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:…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

Bread Cones

Once I saw this on Pinterest, I immediately pre-heated my oven. I love creative recipes…and bread. So, it was no surprise I had to try it! What I love most about this recipe (besides the arts & craft that goes into making the cones) is that it is quite simple, and yet simply delicious. This recipe can…

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…

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…

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…