Commercial Drive Vancouver – Life in the coffee time-tunnel

  Way back in 2008, I popped into Cafe Roma on Commercial Drive in Vancouver – a cafe that has a lot of history for this part of Vancouver and for me, some fond childhood memories! One sunny mid-week Spring day, Dave, a contributor to the CoffeeCrew.com website, and I sampled the espressos and cappuccinos…

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Vitamix Vegan Avocado and Cacao Pudding

  There are few things more fun than the simplicity of a great recipe that whips up quick and satisfies unconditionally. And for those of you that say, “…hang on! Avocado in a dessert, are you crazy?” Avocado is a tasty and healthy way to add incredible texture to a pudding or dessert. Trust me.…

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Gorgonzola and peas in penne pasta – winter home cooking for the holidays

We have some fav local eateries in Victoria like Cafe Brio – Il Covo Trattoria and Zambri’s – they are hard to beat for pure romance on date night. We have been doing a date night for 25+ years and put it down to the love for each other, the love of food and wine…

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Happy New Year Shakshuka with Feta

Welcome to the New Year everyone – 2021 is behind us and ’22 is ahead. Our New Year’s brunch tradition is Shakshuka. Shakshuka is a Middle-Eastern dish that is not only perfect for breakfast and brunch, but also for a quick and delicious dinner. Best of all, it truly easy to make. Let’s do this……

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West Coast Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are my favourite cookie – ever. There is something about the taste and the texture that takes me straight back to childhood. INGREDIENTS ▢ 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 180g ▢ 1/2 cup butter unsalted, room temp 113g ▢ 1 cup smooth peanut butter 250g ▢ 1/2 cup brown sugar 100g, lightly…

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December simple pasta – Aglio e Olio

I love pasta. You love pasta. And this dish is as easy as it gets. After a hard day, when you are too tired to even think about fixing dinner, this is what you whip up. At a mere handful of ingredients, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a big bowl of comfort food that is…

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Sky Valley Nutella Pie – Created and perfected by Mike Cherry

This delicious, rich dessert is for lovers of Nutella & has a slight hint of peanut butter and chocolate. Although intended as a topping for toast, pancakes, waffles or bagels, Nutella makes the perfect ingredient to base a pie upon & I’ve spent the past 5 years perfecting this easy, no-bake recipe. To compliment this…

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2021 update to Alton Brown’s Texas Chili – Instant Pot Chapter

Here is a another subtle variation on Alton Brown’s classic – it is not vegetarian but you can easily take out the sirloin and pitch in some firm tofu (grilled in advance of course…) or beans. Use a 6-quart stock Instant Pot minimum 2 pounds Sirloin tip or lesser grade of beef (any grade of…

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Saanich Spinach Artichoke Cheesy Dip – Fall Fun and Food Series

On a dreary Saturday night, in the midst of fuel shortages, a stubborn pandemic, civic unrest and rivers of atmosphere… or is it the other way around? It is nice to quaff a glass of red wine with a simple hot dip made with basic and nourishing ingredients. Enter the Spinach and Artichoke Cheese dip.…

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Movember in the fast lane – year 12 Movember Captain

BSN-V005-Jan25-22.mp3“ controls=“controls”> A cover version of “Both Sides Now”. BSN-V005-Jan25-22.mp3Colin on guitar and vocal 12 years. It is easy to dedicate yourself to a cause that you believe in. A cause that has touched you and your friends and your family in so many ways. Movember has been here for a while. What is it?…

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