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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Low-fat Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

A great time with great food is what a dough hook is to a stand mixer: necessary. This sums up the last couple of days for me. We had a great event come to Ottawa last Friday- RedBull’s Crashed Ice – that seemed to be primarily hosted by Fairmont Chateau Laurier (only one of the most exquisite hotels…

Cranford, Cranberries, and Literary Canons (recipe inside)

“Mrs Forrester … sat in state, pretending not to know what cakes were sent up, though she knew, and we knew, and she knew that we knew, and we knew that she knew that we knew, she had been busy all the morning making tea-bread and sponge-cakes.” -Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell is a Victorian…

My Niece’s Circus Themed Birthday Party (turning one)

I wrote an entire post about my niece, Eleanor, who a few days ago just turned one, and then I deleted it. I was beginning to philosophize the theory of ‘building memories’ with children, and I went on and on about the idea of how children change us for the better, at least temporarily, until…

Baked Maple Donuts

I made these last night as I prepared for my final viewing of the Rio summer Olympic Games with a heavy heart. I’ve dedicated an entire blog post to the Olympics, so I will just leave one final comment before I pin down the recipe for these great Maple donuts .. The Olympic games offer us an…

Henry James & The Portrait of a Great Trifle

In many cases, the characters in the books that I read, in certain circumstances and in-between great dialogue, resonate among all things with me. Take Isabel Archer as a great example: a young lady who found herself intertwined in high society through a family member whom  offered her a chance of great reference for travel and riveting characters…

‘Heavenly’ Angel Cake with Caramelized Strawberry

“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ― Pablo Neruda, June, welcome. The intensity of green, blue, pink, purple, and red, visible in the flowers of my mother’s backyard, delight that voice inside me that whispers ‘ah’ while I am having my morning coffee, and reading…

Three years today; celebrating with a classic!

I received a little notification from WordPress wishing my blog a happy anniversary. Today would mark its three year anniversary; meaning, I began my masters degree three summers ago, ending with my convocation coming up next Friday. WOW!  I’m truly amazed. This has been the most enjoyable experience for me. Cooking, baking, blogging, and finishing my masters…

Dates & Banana Oats Bar

I once made my fiancé a dates and oats bar recipe that he absolutely loved. I mean, he truly loved it. I remember as I was mixing the ingredients, I would eat bits and pieces before even baking it, absolutely blown away by how delicious the recipe was. Sadly, I never saved the recipe. And ever…

Fondant Vanilla Cake

After working with fondant for the first time and having the experience turn out great (previous post: sweetest birthday cake) – I am now arrogant. Somehow I now think that I can make ANY cake with fondant :s …and the truth is, well, my arrogance has not been completely shattered just yet (but continue reading: I will…

Butter Rose Cookies

I found this recipe last night while I was taking a break from my research paper and randomly filtering through Pinterest’s baking posts (which could be really addicting): I came across these beautiful rose cookies. After I made them, I was blown away by how easy the process was, yielding such delicious (buttery, crumbly, tasty) cookies. I…

Oat & Honey Bread (one of the best, really!)

I went grocery shopping yesterday to get ready for a fresh new start at work (I’ve returned to teaching), and fresh new eating habit (that is)- the holiday baking exterminated my waist line. But, I forgot to buy bread! I love buying fresh baked bread, and the ‘healthier’ selection that’s out there compared to a…

Sweetest Birthday Cake

Today is my finance’s birthday, and this is the first time I make a fondant-covered cake! I do believe in the corny saying of, “cooking requires love”. It’s often things I make from love that yield me the best results. I didn’t overthink the process of working with fondant, I was enjoying my time of…

New Year Fortune Cookies

Happy New Year! 2015 has been a wonderful year, just like the one (s) before it. I constantly pray, so on this one night I don’t make resolutions to break or keep. I trust my fate is best dealt with in God’s hand. But, if I were to make one resolution, I pray that God grants…

Pinwheel Chocolate and Vanilla Cookies

I must have written this a while back, and I just came across it now. Plato once famously said: “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet”. A poet or not, I am content with the thought that only I know what I meant when I wrote this then. I heard stories of plenty smiles. Of…

Croquembouche Cone

This morning was a beautiful morning. It’s incredibly frightening to experience 8 degree weather on December 25th, but with that in mind, I could not pass up the crisp, yet warm breeze I received from a very transparent sun. I opened my bedroom door that faced my backyard, and I pulled up a chair with a coffee in…

Holiday Cookies

I am in a very serious stage with my research paper with submission date closely creeping around the corner. But I am enjoying every bit of this process, and all its forms of self-doubt. It’s somehow liberating, really.:) Once I grabbed hold of a solid routine, I began using my breaks for things that I enjoyed doing (like…

Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cake (from a non-vegan)

It is my 7th day on the vegan diet challenge and I absolutely love it (now). At first I was experiencing some light headaches and minor irritabilities, though I’ve previously kept a lean and clean eating schedule– but with the drastic changes of cutting meat and diary out, I feel lighter, healthier, and I find…

Middle Eastern Butter Cookies with Dates and Pistachio

I really love this season. Not only do I get an incredible sense of comfort from chilly weather and warm feet, but it’s cozy in my kitchen when the fire is on, and the house smells like sugar cookies. Baking for my fiancé is probably one of my favourite things to do in the world; and…

Delicious Lemon Loaf (maybe as good as Starbucks)

I’ve been thinking of going back to writing lately (professionally). I used to be a freelance writer, and I published a couple of articles here and there, and wrote for the university’s newspaper while I was doing my undergrad. I remember the rush. The deadlines. The spontaneous creativity. The endless writer’s block, and the extreme…

English Tea Scones

I remember being in one of my undergrad courses, second or third year, carrying around with me The Happiness Project. I distinctively remember being early for one of my politics course as I did my minor in Political Science, holding on to every line of this bright blue and yellow book. I must have been…