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Ode to Finch’s

4 May

Finch’s – an amazing tea and coffee house in downtown Vancouver. Haven’t been? Make it your business to go. This place makes sandwiches that can’t even be called sandwiches. I think it would be more accurate to call them “works of mouthwatering art”. I only had a few chances to eat here, but if I was living in Vancouver again it’s safe to say that a lot of my money would be spent at this place.

While I have somewhat recreated my favourite sandwich from Finch’s, I’ve decided to take that sandwich recipe and leave out the bread which has resulted in this amazing salad.

If you can’t get to Finch’s, this may be the best alternative.


  • 1 pear – washed, cored and sliced
  • 70 g. prosciutto or serrano ham – torn into bits
  • Gorgonzola – cut into small pieces (or bue brie)
  • Mixed green salad
  • Walnuts


  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Step 1: Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

Step 2:In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Toss again to coat and serve immediately.


Mango Chicken Avocado Paul Stephens III

27 Apr

chicken mango and avocado saladSummer is coming! Time to get less fat.

Time to get your beach bod on, right? Sadly, we can no longer blame over eating on bad weather and needing “winter fat” – which is my usual excuse.

First step in healthy eating? Finding foods that don’t completely suck. May I introduce you to a salad that you won’t hate?

His name is Mango Chicken Avocado Paul-Stephens III.



  • 400g uncooked chicken breast
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Mango
  • a couple handfuls of mixed green lettuce
  • Toasted pine nuts – optional


  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp grainy sweet mustard
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Step 1: Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined thoroughly.

Step 2: Cut the chicken into thin strips and marinate in ⅓ of the dressing mixture for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Fry the chicken in a pan on medium heat until cooked and remove from pan to cool.

Step 4: Cut the avocado and mango into thin strips and layer on a plate with the chicken.

Step 5: Pile a handful of mixed salad greens on top and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

Step 6: Drizzle with ½ of the remaining dressing and serve immediately.

*this is a take on Gordon Ramsy’s Mango Chicken Salad.

Carrot Salad – Now with more poppy seeds!

20 Jan

Carrot Salad!

As I sit here writing this, I have a beer resting in my cleavage. It’s a sad sight, so to make myself better I’ll talk about salad.

It’s easy bright and delicious. To be honest, I’m a little inebriated right now and I’m not sure what else there is to say about carrot salad.

Just make it and eat it. Then feel less guilty about having beers later.

Serves: 2

  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 inch piece of  fresh Ginger – Grated
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Dash of Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • Handful of arugula – Optional

Step 1: Wash and peel the carrots. Slice them into match sticks.

Step 2: Stir in the ginger, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic salt.

Step 3: Cover and chill for at lest 30 minutes.

Step 4: Stir in the poppy seeds and arugula and serve!

Easiest salad ever.


Candied Walnut Salad – Huzzah! A salad that doesn’t suck

22 Dec

Hey, how about a salad that doesn’t taste like poop? Here’s one of my fav’s.

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

  • Arugula
  • Some red lettuce
  • Handful of dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 Pear sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 100 grams of goat cheese, or feta.. .or whatever cheese you have hangin’ out in your fridge

Home Made Salad Dressing 

  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy seeds

Step 1: Wash lettuce and put into a large bowl.

Step 2: Add a handful of cranberries, 1/2 cup of chopped red pepper and cheese. Set aside.

Step 3: Heat a small skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir constantly until sugar has melted and walnuts are well coated. Place walnuts on a sheet of aluminum foil to cool, then sprinkle on the salad.

For salad Dressing

Step 4:  Mix all of the salad dressing ingredients together…. that’s all. Pretty easy.


No tips really.. just put the salad in your mouth, and perhaps into the mouths of others.
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