Mustard Crusted Prime Rib with Roasted Onions

I love a good prime rib roast – such a treat.  Mustard and beef are perfect together, add a little horseradish in there and the house will smell amazing.

Sunday dinner treat - the house smells amazing!

Sunday dinner treat – the house smells amazing!


For about a 5 pound prime rib roast:

2 generous heaped tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 generous heaped tablespoon horseradish

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

1 tbsp. mustard seeds (lightly toasted first – and cracked)

finely minced parsley

blend all this together with 1 tbsp. good quality olive oil

Season prime rib with salt and pepper, then rub the mustard all over the surfaces of the rib.  Allow to rest on the counter to bring the roast to room temperature before roasting.


Quarter 4 medium size onions, and scatter around the roast – drizzle with olive oil and any of the remaining mustard mixture.

Gently massaged with mustard horseradish rub and ready for the oven.

Gently massaged with mustard horseradish rub and ready for the oven.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place roast in oven and roast for 20 minutes – then turn oven down to 350 and continue roasting – anywhere from 1-2 1/2 more hours depending on the size of your prime rib (you can also use this method with any other good quality cut of beef that does not require low slow roasting). Right about the same time the onions should be tender, sweet and so delicious.

Please make sure to use your meat thermometer – there is no point in overcooking a beautiful cut of beef!  (for medium rare it should take about 20-25 min per pound)

Banana Blueberry Bread Pudding

It is not often that we EVER have banana bread left over, but surprisingly enough, we did and I was wondering how to use it up. Also have never made bread pudding … and always wanted to.
Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding

Cube up leftover banana bread, and toast it until slightly crunchy and dried out.

About 4 cups of bread cubes work with:

3 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup sugar

Whisk all ingredients together.

In greased baking dish place the banana bread cubes, top with blueberries (or whatever fruit you have on hand – fresh or frozen) and pour the egg/milk mixture over. It should just cover the bread cubes and fruit.

Bake at 350 degrees for between 45-60 minutes. A knife inserted in the middle should come out clean.

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream.
Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding with whip cream

Thai Hot-Sour-Salty-Sweet Chicken

All Thai dishes should have a balance of hot/sour/salty/sweet. Whatever recipe you use, keep tasting and adjusting until you get that balance just right. I do a lot of Thai cooking, and we love it all – but this is the first recipe that our Thai student Ping claimed was exactly like chicken he eats at home.

hot-sour-salty-sweet Gotta get that balance in Thai cookery!

Gotta get that balance in Thai cookery!

1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp asian fish sauce
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (white if you have it)
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tamarind concentrate

Blend all ingredients together well – then add chicken.

This is enough to do 4 chicken breasts, or 8 chicken thighs. If using breasts I like to pound them lightly first – just enough to make them equal thickness which is easier to grill. Allow to marinate for whatever length of time you have – I have made this with only 1/2 an hour to marinate, and up to overnight.

Grill until cooked through – slice into strips and serve with dipping sauce.

2 tbsp tamarind concentrate
1/4 cup asian fish sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 minced clove garlic
1 small Thai chile – seeded and minced
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Combine all ingredients except cilantro – TASTE!! Adjust to your preference, and if you like it really spicy, drizzle in a little chili oil. I have also drizzled on sesame oil to finish it. Once you have a good balance of flavour (which means you can’t stop yourself from continuing to taste) then stir in the cilantro.

Prosciutto wrapped nectarines

Anything wrapped in prosciutto has to be great! These are fabulous little appetizers that – once you have made them for anybody – are sure to be requested again. I have made them with both nectarines and peaches – whatever looks best in the market.

These appetizers are sure to be a crowd pleaser

These appetizers are sure to be a crowd pleaser

Cut fruit into wedges large enough to handle – probably 6 wedges out of one piece of fruit. ( try to use fruit that isn’t too soft…..)
Put 1 heaping teaspoon of goat cheese into cavity from stone
Tightly wrap prosciutto (I usually halve slice lengthwise)
If desired, glaze with a bit of warm apricot jam

Grill just until you have beautiful grill marks and the prosciutto crisps up a bit.

Banana Loaf

Just in case the little ones around your house leave you enough bananas to work with … make banana loaf!


3 ripe bananas

1 cup white sugar

1 beaten egg

1/2 cup melted butter

2 tbsp sour milk

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

(If you need sour milk stir some lemon juice or vinegar into fresh milk  – let sit for a few minutes and stir)

Sift dry ingredients together:

Mash bananas, blend in sugar and add egg.  Mix and add milk and butter.  

Stir banana mixture into dry ingredients, only until just mixed – do not over mix!

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 50 min at 350

Asian Noodle Stir Fry

This is easily one of the simplest noodle stir fry dishes I have made, and packs lots of taste in every bite.  I think the secret is the spicy vinegar for the finishing touch!


¼ cup vegetable oil

½ red onion, julienned

1 sweet red pepper, julienned

2 cloves garlic, chopped

⅓ cup oyster sauce

⅓ cup water, mixed in with oyster sauce

2 tablespoons ginger, finely chopped

1 bunch green onion, chopped

Flavoured Vinegar

½ cup rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoons palm sugar (or natural sugar)

1-2 tablespoon chili oil

1 bunch chives, finely chopped



Stir all vinegar ingredients together and set aside – really important to do this to your individual taste – SOME LIKE IT HOT …

Mix oyster sauce with water

Soften egg noodles according to package directions, but be careful not to overcook them.

Heat oil in wok, add onions and saute until softened and translucent, add ginger, garlic and red pepper.  Stir fry until just softened.

Add some of the oyster sauce and stir until well combined – add most of the rest of the sauce and stir in the noodles.  Stir fry until all the noodles are well coated and heated through – finish with the last drizzle of the oyster sauce.

Serve with chives to garnish.  I served the vinegar on the side for everybody to add as they pleased, but it could easily be added as soon as the dish is finished.

This dish is really made for you to experiment with – go green instead of red and stir in chopped fresh spinach or sliced snow peas right before serving and garnish with cilantro, green onions and bean sprouts.

For a complete meal add some prawns or thinly sliced chicken – stir fry with the onion/pepper mixture before adding the noodles.

Citrus Loaf

The sweet/tangy glaze drizzled over this citrus loaf adds the perfect touch!


1 medium lemon – zest and juice

1 medium orange – zest and juice

2 1/4 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

3 eggs

1/2 cup milk

Grate 1 tbsp peel from lemon, and squeeze 1 tbsp juice – set aside

Grate 1 tbsp peel from orange, and squeeze 5 tbsp juice – set aside – separately from lemon juice

In large bowl combine dry ingredients, then cut butter in, stir in lemon and orange zest.

In separate bowl beat eggs, milk and 4 tbsp orange juice.

Stir liquid into flour just until mixed, do not over mix.

Turn into greased and floured 9×5 inch loaf pan.  (I like to use parchment paper so it is easy to lift out)

Bake 1 hour, at 350 degrees – cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to a cooling rack.

Once you take the loaf out of the oven, combine the remaining  1 tbsp lemon juice, 4 tbsp orange juice and 2 tbsp sugar in small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and allow to gently boil until reduced slightly and thickened.  Once loaf has cooled a bit, drizzle glaze over top.  

Try to resist cutting the loaf until it has cooled quite a bit ….