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…

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…

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…

A ‘Dates Cake’ recipe that is like no other!

My (future) sister-in-law gave me this recipe the other day and I just couldn’t wait to try it. But I knew that would be a little difficult considering the fact that my oven is currently not working. So, a little problem, right? A thought outside of the box wouldn’t hurt. I have decided to put…

Dark and Moist Chocolate Cake Bliss

Audrey Hepburn once said — ‘Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.’ Personally, I’d like to think that calories do not exist in chocolate cake. I mean, they really shouldn’t. Like Hepburn, chocolate cake does wonders for me, or at least enough to haul the massive ‘chocolate…

Low-Fat Carrot Muffins Wrapped in Bows

To get me through writing yet another term paper on “Ethnicity and Language in the ESL classroom”, I decided to bake these healthy carrot muffins. Now I LOVE carrot muffins, and I honestly had the intention of adding semi-sweet chocolate chip to them, until I decided to actually follow the recipe as is 🙂 I…

Low-fat Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

There’s this beautiful vibe in the air, especially this time of year, that makes you want to put an apron on, press the Play button on your favourite classical music C.D (on YouTube), and whip up brown sugar and egg whites until it is light and foamy. With my “healthy-eating”, I try to substitute the…

Autumn, Gingerbread Cookies, and Downton Abbey

I haven’t posted in SO long! I have been so unbelievably busy with school work that I don’t even get the chance to enjoy the readings I read because of the weight of my pile. But, I do immensely enjoy my program. It gives me new knowledge that I  constantly engage with, and in a…

Downton Abbey inspired “Cheese and Chive Scones”

I’ve been having a great couple of days reading and catching up! My research papers are coming up and my mind is currently on these cheese and chive scones. A research paper on food is not likely to pass for a grade, right? too bad. I could probably begin a hypothesis on the affect of…

Julia Child’s “Crème Brûlée”

I received my acceptance letter into my Masters program while I was watching “Julie & Julia”. The first time I ever watched Julie & Julia I was overwhelmed by the far-fetched notion that anyone can ‘cook their way’ into anything in life. It was, after all, why Julie initiated the project. And as a true imposter, it sold me…

Julia Child’s “French White Bread”

I have the day off from school and I am just sitting here, reading and thinking about my beloved food blog (people’s encouragement in just two days!) I have decided to try Julia’s French white bread recipe, again, since I have the ingredients. But, who doesn’t love carbs anyway? I am also thinking to hit…