Food

Coconut Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing

Make a birthday for someone you care about extra special with a homemade cake! This was the first time I’ve attempted baking a cake that didn’t come directly from a box. Continue reading

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Sugar Cookie Mania!

I’ve always thought of the sugar cookie as sort of the boring variety in the world of biscuits. A simple combination of butter, sugar and flour with no real exciting flavors. However, over the past few weeks I’ve been baking dozens and dozens of sugar cookies. I’ve discovered that although they are simple cookies, they can be iced and decorated to be exciting treats that everyone will enjoy. Continue reading

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Heartwarming Lamb Stew

In the mood for something warm and comforting for dinner? This lamb stew should do the trick. It is easy to put together and includes a special secret ingredient….BACON! Trust me, it truly takes the recipe to a whole new level.  Continue reading

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Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

It rains a LOT in Vancouver. Wellies and umbrellas are a common sight when strolling our wet city streets. While we don’t love the rainy weather, it does provide the perfect conditions to enjoy hot bowls of noodle soup.

Coconut curry noodle bowls are my particular favourite. My mom makes a mean Ohn-No Khao Swè, a Burmese style coconut chicken noodle soup topped with boiled egg, crispy rice noodles and scallions.  The taste is similar to Malaysian laksa but milder in spice. Below is my go-to recipe for an easy coconut curry noodle bowl inspired by Burmese Ohn-No Khao Swè. Continue reading

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Rigatoni

I love fresh basil and there’s no dish that compliments the herb quite like a pesto dish. After our basil plant was flourishing and fragrant, I plucked off the leaves for this delicious Creamy Pesto Chicken Rigatoni. Continue reading

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How to: Grow your own Basil

There’s no doubt the difference fresh herbs makes to a meal. They add flavor, aroma and can be used as an excellent garnish. But buying them can be pricy and wasteful. A good quality bunch will cost up to $2.00 and on most occasions you will not use the entire contents of a package.

Herbs are simple to grow and can be easily cultivated indoors. For me, they induce a feeling of kick-ass triumph for actually growing something I can eat! Find out how you can get your kitchen garden started today with a Basil plant. Continue reading

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Stovetop Seafood Boil & DIY lobster bib

One of my favourite ways to enjoy seafood is getting my hands messy in a heap of freshly cooked catch. In fact, I love the whole Crab Pot experience: wearing bibs, having my food spread right on the table and hammering into each shell to get into the sweet crustacean meat. Recreate this experience at home with my simple stove top seafood boil recipe and DIY lobster bib. Continue reading

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