The Mason Jar Experiment Part 2: Noodling around with new flavours

It’s a while since I published the Mason Jar Salad Experiment and it has bred disciples in the break room.

As much as I love the giant colourful bowls of fresh veggies, however it’s time for something new, and with how cold the winter has been, what better way to get cozy than with a delicious noodle soup.

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I’m in love with these already!

It’s given me the opportunity to explore some fun new flavours and ingredients I’ve never cooked with before.

Check out the breakdown here:

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Recipe: Zesty chicken thighs & roasted baby potatoes

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The other day I was stuck for almost an hour in rush hour traffic… on my scooter… in the middle of a thunderstorm.

It was every bit as miserable as that sounds. Needless to say I had a lot of time to contemplate dinner and eventually came up with this: the ultimate hearty-comfort-food warm-up-your-weary-bones meal.

You can substitute the Brussels sprouts for any other green side dish, but I find these flavours really complement each others. Also Brussels sprouts are delicious. Delicious, I tell you!

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Recipe: Syn’s Epic Miso Soup

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Inspired by Ravi Soup on King St. I decided to make an epic miso soup that’s a whole meal in bowl. This is so filling, healthy and absolutely delicious. It also keeps and reheats very well for a few days so I usually make larger batches of it.

Miso soup is made out of miso paste, kelp knots and Katsuobushi (dried bonito fish flakes). I used this guide to making Dashi stock as practice the day before attempting the final soup.

dashi ingredients: miso paste bonito flakes kelp knots

You can easily source both ingredients at pretty much any grocery store in Toronto’s Chinatown. I also acquired most of the other ingredients fresh from Hua Sheng Supermarket or across the street at Oriental Harvest.

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Recipe: Coconut Shrimp & Thai Coconut Rice

Coconut Mania!

Surfing the myriad threads of the web I stumbled across a fascinating statistic: coconut falls kill more people each year than shark attacks.

Like any normal person, my reaction was “that sounds delicious, let’s make that for dinner”. Since shark wasn’t readily available…

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Recipe: Stuffed Zucchini

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I love zucchini. There is literally nothing you can do wrong with zucchini. On the BBQ, in the oven, or in a salad it tastes absolutely delicious and cooks very fast. At 17 calories/100 g it’s a great source of potassium and anti-oxidants. I could make a whole meal of just pan-seared zucchini with salt and pepper, but for a complete meal that hits all the right nutritional notes and plates very nicely, this is one of my favourite recipes.

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