuscany and much more. Barbara-jo’s hosts dinner gatherings at her shop, inviting renowned chefs from all over the world to come and cook for food and book lovers. I think this is such a great concept! A night where we can be surrounded by great books, exceptional food and wines and lovely conversations.

She sends out a weekly email with recipes contributed by various home cooks. But today I got a pleasant surprise in my inbox with a mouth-watering poem by Barbara-jo that I just have to share.

Emotional Truffle

I am
A fruity fungus
Subtle
Mysterious
light
& Loud.
I am white, Italian, Tartufu of Alba
Come to me in Autumn
SHAVE Mia!
all over
Pasta-Risotto-Seafood & the Vegetable Roots.
EGGS find me weak with desire.
AMORE.
Leave me,
As Winter sets in.
Travel to Perigod, where my French, Black cousin – Truffe – waits for you.
SHAVE Moi!
Boldly.
Caress
Red meat-Game birds-Creamy Leeks.
EGGS are the love of my life.
ADORE.
I promise,
To leave you wanting-
Passionate for more-
of my earthy morsel.
 
~ Barbara-jo, Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks, Vancouver, Canada.

The Pantry Pasta

There are days when I get these inexplicable urges to cook something simple and satisfying for myself. This usually happens when I haven’t looked after myself ‘properly’, meaning I have been too busy to have any real alone time in the kitchen and cook something for myself.

Happy to say that I am one of those who always try to keep my pantry well-stocked with dried goods in case of any emergency food cravings. Here are a few things that I feel are essential to have in your pantry AT ALL TIMES:

– good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– a few vinegars that you like for salads (ex. Red/white wine vinegar, balsamic, etc)

– Dijon mustard

– any type of dried chilli flakes

– dried pasta and rice

– jars of anchovies, olives, capers and gherkins

– garlic, shallots, onions and lemons (these can be left at room temperature)

Sometimes a girl just needs to have a “carb-kind-of-day” … to have something of substance and starchy. My go-to has always been a comforting pasta dish. Rummaging through my fridge and pantry, I’ll usually find all of the above; and if I am lucky, I’ll have a  pack of frozen prawns stashed in the freezer.

Here’s the my “Pantry Pasta” recipe.

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Deceptively Simple and Simply Wonderful

Making a quick and simple dinner after work does not mean it has to be boring. There are so many sauces and spices you can make use of to turn something mundane into something wonderfully delicious. This is one such recipe, using regular ground minced pork, but giving it that wow factor with spicy Korean chili paste, Gochujang.  Definitely easy and stress-free cooking for a weeknight dinner after work. I usually just grab the ingredients en route back home from a supermarket as you can find everything there – is a one-stop, no-brainer thing (which is what you need after a long day at work plus a glass of wine or two).  I also realized, while I was writing this recipe that this dish is one of those healthy, yet packed full of flavour kind of dish. Double win.

For entertaining/dinner parties: Set up a DIY station where guests can build there own lettuce wraps. But with this idea, make sure you also prepare a few different topper options, such as mung bean sprouts, pickled daikon, carrots and/or cucumber, crunchy seaweed, sesame seeds, etc.

 

korean minced pork wrap

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