Sunday, March 28, 2010

Olive Oil Fiesta

Olive oil is such a pantry staple in my kitchen. I use it all the time. Mix it with balsamic vinegar for simple salads. Drizzle it over pasta. Cook with it. Sometimes even bake with it.

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So when an invitation came from Sizzling Communications to attend a Spanish olive oil tasting, how could I turn it down? Firstly, I love olive oil, and secondly, I knew nothing about Spanish olive oils. Italian olive oils usually grace my countertop. This was a great opportunity for me to learn about oils that I was unfamiliar with and from a different region. (Did you know that Spain is now the largest producer of olive oil in the world? I didn’t!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mussels in the Hall

Soup is probably the ultimate comfort food. When you’re sick, your mom makes you soup. When it’s winter, you make soup. When you’re too tired or lazy to cook and need some quick sustenance, you heat up soup.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award

Wow, I'm speechless! An award?!

I'm not worthy!

A huge thank you to Sylvia of A Baked Creation for passing on the award to me. While this blog is a hobby of mine and certainly not as lovely and professional as some of the other food blogs out there, it's lovely to be recognized, especially with a creative award. Thank you Sylvia!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

Vietnamese is certainly near the top of my list of favourite cuisines in the world. There’s something so simplistic about its dishes, but at the same time so complex when you taste all the flavours working with one another—the savoury, the sweet, the acidic.

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I love myself a good bowl of pho but have never really considered making my own (it’s just too easy to step out and find myself a decent bowl in the city) until the wonderful and super inspiration Eleanor asked a couple of us Twitter foodies to take part in a little pho show and tell.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Delicious Ode to St. Paddy

I’m usually not a huge celebrator of St. Patrick’s Day.


Just ask my best friend and she has a story that’ll back it up.

But I thought I’d get in the spirit this year and bake up some St. Paddy’s Day treats for the coworkers.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ooey-Gooey Banana Cinnamon Buns

Imagine starting your morning off with a warm and pillowy-soft cinnamon bun.


Now imagine that cinnamon bun with bananas.

I think I’ve found my kind of cinnamon bun.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Off With Its Head

So this is a pretty embarrassing story. I was definitely having a minor girly freak-out session the other day in the kitchen.



No, I didn’t cut my finger off. No, there was no grease fire.

Rather, it had to do with a chicken, a head, and my monstrosity of a cleaver knife.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Nutty Goodness

Creamy peanut butter. Decadent chocolate chips. Crunchy peanuts (or in my case, walnuts). What’s not to love?

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It’s no wonder Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours remains such a perennial favourite to so many people. Her recipes work, and they’re absolutely irresistible too!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Not-So-Humble Beans

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Beans are such a beautiful thing. Especially when you cook them from scratch. Forget the canned stuff that’s packed with sodium and whatever else that’s in there to help make them last longer on the shelf. Yes, it requires time, which, in our day and age, is so precious and few are willing to relinquish it. But here’s why you should cook beans from scratch:

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