Taste of the Week

Chickpea Vegetable Stew with Apricots and Raisins

Chickpea Vegetable Stew with Apricots and Raisins

The recipe in the photo is one of my favourite vegetarian slow cooker dishes in my book Everyone Can Cook Slow Cooker Meals. The book is now in its second printing!! Very exciting! If you would like to try the recipe, click on "dig in."


Dig In

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 nine years later, and seven books into 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. See "What's Cooking" below for links to my recent newspaper columns, recipes and other exploits.

Thank you for visiting my website!

Eric Akis

What's Cooking

Go for Gazpacho!    |    July, 2014    |    Food column

Good day everyone! My latest newspaper column is on that cool and tangy Spanish-style soup gazpacho. To learn about the history of this soup and to find recipes for red and white versions of it, click here timescolonist.com


Cool Seafood

In my July16 newspaper column I featured cool and tasty recipes using seafood that would be perfect to serve on hot summer day. The recipes include a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, a cool mussel appetizer topped with crab, and a salmon main-course dish paired with a creamy potato salad. To read that story click here timescolonist.com


Tasty Tapenade

My newspaper July 9 was about the tasty French spread tapenade. In the story I let you know about the history of the dish and provide the great recipes for making it. To see the story click here timecolonist.com


Cookbook reviews and coleslaw

Good day! Last week I published two new newspaper column's. One is a story rich with tasty and inventive coleslaw recipes. The other story in comprised of reviews of four new culinary books and it inlcudes recipes from three of those books. To read either story click here timescolonist.com


Thrifty Foods Recipes

I create recipes for Thrifty Foods; a fine-quality British Columbia-based supermarket chain. On the menu this week are recipes that would great to enjoy while camping. They include camping pancake mix; skillet pizza; pasta with mixed mushrooms, sage and parmesan; and s'mores with chocolate, caramel and sea salt. To view those recipes click here thriftyfoods.com.