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Silky hummus

Silky hummus

I recently wrote a newspaper column on how to create a silky, smooth and memorable hummus. There were a few tips I doing so that I think you'll find interesting. To read the story click on dig in below.


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Everyone Can Cook Slow Cooker Meals

Everyone Can Cook Slow Cooker Meals

My book Everyone Can Cook Slow Cooker Meals: Recipes for Satisfying Mains and Delicious Sides is now in its second printing. It contains an array of delicious slow cooker entrees, such as Snapper Veracruz-style, Durban-style Chicken Curry, Sake Soy Short Ribs, and Lamb Shanks with 20 cloves of Garlic. Each recipes has a suggested side dish (not made in the slow cooker) that you can prepare while the main dish cooks. Those side dishes, among others, include fine salads, vegetable, rice and pasta creations, a very tasty roasted garlic bread recipe, and a splendid - and very flaky - buttermilk biscuit recipe, which will go great with the slow cooker soups, stews and bean recipes in the book. If you like to try a sample recipe from the book, click on “dig in” below.



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Can everyone cook? That’s a question I’ve been asked frequently since I published the first cookbook in my Everyone Can Cook series in 2003. More than 15 years later, with seven books in the series, my response to that query has remained the same: Yes, they can!

To me, it’s not whether or not you can cook; it’s whether or not you have the desire, the confidence and the inspiration to do so. If you have those traits, learning to cook, or improving the cooking skills you already have, can be a very tasty experience.

If you don’t have those traits, I hope that my cookbooks and this website will help you develop them. But I’m also writing for those of you who already enjoy cooking, but are seeking a reliable source of straightforward but delicious recipes, great cooking tips and other practical culinary information.  

Visit my routinley updated Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/chefericakis for links to recent newspaper columns, recipes and other exploits. You'll also find links to some of my past food columns below.


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Recent newspaper columns available online    |    2018    |    tasty reading!

Below are links to a  few of my latest Victoria Times Colonist newspaper columns. They are seasonaly themed, filled with cooking tips and rich with inviting recipes that Everyone Can Cook! To view numerous other columns on all sorts of cooking related topics, go the Times Colonist's Cooking with Eric blog here cooking-with-eric


Saltimbocca gives chicken an Italian twist

When you eat saltimbocca, you soon discover why the cook who first made it determined that tender meat, prosciutto, sage and a wine-laced sauce did not need a whole bunch of other ingredients to enhance that combination’s already superb flavour. Here’s a link to my column about the dish and a recipe for it timescolonist.com


Miso soup makes a comforting dinner

I always keep a tub of miso in my refrigerator. I like to have it at the ready when I need a quick and easy Asian-style ingredient to richen the flavour of something such as a salad dressing, marinade, glaze or, of course, a soup. The latter is what I did in this column, where I created a main-course miso-flavoured with soup stocked with tofu, rice and vegetables timescolonist.com


Roasted squash gives tacos fall flair 

I enjoy making and eating tacos, because you can fill them in all kinds of tasty ways, my favourite being seasonal fillings. In this column that meant filling tacos with roasted squash, red cabbage and a range of other tasty things. Here's a link to the article timescolonist.com


Praise for Eric Akis's cookbooks

For Everyone Can Cook: “this collection of lively, user-friendly recipes makes me want to start cooking at once.”

Julian Armstrong, food editor, Montréal Gazette

For everyone can cook midweek meals: “Eric Akis is my kind of super- man . . . He offers more than what we have come to expect of him—food clearly explained. He serves it all forth with genuine goodwill and wry humor, the telltale sign of a true Clark Kent beneath the cape. With this culinary crusader’s gentle guidance, we can all cook.”

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, author of the Curious Cook at Home


For Everyone Can Cook Slow Cooker Meals: “Eric Akis is Canada’s most talented food journalist, a man whose skills aren’t just in creating beautiful-looking recipes, but in creating recipes that we love, we crave and we return to again and again.”

Shelley Boettcher, food and wine writer, Calgary Herald


For Everyone Can Cook for Celebrations: “Eric Akis has always created delicious, easy-to-follow recipes . . . He takes the mystery out of cooking, with clear directions and lots of helpful hints.”

Bruce Mackenzie, features editor, Victoria Times Colonist