Author: leon

  • Pork and Chive Dumplings

    Pork and Chive Dumplings

    Whether steamed, boiled, pan-fried or deep fried, dumplings are delicious. I’ve been eating a fair amount of dim sum the past year, which has afforded me the opportunity to try lots of different dumpling textures and flavour combinations that I wasn’t previously acquainted with. This particular recipe isn’t too adventurous – I think arguably this […]

  • Polenta Fries

    Polenta Fries

    Sometimes I cook what I want to eat. Other times I cook something because the ingredients are available. Making polenta fries was an example of the latter. I had the polenta already cooked, I had the leftover oil I’d used for frying from a couple of days earlier, so making polenta fries seemed like the natural thing […]

  • Mac and Cheese

    Mac and Cheese

    Apparently Canadians eat the most macaroni and cheese in the world. How does one measure that? By the number of boxes of KD sold? Who knows. Regardless, mac and cheese is pretty classic North American comfort food. And best of all, it’s really easy to make it pretty well. The key to this recipe is […]

  • Tacos de Chorizo

    Tacos de Chorizo

    The first taco post on Family of Cooks… It’s an exciting moment, I know. Tacos are definitely a favourite for us – we have friends and family to thank for that.  And while it’s exciting to experiment with wild and wonderful tacos ideas there is something to be said for sticking with the classics. Tacos […]

  • Polenta Pizza?!

    Polenta Pizza?!

    I had my wisdom teeth removed recently. What fun. In my search to find softer foods to eat, I realized polenta would probably fit the bill. If you’ve never bought polenta before, you have two main options. You can buy polenta pre-cooked, typically in a soft plastic tube. This form of polenta is ready to […]

  • Fermented Black Beans

    Fermented Black Beans

    I remember attending an after school cooking class when I was young where we learned to make a Chinese stir-fry. I’m sure it tasted fine, but I find that most Chinese recipes I try don’t quite match what you find at a good Chinese restaurant (of which opinions differ greatly). My quest to lock down […]

  • Pasta Carbonara for One, Please!

    Pasta Carbonara for One, Please!

    Pasta for breakfast is one of my favourite weekend treats. Its fast, fairly simple, and allows me to ‘carb up’ for whatever the rest of the weekend holds. Its also great because you check to see what you have hanging out in your fridge and then pick a style of sauce (e.g. tomato, pesto, cream, […]

  • Agedashi Tofu Bowl

    Agedashi Tofu Bowl

    I love Japanese food – Eating good sushi is definitely one of my favourite dining experiences. Over the past years I’ve begun to sample and enjoy different fast food style rice bowls, often from Japanese take-out restaurants/stores. Raw fish on rice, teriyaki on rice, anything of that sort. It’s a one dish meal that tastes […]