Crispy Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters

I love a savoury breakfast, and I’m always on the hunt for new quick and easy recipes I can make on lazy Sundays. Feeling inspired by zucchini season in Ontario, I decided to whip these up based on ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry, and these are now part of my permanent brunch roster. These tasty fritters remind me a lot of latkes, but feel healthier since they’re made with zucchini instead of potato and they’re a good way to sneak in some extra greens (at least that’s what I’m telling myself!)

Spicy Sausage & Wild Mushroom Pappardelle

Mushroom pasta is one of my all-time favourites (see: my creamy mushroom mafaldine), but sometimes when I’m craving that earthy mushroom flavour without all the heavy cream, I make this herby mushroom and sausage balsamic ragu. It’s loaded with all off my favourite herbs, and big splashes of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil for a lighter, more summery version of my favourite pasta.

Grandma’s Pork and Ginger Dumplings

Making dumplings with my family at my grandma's house is one of my most fond childhood memories. I loved when the whole family would gather around big bowls of dumpling filling, stacks of dumpling wrappers on the table, competing for who could make the most perfectly plump dumpling (without overstuffing!). It doesn't hurt that the result would be hundreds of steaming dumplings for dinner, dipped in the tangy combo of Worcestershire and soya sauce.

Silken Tofu, Pork Tenderloin & Green Bean Stir Fry

I love learning my mother and my grandmother’s home style Chinese recipes - they’re the foods I crave that I just can’t seem to get anywhere else. This pork tenderloin with silken tofu and crunch green beans is one of my all-time favourites that never disappoints, and always leaves me feeling extra grateful that I got to eat this so often growing up.

Fresh Thai Summer Rolls

The heat in Toronto has been deadly over the past couple weeks, and I couldn’t bear to turn the stove on and make my tiny AC-less apartment even half a degree hotter, so fresh summer rolls were the answers to my heatwave woes. I actually discovered this recipe in Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cook book (an all-time fave), but over the years I’ve gradually adapted it to suit my own taste preferences. The key to making this dish *extra* simple is storing away leftover grilled meat in the freezer, so that whenever you’re craving summer rolls all you need to do is unthaw the meat and you’re ready to go.