2017 is here!

A week and a half in and we can still feel optimistic about our choices – for the most part – and my resolutions are all about nourishing the body, mind and soul… not too tough, right?

Last year I began teaching aerial yoga, sold my line of hot sauces at a local farmer’s market and travelled to Costa Rica for a personal retreat.

This year I am diving further into teaching and devoting myself wholly to finding great recipes to share here and in my book. I have plenty of surprises, interviews and new flavours to share, but until then let’s look back at some of my favourite recipes that deserve another taste.

From my tummy to yours:

  1. BEAUTIFUL BREAKFAST QUINOA BOWLS

This has been one of my most popular recipes to date proving that people are on the lookout for healthy AND easy food – especially in the morning.

This is gluten free and vegetarian (vegan if you omit the egg), and a great way to save time on those dark winter mornings while getting a warming meal.

2. COQ AU RIESLING with WILD MUSHROOM & BUTTERED NOODLES

I love this for a cozy dinner party or date night – it’s a rich one pot dinner that will transport you to the velvety flavours of Alsace, France.

Loads of butter and cream certainly make it a meal for a special night, so serve with a simple salad, crusty baguette and a crisp glass of Ontario Riesling.

3. WATERMELON & STRAWBERRY MOJITO POPS

… and now for something completely different.

Maybe not a mid-winter treat, but bookmark these little guys for summer. They are juicy, refreshing and healthy. The best part is they aren’t too sweet and the mint gives them a clean finish.

A reader and friend in Mexico saw these and ran with it making Mango Margarita Pops… delicious!

4. MARILOU’S GENERAL TAO CITRUS CHICKEN

This recipe comes from my favourite cookbook this year – Trois Fois Par Jour – from Montreal blogger Marilou Champagne and hubby Alexandre. This book captivated me! Within a week I had made four recipes from it and all were positively perfect.

This Chinese take out classic is surprisingly easy to duplicate at home and fancy enough to make for guests. I’ve always been apprehensive of frying, but these are virtually mess free.

5. COLOURFUL FISH TACOS with KIWI SALSA & RED CABBAGE SLAW

I love tacos of any persuasion! In fact, wrap or roll anything and douse it in hot sauce and it’s already found a place in my heart.

Fish tacos keep it light and healthy and are complemented by the tart acidity of the kiwi and vibrant crunch of the cabbage. These little guys are as visually stunning as they are tasty.

6. SIMPLY COMFORTING BEEF CURRY

I love curry! This is an all-in-one-fuhgeddaboudit-dinner.

The coconut milk adds richness, the red pepper keeps it fresh and the beef falls apart into melty little mouthfuls that will make you happy to be alive.

7. SALMON QUINOA SUMMER ROLLS

This ditty has quite a few moving parts, but the end result is delicate and well worth the prep work. A riff on Vietnamese summer rolls, these have flavours of salmon sushi – wasabi, tamari, sesame, garlic, ginger, cucumber, etc – and make quite a posh addition to any table.

Give ’em a go if you want to make an impact.

8. SPICY CRACK NUTS

These nuts got their nickname from their addictive properties. Make these in a pinch as a cocktail companion or bring them along for a unique host gift.

As always, feel free to tweak the spices to suit your whims – curry, cinnamon, salty, sweet – the possibilities for these are only limited to your imagination.

9. HUGGABLE HOT AND SOUR SOUP

Talk about comforting! This soup is mega easy and like a big hug for your belly. It’s also a wonderful substitute for plain ol’ chicken soup in those virus-filled winter months.

Tip: make it a little spicier to burn that bug away.

10. OAXACAN SPICE FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

These are gorgeously fudgey and rich with hints of coffee, cinnamon and cayenne – all the flavours of one of Mexico’s culinary capitals – Oaxaca.

Happy New Year’s folks – this Harlot is looking forward to a fresh year!

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