Monday, December 15, 2014

Baked Sour Cream Doughnuts with Gay Lea Gold Premium Sour Cream {Giveaway}


Sour cream is something I always have in my fridge.  I usually use it as a substitute for heavy cream when I cook such as in Daal Makhani or pasta.  I have also used sour cream in brownies and ice cream.  Today I'm sharing a baked treat that uses sour cream.  These Baked Sour Cream Doughnuts are made using Gay Lea Gold Premium Sour Cream.  My usual sour cream is Gay Lea Light Sour Cream and it's always worked wonderfully whenever I use it.  I was excited to see how Gay Lea Gold Premium Sour Cream would differ.  When I opened up the container, I immediately noticed how thick it was.  The flavour was excellent.  I knew whatever I baked with this would turn out to be wonderful.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Roasted Tandoori Potatoes


I love potatoes!  I love potatoes so much that I add them to just about most curries I make.  Usually when I make Khorma, my plate will have more potatoes than meat.  So when I got the opportunity to come up with a recipe using The Little Potato Company's Creamer Potatoes I jumped on the chance.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Herbed Hummus Dip


Recently I shared with you a recipe for Syrian Kebobs which we enjoyed with some Herbed Hummus Dip.   Today I'm sharing the recipe for the Herbed Hummus Dip.  I found the recipe in an old Canadian Living magazine.  This dip is different from a traditional hummus.  There is no tahini in it which is something I really liked because it makes it school-friendly.  We aren't allowed to send lunches that have sesame seeds since one of the students is allergic.  This Herbed Hummus Dip is very quick to put together.  It is great not only for dipping but as a spread in a sandwich or wrap.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Low Fat Daal Makhani


Daal Makhani is one of my favourite lentil dishes.  I've been making this recipe for over 2 years.  It's taken me so long to post because I have had the most difficult time photographing it.  Every time I took a picture it just looked so unappetizing.  This past week I finally got a picture I am happy with!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Syrian Kebobs {SRC}


It's the last Monday of the month which means it's time for The Secret Recipe Club reveal!  This month I was assigned Oh! You Cook! written by Dena.  Dena blogs about Kosher recipes and has written The Everything Kosher Slow Cooker Cookbook.  As I was browsing Dena's blog I knew this was an assignment I was really going to enjoy.  I've pinned several recipes that I plan to try out.  These Syrian Kebobs are actually the third recipe I've made from Dena's blog.  The only reason they got blogged about is because there were leftovers.  I have already made Baked Tilapia with "Crab Meat" Stuffing and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chewy Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gay Lea Butter


With the holidays approaching many families start baking special treats.  Although we don't celebrate Christmas, we love home baked goods and any excuse to make a yummy treat!  Today I'm sharing with you a Chewy Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Gay Lea Butter.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gay Lea Shortbread Contest and The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair


I am very excited to share with you that I have been chosen to be a Gay Lea Brand Ambassador!  Being an Ambassador, I get to share with you great news happening with Gay Lea.  This year The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs from November 7 to November 16 and Gay Lea is a proud sponsor.  In honour of the Fair, Gay Lea is having a contest to find out how you enjoy your favourite shortbread cookies!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Curried Zucchini Soup with Minute Rice® {Giveaway}


Rice is something I always have in my pantry.  We either use it to make biryani or it is accompanying one of many Indian curries we enjoy.  We have always purchased Basmati rice.  We have ventured out to other varieties of rice but Basmati has always been our favourite.  Recently I got the opportunity to try Minute Rice®'s new line of Aromatic Rice.  They have Basmati and Jasmine rice.  I was excited to try both of them, especially the Jasmine rice as I've never cooked with it before.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Upside Down Pineapple Cake with Blossom & Bean Vanilla Extract


I love to bake but one of the struggles I've had in the past was finding an affordable good quality alcohol-free vanilla extract.  I've tried some vanilla powders that were white which immediately tells you that it's not real vanilla.  I've tried some high end vanilla powder which was great but it's not readily available where I live and it's pretty pricey.  Actual vanilla beans aren't a good alternative as they are expensive and I bake quite often.  So I was very excited when Blossom & Bean started selling alcohol-free vanilla extract.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pumpkin Waffles


This may be my last pumpkin recipe of the season....pumpkin puree is almost done and the last couple of recipes I've made have not turned out well.  These waffles on the other hand were a hit!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Zucchini Loaf {SRC}


We still have pumpkin puree left so when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment I knew exactly what I needed to search for.  I was assigned Sew You Can Cook written by Lauren.  Lauren is an aerospace engineer (that is so awesome!) living in Florida.  She shares recipes and quilting tutorials on her blog.  When I starting browsing Lauren's blog I knew I wanted to make something with pumpkin since we have so much of it.  I've already made Soft Baked Pumpkin Cookies and Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes.  I found 2 recipes on Lauren's blog that use pumpkin, Pumpkin Broccoli Loaf and Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I decided to go with the loaf but I used zucchini instead of the broccoli since I had a small one from the backyard.  I also made half the recipe.  The original makes 2 loaves.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Popcorn Indiana's Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn {Giveaway}


Today I am reviewing Popcorn Indiana's newest flavour Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn.  Chocolate and Peanut Butter are flavours that go so well together.  I loved the idea of a dessert popcorn but I wasn't sure if everyone in our family would be on board with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn since I am the only person that likes Peanut Butter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes


The pumpkin recipes continue in our home.  We've still have a lot of pumpkin puree to go though after the boys each brought home a pumpkin from their field trip.  I recently shared with you some Soft Baked Pumpkin Cookies I made that were a huge hit.  Today I'm sharing Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes.  I saw this recipe last year on My Ninja Naan.  They looked so cute.  The original recipe topped the cakes with a chocolate glaze.  Henna skipped this step and I totally agree.  The cakes are delicious on their own and any sort of glaze would overpower it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Soft Baked Pumpkin Cookies


Recently, my boys went on their first field trip of the school year to a farm and they each came home with a pumpkin.  Pumpkin isn't something I cook except for the time I made a Pumpkin Pie on Hasan's request.  I asked the boys what they would like me to make first with their pumpkins.  They immediately said cookies.  I found this recipe on Joy of Baking.  It is not like a traditional cookie.  It's very soft, almost cake like.  They were a big hit.  Chocolate chips or walnuts would be a great addition to these cookies.

Monday, October 13, 2014

iögo Moments {Review}


Yogurt has always been a great snack for everyone in our family.  One of the struggles we've faced in the past is finding a good flavoured yogurt that does not have gelatin.  When iögo first came on the market we were excited to try it as it clearly stated on the packaging there was no gelatin.  We instantly loved it.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


I'm always on the search for a low fat cookie recipe.  My boys love cookies and it really is hard for them to stop at one.  I came across this recipe on Skinnytaste.  I liked that they were oatmeal cookies and I find that if I put chocolate chips in anything, the boys will gobble them up!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Circulon Prime Cookware {Review}


I have had some pretty bad experiences with non-stick pans.  The last set I purchased didn't stay non-stick for long.  Within 3 months everything was sticking to the pan.  So I was very excited when I got the opportunity to try out Circulon's Prime Cookware.  Circulon is new to Canada and is launching their Prime Collection Fall 2014.  What differentiates Circulon is their patented system which features a series of raised non-stick circles on the surface of the pan.  This reduces the amount of non-stick surface that comes in contact with utensils, minimizing surface abrasion and maximizing durability.  Today I will be sharing my experience testing out Circulon's 10 inch non-stick skillet.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Ultimate Tarte Tatin


Today I'm remaking Canadian Living's recipe for The Ultimate Tarte Tatin.  We all love desserts with apples.  Recently we enjoyed Canadian Living's Classic Cinnamon Apple Pie which was a huge hit so I knew this Tarte Tatin would be loved by all as well.  This dessert is very different from apple pie as it is made in a cast iron skillet.  I've never made a dessert in a cast iron skillet so I was excited to give this method a try.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Classic Cinnamon Apple Pie with Crisco® No Fail Pie Crust


My all time favourite pie is Apple Pie.  I am not much of a pie baker and this is my first time baking an Apple Pie.  My mom makes a really good Apple Pie.  The star in her pie is the crust.  She has always used Crisco® No Fail Pie Crust.  I've tried to make low fat versions of pie crust using either coconut oil or olive oil but none have come close to Crisco® No Fail Pie Crust.  Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening now comes in 1 cup sticks which makes baking with Crisco® even easier.  Follow along below to see how I made Canadian Living's Classic Cinnamon Apple Pie with this great pie crust and don't forget to enter the contest (details below)!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Butterscotch Muffins {SRC}


After a busy summer, I'm back participating in The Secret Recipe Club.  This month I was assigned Feed Me Seymour written by Kim.  Kim shares "Just good food, made simply."  You can find recipes that anyone can make which is exactly the kind of recipes I like to make...nothing overly complicated.  I decided on making Butterscotch Muffins which were super easy to make and tasted great.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nairn's Oat Snacks {Review}

Photo courtesy of Nairn's

It can be a challenge to find new and healthy snacks.  I also find it a struggle staying away from sweet treats as well.  When I got the opportunity to try some of Nairn's Oat Cookies and Crackers I was excited to discover some new snacks that wouldn't make us feel guilty about eating them.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mango Pistachio Kulfi


Kulfi is a traditional Indian/Pakistani dessert.  This recipe is not a traditional way to make Kulfi.  Honestly I don't even know what the traditional way is but it certainly doesn't involve evaporated milk, condensed milk and Cool Whip.  I'm sure it does involve boiling milk for a long period of time.  Regardless, we really enjoyed this shortcut version of Kulfi.  I freezed them in popsicle molds but you can also use a container and cut it into squares.  The original recipe used heavy cream.  I didn't have any, but I did have Cool Whip so I substituted that.  The Cool Whip made it a little more sweet.  The ground pistachios give the Kulfi a wonderful texture.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with this recipe to come up with different flavour combinations!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream


Summer is half over.  I didn't use my ice cream maker at all during July.  My boys love chocolate and I've been wanting to try a chocolate ice cream recipe for awhile.  I came across a recipe for Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bits over at Annie's Eats.  I had every intention of adding the brownie bits and even baked a batch of Low Fat Fudge Brownies.  But when I tasted the ice cream I thought adding brownies would have made it way too sweet.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vanilla Plum Swirl Pudding Pops


One of our favourite summer time treats is popsicles.  When my brother and I were growing up, my mom would always make sure our freezer was well stocked with popsicles.  Little did I know how easy it is to make popsicles and how great they taste!  Recently I made some Creamy Chocolate Pudding Pops.  We all really enjoyed them.  They were extremely quick to make but I never liked how they use Instant Pudding and Cool Whip.  I usually prefer to make things from scratch because I know everything that is in them and they always taste better.  Canadian Living's latest Make It Share It is Vanilla Plum Swirl Pudding Pops where everything is made from scratch.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pistachio Topped Vanilla Cake & Eid Eats 2014


Ramadan is almost coming to an end which means Eid will be here soon.  Today is Eid Eats 2014, a virtual Eid Party, that Sarah from Flour & Spice and I are hosting.

We asked all of you to make a dish that you would make for Eid.  For many, this is a time to make extravagant meals and have family over.  Personally, I have never done a lot of cooking on Eid.  We used to go to my parents for a big lunch and now we visit my brother and his family.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler


The August Canadian Living cover recipe is a Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler.  I've never made or even eaten a cobbler before.  I usually don't eat desserts where the main ingredient is berries.  I prefer cakes and cookies. Recently my sister-in-law made a berry crisp which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward to trying out this cobbler recipe.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zucchini Corn Pancakes & Eid Eats 2014


Ramadan is here and I find that we don't always eat enough vegetables.  When I saw this recipe for Zucchini Corn Pancakes on Flour and Spice written by Sarah, I thought it would be a great way to get some vegetables into our diet.  Read till the end of this post to get the details on Eid Eats 2014, a Virtual Eid Party, Sarah and I are hosting!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pineapple Coconut Island Soda


With the summer finally here, cold drinks are even more refreshing.  We don't drink pop often.  so I was glad to have Island Soda in our fridge when our AC wasn't working.  It was quite hot outside so we enjoyed Grace Island Soda's newest flavour, Pineapple Coconut.  It was very refreshing.  It reminded me of cream soda but with a pineapple coconut flavour thrown in.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Blossoms


Cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts.  I love the ones that are light and creamy like this month's Canadian Living Make It, Share It No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Blossoms.  This makes a great dessert in the summer since you don't have to turn on your oven.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea {Giveaway}


For a long time, I've heard about the benefits of green tea.  When I had gotten married, my husband was a big proponent of drinking green tea.  Prior to that I had never even heard about it.  Now green tea is readily available everywhere and people drink it often.  I've also seen recipes using Matcha Green Tea in baking, lattes and smoothies.  So when I got the opportunity to try matcha powder, I was excited to give this tea a try!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creamy Chocolate Pudding Pops


I love to make popsicles for my kids.  In the summer, they enjoy sitting in the backyard and having a frozen treat to cool down.  I've seen some recipes for pudding pops and they looked really simple to put together.  These Creamy Chocolate Pudding Pops turned out really good!  They were a hit with everyone.  The best part is the recipe only has 4 ingredients!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Baked Fresh Strawberry Whole Wheat Doughnuts {SRC}


It is Secret Recipe Club time once again and this month I was assigned Fearless Homemaker.  I've been following Amy's blog for awhile now and absolutely love her photography.  Amy is a homemaker.  She not only shares her recipe, but also shares crafts and entertaining tips.  I love the story of how she and her husband planned a surprise wedding.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Applesauce Bread


I had some overripe bananas that needed to be used up.  I wanted to make banana bread but just about every banana bread recipe I've made or eaten really doesn't taste like bread. It's more like cake in a bread shape.  I love banana bread but wanted a recipe that was healthy and I wouldn't feel guilty eating it.  This recipe fit the bill!  It's mildly sweetened with honey, uses whole wheat flour, oats and has 2 fruits in it!  It makes a great breakfast toasted with some butter although it is more delicate than a loaf of bread.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Grilled Peach Melba Sundae {CLBN}


With summer almost here we are enjoying more ice cream and popsicles.  My boys love to site in the backyard and have a frozen treat.  Ice Cream Sundaes were a wonderful summer time treat for me when I was growing up.  My favourite was always vanilla ice cream topped with fudge sauce and some nuts.  I've never been one to stray from this traditional sundae.  Today I will be re-creating Canadian Living's July Cover Recipe which is a Grilled Peach Melba Sundae.  I was excited to try something different which used fruit that are in season right now.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Canoe Paddle Doughnuts {CLBN}


Doughnuts are a major weakness for me.  It is so difficult to stop at just one.  Growing up my dad would sometimes pick up a dozen doughnuts on his way home from Juma (Friday prayers).  He also had a weakness for doughnuts and anything sweet for that matter.  I've only made baked doughnuts at home.  I've never made the traditional deep fried ones.  When I got my assignment from Canadian Living to make Canoe Paddle Doughnuts I was excited to try them out!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Orange Crush Cake Batter No Churn "Ice Cream" {SRC}


It is Secret Recipe Club time and this month I was assigned Mom's Test Kitchen.  Mom's Test Kitchen is written by Jamie.  Jamie started her blog after a couple of years of being home with her daughter.  I also started blogging after 4 years of taking care of my kids and wanted to do something that was not child-related.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Strawberry Jam {CLBN}


One of the things I love about the weather warming up is the grocery stores being stocked with fresh berries.  Strawberries available in the winter are always lacking in flavour.  Warmer weather always brings sweeter strawberries!  Today I am re-creating Canadian Living's Strawberry Jam in my kitchen.  Their version is infused with vanilla.  I've never made jam before or done canning so I was a little nervous about this assignment.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ginger Edamame Macaroni Salad with Catelli's Gluten Free Macaroni {Giveaway}


Recently I had the pleasure to attend an Exclusive Gluten Free Pasta Event at George Brown College sponsored by Catelli.  Back in September, Catelli had launched their Gluten Free Pasta line which included penne, fusilli and spaghetti.  You can read my review here.  With the success of the gluten free line, they recently added macaroni.  Our host for the evening was Chef John Higgins.  Chef Higgins is director of George Brown Chef School, former personal chef to the Queen Mother and a judge on Food Network's Chopped Canada.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Strawberry White Chocolate Sprinkle Ice Cream Sandwiches {CLBN}


With the weather finally warming up we are spending more time outside.  With warmer weather also comes enjoying more frozen treats!  Today on the blog I am re-creating Canadian Living's Strawberry White Chocolate Sprinkle Ice Cream Sandwiches.  I will be showing you step-by-step how I prepared these Ice Cream Sandwiches.  I was nervous when I got my assignment since I don't do step-by-step pictures in my regular posts because it's difficult to take a lot of pictures before Bilal gets curious and starts to poke around.  But he was very well behaved for this post!  So please read on to see how I prepared these Strawberry White Chocolate Sprinkle Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Feed The Hope

Photo courtesy of Catelli

Did you know summer is the slowest time for donations to food banks?  In Canada, 850,000 people use food banks each month and more than 36% of them are children and youth.  To help food banks during this shortage, 15 of Canada's leading chefs have gotten together to participate in Catelli's Feed The Hope campaign.  Each chef has contributed a recipe to the cookbook Catelli® Pasta Plus Five: Five-ingredient summer pasta dishes by some of Canada’s top chefs.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kiymali Borek {Turkish Ground Beef and Phyllo Pie} {SRC}


Today is my post for The Secret Recipe Club.  I really enjoyed this month's assignment.  I was assigned Tara's Multicultural Table.  The day I found out which blog I would cooking from, my blogging buddy Henna posted a recipe for Shish Taouk.  When I looked at where she got the recipe it was Tara's blog (small world!).  Tara's Shish Taouk recipe is originally from An Edible Mosaic.  A cookbook I have and absolutely love.  I've made this Shish Taouk recipe several times and always receive great reviews for it.  I definitely suggest you give the Shish Taouk recipe a try!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats {No Gelatin}


I know there are tons of Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats recipes out there but I had to share these because my kids absolutely loved them with the browned butter!  I have another recipe for Rice Krispies Treats on the blog where you simply just melt the butter or margarine.  Those are totally yummy but browning the butter just takes it to a whole other level!  I first tried this technique in my Oreo Rice Krispies Treats and those are always a huge hit.  Hasan took the Oreo Rice Krispies Treats last year to share with his classmates to celebrate getting 1st place in his speech competition.  When I went to pick him up I had a swarm of little kids telling me how amazing they were!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sesame Chicken with Fennel and Orange Salad {CLBN}


Today I am recreating Canadian Living's May cover recipe.  May's cover recipe is a Sesame Chicken with Fennel and Orange Salad.  When I received this month's recipe I was excited to try something that was totally different from what I would normally make.  I've never worked with fennel bulbs before although we always have fennel seeds (saunf) in the house.  I was nervous because fennel bulbs have a licorice taste and I'm not a fan of licorice.  Also cabbage is not my most favourite vegetable.  I've never been a fan of coleslaw.  But I thought this was a great opportunity to try something new and out of my comfort zone.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


Cookies are one treat all kids jump for.  I find cookies take so much more time to make then a cake because you have to keep putting batches into the oven.  Also lately I've been having them end up flat.  I love the idea of cookie bars where you spread the batter into a pan, bake and then cut them into squares.  These cookies are a bit on the salty side so if you would like a sweeter cookie then reduce the salt.  They also use oil instead of butter so no creaming butter and sugar which for me is a timesaver.  The first time I made them we thought they were very tasty but a little greasy.  So I reduced the oil.  Less oil meant they required a little more effort to spread in the pan but we enjoyed more this way.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Chickpea Avocado Salad with Lime and Chilli Dressing


This is one of our favourite chickpea salads.  We love to crumble pita chips or crackers on top for nice little crunch.  I saw this recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen but made a few changes.  I left out the tomato.  It adds great colour but I preferred to leave it out.  I also left out the green onion since I usually don't have any and I wanted to reduce the chopping.   For Kalyn's recipe the avocado is optional but for me it's a must.  I love the creamy texture it adds.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kidoodle.TV {Review & Giveaway}


Today I am sharing a non food related post.  For the last 2 weeks we have been using Kidoodle.TV.  Kidoodle.TV is an ad-free streaming video service aimed towards kids.

Our kids have time limits for watching TV and they are not allowed to watch shows with any violence.  Kidoodle.TV allows you to set up to 5 custom profiles where you can select which shows your kids have access to.  I find one of the hardest thing about having kids watch TV is getting them to turn it off.  With Kidoodle.TV you enter a time limits for how long they can watch.  This is a feature that I really liked.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Medjool Dates and Tamarind Chutney with Natural Delights {Kajoor Imli Ki Chutney}


Back in October I had reviewed Natural Delights Medjool Dates.  These are the best dates we've ever had.  Medjool Dates are a wonderful snack especially if you have a sweet tooth!  They are a great source of fibre.  A couple of Medjool dates accounts for 11% of your daily fibre requirement.  They are also full of antioxidants.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Honey Whole Wheat Bread {SRC}


Today is the day for The Secret Recipe Club reveal.  This month I was assigned Food.Baby.Life. written by Susan. Susan lives in Australia and has been blogging for 5 years.  She has 3 boys all under the age of 5.  Susan loves to bake and I really admire the changes she made to her family's diet by eliminating sugar and processed foods.  She tries to make her own condiments as much as possible...that is a great achievement!  After browsing through her recipes I decided to make her Whole Wheat Loaves.  We were out of bread and I haven't yet tried to make a Whole Wheat Bread before.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Layered Strawberry Rhubarb Trifle {CLBN}


Today I am recreating Canadian Living's April cover recipe in my kitchen.  When I got my assignment I was excited but also nervous since I've never made or even eaten rhubarb before. I have seen lots of recipes that pair strawberries and rhubarb but I would always leave the rhubarb out scared it would make the whole dish sour.  As I looked over the ingredient list I loved the combination of an Orange Vanilla Bean Custard combined with strawberries.

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