The Best Hunan Dumplings?

EpicureanPiranha | February 26th, 2011 - 12:33
Hunan Dumplings

Hunan Dumplings are wontons filled with a fragrant pork mixture that are gently simmered, then served with a peanut butter chilli sauce and sliced scallions (green onions). Whether or not they’re part of authentic Hunan cuisine, they’re absolutely delicious and simple to make!

Scallops with Rich Tarragon Tomato Sauce & Linguini

EpicureanPiranha | January 23rd, 2011 - 23:44
Scallops w Tarragon Tomato Sauce & Linguini 16 TN

I particularly love tarragon with tomato-based sauces and seafood ♥ This rich tomato sauce finished with a hint of heavy cream, served on a bed of linguini fini and garnished with large, plump, sea scallops quickly sautéed in butter until golden, is really wonderful!

Muffins: Emergency Cake Fix!

EpicureanPiranha | January 17th, 2011 - 15:15
Butterscotch Pecan Bites TN

Muffins are a great emergency fix when you have a craving for cake! They’re quick and easy to prepare, bake quickly, and taste best warm from the oven so there’s no waiting ♥ These are not too sweet despite being full of chocolate butterscotch chips & pecans!

Luxury Millionaire’s Shortbread

EpicureanPiranha | January 12th, 2011 - 00:16
Luxury Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire’s Shortbread, composed of a bottom layer of rich butter dough, a top layer of milk chocolate, and a thick middle layer of caramel, is a favourite in the U.K. This luxury version of the squares won a baking contest! The bonus is they’re easy to make ♥

Aubergine Stuffed with Beef & Fresh Herbs

EpicureanPiranha | January 9th, 2011 - 23:53
Italian baked aubergine TN

This aubergine dish is so good that it has managed to convert many die-hard, non-eggplant eaters! Stuffed with a fragrant filling of beef, rice, lots of fresh basil & parsley, parmesan, a little garlic & fennel, then baked and served with a basil tomato sauce, it can be prepared in part or completely ahead of time for convenience.

Biscuit ~ Biscotti ~ Biscotto …

EpicureanPiranha | November 16th, 2010 - 01:04
Biscotti figues amandes in vintage glass TN

“…perfect for dunking, they would soak up a little coffee softening just enough to achieve a perfect texture & for the flavours to mingle on and tantalize my taste buds…” this was my pleasure upon discovering biscotti when I first visited Italy. Fabulous & so simple to make, even for a novice cook!

One of Life’s Most Sensual Pleasures

EpicureanPiranha | August 31st, 2010 - 01:26
Mae's Oatmeal Bread tn

Next time it’s stormy outside, why not try this delicious recipe for oatmeal bread. I’ve detailed & photographed each step. Creating something so delicious & satisfying from simple ingredients using one’s own hands, without the need for more than a few measuring cups & spoons, is unbelievably satisfying & therapeutic!

Ox-eye Daisies & Other Gaspésian Treats

EpicureanPiranha | July 27th, 2010 - 23:49
Boutons de marguerites & Lilas cristallisées à Mae

Home-smoked, freshly caught mackerel filets, tiny, marinated Ox-eye daisy buds, & beautiful crystallised lilac flowers – a few of the special treats my aunt prepared for us. And her recipe for Smoked Cod Appetisers [Recette également publiée en français : Bouchées à  la morue fumée].

Fruit Curd Meringue Gateau

EpicureanPiranha | July 12th, 2010 - 22:35
Meringue Cream Lemon Torte

This is a beautiful dessert to serve after a rich meal because the sponge cake and meringue are very light. The preparation itself is simple. The meringue is the longest to cook – but you can prepare everything ahead of time & assemble the torte just prior to serving, so it’s a perfect dessert for entertaining ♥

Claire’s Zesty Lemon Curd

EpicureanPiranha | July 12th, 2010 - 22:27
Fresh Lemon Curd & Barmbrack 30 TN

The recipe for this Zesty Lemon Curd is from a charming neighbor who is British. Believe me, the purchased product is a distant relative to this lovely treat that is so simple to make, there is no excuse not to!