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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Roast Chicken

I’ve finished my research paper!!! It feels liberating, refreshing, and quite scary all at the same time. I’ve immensely enjoyed my research experience, though it undoubtedly came with a few bumps (as naturally any vigorous thesis-writing experience entails) you’re always an amateur right until after you’ve finished and submitted a 130 page research. Key word: after. You never…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Home-made Sushi!!

Yes, I made sushi. Finally. I’ve been hesitant of making sushi for a while now because I always hear mixed stories about it. Some say it’s simple and some say that the rice is complicated to make. However, I decided to go for it last night! And? well? IT WAS AMAZING! I promised myself that…

Authentic Indian Samosas (but with a healthy twist)

I love Indian food! My fiancé and I order Indian food all the time (OK, not all the time :))- but whenever we do order Indian food (especially from descent Indian restaurants), it’s usually a heightened, enjoyable experience. I am not sure why ordering food with a loved one is a heightened enjoyable experience, but it just…

Healthy Middle Eastern Okra with Couscous

I went grocery shopping after work today and sometimes I like to go in without a plan of what I am going to cook that evening, but more with the idea of picking up fresh ingredients that I would enjoy experimenting with. In the Middle East (where I am originally from) Okra is a popular…

Buttermilk Pie

I miss blogging so much!! I have been on this wonderful teaching journey that in so many ways has/is changing my perspective on life and giving me a rich experience so early in my professional career. In many ways, I feel incredibly lucky to finish my masters’ program and begin working instantly, and loving it. Yet…

Pasta, Please

I LOVE Pasta! I mean, who doesn’t? But I, really really really love it. I am a sponge to all-things-carbs. Unfortunately. I have been really taking advantage of summer; biking, reading. I can’t tell you the immense joy I receive from my daily adventures. I truly enjoy nature, and I love nothing more than to…