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Zucchini-scallion fritters


Success! My first fritters.

Well now. Apparently the blogosphere has gone into a fritter frenzy—everywhere I look, I see them! Maybe there’s a zucchini surplus? I suppose I drank the Kool-Aid on this one too, thanks to the special summer issue of Everyday Food magazine by Martha Stewart.

In the past month I have made these fluffy, flavourful fritters three times. They are incredibly easy to conjure up and require next to nothing, ingredient-wise. Whether you make them for a snack or a side, I promise this one bowl wonder will ease you into comfort food bliss. Give ’em a whirl! You may find they quickly become a weeknight staple. Continue reading

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Long Weekend Brunch


Smooth, fresh & packed with flavour.

Warm, cheesy & comforting.

For those of you living in Canada, this post might seem a little late; for those of you living in the U.S., this post is right on time. Whether the long weekend has just passed or is quickly approaching, there is no question food is going to be on the brain.

Hopefully during your long weekend the weather was or will be beautiful, as it was here in Vancouver. I find nothing more than some sunshine beaming into my kitchen will put me in the mood to whip up something new and special. Sounds like a cliché from some 1950s happy homemaker advertorial, doesn’t it? Continue reading

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Hearty Turkey Chili


Warm, hearty and astonishingly simple.

Have you noticed the crummy weather lately? Drizzly, cold, death for those of us with allergies–if none of this sounds familiar, I envy you and the paradise you evidently live in! For the past couple of weeks it has been difficult to think of something satisfying and healthy(-ish) to make after long work days spent trekking under downpours and overcast skies.

There are few better ways to feel warm and satisfied on a dreary weeknight than to cozy up with a bowl of chili, a glass of wine and a backlog of TV shows in the PVR queue. Continue reading

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How to cook quinoa


In the weeks since posting a couple of recipes using quinoa, I have received a lot of requests on how to properly cook it.

Preparing this gluten-free superfood couldn’t be any more simple. You will learn how to cook quinoa effortlessly and in less than a few steps! Continue reading

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Le Pain Quotidien


There's drool on my keyboard. Great.

Word has it spring arrived a little more than a week ago, but I have yet to see any evidence of it. The cherry blossom trees are exploding with pink and white petals along the sidewalks, and the once crisp bite of winter wind has warmed to a balmy rain that seems to dampen the spirits as well as the pavement.

That said, I wanted a pick-me-up that reminded me patience was all I needed before the sun replaced the grey sky. Light fare is always the ticket when I’m feeling gloomy or bored with finding meal solutions, and the meals my sister and I shared at Le Pain Quotidien in Brussels last summer was beckoning for a redux. Continue reading

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Tabbouleh



Have you ever eaten a dish somewhere and became utterly consumed with duplicating it? Well that somewhere was Nuba, a Lebanese restaurant in downtown Vancouver, and that dish was tabbouleh. What I conjured up isn’t traditional tabbouleh (or tabouli), but for a beginner in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cooking it will suffice.

Not that this recipe holds a candle to what I ate, but it’s a nice, refreshing substitute. Did I mention it was incredibly easy too? Continue reading

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Curried Chickpea Samosas


Honestly simple; deceptively complex.

Simple party crowd pleasers can be rather cumbersome to think up, let alone assemble. These last few months saw me shying away from throwing together my usual mix of homemade desserts, dips and dreadfully common appetizers, and jumping straight into a (seemingly complicated) familiar Indian snack: vegetable samosas.

The mere thought of making samosas from scratch used to make me tremble. Here is food that is integral to a cultural cuisine, specifically assembled and copycats are scrutinized. Needless to say, I didn’t tell anyone I was making these until I was sure they’d turn out.

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Olive and Mushroom Toast


These last few weeks have been, to put it gently, mental. Working overtime some days, without breaks most days, and sans decent meals every day, it would be an understatement to say I have been in a food rut.

I don’t want anymore homemade pizzas on store-bought shells; I don’t want to eat so much caesar salad until I, too, smell like Parmesan cheese; I don’t want to keep assembling my food out of  jars, bags and lethargy. So I riffed on bruschetta and made mushroom and olive toast!

Natural progression, I know. I thought so too. Continue reading

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Leon in London


Leon in Spitalfields, courtesy of pixelthing.

A few months ago, what seems like ages, I went to Europe to visit my sister. Prior to meeting up with her in London, I had a day to kill and decided to take a jaunt around St. Paul’s Cathedral on my way to the Tate Modern. In the 10 years I have been going to London, there has nary been a side of St. Paul’s that was not surrounded by scaffolding and construction. “I’ll be fine,” I thought. “I know my way around by now.” Cue the uprooted directional signs, downpour and gusty winds.

Then I quickly got lost. And hungry.

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Honey Cake


I rule.

I know, I know—it’s been way too long in updating this blog. But truth be told it’s been a far crazier month than I anticipated. This basically means virtually all of my baking and cooking took place over the course of one week. You guessed it: 18 Dec – 25 Dec. I asked for it. Continue reading

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