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Shigematsu Family Japanese Pork Gyoza (豚肉の餃子 )

June 25, 2017

When I think back on my childhood, one of my fondest memories was making gyoza with my mom. It was definitely a tedious task with my little uncoordinated fingers, but also a fun experience because I was able to learn how to prepare gyoza from a master gyoza maker! It also provided me with the opportunity to learn tips and even some Japanese as my mom would always describe certain techniques with Japanese expressions. One of her most common expressions that she would use when she adds an ingredient that you normally wouldn’t think to add, is kakushi aji  which translates to “hidden flavour”. The small addition of the “hidden flavour” (such as sugar, sake, mirin, or konbu just to name a few) enhances the flavours of the entire dish. This recipe uses sugar as the hidden flavour.

To this day I have been making the same recipe my mom uses and I can honestly say this is THE BEST RECIPE , mainly because it’s my grandma’s recipe, but also because it is just so ah-maze-balls Now… I can say this because I think I’ve done enough gyoza taste testing in Canada and in Japan, that I can confidently say I have yet to find a recipe that superior to this one. Most gyoza you find in restaurants are loaded with vegetables but are lacking in the meat department, which I am not fond of. This recipe is loaded with porky goodness and only has three leaves of hakusai! Now that’s the meat to veggie ratio I’m talking about!

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Baked Italian Meatballs

January 23, 2017

Meatballs are one of the most flavourful and versatile protein balls that you can eat with and on pretty much A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. They can be made with a variety of types and cuts of meat (or no meat at all), herbs, spices, and can be prepared in countless ways – baked, fried, steamed, simmered, etc. Pretty much every culture will have their own variation of meatballs which makes it unique to them. To me, meatballs are a quick and easy meal that I can prepare in large amounts and freeze for later use. Continue Reading

Pappardelle with Braised Pork and Sausage Ragu

April 26, 2016
Braised Pork Ragu Papardelle with Parmesan

I don’t know about you guys but I am so stoked to finally own a cast iron dutch oven! For years I’ve always wanted one because it’s versatile, durable, built to last and simply amazing. With a dutch oven, your meal options are endless. You can roast, braise, boil, stew, fry and even bake!

For the amount of times I said  “gawwddhhh I wish I had a dutch oven so I could make [enter dish]”, I’m actually amazed Kevin didn’t completely tune me out because I must have sounded like a broken record to him for years. I guess it finally stuck in his head, because last week he surprised me with a dutch oven for my birthday. I was completely shocked! Best present ever!!! This dutch oven is officially my new obsession. Sorry Kevin.

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