food

Instant pot living – Cheddar Broccoli soup

This time of year I really enjoy hearty vegetable soups – on dark and dreary late Fall and early Winter weekend evenings, there are few things more satisfying that healthy and filling wholesome vegetable soup. This new Instant Pot recipe feels like it’s destined to be a classic. Ingredients3 Tbsp Butter2 tsp Olive Oil1 small […]

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Instant Pot Living – General Tsao Chicken in a jiffy

Prepare your chicken first by cutting boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite sized cubes. Start cooking your rice or vegetables when you turn your Instant Pot on.  Ingredients 400G chicken breast skinless and boneless, cut into bite size pieces1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium1 tsp soy sauce2 tbsp honey2 tbsp brown sugar2 cloves garlic minced1 tsp ginger […]

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Instant Pot Living – Risotto in a jiffy

This recipe produces creamy, perfect risotto every time.  Authentic and brilliant Mushroom Risotto in less than 25 minutes from start to finish? Oh yes! This is best served right out of your Instant Pot to experience the best silky texture of the risotto.  Reheating with a little extra water and pad of butter helps recreate […]

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wine

Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta

It’s a sure sign of summer’s forward motion towards fall when the garden baskets fill with cherry tomatoes and basil plants bow under the weight of their own bounty. This simple pasta dish is vegetarian/vegan and is a delight paired with a voluminous red white. Ingredients – Fettuccine for pasta – fresher the better. Olive […]

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local

Chicken Ramen BBQ for the Thrifty

This Chicken Ramen makes a delicious and flavorful ramen in about half an hour in your Instant Pot digital electric pressure cooker! I used the left over bits from a $9 BBQ Chicken from local grocery Thrifty Foods. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 onion, sliced 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root 4 garlic cloves, […]

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cafe culture
Canadiana

Return to the now – Chapter one

Silence – what is it and where does it come from? Like the empty coffee cup, is it actually empty or waiting? Contrary to popular belief, the empty cup and saucer is not necessarily a bad thing. It offers optimism, hope and light at the end of that seemingly endless tunnel called life. For me, […]

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Organic

Spiked Sourdough Hybrid Dinner Rolls

I have a Sourdough starter that goes all the way back to 2008. I did not create it but got a sample a couple of years ago – and I have managed to not kill it. Which is astounding because I hurtle every form of abuse and indignation in its general direction; starvation, neglect, disinterest… […]

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gear
tech

Living with the Zoom H24 24-channel digital recorder

Recently one of my colleagues at the University of Victoria loaned me one of his studio tools that he was thinking of parting with – The Zoom H24 24-channel digital portable recorder. Now for the record, way back when I first started recording multi-track style I was using a cassette tape based TASCAM 244 – […]

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cafe culture
Canadiana

Thanksgiving – Life in the coffee time-tunnel

Way back in 2008, I popped into Cafe Roma on Commercial Drive in Vancouver – a cafe that has more than a little history for this old part of Vancouver and for me, a big piece of childhood memory too! One sunny mid-week Spring day, Dave, a contributor to the CoffeeCrew.com website, and I sample […]

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local

Living with the Instant Pot – Pot in pot steel cut oats

We have had our Instant Pot less than 1 week and we are firmly in love with it. Ours is the 1000W 6 quart. We have a 7.5” Steel bowl that we put to use for a “pot in pot” process classic. What is pot in pot? Well, you add the requisite cup and a […]

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