Happy Birthday Flirty Foodie: A Year in Blog Posts

Happy birthday Flirty Foodie! A little over a year ago we put down our forks long enough to start a food blog. 365 days, 47 posts, dozens of mind-blowing meals, and countless glasses of vino later, we’re happy to report that our gym-less streak is still going strong.

To mark this caloric occasion, we’ve hand picked our favourite blog posts from the past year. You get a little bit of everything; recipes, edible exploits and enough wine to throw a Catalina wine mixer!

A Visit to Rocky Creek Winery

Rocky Creek Winery, Vancouver Island Two winos visit a winery. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Ayaka’s Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad Recipe

Gluten Free Quinoa Salad Who says gluten-free has to be boring? We hit the jackpot with this tasty grain! Healthy and delicious like Flintstone vitamins. Yabba dabba doo!

Good Eats on Commercial St. Under $10

Mon Petit Choux, Nanaimo BC

We scoured the streets of our home town to find you the best eats on a budget. All of our picks are under $10.

 

Lean N’ Green Spinach & Avocado Smoothie (aka The Hulk)

Glass of spinach and avocado smothie

This addictive recipe is our most popular post by far. Give it a try and find out why. Once you go green, you’ll never go back!

 

Visiting St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse

Busy at work @ St. Jeans Cannery and Smokehouse

We visit one of the last (and we think best) Canadian canneries in operation. Seafood, smokers and hair nets…just another day on the job.

 

Sunset Sangria – A Blonde Sangria with Watermelon, Basil & Ginger

Sunset Sangria. A blonde sangria with basil watermellon and ginger

We’re such sluts for a good sangria. This original recipe combines the flavours of summer with the refreshing aroma of sweet basil.
**Spoiler alert…the main ingredient is wine!

 

Recapping the 2012 BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner

bc shellfish festival

What do you do when the coveted BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner is sold out? You crash it! This is what ensued.,,holy shuck!

 

 How to Order and Eat Pho Like a Pro

A large bowl of Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) Drawing from our hundreds of bowls experience working in a Vietnamese noodle house, we show you how to order (and eat) this delicious bowl of heaven like a local.

 

The Nest Bistro

Spinach herb gnocchi with wild coho salmon at the Nest Bistro in Nanaimo, BC Canada

Home made gnocchi, a fungi pie and ice cream sandwiches round out one of the best meals we’ve ever had in Nanaimo.

 

Easy Blackberry Limoncello Granita

Blackberry Limoncello Granita

And finally in anticipation of hot summer days, we bring you this divine recipe for Limoncello laced blackberry granita. Recipes + booze = good idea…every time!

 

We’d also like to use this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers. The response over the past year has been overwhelming, and we love you all very much for the support. We look forward to bringing you many more posts in the future. Loosen your belt. Trust us, you’ll need the extra wiggle room!

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We Review Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings

Sunday Brunch

Brunch is a beautiful thing. It’a a laid-back feast combining the very best of two meals. Brunch bends all the culinary rules. You can enjoy the artery clogging goodness of breakfast alongside other unconventional early morning fare like meat roasts, seafood and desserts…simultaneously. Where it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in a few cocktails with your meal and the need to get up early is eliminated entirely. Add a few hungry guests and you have the perfect meal. What’s not to love?

When we received an entire cookbook dedicated to this wonderful occasion, Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings, we took it as a sign from above that is was time to mix up a few Caesars. Continue reading

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We Review Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders Plus a Recipe for Two Pork Croque Monsieur with Mornay

Taking a cooking course abroad is the great way to expand one’s kitchen prowess while experiencing a country’s culinary culture.  You get learn new skills and prepare authentic regional specialities with the added bonus of being able to eat your homework.  It is also one of Ayaka’s favourite travel pastimes, being a firm believer that anything that ends with food in your stomach must be good.  When our latest cookbook Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders arrived at our door, it immediately drew our attention as it connected with our shared weakness for travel and ethnic foods.

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We Review Jess Thomson’s Pike Place Market Recipes

Pike Place Market Recipes book with pasta, eggs, spinach and lentils

One quick glance of our kitchen is all it takes to see that our shelves are overflowing with cookbooks.  Meaghan is what some would call a “cookbook hoarder.”  She’ll often pull them down to gush over with friends or use them as inspiration in the kitchen. When it’s time to get down to the actual cooking however, the recipe usually goes right out the window.  Given our love of cookbooks and market shopping, we jumped at the opportunity to review Pike Place Market Recipes: 130 Delicious Ways to Bring Home Seattle’s Famous Market  Continue reading

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How to Order and Eat Pho Like a Pro

A large bowl of Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

Every country has at least one signature dish. A culinary speciality that’s evocative of a country’s rich cultural history. While it can be argued that poutine is Canada’s signature, Vietnam’s is pho (beef noodle soup). The dish dates back to the French occupation of Vietnam in the early 1900s, up until which time cattle were mainly used for labour and not as a source of meat.  Resourceful chefs utilized this new ingredient, simmered down the remaining beef bones with oxtail, ginger, charred onions, and spices, and pho was born. Continue reading

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1 Month Blogaversary Comment Contest

The Flirty Foodie is celebrating its 1 month blogaversary…can you believe it?! The response in our first month has been overwhelming! A big thank you to all of our readers and to everyone who has helped share the love by spreading the word. We are kicking off the festivities with an awesome contest announcement!

We are loving all of the great feedback we have been getting from our readers and we want to hear more! Leave a comment on any of the posts on our website listed below, answering the question at the end or giving your thoughts on the topic, and you will be entered to win this wonderful artisan sea salt gift set courtesy of our friends at Salish Sea Salts who we met at theWild Foods Festival back in April.

 

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Welcome to the Flirty Foodie!

Exciting culinary experiences are all around us; in family kitchens, neighbourhood watering holes and small ethnic dives. You never know where your next memorable meal will come from, and it doesn’t have to come from a five-star restaurant. The Flirty Foodie is dedicated to uncovering them; on Vancouver Island and beyond while sharing recipes, stories and unwrapping the unique individuals behind them. The only thing greater than our lust for food is our pleasure in inhaling it.

But first…

Meet our Flirty Foodies: A One on One with Meaghan and Ayaka

How would you describe each other?

Meaghan: Ayaka is just one of those extremely warm and happy go lucky types that people are irresistibly drawn to, myself included. Her passion in the kitchen is infectious; she’s very involved in what shes doing and takes her time, making sure every element of a dish is just right. One thing I can say about her is that she always leaves a very clean kitchen while the initial cooking process is extremely chaotic. She is pretty much the exact opposite of me, organized and tidy while I cook but resisting the final clean up every step of the way. Ayaka and I are extremely compatible food wise. Our mutual love of food is one of the reasons why we are so close. It’s fitting that we met working in a restaurant and bonded over many a night overindulging in food and booze. Don’t let her small Asian stature fool you, this girl can put them back. In fact she’s been known to drink grown men twice her size under the table (trust me, I’ve seen this with my own eyes).

Ayaka: I feel as though I’ve finally met my culinary soul mate with Meaghan; someone who shares my appreciation for a delicious meal…and is willing to go to any lengths to get it. I admire her enthusiasm for the simple pleasures; that sparkle she gets in her eyes at the sight of a ripe avocado or the ear to ear grin that spreads across her face after that first sip of a crisp Thai Red Bull. Personally I’m not turned on at the sight of vegetables but unlike your typical vegetarian, Meaghan eats the occasional animal, enjoys a nice aged cheese and lives for seafood. She’s what we call a “flexitarian.” an advanced hybrid class of vegetarian. In the kitchen, she is naturally gifted, understands her ingredients, thinks outside the box, and is fun to be around; four qualities I revere in a cooking partner in crime. The way she can produce a dish despite consuming copious amounts of wine throughout the entire process is truly impressive. One word of advice, don’t stand in between her and her morning coffee. I have learned this the hard way.

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