Pasta & Rice

Fettuccine Alfredo with Balsamic Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Fettuccine Alfredo with Balsamic Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Today was back to school day here in Mattawa. My son Braden started Kindergarten, and my little girl started preschool!
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Pan Fried Salmon Cakes with Lemon Caper Orzo & Mustard Cream Sauce

Pan Fried Salmon Cakes with Lemon Caper Orzo & Mustard Cream Sauce

I love sweet and savory cakes of every kind–it doesn’t matter if they’re made of chocolate, or cream, or crab or salmon… {although I doubt i’d love a combination of those!} I know on occasion I can be a little weird, and I make some pretty darn “weird” things, but i’m not THAT crazy! This week I am making my all time favorite carrot cake recipe for EASTERS! And I also thought I would make some delicious salmon cakes too. I know as a “food blogger” I should be able to come up with some cool story or reason why, but I have nothing. I just made them because I wanted to eat them ok? And I didn’t want to serve them with some boring, I mean, “plain” yoghurt sauce either. So I decided to make something just a little less weird than a chocolate crab cake, and something a little more adventurous than a remoulade, and somewhere in-between, I came up with this delicious recipe. I used Ina Gartens crab cake recipe as a starting point, but added canned salmon to save a step of having to cook it, and they were SO delicious! Crisp, and pretty, and full of flavor! The lemon caper orzo with parmesan was the perfect thing to serve them with, and I decided to make a sauce, just because everything is better with a delicious sauce… especially when it involves grainy dijon! The French’s secret to cooking is butter, but mine is grainy dijon! Everything just tastes better with it, and my husband teases me relentlessly for being so obsessed. Anyway, this is pretty much another “sarah” dish, full of things I love on one plate! But as usual I hope you guys love it too! 

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Bang Bang Shrimp Fettuccine

Bang Bang Shrimp Fettuccine

A couple of years ago I posted a simplified recipe for Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp, which quickly became one of my most popular dishes! The restaurant serves bang bang shrimp on top of a bed of lettuce as its most famous starter, and also serves it in warm delicious tacos as a main dish–but this week I decided to change up the recipe a little, and serve it with the next best thing… pasta! My husband said this reminded him of a diablo shrimp recipe.  I’m not usually one for really spicy food, but this is to die for delicious! I hope you guys love it as much as the first recipe, if not more!
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Smoked Salmon Risotto with Poached Egg

Smoked Salmon Risotto with Poached Egg

Spring is finally here, and this week I have been busy spring cleaning, re-decorating, re-purposing, and generally working my butt off! I was so tired after painting for 8 hours straight on saturday that by the time it came round to making dinner, I was overwhelmed and didn’t want to do anything complicated that required exerting any kind of energy! This usually means a sandwich.. or a risotto! Ha. I know risottos aren’t usually associated with “simple” or “low-maintenance” but for me, it means I get to stand in one spot and stir and be totally and utterly lazy, and I LOVE that, especially on days like that! I decided to add smoked salmon, avocado and a poached egg, just because those flavors go so well, and they’re three of my absolute favorite things in the whole world! I pretty much created this dish for myself, and it’s definitely become one of my new fave’s! I hope you guys <3 it! 

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Chicken Tikka Masala Risotto!

Chicken Tikka Masala Risotto!

A little while ago I got brave and made a Pad Thai Risotto which turned out to be one of my favorite dishes of all time! It sounded so crazy, I was actually really reluctant to try it, but when I did, it completely blew me away! So then recently, I thought: “why not try a Chicken Tikka Masala Risotto?” I love the flavors of Chicken Tikka Masala {it’s also one of my most favorite dishes on earth!} And I love the texture of a thick, creamy, dreamy risotto–so combined, it had to be a win-win! And it really was! I think I love this dish even more than the pad thai risotto! I know there are a lot of ingredients, but it’s so simple to make, and it’s SO worth it!

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