2020 Hot Chocolate Festival & Dine Out Vancouver round-up

Presented without too much comment other than who we went with and some thoughts on the occasion. Bel Cafe (Kitsilano) #11 – MOUNT DOOM Consists of 70% Valrhona Guanaja dark chocolate, guajillo chili, dark chocolate whip, aerated chocolate and volcanic black salt. Served with a black macaron. It was the day after festival kick-off date…

How to get dinner ready fast – Cooking with Campbell’s

It has been on my mind more and more that I need to make meals faster and spend more time with my family. It’s confounded these days as I’m not at work and so meals don’t have to be less complicated or quick to make: I just need to have dinner ready before they get…

Surviving the first month post-partum – Dining

I am working on a complementary blog post regarding the month of eating approaching nutritous post-partum foods in addition to what I stockpiled. But could you imagine me and NPY not going out for a whole month! Hah! Hugo’s Tacos & Churros Upon recommendation NPY found on the Internet from some pediatrician, we’d endeavour to…

Conscientious cooking (I)

In the past few months, I have been Conscientious Cooking and Post-Partum Prepping. It’s been a ride and not over yet. In between it all, I’m still making our favourite staples with meat (and post-partum recipes are not vegetarian/vegan), including: steamed egg and pork patty, mapo tofu, braised fuzzy melon with pork, egg salads, etc….

A week of Planted Meals for my last week of work

This week of work is my last week of work for some 80 weeks … ! To celebrate/mark/get through this milestone week, I treated myself to a work week’s worth of Planted Meals (full price, too!) and I was super excited because it was all different recipes from last time. In addition, I qualified for…

Game of Thrones viewing platters

Six episodes in the final season of Game of Thrones and each of them was a viewing experience.  I ended up making a mini platter for each one, flexing some mini entertaining muscles that are otherwise very dormant in between. GoT S8E1 – I put together my first charcuterie board ever using three types of…

Cooking adventures with beans

Certain bean dishes, I’m partial to – like hummus and chili. Sometimes I’ll come across some lovely fava beans at a restaurant and want to make my own. But when you want to stop or decrease eating animal meat, then you gotta appreciate beans so much more. Recently, in my favourite butter chicken recipe, I…

California March 2019 trip: What we ate

It seems like these days, when I travel – and all I can recall is going to Seattle, Toronto and Halifax for the past while – our food adventures haven’t been anything to report back about. Until this time! A mixture of who we met up with in California, increased enthusiasm for what’s on offer,…

Cooking lately: Chocolate stout espresso cake

🍫 + 🍺 + ☕️ > 🎂! Every couple of years, I want to make a cake for NPY’s birthday – not mine, gosh no – and this year I wanted to make him the specific combination of his favourite treats: chocolate, beer and coffee! There were other recipes including these ingredients but they involved creating a layer cake and spreading…