Tara and To Have It All…

I recently blogged about two unconditional offers I received from two universities in the U.K, and I have since accepted one and left the other pending.  Now I am unsure if anyone reading this post is also embarking on a postdoctoral journey, but I do want to bring to light the necessity of having Tara…

An Altered Path: My New Blogging Process

This blog will assume an altered path from here on. I find myself wanting to blog with rigorous speed that match the thoughts I have. I have been reading extensively about semicolons, naturally, as I am about to devote my prime years into a PhD that examines the frequency of use of the semicolon mark…

Genius or Scammer

I often lay down to voices streaming from my laptop. I initiate their beginning with the intention of drawing back to a time where the world’s most fascinating artists need some understanding. I lay with amusement; I lay entirely with the intention of dissecting complex, riveting figures; and sometimes, I do so merely to distinguish…

PhD Acceptance Letter

And so this is it; the re-direction, the dream. I have been tirelessly devoted to my PhD application since September. I started with a research proposal that demanded in exchange a little more than my sleep and food intake, poor-eyesight and freight posture, but my forfeit of light-days (which felt more like light-years), and a…

Dear Drifter

Dear drifter, where have you been? and what corners of the hemisphere have you occupied? What avenue did the feet of your carrier cross? Dear drifter, what language did the tongue engage in? And what pockets were you tucked under? Were you often uncovered and re-discovered? Or were you left to your pleads in recovery?…

How I Lost Close to 50 Pounds in 5 months

**This post updates regularly** I have, for the past 10 years, tried to lose weight. My detailed recordings of how I lost the weight is not nearly as interesting as the story of how I got there. But the story is long, and extensive with detail, and will undoubtedly bore you. Instead, I used bullet-form…

Chocolate Chip cookie: “Better than the bakery”- MOM

I will be quick and thorough. My PhD research proposal has kept me focused and distracted, stripping me of time. I feel immense joy from this labour. It is like the doors of academia welcome you in, should you knock. I must, however, archive this recipe. My mother claims it is “better than the bakery…

Freud, on line one?

I recently started listening to podcasts, and to my luck, I stumbled upon a great one right from the start. This podcast was unfamiliar to me in my previous podcast-listening-life (a short one, it was) and yet it is very possible that this podcast is already widely popular and loved and that my ignorance was…

One Must Believe One’s Hair is Not Red

I began reading Anne of Green Gables after I picked it up from the MET museum from my recent trip to New York City. With her fixation over a vowel, I find myself looking for the same relief –perhaps had a vowel caressed my name, it might prove that unlike others, I too might be…

Don’t Turn Your Back

I traveled to Italy in the summer; I recently came back from New York City; I drove 8 hours to Boston and back in three days; I lost 21.8 pounds in 50 days; and I decided to finally do my PhD. Here’s what I have learned from everything so far: Do not turn your back…

London-a tale of a magnificent city

George Eliot, Charles Dickons, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron, Shakespeare, and Beethoven called it home. If only for a systematic period of time, this location honed and celebrated their achievements. In it they found streams of curiosity, aspiration, thoughts, and at times, a flooding of misery, adversity, and even an epidemic of severe consequence. Here…

Quinoa & Nuts Brittle

I have been so incredibly busy with my custom cookie business (and a full time teaching job) that I barely have time to cook or bake (for pleasure) hardly anymore. But the warm days are over, cooler ones are approaching with a sprint, and baking for pleasure becomes a yet-again natural habit of mine. Or,…

A Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

I was very hesitant to accept cupcake orders from customers because unlike my cake recipes that I perfected over time, I was not able to find a cupcake recipe that I could put my small name behind. The truth is, I stopped searching for the `best` of anything on Google or Pinterest. This applies to…

The Man With the Glass House

On the corner of Cresent and Woodstock avenue, there’s a man that lives in a glass house. Big, bright, curious eyes can see right through the wide and elevated curtain-less windows. At night, his movements dominate the district. White socks, floating through his kitchen, brave as those his space is shared with. We are all…

A Gallery: Cookie Art

  “Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web      A fitting quote as my international students prepare for their final reading project on Charlotte’s…

A Classic Cheesecake Recipe (& it’s Keto, too)

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.- Leo Tolstoy I am eager to blog about my recent trip to Dubai, and the overwhelming excitement that one carries once they’ve crossed oceans of intangible cultural immersion. But I will hold off on that for now as I do want to…

Chicken Noodle Soup

I am worried that I am falling prey to the influence of a hideous stomach flu that seems to come and go every so often. I understand the dangers of the flu season, and with some of the precautions I at times take to avoid it, catching a bug like I did three days ago…

One minute Keto chocolate cake

One minute chocolate cake? No you’re right, I lied. It’s one minute and 30 second. And the results? Something one could frame an entire hypothesis around. So I am starting my Keto diet again (did it for a month and a half and then snow, and a lack of sun hit my subtly irritable mood…

Brunch (a baked French toast recipe inside)

(Scroll down for the recipe) Horseback riding was a hobby I threw myself into when I was 19. I can’t recall what got me into it, except, oh yes I remember; it was after the 2004 Sochi Olympic Games where I followed Sasha Cohen religiously as she strode on ice and didn’t land her triple-axel…

Saturday: Attempting to describe Thursday

I am in a coffee shop 45 minutes away from home- that is, away from the place I reside in, and locally- where I geographically belong. It’s a quaint shop with a reputation that disguises it- as rumour has it, this place I called my morning adventure belongs to a Canadian singer, songwriter, Kathleen Edwards….

Happy Birthday

It is a striking light; it is the star at the centre of the solar system; a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma; an internal motion that generates a magnetic field; it is the sun; it is he in my life. Happy birthday to a sincere, kind, and genuine man in my life. Without his…

Getting ready for 2018

I have had such a busy month that barely resembled past months. With taking cookie and cake orders, spending time with my beautiful niece, gathering with friends, and teaching weekdays and weekends, I found myself on a merry-go-round a couple of times with my hand stretching out to the pause button and not finding it….

Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged- as usual. I get into a swirling habit of allowing life take control. I recently celebrated my 29th birthday, and it was a memorable day. I happen to find that the more I flow through the river, the quieter my arrival to stillness and calm becomes to be. That…

Peanut butter chocolate bites (KETO Fat Bombs)

I have been on KETO for about a month now, despite being bedridden for almost a week and a half (with complete loss of appetite). I have felt great the first two weeks, seeing steady results of about a pound lost per week (not as much as I thought it might yield but a healthy…

Keto Pizza Dough (So, So, So Good!)

So yes, I started Keto about two weeks ago, and my body has reached Ketosis. If you have no clue what I am talking about, refer back to my Keto chocolate cake recipe blog post (I explain it as best as I understand it, there!). So far, I feel great! The headaches are gone, and…

My great chocolate cake recipe: Layered & KETO

If you’ve read my “Health & Research: Possibly, A Parallel Connection” blog post, you would know that I have followed fad diets for a long time now, despite my lack of acknowledgement of it until now. From my semi-logical perspective, following fad diets is like, well, following pop cultures’ advice on fashion: just wrong. But,…

A Cake Gallery

So I am currently blogging from a coffee shop patio where the sun is shinning through and my books are open at a hopeful attempt of reviewing some important teaching material. A thought crosses, as all thoughts do: unexpected, gushing, ill-timed. I would like to bake cakes for practice, and I would like to donate…

A Great Vanilla Cake Recipe

I was debating between ‘The ultimate vanilla cake recipe’ and ‘A great vanilla cake recipe’ as a title, mainly for two reasons: first, the ultimate makes the conclusion that perhaps nothing greater could come after it, and a great one is a testimony that although it is great, perhaps it’s not the best? Words hold…

Some of the Best Thanksgiving Starters (& side dishes)

When thanksgiving comes around, my mothers’ eyes are like fireflies: she exceeds her cooking and baking abilities almost each time. Naturally, I never participate because the woman glows in the kitchen. But this time, I decided to blaze the trail, creating my own path, in a less obvious way, and in a more unconventional place:…

My summer: A food gallery

I understand now summer of 69. I have never experienced the rays of sunshine in a season so highly anticipated as the one that just came and passed. It arrived with anticipation of it being the last of younghood:  a hope, yet, far-reaching into the future; a nostalgic ride far back into the past. I…

Canada Day No-Bake (low-fat) Strawberry Cheesecake in a Jar

Happy Canada Day! I want to share this no-bake, low-fat cheesecake recipe that I blogged on here before, but instead today, I made it in a jar! This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make; it’s delicious, versatile to other flavour profiles, and friends and family instantly love it (I bet kids will, too!)….

Italian-Themed Dinner Party

I grew up with my mother cooking international cuisines from a very young age. I loved her sense of discovery—her wonderment, admiration, and keen interest in trying foreign recipes and flavours. Who remembers the first time they tried French fries, like I do? I was six-years-old, and I remember accompanying a family friend who stopped…

Canada: My Story

I began this blog one late afternoon. What was most compelling about that afternoon was not my engagement in a book or another, but rather, my keen and fixed interest on my television set as I sat there watching Julie and Julia. I had just received my acceptance letter to the Applied-Linguistics masters’ program I…

Those who live a life of unprecedented air: Supporting Local

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple…

A Crowd-Pleasing Chocolate Cake (Truly, truly)

From all the recipes I have blogged, and without meaning to deter the value of any, this chocolate cake recipe is truly the winner. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you have a recipe that pleases all (or at least avids’ of chocolate cake). I have baked this cake about six times so far and…

The Path of Disseminated Thoughts: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

It’s 10:30 am and I’m pondering the day’s outlook. The weather has been upset all week, as though swarming in thought, irately, over an argument that’s completely useless. Sometimes its tears drench the soil in a sad attempt to gain notice, and it has succeeded- other times, it is steady –motionless, sunless- overthinking its temperament….

Hershey Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Summer Pie

Every time I say I want to post a recipe, I get carried away with fictional writing. Seven recipes behind and my eagerness to archive them has recently turned a thrilling habit into one that resembles procrastination combined with the feeling of dreadful effort…you know, the feeling you get when you’re actually at work. So…

Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant, Butternut Squash, and Red Pepper

Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant, Butternut Squash, and Red Pepper with Yogurt, Tahini Sauce Recipe Total time: 60 min (roasting time included) Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups of water 1 Tbls. Italian seasoning 1 Tsp. Olive oil 1 medium eggplant 1 medium red pepper 1/2 of a small butternut squash For the…