Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with Boursin Cheese and Ricotta

What is it about the process of roasting vegetables that makes them so incredibly delicious. I’d say it’s the caramelization, the olive oil and the seasoning. Roasting a vegetable transforms it and it suddenly it becomes a vessel for any delicious flavours and aromatics you can throw at it! Think roasted potatoes with lemon and…

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The Juiciest Brined Grilled Chicken

Brining, this is new to me. I mean, I know that capers are brined, cheese and and Turkey too…. I know I like it but I’d never done it! What does it do, how do you do it? Thankfully, it’s a no brainer and you’ll never go back to grilling chicken breast without brining it first.

Giada’s Eggplant Timbale

Watch my instagram highlight for a step by step view of how I made it! @vanilla_bean_montreal Print Recipe Giada’s Eggplant Timbale A Timbale or Timballo depending where you are from, is essentially a pasta or rice pie made in a springform pan. Traditionally the exterior crust is comprised of a thin bread crust, commonly filled…

One-Pot Crispy Braised Chicken

This chicken is deceptively easy to make and my favourite part about it is that you get both tender braised chicken with a satisfyingly flavourful crispy skin. The little broth that is produced has a slight hint of vinegar, which is used to deglaze the pan, which may sound unusual but it is spectacular as…

Bao Buns at Home

How would I describe a Bao bun to you if you’ve never had one? I’d say that it’s light, fluffy, pillowy, a little moist and highly pleasurable to eat! It also doesn’t hurt that Bao buns are best paired with fatty meats and sweet and spicy flavours, such as sweet and crispy-skinned Peking duck, pork…

Chicken and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

A lean and super delicious take on a classic recipe. I had my doubts about this skinny version of one of my all time favourite childhood meals but I was blown away and I’m not just saying that. This may be at par with, or even better than some of the best shepherd’s pies I’ve…

Poké Style Bowls

Hey there! Poké is a traditional Hawaiian dish, or more of a bowl, commonly comprised of raw fish, sometimes tofu, sticky sushi rice, some crunchy vegetables and a soy-sesame based marinade. The flavours are combination of salty/savory, soft vs crunchy, fresh and light and then you get some heartiness from the rice and a touch…