Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork
Chinese takeout is always fun but it's also so super easy to make at home! This sweet and sour pork takes almost no time to make from scratch and it's so much better than takeout! You start out by dipping the pork in egg and coating it in cornstarch before frying it in some oil until it's nice and golden brown and crispy! Next you cook some veggies, such as red peppers and pineapple, and make the sweet and sour sauce with honey, pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce ketchup, garlic and ginger. This combination of ingredients gives the sauce a really nice blend of sweet, sour, salty and spicy and you can control the amounts of each ingredient so you can get it just the way you like it! The dish is finished off with a garnish of green onions and a dash of sesame oil which adds that amazing aroma that I associate with Chinese takeout.

Recipes for the Chinese New Year

Recipes for the Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year, aka the Chinese new year, is this coming Saturday and it's the perfect excuse to to pull out some of my favourite Chinese recipes in addition to trying some new ones! I am a big fan of Chinese cuisine, both traditional style Chinese and American style Chinese, ie. Chinese takeout, and luckily they are both easy to make at home! Below you will find a mix of both traditional and takeout style Chinese recipes that are really easy make and most of them can be made with ingredients that are already in your pantry! I always find that it's fun to try to recreate recipes that I have had at restaurants and this is especially true for Chinese takeout where I can make the dishes much lighter and healthier than the takeout version and what's more, the homemade version tastes even better! Whether you are celebrating the Chinese New Year or not, you really cannot go wrong with making any of these tasty recipes at home!

Chicken Fajita Soup

Chicken Fajita Soup
It is soup season and today I have a new soup recipe for you, a chicken fajita soup! This soup is inspired by the flavours of chicken fajitas, which is grilled chicken with peppers and onions, typically served in tortillas with tacos style toppings. This soup takes the base of chicken, onions and peppers and place them in a soup with chicken broth and tomatoes and seasons them with taco seasoning. Of course the magic comes from the toppings and I like to serve this chicken fajita soup topped with shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, fresh onions, cilantro and tortilla chips for crunch! No matter how your serve this soup it's pure comfort food that is perfect for a chilly day or for curling up with a book or watching the big game of football!

Pulse Recipes

Pulse Recipes

Today is Global Pulse Day! Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family including dried peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils all of which are staples in my pantry and in my meal plan! Global Pulse Day is the perfect day to roundup some of my favourite recipes that use pulses and it's quite the list of tasty recipes!

Pulses are so versatile and this roundup includes recipes that use them in everything from soups, to salads, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, dips, nachos, casseroles, burgers, and the list goes on! I am really excited about this collection of recipes including pulses as it contains a lot of my favourite recipes!

Pulses are cheap and they can be stored in your panty for long periods of time so I always have them on hand! They are easy to cook, though you might need to remember to soak them overnight, and a slow cooker can make things even easier so I often reach for them when cooking!

Chickpea and Red Pepper Paprika

Chickpea and Red Pepper Paprika
This Wednesday, January the 18th, is Global Pulse Day and I have been thinking about pulses! (Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family including chickpeas!) The other day I was enjoying a roasted red pepper sauce with paprika (aka romesco sauce) and naturally the two ideas combined and then I was thinking that a chickpea stew in a roasted red pepper and paprika sauce would be the perfect way to enjoy them both! Naturally the first thing that came to mind when thinking about a sauce with paprika in it was beef stroganoff and so I was on my to a tasty sauce with the addition of sour cream. I filled the stew out with fresh red bell peppers and I seasoned it with garlic and some turmeric before adding a bit of tahini to make it even creamier! I added some umami flavour with the addition of fish sauce and white miso paste and these are both completely optional if you don;t have access to them. The resulting chickpea and red pepper paprika was super tasty, light and healthy and I served it over a bed of quinoa making for a super nutritious and satisfying meal! What a great way to celebrate Global Pulse Day!

Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes

Update: Jan 15, 2017 - It's January I was thinking that it's the perfect time to update my collection of the most popular gluten-free recipes! I've added a lot of new gluten-free recipes since the original post and I have now added to the roundup!

One of the most commonly requested features on Closet Cooking these days has been gluten-free recipes and an easy way of accessing them. As it turns out, I have quite a few recipes that are gluten-free, more than 700, and there are even more that can easily be made gluten-free! I have spent the last few weeks labelling/tagging/categorizing and pinning all of my gluten-free recipes so that they can be more easily found and used! While I was going through all of the gluten-free recipes I took the opportunity to roundup the 50 most popular ones, which you can find below, and it is a tasty collection recipes! That's enough rambling, on to the gluten free recipes!

You can access the gluten-free recipes by:

With full photos by published date:
All Gluten-free Recipes
Gluten-free Mains
Gluten-free Sides
Gluten-free Appetizers
Gluten-free Breakfasts
Gluten-free Salads
Gluten-free Soups

Alphabetically by name: Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes Pinboard

Mediterranean Omelette

Mediterranean Omelette
Today I have some quick, easy and tasty Mediterranean omelettes for you! It's hard to beat eggs and omelettes in particular for a breakfast that's a little more than throwing something into the toaster or microwave and running but it's still easy and satisfying! These omelettes are packed with simple and yet tasty Mediterranean style ingredients including tomatoes, olives, artichokes, feta and a roasted red pepper sauce! You'll certainly remember how to appreciate breakfast again with these light and fluffy Mediterranean omelettes!

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore
Today I have a simple and tasty recipe for you, chicken cacciatore aka. Italian hunter style chicken stew. This is basically a chicken and tomato stew where the chicken is browned and set aside before cooking the vegetables, typically onions, pepper and mushrooms before the tomatoes and chicken are added and everything is simmered or braised until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is nice and tender. You can serve this chicken stew by itself, with crusty bread, over pasta or rice, etc. and no matter how you enjoy it it's pure comfort food in a bowl!

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs
With the chilly weather the last few days I was craving some comfort food and it's hard to beat these Swedish meatballs! You really can't go wrong with easy to make balls of meat smothered in a tasty gravy! I like to start these beef meatballs off with bacon, yes, bacon! It adds an amazing smoky flavour to the meatballs and you use the bacon dripping to cook the onions in addition to the actual bacon! The meatballs are made with a base of ground beef along with the standard egg and breadbcrumbs to hold them together and they are further flavoured with garlic, Worcestershire sauce and an assortment of spices. The gravy that the meatballs are served in are made with the drippings from the meatballs after they have been browned in a pan along with butter and beef broth so its a nice and simple gravy but it's also just packed with flavour! I like to serve these Swedish meatballs over buttered egg noodles, or rice, or quinoa, etc.