Recipe: Hearty Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Our family is about 50% vegetarian. No, that doesn’t mean that my wife and one kid are meat eaters and myself and the other kid only eat plant matter. Or that half our dinner plate has meat on it and the other half vegetables. 🙄 What it means is that around 50% of our meals […]

Recipe: Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad

While it is still summer salad season, we thought we would share one of our favourite salad recipes. Since discovering the fantastic flavor of Andean superfood, Quinoa, this salad has become a staple in our household. It pairs particularly well with another rite of summer: Maple-Ginger Marinated Salmon. While white quinoa has been widely available […]

Recipe: Maple-Ginger Marinated Salmon

Living the expat life as we do provides many wonderful opportunities to sample exotic tastes from around the world. If we’re not diving ravenously into the local restaurant scene, we are sharing cherished recipes from our homeland with our expat friends and colleagues. However, it doesn’t take long once we move overseas before we experience […]

Recipe: Expat Amy’s Easy Red Lentil Soup

Our family just loves lentil soup, especially on a cool winter day. It’s loaded with nutrients, gluten-free, and high in protein and slow-burning carbohydrates that keep your body fueled for hours on end. One of our favourite lentil soup recipes comes from Amy, our very close friend and life-long expat from Greece. It’s quick and […]

Seasonal Recipe: Expat Martin’s Red Beet & Green Apple Salad

Just in time for the Holidays, our first guest recipe contribution comes from Martin, a longtime expat from Germany. Some of my childhood memories connect to holiday food. In our house in Germany, red beet salad was customary on New Year’s Eve. My mother used to make it with herring and left-over beef. I find […]

How To Bake Your Own Bread In 7 Easy Steps

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread? For many expats who come from countries where bread is a staple food, that beautiful smell emanating from the kitchen brings back some of our earliest memories. And almost anyone passing by a bakery on the street has an extremely hard time resisting the pull of […]

How To Make Great Coffee For Almost Nothing

If you’ve been reading the saving money series on this website, you know that we aren’t great fans of the $4 coffee shop cappuccino.   Yes, we love great coffee, but not at that price!  We prefer to make our coffee at home, as we can make it just as good or even better at about […]

The Benefits of Using a Pressure Cooker

It was only a couple of years ago that we discovered the joy of cooking with a pressure cooker. We were in Europe staying with our Greek-Italian friends and we saw them cooking food in a pressure cooker and were very impressed when the food came out. It had incredible flavor and beautiful texture, and […]

Recipe: Homemade Toasted Muesli

Start your day off right with this high-energy, cholesterol-busting breakfast recipe with a, shhhhhh, secret ingredient… Most of us are well aware that eating a good breakfast has great benefits.  After fasting overnight, our body needs food just like a car needs fuel to run its engine. We have always loved muesli, not just because […]

Recipe: Healthy Asian Salad

Vietnamese home-chef Hong Ho tells us how to find gold in the few items left lingering in the bottom of your fridge at the end of the week. Many people have asked us how we can be so slim even though we never skip a meal – we always eat three meals per day plus […]