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….

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…

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…