Easy as Pie Apple Tart

Apples are so versatile and this apple tart is one of my favourite go-to recipes. Using a food processor, it takes literally minutes to prepare. Use tart (ie. slightly sour) apples. You have two alternatives for this recipe – the quick, easy method which I use all the time of the pretty method with the results you see above. Continue reading


perogies at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

My perogi – before and after!

At the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village near Edmonton, Alberta, I spent a contented day learning about the history of this community founded when the first immigrants from Ukraine arrived in 1892. They brought red fife wheat to Canada and with it they made one of their gastronomic gifts to the world – pierogies (which they pronounce perohay – and spell a lot of different ways).  I learned to make these delicious little dumplings. After all, food is the best way to learn about people. And a lesson in making pierogies (also called pyrohy or varenyky ) is enlightening. Continue reading

Khao Soi Curry Noodles

Khao Soi Curry Noodles

Amawaterways chef cooking

Khao Soi Curry Noodles is a Thai dish popular in Myanmar as well. It was served aboard the Amapura, the beautiful Ama Waterways ship which sailed us from Mandalay to Yangon. Over the 14 days of the trip downriver, we sampled many delicious regional foods (this was one of my favourites). Continue reading

Cheese Fondue

cheese fondue Kanatha-Aki

One of the best cheese fondues I have ever had was at Kanatha-Aki, a place of healing and peace in Val des Lacs, a beautiful part of Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. Indeed, the photo above was taken there. A cheese fondue is the perfect meal for sharing and good conversation. Continue reading