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Eric Akis: Grandmother's cooking inspires Cyprus Cuisine cookbook

Eric Akis: Grandmother's cooking inspires Cyprus Cuisine cookbook

Victoria author set out to preserve family recipes enjoyed on childhood trips to Amargeti
Eric Akis: Gyoza gets a B.C. twist with halibut, green onion filling

Eric Akis: Gyoza gets a B.C. twist with halibut, green onion filling

Nice-looking fillet at seafood shop inspires tasty variation on Japanese-style dumpling
Eric Akis: Spice things up with a piquant prawn dish for two

Eric Akis: Spice things up with a piquant prawn dish for two

Fra diavolo sauce is made with olive oil, garlic, wine, herbs, good canned tomatoes and chilies
Eric Akis: Mushrooms shine in decadent meat-free stroganoff

Eric Akis: Mushrooms shine in decadent meat-free stroganoff

Serve mushroom stroganoff on egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice pilaf, topped with a dollop of sour cream and some chopped parsley.
Eric Akis: Bulgogi-style meatballs an umami bomb over noodles

Eric Akis: Bulgogi-style meatballs an umami bomb over noodles

Korean-inspired dish is flavoured with soy sauce, garlic, ginger and chili sauce
Eric Akis: Calzone a savoury pastry for pizza lovers

Eric Akis: Calzone a savoury pastry for pizza lovers

Fillings include things such as cheese, vegetables and meat, with marinara on the side for dipping
Eric Akis: Mustard and horseradish crust elevates top sirloin roast

Eric Akis: Mustard and horseradish crust elevates top sirloin roast

With a bit of embellishment, a less pricey cut makes a tasty Sunday dinner
Eric Akis: Caramel sauce and apple cake make divine, decadent dessert

Eric Akis: Caramel sauce and apple cake make divine, decadent dessert

Dense, nicely spiced cake is packed with bits of apple and walnuts
Eric Akis: Small Cornish game hen big on flavour

Eric Akis: Small Cornish game hen big on flavour

Many cooks, including me, have long thought that Rock Cornish game hens were something to serve on a special occasion. And we can thank the late American chicken baron Donald John Tyson for instilling that notion.
Eric Akis: Getting to the pulse of lentil soup

Eric Akis: Getting to the pulse of lentil soup

I was driving in rural Saskatchewan in the summer a few years ago and pulled into a rest stop to stretch my legs.