Friday, April 29, 2011

Oven-fried Fish and Chips

Have your cake and eat it too?

Well, in this case, yes, when the "cake" is in fact fish and chips.

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Oven-"fried" fish and chips, that is.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #43: Sesame Balls

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(Deep-fried savoury sesame balls stuffed with BBQ duckling, taro and pine seed. "Fancy dim sum" at Grand Chinese Cuisine.)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meatless Monday: Braised Beans, Kale and Golden Onions with Tomato

As I've mentioned before, I've been eating a lot of beans during my detox, all of which have been cooked from the dried stuff. It's so convenient and easy to reach into your pantry for a can of beans, but there is still a small amount of additives that go into the cans to help aid in a longer shelf life.

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Cooking dried beans is honestly not hard. The thing to remember is to soak your beans the night before you want to use them. Once you have that done, it gets easy. Just add the drained, rehydrated beans to a pot of salted boiling water, along with any other aromatics you may wish to use (garlic, herbs, bay leaf, or just plain) and simmer for at least an hour, or until tender. Drain, rinse and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Buttermilk Cookies

I was looking for some recipe inspiration to use up some extra buttermilk when I came across this recipe for Buttermilk Cookies. I was instantly intrigued.

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The recipe is easy enough and is much akin to sugar cookie dough, with the addition of lemon rinds for flavour and buttermilk.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Curried Wild and Brown Rice Cakes

Being Chinese, my family eats a lot of rice. Most meals, there will always be steamed white rice. The only time rice doesn't show up at the table is if we're doing pasta or potatoes.

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I don't eat the stuff quite as often now—perhaps because I'm so darn tired of seeing it. My parents find it funny that whenever they visit, my rice bucket always seems untouched since the last time they were here. Which is probably true. But when I do make rice, I cook a mix of brown and multigrain rice with just a bit of white mixed in there. If I'm going to each rice, it might as well be the type that's good for me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #42: Mutton Curry, Rashnaa


Monday, April 18, 2011

Meatless Monday: Warm Spiced Chickpea and Mushroom Salad

For the past week, I've been on a detox. Which means giving up on all the good stuff in life: meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, wheat... Why on earth would I do such a thing, right?

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I often compare it to an oil change for your car. After a certain mileage, your car needs its oil changed to function properly. Lately, my body has been telling me that it has not been feeling great and I knew it was time for another round of detox to rid the body of toxins it has consumed in the past few months. It was time for my body's own "oil change" in order to run properly again.

Friday, April 15, 2011

To Japan: Love, Toronto (Toronto Bakes for Japan)

Toronto certainly has done us proud.

One weekend. Two days. Countless sponsors and volunteers. Thousands of supporters. And the endless hours of dedication and hard work from two wonderful organizers.

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Congratulations Toronto! We have raised just over $28,000 for Toronto Bakes for Japan, all of which will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #41: Sweet Treats for a Sweet Cause

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(My haul from Toronto Bakes for Japan at Evergreen Brick Works. Heart-shaped apple mini pies made by Jen and divine bostock made by Samantha.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Memories of Maple

What can be more iconic to Canada than maple?

Whenever my family went abroad and visited distant relatives and friends, we would often bring along with us two things that "screamed" Canada: Niagara icewine and, of course, maple syrup.


I LOVE maple syrup. Growing up, we only had maple syrup in the household, so it was the only way I knew how to eat my pancakes. Disappointment would be written on my face if we ended up at a restaurant for breakfast with none of the real stuff in sight.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Taste of Spring

April showers. Tree buds. Tulips. Daffodils. Warmer weather. Longer days.

Asparagus. Peas. Fiddleheads.

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Spring lamb. Rhubarb.

All of these come to mind when I think of spring.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #40: A Sweet Escape

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Toronto Bakes for Japan: Apr. 9-10

Three weeks ago today, Mother Nature gave the world a stark reminder that she spares no one, regardless of class, age, race, or any other factor. We are all at her mercy. It also served as a reminder that as a civilization as a whole, we need to stand together and help one another. Because if the situation were reversed, we hope that the world will do the same for us.

It has been devastating watching the images from the last three weeks. Whole towns wiped out. Family members desperately searching for their loved ones. The Japan earthquake and tsunami, like many other disasters in the past, brought things into perspective and reminded me once again of how incredibly lucky I am.

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