Chicken & Bacon Carbonara Sauce

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The simplest carbonara recipe I could find – so full of flavour, yet so delicate. Adapted from BestRecipes.com.

  • 4-6 strips of thick-cut bacon, sliced into squares ~0.5 x 0.5 inches
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 C Half and half cream
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 3/4 C grated cheese (I had some havarti kicking around that worked amazingly)

In a large frying pan, cook bacon until lightly browned. Remove bacon from pan and set aside on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Leave remaining bacon fat in the pan, and use to fry the chicken. Fry chicken until cooked. Add onion and mushrooms, and cook for about 3-5 minutes, until onions soften. Add cream and sour cream (or yogurt), and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Slowly add whisked egg while stirring. Next, add grated cheese and stir until fully melted. Serve over your favourite pasta! I served it over tortellini & paired it with a sauvignon blanc.

Sausage & Spinach Tortellini

Tortellini

A deliciously filling one-pot meal! Takes less than 30 minutes to make and serves ~4 people. Adapted from here.

  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • ~1/2 lb mild italian sausage
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1/2 C cream
  • 300g fresh tortellini
  • 3 C fresh spinach, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil for garnish

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Remove sausage from casings. Add sausage to warm skillet, break up into chunks, and brown on both sides. Add garlic.

Pour in can of tomatoes and cream. Stir and bring to a simmer. Add tortellini and cook for 8-10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

Reduce heat, add chopped spinach, and stir until wilted. Garnish with fresh basil and serve!

Raspberry Pie

This delicious pie can be made with any combination of berries! Adapted from here.

  • Pastry for a 9 inch pie (enough for top & bottom)
  • 4 C berries (I used 3 cups of fresh raspberries, and 1 cup frozen blueberries)
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Cream
  • Sprinkle of granulated sugar

Roll out pastry and line the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate. In a large bowl, mix together the berries, sugar, flour and lemon juice, then fill pastry shell. Use remaining pastry as the top crust (you can make a criss cross pattern, or if you want a full top crust, make sure to cut some steam vents). Brush top crust with cream and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 425F for 15 minutes, then turn heat down to 350F and bake for 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Top with vanilla ice cream or yogurt!

Ya Ya Yam Fries

Baked yam/sweet potato fries take a little extra work, but are deeelish and so much healthier than their deep fried counterparts! Original recipe here. Serve with Srirachup (3 parts ketchup and 1 part Sriracha hot sauce)!

  • 2-3 medium sized yams, peeled and sliced into fries
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch (optional, but helps make them crispy!)
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (optional)
  • Sprinkle of salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 425F. Coat the raw yam fries evenly in olive oil, cornstarch and spices. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the fries over, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until fries are crisp.

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Salsa Fresca

Salsa

There is nothing better on a sunny day than some fresh salsa!

  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped finely (optional)
  • 1/4 green pepper, chopped finely
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime

Mix all together in a small bowl and serve with your favourite Mexican-inspired dishes!