Website Launch

I have officially launched my website! I began this baking journey, on a more professional stream, from this blog that I started four years ago. I have grown fond of creating customized cookies and cakes for family and friends, and I have been incredibly supported and motivated by people surrounding me to take this to…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

The Value of Prose

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration…”- Ernest Hemingway An author of great sanatic deception, Ernest Hemingway measured the value of books equal to the value of art when he paired prose and architecture simultaneously. His aim, perhaps, was to combine the holistic virtue of fine writing to the artistic wonderment of pure art. And because they require appreciation, value,…

P&J Waffle Sandwich

“There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.” – William C. Bryant As my apple watch closes its rings for the day, I sat wondering if I had a piece of gum to cultivate…

Cream of Mushroom Soup (Healthier Version)

I have never made cream of mushroom soup before but this was a successful attempt. I substituted the full-fat cream to a non-fat one (still loved it). It was simple, yet delicious. Also, I added some of my homemade garlic herb croutons that I made and bagged a couple of months ago. What an addition!…

A healthy deconstructed Lasagna (noodle-free)

  I know what you’re thinking: Deconstructed? what does that even mean in relation to food? … but actually, that’s not what you were really thinking. You were thinking “A healthy lasagna that’s also noodle-free?” come on. I don’t blame you. I have previously danced to the drums of recipes that swore their low-fat, low-calorie, or…

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…

Health & Research: Possibly, A Parallel Connection

So far in my life I have tried green-tea detox for 3 days, vegan for 14 days, HIIT training for 6 months, boot camp for 4 months, boxing for 3 months, and cycling for 1 month. This is added to 12 years of trying, sticking, failing, and succeeding at yoga, hot yoga, pilates, outdoor cycling,…

A Comprehensive Guide to Eggs (methods, tips, cook time)

Upon my arrival to Canada my uncle greeted me with his first words to me: “I bought two carton of eggs for you and they are sitting in the trunk” (true story). My reputation surpassed my nine young years, and in both hesitation and perplexity, I smiled. It was foreign: the thought, the country, my…

DIY Mugs (Less than a minute)

I grew up to raves, to loud voices of strange female faces making big deals over anything and everything in my house. I always knew my mother to be a crafty and creative woman. Part because of compliments I’d overhear as a child, and part because she lived up to these compliments 27 years later. She always…

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…

Fluffy Pancakes (Healthier, too)

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for [September] eves! – Humbert Wolfe Fluffy & Delicious Pancake Recipe Total time: 10 minutes (for a healthier option, check ‘Lessons Learned’ under) Ingredients 1½ cups all-purpose flour 3½ tsps baking powder ½ tsp salt ¼…

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…

Fresh Pasta

Making fresh pasta for the very first time could make any amateur cook feel as though the opened gates to experienced cookery have respectfully allowed them in. It was a great experience making fresh pasta for the very first time, one that I reckon I might recall years to come as my mother’s face of delight and…

‘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…

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…

Post-workout Asian-Inspired Salad

I have been determined to drop those last (very stubborn) 15 pounds. So, I have been sticking to a very serious workout regime (cardio, HIIT training, weights, and..my favourite yet, boxing). For someone who loves to workout, sticking to a regime wasn’t such a challenge. But, doing it six times a week is! What I did…

A Delicious Greek Lunch

I came home from teaching, and as my routine dictates, I often make a healthy lunch that lasts me for the next two days (…that is if I didn’t chug it down all at once:D). I didn’t overthink this- one click to Pinterest and I was all Greek inspired. I love greek food- I also think…

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…

Home-made Gnocchi & Tomato Sauce

Gnocchi Recipe Recipe taken from: http://aseasyasapplepie.com/how-to-make-gnocchi/ Total time: 35 min Ingredients 1 kg (2.2 pounds) russet or desiree potatoes 3 cups minus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour Pasta sauce (tomato, pesto, rose, etc.) Semolina flour to dust the trays/baking sheets Process Wash the potatoes (don’t peel them!) and place them in a saucepan. Cover with cold water…

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…