Mom’s Bún Riêu Cua: Vietnamese crab and tomato soup vermicelli

Mom’s Bún Riêu Cua: Vietnamese crab and tomato soup vermicelli

We are finding ourselves progressively grounded these days with all these evolving restrictions being put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Toronto, school is out, all major league sports are on hold, public facilities are closed, large gatherings are cancelled, and we are basically being told to stay at home as much [...]

Mango sticky rice

Mango sticky rice

Travel plans are on hold these days, but that doesn't stop us from reminiscing about our past adventures around the world, and occupying our time with recreating our favourite dishes from abroad. One of my favourites from Thailand is mango sticky rice, which we enjoyed several times during our trip there last year. Although it [...]

Bánh xèo: Vietnamese fried pancakes

Bánh xèo: Vietnamese fried pancakes

If you have been following the travel section of this blog recently, you'll know that Mr. Chuckles and I spent the last month obsessing over the amazing food of Vietnam. While we were in Hoi An, we attended a cooking class with Coconut Fragrance Restaurant and learned how to prepare several traditional Vietnamese dishes. One [...]

A day at cooking school in Hoi An

A day at cooking school in Hoi An

For our final day in Hoi An, we signed up for a cooking class with Coconut Fragrance, a home cooking school run by a young woman named Huynh and her chef husband Tuan. There are numerous options for cooking classes in town, but I was very happy with our selection and would wholeheartedly recommend it [...]

Basque burnt cheesecake

Basque burnt cheesecake

Here is another Basque region inspired dessert to go along with the first recipe I posted on this blog, for Gâteau Basque. Last night, Mr. Chuckles put together this interesting variation of cheesecake, which is crustless and baked at high heat to create a ‘burnt’ exterior while maintaining a creamy interior. It tastes like something [...]

Chicago-style hot dogs

Chicago-style hot dogs

For those of you looking for a top notch foodie destination stateside, I highly recommend Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Chuckles and I visited the Windy City a couple years ago and had some incredible eats there. This, of course, included the highly coveted dinner at Alinea, but a food that we really loved was the much [...]