Crispy Chinese BBQ Pork Belly (Siu Yuk)

Crispy Chinese BBQ Pork Belly (Siu Yuk)

Siu Yuk (pronounced See-w yolk) or Crispy Chinese Pork Belly is one of the most iconic Cantonese or Chinese dishes. Did you know that siu yuk means to cook meat over hot heat? There is a sense of urgency when ordering a half pound of 

Kimchi (spicy pickled Korean vegetables)

Kimchi (spicy pickled Korean vegetables)

Kimchi is so great for your gut, its full of probiotics and bacteria that is good for your body.  Often served as a Korean side dish, these spicy pickled vegetables help reduce inflammation, low in sugar and has flavor to distract you from the vegetable 

Mince or Ground Meat Wellington

Mince or Ground Meat Wellington

My kid’s have excellent taste. They asked me to cook a Beef Wellington. Right….  I guess the a la carte must be excellent at Bistro SmellaQue?  How am I going to execute this dinner request? Foodies often miss the level of difficulty in cooking a 

Roasted Whole Sablefish (Black Cod)

Roasted Whole Sablefish (Black Cod)

Asian cultures cook and serve whole fish all the time, so when I saw a fresh whole sablefish (black cod) at the store, my jaw dropped and I couldn’t wait to take it home and enjoy it roasted at home. My favorite dish at Japanese 

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

What does one do with leftover turkey or chicken when you’re looking for flavor punch? Tortilla soup has all the makings of a hearty meal and its easy to assemble! After cooking a turkey dinner, the next couple days, I want to cook with as 

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pheasant Breasts

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pheasant Breasts

When my neighbor generously shared the finds of his hunting trip, I was ecstatic. Pheasant? Cleaned and prepped pheasant breasts? YES, I WOULD LOVE SOME <in my most polite and rational voice>. The real question was – how was I going to cook it. BBQ 

Grilled Octopus

Grilled Octopus

Grilled octopus is a challenge and fascination for me. I’ve had memorable eating experiences when its tender and delicious, and I’ve suffered through chewy challenges as well. Like all cooking adventures, the goal is to ensure this delicacy is cooked well! Octopus and particularly the 

Asian Cornish Hen on a DIY Tin Can Smoker

Asian Cornish Hen on a DIY Tin Can Smoker

One of the goals I had when building my DIY Tin Can Smoker, was to cook a whole animal. For directions to build your own DIY Tin Can Smoker, click here. In a 6 diameter tin can, the choices are pretty limited. Where lump charcoal 

DIY $5 Tin Can Smoker

DIY $5 Tin Can Smoker

When a friend’s Facebook memory showed his home made smoker, I was obsessed and wanted to have my own fun. Thanks JLH! After a bit of planning, I now have my own DIY Tin Can Smoker and manufactured for less than $5! Objectives and considerations: