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My love affair with Sriracha

I often use sriracha in my cooking and i have to confess it goes on as a condiment for nearly everything. I first discovered this delicious and spicy ketchup like sauce (don’t let the look of it deceive you!) about 8 years ago. I can’t remember the why or the how but I do know that’s about the time I started getting a lot more adventurous with my meals.

Anyway this afternoon, I was sitting at a restaurant in China Town when I started to think about all the things that you can do and make with sriracha. My secret combo is an olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and sriracha mix; Incredible as a marinade or even a salad dressing.

Here’s my challenge: Send me your favorite ways to use sriracha and i will post them on this site and use them in my own foodventures! I cannot wait to discover some new ideas with my cannot live without condiment.

xo Lisa




The Challenge aka Stupid Ideas

Steaks and Beers!

For the next 10 days I will not:

  1. Eat Meat
  2. Eat Dairy
  3. Eat Wheat
  4. Eat Sugar
  5. Drink Booze (vodka counts)
  6. Drink Caffeine
  7. Smoke Cigarettes ( which i only do sometimes (but that sometimes is increasing) when i drink booze)
  8. and I promise to go to the gym everyday
  9. and to do yoga at least 5 days out of the 10
  10. and it looks like i will avoid my friends (kidding!)

For those of you who know me, you know this is going to be tough. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the things that I am banning over the next 10 days. For those of you who don’t know me 10 days doesn’t seem very long does it?

So far today: 1  hour at the Gym and 1 hour of yoga, none of the illegal foods/drinks in my body.

I’m excited to see if I feel any different on the other end. Wish me Luck or join me in doing your own Challenge/Cleanse/Stupid Idea!



Foodventure: Prince Edward County

About 2.5 hours east of Toronto off the 401 hides a gorgeous part of Ontario known as “The County”.  Up until 3 weeks, I had no idea that this incredible place existed. I fell into a work contract in Wellington Ontario by The Festival Players of Prince Edward County and it has turned out to be better than I could ever have imagined.

The County (as it’s referred to by locals) is home to the “new” wine country and manufactures some of the most incredible local foods. From sweat peas, to artisan cheese and delicious cider, it really is a place that anyone interested in local, whole foods should come to visit and support.

Yesterday. I bought this great book called The Ontario Table  by Lynn Orgryzlo and she states that if everyone one in Ontario spent $10.00/week on local food, drink and products it would generate billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy which means more jobs, more education and  more accountability to the people by the people. The choice to know where your food comes from and how it’s made.  If you think about it $10.00/week isn’t very much. In fact with $10.00 you can buy a bottle of wine or a block of cheese or  a bag of vegetables from your farmer’s market or fresh berries or mustards, or jams or…i mean the list is endless and it’s so easy to do anytime of the year. And it’s a lot easier than you would think no matter where you call home- Think about it and join me in this $10.00 a week challenge!

Today I spent the day visiting a few local hot spots in The County and got some great and tasty finds! I enjoyed the best pizza EVER at the County Cider Company, scored some delicious cheese at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co and The Black River Cheese Company, got spoiled with ice cream made by the Kawartha Dairy Company and purchased a few bottles of wine from the Waupoos Winery. A solid day of local fare!

****click on the picture for a closer look at my foodventure in Prince Edward County!

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa