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It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m listening to my favourite Canadian Singer/Songwriter, Bob Rylett. His music makes me feel happy and soft.  I’ve started four different blogs in the last two months and haven’t finished any of them so, I’m starting a fifth right now, only I have to have it complete 20 minutes from now so I still have time to play my guitar before going out to meet my friend Rina for dinner.

Last night I made a dinner for my friend Kai and myself. She actually does a food blog, so, she’s a bit of a ‘foodie’. The meal turned out so well that I wanted to write it down for you to try, and for me to remember what I did!

This is something that I just made up from a bunch of different recipes I had looked at. It’s kinda like my own version of a ciopinno, but, I’m pretty sure I broke a whole bunch of rules. Doesn’t really matter because it was absolutely, mouthwateringly, amazing!


1 bag frozen Mussels (Costco)

1/2 bag frozen Scallops (Costco)

1/2 bag frozen Prawns (Costco)

1 full chicken breast (local meat market)

6 skinny hot Italian sausages (local meat market)

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 can coconut milk

1/2 bottle of white wine (something cheap, I used Fuzion)

1 large red pepper

1 fennel bulb

2 celery stalks

3 shallots

6 cloves garlic

1″ piece of ginger

3 tsp hot chilli sauce

1 tbsp oregano

1 bunch of cilantro (coarsely chopped)

First sear the chicken breasts in the coconut oil. Don’t cook them too long just get the outside browned and then pull them out and slice them into small pieces and put aside.

Put the sausages into the same pan and cook them, then pull them out cut into 1/2″ pieces and set aside.

Finely chop the Celery, Fennel Bulb, Red Pepper and set aside.

Finely chop the Shallots, Garlic and Ginger, saute them in the butter, just until they are soft. I used a great big huge Wok for this. Add the tomatoes, and coconut milk and wine and get it bubbling, then you just start introducing the other stuff in this order: Chicken, Sausage, Fennel, Celery, Red Pepper, Chilli Sauce, Oregano. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, then introduce the Mussels, Scallops and Prawns. When the Prawns are cooked, throw the Cilantro on to and serve it up!

Leslie's Seafood Soup

Hope you enjoy this! Any questions…. feel free to ask!


I was in the Everything Wines Store a couple of weeks ago and I ran into Ivan, who works there and has helped me select great wines in the past. He told me about an evening of Peruvian Food Tasting and Wine Pairings that he was preparing to do in my neighbourhood. Well, those are two of my favourite things, so, I was in for  sure. Two of my friends and I went tonight to a small restaurant by the name of the Rustic Llama Peruvian Cafe. There were about 20-25 guests for the pairing. It was really great because Ivan, the host gave a very informative presentation about Peru and it’s rich cultural history, and we heard about the wines from several reps that attended.


Luis and Carmen prepared some amazing dishes in Peruvian tradition, starting with  Ceviche de Pescado which was paired with  Pisco Sour, which is not a wine, but a cocktail containing pisco brandy, egg whites, lime and some other magic ingredients. It was a fresh start.

One of my favourites was the Causa de Pulpo  potato dish with octopus… paired with Olivares Rose wine.

Causa de Pulpo

The Arroz con Pollo chicken served with cilantro flavoured rice was amazing and  the Salvalai Primitivo Flaio only helped to enhance the already wonderful flavours.

Claudio, specializes in Pollo a la Brasa, which we got to sample tonight along with Ferrandiere Marselan. It was the most flavourful rotisserie chicken…. and oh so juicy!

Lana and Rina

Rina took some pictures… sure hope they turned out better than mine did….

Dessert consisted of the most delicate little pastry that reminded me of a very light shortbread with a delicious rich dark filling made from browned sweetened milk. With the desert wine, it was an even richer experience…

OK… the food, the wine… all good!!  But, the whole evening was made fantastic by great friends, conversations and laughs!

If any of you would like to try out some great food, I would recommend the trek out to Boundary and Hastings to the Rustic Llama Peruvian Cafe…but, make sure you only come out on Friday or Saturday, because they aren’t open the rest of the week!

If you want more details about the pairings and food and also way better pictures… be sure to stop in and see Ivans’ Blog!

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