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…

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….

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…

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:…

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!)….

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 Great Belgian Waffles Recipe

I have never made waffles before. In fact, I just purchased my very first waffle iron yesterday. But because I was worried about my inability to operate a waffle iron (it turned out to be dummy proof)- starting out with a really good recipe I knew would make all the difference. I read, and read, and…

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…

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…

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…

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…