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…

Vancouver meal kit options: delicious experiments on myself

Honestly? When I met my boss 11 months ago and she told me she was a fan of the meal kit delivery service she uses, I was skeptical. Without going into which stereotype I applied to her, I did make some assumptions. That she and her hubby (whom I’ve never met) are the type of…

My experience with the Eat Your Heart Out! 7-Day Cleanse

In 10 days, I depart for San Francisco for a family wedding in Napa Valley. Then, 29 days after I return, we are off on a cruise to LA! Whee! Travel and the run-up travel-planning is so invigorating to me. And I registered for a 10K race on September 17, because since we set sail…

Yesterday was National Waffle Day

Oops, I meant to post this yesterday or – better yet – the day before but… life. And I’m so tired and harried these days. Here are the salient details: I purchased waffle plate attachments for my four (five?) year old Cuisinart Griddler back December 2014 and tested it by making the first recipe from…

Comfort cooking of late (basically, a recipe round-up)

A. It is so satisfying to be self-sufficient, to conjure a restaurant dish and then be able to reproduce it at home. B. The huge satisfaction I have derived is because (1) the dishes below are comfort food and (2) for some of these dishes, I thought I wouldn’t be able to make them at…

Great potluck dish: lemon-thyme macaroni salad with peas and bacon

Note: this was a big hit at a birthday party gathering so I’m keeping this recipe. Source: The Cozy Apron Summer Macaroni Salad with Crispy Bacon and Peas in a Bright & Creamy Lemon-Thyme Dressing (Serves about 6) Ingredients: 12 oz salad-size macaroni pasta, cooked according to package instructions and cooled 1 cup frozen peas, thawed…

The recipe I have been looking for: Butter chicken

Note: This recipe is a keeper. The results tastes like restaurant quality. Source: Foodess.com Ingredients For chicken & marinade: 2.2 lbs (1 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in 1″ – 2″ cubes 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp garam masala 1 tsp kosher salt For sauce: ¼ cup vegetable oil 2…

Fattening up NPY: April 2012 Toronto Trip

While I threw up the recap post very quickly (was preparing it through the week), I had not originally intended on posting about the food we had. But NPY asked about it and I’m all to happy to throw this together while getting caught up on television shows from the week. I want to honour…

The Nordica cottage cheese experiment

A few weeks ago, SmartCanucks.ca informed me that Nordica/Gay Lea was giving away vouchers for a free tub of their cottage cheese if you Like them on Facebook, etc. Cottage cheese is one of those things I feel like I “should like” and have not given a decent try. I haven’t procured for myself a great…

Accidental fancy home-cooked meal (Toronto Life Ep. 218)

< Next | Previous > When I bought chicken quarters and ingredients like cloves and star anise earlier in the week to finally make Hainanese chicken curry, I thought I would just be cooking for myself. The logical day to cook fell on today, Good Friday, when everything around my apartment is closed. But ,um…