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Coming to you from the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia or, when the stars are aligned,The Beguiling Big Island of Hawaii, and of course, when my Wanderlust kicks into high gear, some delectable destination that will entice you at every turn.
A happy cooker, eater, drinker, celebrator, wanderluster, writer and blogger, with flip-flopped feet firmly planted on a glorious hillside perch in the beautiful Okanagan, a soul that defines wanderlust - a strong desire to wander, or travel, and explore the world - and a spirit that is home-sweet-home and forever frolicking in the unbridled Aloha of the beguiling Big Island of Hawaii. Gloriously content with the knowledge that when making a batch of wontons the first wonton is a bit of an awkward struggle and last wonton in all it's picture perfect deliciousness is made with easy finesse. And a quiet Ta! Da!
Interests: Italian menus, Mexican ingredients, Greek dinners, Asian appies, Hawaiian desserts, old fashioned English roast beef lunches, Japanese bento boxes, Okanagan dinner parties, ingredients that grow, food that makes you sigh happy. Wanderlust. And music, music, music.......
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It's tangy, it's bright, it's a spicy, green delight. With an irresistibly, creamy backside that makes you want to bite, and bite, and bite. One of the Food network TV shows that I so enjoy watching is The Best Thing I Ever Ate. A great program highlighting clips of 'famous'... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Store-bought tomatillo salsa kicked up with grilled, fresh-picked corn, a friendly zap of sweet onions, aromatic cilantro and the tang of just-squeezed lime juice. A muddle of sunshiney goodness. I don't know if you guys are the same, but when summer is upon is and I first eye-spy fresh corn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Crispy, crunchy, toasty outtards, give way to soft, chewy, craggy innards = Homemade English Muffins. And not only that, they're fun and easy to make. English Muffins and I are now on a nickname basis. It's a bit of a story that involves butter, homemade strawberry jam, and Taleggio cheese.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Rustic, aromatic, savory-sweet-spicy, stir-fried noodles, loaded with fresh veggies, tasting of the passion of Balinese tradition, topped with crispy-fried, golden strands of sweet onion. Oh my! It was just last year that I had my very first taste of Mie Goreng. Not only that, lucky duck am I, that my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Crispy, crunchy, light as sunshine, batter, hiding tender, garden-fresh zucchini sticks. Munch, munch. Every bite tastes like summer garden goodness. More please. Summer in the Okanagan means a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies, at every turn. From cherries and cantaloupe, to heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers, and everything in between.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Big, crispy-tender, fried shrimp, with a drizzle of creamy, sweet chili sauce, tucked into taco shells, with avocado-tomatillo dressed cabbage slaw. Hit me! Tasty taco fun, every damn time we make Shrimp Tacos, at our place. Oddly, we don't have one 'set' way that we must have. Nosirreebob, we mix... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Mild mannered, indulgently tender, Poblano peppers, snuggled up to creamy Havarti and sauteed sweet onions, tucked into flour tortillas, then pan grilled 'til toasty brown. Si, si, si! This house loves to munch on pretty much any kind of Mexican food. One of our long-standing, always and forever loves. Ole!... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Moist, plush, banana loaf, with a tender, soft crumb, riddled with toasted pecans, and a sassy hit of cinnamon, boasting an irresistibly crunchy top crust. TOP TEN REASONS TO MAKE GOOD BANANA BREAD 10. It doesn't matter if it's Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, it's always in season. 9. Bananas... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Korean-style BBQ, baby back, or side spareribs, oven baked 'til delectably tender, spicy sweet, and crispy edged. Easy peasy-ness that tastes like the Islands. Da kine! Kona Ribs! Never heard of them, right? Well, I just thought after so many years of Maui Rib deliciousness, that Kona should share in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Classic grilled cheese sandwich gone deliciously rogue. Melty Cheddar and Havarti overflowing from toasty, garlic-butter-grilled, Naan bread. Oh me-o, my-o! So, there I was with left-over, homemade, Naan bread. That usually doesn't happen, around these here parts. Ponder, ponder, what to make.......hmmmm....... Then I remembered seeing Naan grilled cheese on... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Pillowy soft, addictively chewy, easy-to-make, flatbread, sporting giant, poofy, air pockets, and golden brown, toasty, polka dots. More please! I don't know what it is that is so satisfying about making bread. It just never fails to give me that oomph of pleasure, of indulgent accomplishment. And then of course... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
They're quick, and fun, to throw together. They're addictively yeasty soft, but intriguingly chewy, but sublimely crunchy. And, of course, gloriously cinnamon-y. Yeast + cinnamon sugar = Timeless comfort. They're delicious, unadorned, warm-from-the-oven, or....... .....drizzled with a coffee-tinged glaze. Winter chills are lingering, comfort has become a mission, using ingredients... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Soft, tender, ever-so-slightly-tangy, pasta pockets filled with cheddary-smooth, mashed potatoes, crowned with hot-sauteed onions, and salty bacon bits. Oh mama!! Sunny, chilly, March weekends = Comfort Food. Homemade Cheddar Perogies = Soul Satisfying Comfort Food. Homemade Cheddar Perogies, topped with golden-brown-edged, fast fried, sweet onions and oodles of crispy, salty,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Cacio e Pepe = Cheese and Pepper. That famous Roman dish, re-invented, Canadian style. Luscious. And only 3, 4, 5, ingredients! Just look at those wee pools of creamy deliciousness. I couldn't help myself. It just happened. I don't know why, maybe it's as simple as I'm Canadian. Who knows?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Classic tzatziki meets buttery, rich, fresh avocado. Hubba, hubba! Cool, creamy, tangy, avocado oomph-ed, cucumber-laden, garlic-tinged, dilly, Greekness. What sorcery is this? It just happened. It was easy. We love tzatziki. We love avocados. And, we happen to be whiling away a few glorious days in Kona, on The Big... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Fresh ramen noodles and plump, jumbo shrimp, basking in heady Thai flavours, where golden broth and coconut milk are in cahoots with red curry paste and a handful of tangy, sweet, bold, goodness. Slurp. Slurp. TOP TEN REASONS TO MAKE THAI COCONUT RAMEN WITH SHRIMP 10. Your Thai cravings will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Dreamy, creamy, gloriously re-imagined Hollandaise sauce, with just a squeeze, a dribble, a splash, and a dash, to kick up the sublime deliciousness of a perfect avocado. Buzz, buzz. I know, right?! I call it Avocado Hollandaise, and yet there isn't a drop of butter, or any eggs involved, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Not your go-to spaghetti sauce, or is it? Hinting of a spicy kick, beef and tomato-y, slow simmered goodness. Timeless meat sauce, the Italian way. Mostly. TOP TEN REASONS TO MAKE ALMOST CLASSIC BOLOGNESE 10. Just maybe there will be left-overs, and you get to have more, tomorrow. 9. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
Japanese street food comes home! Chewy, tender, noodles, stir fried with marinated beef slices and a bouquet of fresh veggies, ka-powed with a fiery, sweet, lip-smacking sauce. Slurp, slurp! Yakisoba, baby! It's not very damn pretty, but it's pretty damn good. But, then, you know me and noodles. Especially fresh... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
What happens, you ask, when the toasty, caramelized flavours of the seasoned sear of a perfectly grilled steak meet the toasty, caramelized flavours of golden-edged, sauteed, sweet onion and Poblano, while the Pepper Jack cheese is watching? Well, silly, the cheese melts, of course, irresistibly, bringing it all together, tucked,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at THE LAST WONTON
One gloriously sunshiney day, the all powerful Balinese Gods manifested some sublimely potent juju, bringing us four dearheart friends together, at a seductive villa, where the Ocean beguiles, Comfort is indulgently handcrafted, and Service makes you smile out loud. Boom shaka laka! Holy schmoley, us four old chick friends are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at THE LAST WONTON
CLEAR CAFE ~ PIZZA BURGERS LIQUOR ~ THREE MONKEYS Though we were most often tempted to just stay put for lunch and dinner, while staying at Villa Sagitta, when we did hungrily venture into the sensory overload of Ubud, we found some damn fine deliciousness. And so the Bali or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at THE LAST WONTON
COOL DUDES ~ COUNTRY ROADS ~ CHILDLIKE FASCINATION ~ Drum roll please........ Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I am tickled to present...... The Villa Sagitta Dream Team ~ from left to right ~ Rai, Katon, Joy, Yande (Villa Manager) and Agus. Not only do these dudes attend to, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at THE LAST WONTON
An enchanted, hidden, jungle haven, in rural Ubud, where Nature surrounds, Comfort abounds and Service astounds. It seems like forever that the four of us dearheart friends dreamed and schemed, and planned and replanned, and researched up, down and sideways, whilst saving and giddily anticipating our Bali or Bust! chick... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at THE LAST WONTON
Irresistible, pillowy-soft, butter-coated, twisty sticks of goodness. There always has been, and I'm pretty darn sure, always will be, something unanimously beguiling about homemade bread. Whether it's some unspoken link to the good old days, to carefree childhood times, to memories of warm, homey, cozy, deliciousness, or maybe it's simply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at THE LAST WONTON