Monday, December 15, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Monday, October 27, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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
Saturday, August 23, 2014
|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
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
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
Friday, July 25, 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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
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
Friday, June 13, 2014
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
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
Thursday, May 15, 2014
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
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
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
|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
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
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
Monday, April 14, 2014
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
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
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
Monday, March 31, 2014
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
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.