Monday, December 21, 2015

Banana Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze {Tea India}


My day always needs a good cup of tea.  After dropping the kids at school I love to sit and enjoy my tea.  If for some reason I don't have it, I feel like something is missing the whole day.  My go to tea has always been Orange Pekoe.

Friday, December 11, 2015

SABATIER Santoku Knife Review {Giveaway}


A good knife is very important when cooking.  I have a couple of go to knives in my kitchen and I was happy to add a new one, Sabatier 7 inch Santoku Knife.  Sabatier has a rich history dating back to 1812 in France.  You can read all about their heritage here.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mini Omelettes {SRC}


Today is the day for The Secret Recipe Club Reveal.  This month I was assigned The Colbert Clan written by Kate.  Kate is a wife and stay at home mom to three beautiful kids.  She not only shares recipes on her blog, but DIY projects as well.  Kate is also a Fitness Coach for 21 Day Fix/Shakeology and shares recipes that work with the exercise program.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

T-Fal Acti-Fry {Review}


We always make an effort to eat healthy which means deep frying is something I avoid.  I had heard of T-Fal Actifry and was always curious if it would be a good substitute for a deep fryer.  I was excited when I got the opportunity to test one out!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Baklava Cheesecake #LifesBetterTogether {Plus a special offer from #Evite}


When celebrating special occasions like anniversaries, an elegant dessert is a must.  The Baklava Cheesecake recipe I am sharing with you today would be perfect to serve when celebrating an event such as an anniversary.  It combines two of my favourite desserts, Baklava and Cheesecake!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Starbucks Copycat Quinoa Black Bean Burritos {SRC}


It's the last Monday of the month which means it's time for my Secret Recipe Club post.  This month I was assigned Fantastical Sharing of Recipes written by our group leader Sarah.  Sarah is a recipe hoarder and her blog is a way to share all the great recipes she finds as well as a way to get through the recipes she has hoarded.  She lives in Tennessee with her husband, three adorable kids and two cats.  She has a great feature on her blog called "Throwback Thursday: Rediscovering Old Favourites in the Recipe Archive".  I think it's a great way to share with readers and to remind ourselves of some of the older recipes on a blog.  I also love how Sarah shares her Menu Plan each week.  It's something I always want to get on board with but never get around to.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Butter Chicken Lasagna {Catelli® Reinvent Gluten Free Lasagne Challenge}


Just when I thought Butter Chicken couldn't get any better!  Today I'm sharing with you a recipe for Butter Chicken Lasagna for Catelli's Blogger Challenge.  The challenge is to create an original recipe using their new Gluten Free Lasagna.  UPDATE: My Butter Chicken won the contest!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pie Face! Game #GayLeaMom {Giveaway}


When I was a kid I remember watching a few TV shows that had a scene where a cream pie was thrown in someone's face.  It always resulted in a lot of laughs.  Hasbro has come out with a fun game called Pie Face! which takes inspiration from this.  The premise is that you spin the spinner and turn the knob hoping that you don't get hit in the face.  The game comes with a sponge you wet or you can use some Gay Lea Whipped Cream.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Natural Delights Date Rolls


Medjool Dates are something we always have in our cupboards.  They are a great snack, especially when I'm craving something sweet.  Natural Delights uses Medjool Dates to make Date Rolls.  Their latest is their Limited Edition Pecan Pumpkin Pie Spice Date Rolls.  Date Rolls are made of chopped, compressed dates and rolled in different toppings.  The texture is very soft.  They are also available in coconut flakes and chopped almonds.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hyderabadi Dum Kay Kabob {CorningWare Giveaway}


Whenever I make my mom's recipes, the aroma takes me back to my childhood.  The recipe I'm sharing with you today is a dish my mom would make every Eid when we would all get together for lunch.  It's a dish originating from Hyderabad, India.  Growing up, I also remember this dish being served at many family gatherings and weddings.  It's definite comfort food for me.  My mom would typically serve it garnished with sliced onions, coriander and lime wedges.  This dish is traditionally eaten with roti.  Our typical side dish is Maash Ki Daal, pictured in the top right.  I'm still working on getting the proportions right.  Hope to get it perfected soon so I can share the recipe with you!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bengali Aloo {Black Pepper Potatoes} {SRC}


I don't think I've ever had Bangladeshi cuisine before.  So for this month's Secret Recipe Club when I saw Bengali Aloo I decided to give it a anything with potatoes I love!  This month I was assigned Couscous and Consciousness written by Sue.  Sue lives in New Zealand.  She is a yoga instructor and eats a mainly vegetarian diet.  Sue likes to make things from scratch and use products that are free range, organic, seasonal and locally produced as much as possible.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Easy Chicken Quesadillas #GayLeaMom


This summer was a busy one!  During the summer I was able to get together with some of my friends from high school.  It's always great to get together with old friends especially now that we don't all live in the same city.  Our friend who was hosting was so kind to make lunch for all of us.  The lunch included Chicken Quesadillas.  We all loved them and I was getting requests from my boys to make some at home.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta


One Pot Pasta dishes have been around for awhile now and I'm a little late in trying it.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I loved how simple it sounded.  The ingredients are things I usually have on hand.  We really enjoyed this pasta and it would go great with some grilled chicken or fish.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Basmati Rice with Raisins and Walnuts using Minute Rice Ready To Serve Cups {Giveaway}


I can't believe school will be starting next week.  The summer just flew by!  With school resuming, we will be back to our regular busy life!  Minute Rice® has a new product to help make these days a little easier with Minute Rice® Ready to Serve (RTS) Cups.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ginger Chicken


Back when I started cooking this is one of the dishes I first tried.  I have always been cautious of not using too much oil and would only use 1-2 tbsp when making it.  I shared the recipe with my mother.  When she made it, it was so delicious.  I couldn't believe the difference!  The difference was due to the oil.  So from now on, I've used a little more and the taste is so much better!  I still don't use as much as the original recipe.  Half a cup is way too much for me.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Zesty Popcorn #GayLeaMom


Lately the most asked for snack in our home has been popcorn.  I remember growing up my mom would make popcorn on the stovetop.  We didn't have a microwave back then.  It was one of our favourite snacks as kids.  When I make popcorn, I usually season it simply with some oil and salt.  Once in awhile when I make popcorn, I will use butter instead of oil for a treat.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Soutzoukakia {Greek Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce} {SRC}


After a two month break from The Secret Recipe Club, I'm back with a post!  I decided to take a break since Ramadan spanned across June and July this year and with the boys at home we have been very busy.  This month I was assigned A Day in the Life on a Farm written by Wendy.  Wendy and her husband were police officers and moved to a farm after retiring.  They have really taken to the farm life and have fruit trees, laying hens, and chickens, turkeys and pigs for meat.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lemon Almond Loaf


My last post was for a Lemon Olive Oil Banana Bread.  Today I'm posting another lemon loaf but it is very different from my last post.  This is more like cake and is absolutely delicious!  I love all things lemon and was excited to give this recipe a try.  The first time I made this was when my childhood best friend came to visit.  It was great to catch up while enjoying a slice of this Lemon Almond Loaf.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lemon Olive Oil Banana Bread


Banana Bread is always a favourite in our home.  The recipe I usually make is our favourite but it makes a lot.  I wanted a smaller loaf that wasn't as sweet.  I found this Lemon Olive Oil Banana Bread recipe and liked that it has some whole wheat flour in it.  I didn't put the glaze as in the original recipe to keep it more like a bread than a cake.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Easy Sour Cream Biscuits #GayLeaMom {Giveaway}


Nothing says summer like barbecue!  Today I'm sharing a recipe for Sour Cream Biscuits that would work wonderfully as a side to some grilled dishes.  When having a barbecue, we always like to have some type of bread to go along with the meal.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Peri Peri Chicken {Eid Eats 2015}


We are almost at the end of Ramadan.  Just a couple more days till Eid!  May Allah accept all of our fasts and duas!

To celebrate Eid, Henna from My Ninja Naan, Sarah from Flour & Spice along with myself are hosting Eid Eats!  It's a virtual potluck where we all share dishes we like to make for Eid.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fruity Double Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats {Blossom & Bean}


Recently I told you about all the goodies I received from Blossom & Bean and I also shared the delicious S'mores we made using the Blossom & Bean Halal S'mores Kit.  Today I am sharing what we made with the Campfire Mini Fruit Halal Marshmallows.  I found the Campfire Marshmallows to be the best Halal marshmallows that I have tried.  The texture and taste are both very good and they worked wonderfully in these Fruity Double Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Skillet Tortilla Pizza with Mina Halal Breakfast Grill Chicken Strips {Giveaway}


Mina Halal has recently launched their deli line which features Chicken WienersChicken Bologna and Breakfast Grill Chicken Strips.  The breakfast grill chicken strips were the one item we all were excited to try.  In my mind I was thinking chicken bacon!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cauliflower Fritters {Guest Post}


I hope everyone's Ramadan is going well!  We are in the final stretch and it feels like it just started.  It always goes too quickly.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Halal S'mores {Blossom & Bean}


I recently posted about all the goodies I received from Blossom & Bean.  One of those items was the Blossom & Bean Halal S'mores Kit.  I was looking forward to trying this since I've never had S'mores before.  The box comes with a bag of Campfire Halal Marshmallows, Graham Crackers and Lindt Chocolates.  There were no instructions in the kit so I did some searching and initially I had baked them on 400°F for 2-3 minutes.  This method was not very good.  The cracker ended up burning.  After some discussions with my sister-in-law who loves all things candy, I put them under the broiler until the marshmallow browned.  These were much better.  I used 2 pieces of chocolate but there is room to put more!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Halal Gummies & More! {Blossom & Bean}


If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you would know that we've been eating a lot of candy courtesy of Blossom & Bean.  I was recently chosen to be one of Blossom & Bean's Brand Ambassadors!  Blossom & Bean is Canada's first Halal candy shop and was started during Ramadan of 2013 by Lindsay Contractor.  Blossom & Bean was initially started with their handmade gourmet marshmallows and expanded onto gummies.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mango Orange Popsicles


With the beautiful weather we are spending lots of time outside.  We are also enjoying more frozen treats!  I love to make popsicles for my boys and today I'm sharing with you a recipe for Mango Orange Popsicles.  With it being Ramadan, I find these popsicles make a wonderful dessert.  They are light and refreshing!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nan Khatai & Eid Eats 2015


There are just a couple of days until Ramadan and once again this year, Sarah from Flour and Spice, Henna from My Ninja Naan, along with myself will be hosting Eid Eats 2015.  In case you missed it last year, it's a link party where we all make a dish that we would serve on Eid.  You can find all the details at the end of this post!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Banana and Vanilla Pudding Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream #GayLeaMom


The weather has warmed up and BBQ season is here!  We love to grill up chicken, kebobs and even pizza on our grill.  After such a heavy meal, a nice light and refreshing dessert hits the spot!  Today I am sharing a dessert that fits the bill!  Banana and Vanilla Pudding Parfaits!  Best of all you don't need to turn on the oven to make this dessert.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Spinach, Egg and Feta Breakfast Wrap


Ramadan will soon be here!  For Suhoor (breakfast) I like to eat things that don't require a lot of effort.  Most times I end up eating cereal just because it's the easiest and quickest option.  I will also make Baked Oatmeal and then re-heat it in the morning.  Recently I had read about these Spinach, Egg and Feta Breakfast Wraps and thought they would be perfect for Suhoor.  You can assemble everything and just heat up in the morning.  I like to use my George Foreman grill to heat them up and get the outside nicely toasted.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Medjool Date Bread Rings {Natural Delights}


Ramadan is just around the corner.  The time for fasting and for some delicious treats!  Today I am sharing with you a recipe for Medjool Date Bread Rings using Natural Delights Medjool Dates.  This is a recipe that brings back fond memories of going to Juma prayers with my family as a child.  Also anything with dates reminds me of Ramadan.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds and Parmesan


Brussels Sprouts is something we never had growing up.  From the TV programs we watched, it sounded like they were horrible.  After getting married, I started trying all sorts of new foods that we didn't have as kids.  Brussels Sprouts is one of those and we have enjoyed them ever since!  Typically I would roast them with some olive oil, salt and pepper.  When I came across this recipe it sounded interesting as it uses raw shredded Brussels Sprouts.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Coffee Cake with Pumpkin Flax Granola Streusel & Nature's Path 30th Anniversary Giveaway


This year Nature's Path is celebrating their 30th anniversary!  Nature's Path is a family-owned Canadian company.  Their products are organic.  While browsing their website, the one line that kept coming up is their commitment to leaving the Earth in better condition than they found it.  I love this statement!  With so much mass production of just about everything, it feels like we are abusing our Earth.  I love to find companies that have such a strong commitment to treating our planet well.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Quick Cottage Cheese Rolls #GayLeaMom


Homemade bread is one of my favourite things but there is a lot of waiting involved when making bread at home that it isn't always feasible to do.  This recipe for Quick Cottage Cheese Rolls doesn't involve any yeast so it is super quick to make.  They are made with a surprising ingredient, cottage cheese!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Homemade Tahini {SRC}


Today is the day for The Secret Recipe Club.  Each month we are assigned a blog from which we must make a recipe from but we keep it a secret until Reveal Day.  Then on Reveal Day, we all post at the same time and get to see who made what.  This month I was assigned Enriching Your Kid written by Shirley.  Shirley is a Clinical Psychologist by profession and now is a homemaker.  Her blog focuses on sharing health, nutritious meals for your family. Shirley has many South Indian dishes and many were familiar to me.  Although my family is not South Indian, Hyderabad is quite close to the south so we have somethings in common in our cuisine.  She has a number of recipes for dosa.  Growing up, my mom would sometimes make dosas on the weekend and they were so delicious, I would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I've never been very good at making dosas so whenever we are craving some, we got out to eat them.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Halal Food Festival Toronto 2015 {Giveaway}


Next weekend is the much awaited Halal Food Festival Toronto.  This is the third year for the Halal Food Fest.  We have attended the prior two years and are very excited to see what they have in store this year!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Almond Biscotti


Recently I shared with you a recipe for Maple Walnut Biscotti which my husband and I really enjoyed.  That version was along the lines of a traditional Italian biscotti, very hard and crunchy.  Today I'm sharing a recipe for Almond Biscotti which is typical of a North American biscotti.  It isn't as hard due to the addition of butter.  This version of biscotti was a big hit with everyone at home.  The second time I put them in the oven, they darkened a little too much but were still delicious!  My boys really enjoyed having them for an after-school snack.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pear and Cranberry Rice Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies & Veggie Rice Lasagna Loaf {Minute Rice® Giveaway}

Pear and Cranberry Rice Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies
Recently I attended a cooking event at George Brown College hosted by Minute Rice®.  Our session was hosted by Chef John Higgins, Director of George Brown Chef School.  We had the opportunity to watch Chef Higgins prepare 2 dishes (Veggie Rice Lasagna Loaf and Pear and Cranberry Rice Pudding with Chocolate Crunchies).  We also had a chance to go in the kitchen and prepare the Rice Pudding.  It was a great experience on learning some tips for cooking rice and cooking in the George Brown Chef School is always lots of fun!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Grilled Naan {Ricardo Cuisine}


A few weeks ago I shared with you a recipe from Ricardo Cuisine for American-Style Pancakes.  In my post I told you about Ricardo's magazine that is now available in English.  Today I'm sharing with you my re-creation of one of his many Barbecue Recipes.  I wanted to do something different than grilling meat.  Last year we made a lot of pizza on the barbecue and it was amazing!  So I decided to try out Ricardo's recipe for Grilled Naan.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Gluten-Free Vanilla Banana Bread Pancakes {Catelli}


Today I am sharing with you a gluten-free recipe for pancakes that uses Catelli Gluten Free Pasta.  This recipe is courtesy of Kathy Smart, one of North America's leading gluten-free experts.  In our home, we don't have any issues with food containing gluten so the idea of a gluten-free pancake was intriguing.  This pancake is actually made with cooked pasta!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Maple Walnut Biscotti {SRC}


Today is the day for The Secret Recipe Club.  This month I was assigned Bewitching Kitchen written by Sally.  Sally was born and raised in Brazil.  She currently resides in Manhattan.  She goes by Julia Child's advice "Everything in moderation, including moderation".  She loves to exercise, jog and play golf.  I really liked how at the end of every post, Sally gives her honest opinion about how she felt about the recipe.  She has a huge collection of recipes on her blog.  So big that narrowing it down to one recipe was hard.  Her recipe collection includes a number of Brazilian recipes that I hope to try soon.  While I was browsing Sally's blog, my husband mentioned if I could make biscotti so away I went to search on Sally's blog.  I came across her recipe for Maple Walnut Biscotti.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins with Oat Cinnamon Streusel #GayLeaMom {Giveaway}


My eldest son loves to have muffins for breakfast and I love to try different muffins to bake.  I find a lot of muffin recipes really are just cake.  They are made with all-purpose flour and have lots of sugar.  When making muffins I try to make them healthier by using whole wheat flour and reducing the sugar.  So my muffins are slightly sweet and more wholesome.  For these muffins I topped them with an Oat Cinnamon Streusel that I made with Gay Lea Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadables.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango


I had told you about this Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango a long time ago promising to share the recipe for it.  Time just flew by and only recently did I realize that I hadn't shared the recipe.  This was a delicious dessert I made using Grace Organic Coconut Milk.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  I found this a very difficult dessert to make look as good as it tastes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

American-Style Pancakes {Ricardo Cuisine}


I've always been a big fan of cooking shows.  Not the competition shows but the ones where they teach you to cook.  One of the shows I used to watch on FoodTV was Ricardo and Friends.  It's been a long time since I've watched this show so I was happy to find out that Ricardo now has a website called Ricardo Cuisine where he shares recipes and lots of tips for cooking.  He also has a magazine that has been a huge hit in Quebec and is now available in English.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cheesy Jalapeno Dutch Oven Bread #GayLeaMom


Ever since I bought my dutch oven I've been wanting to bake bread in it.  I had pinned some recipes but just never got around to it.  When I picked up a pack of Ivanhoe Monterey Jack with Red Bell and Jalapeno Peppers I knew what I was going to do with it!  I love freshly baked bread and it has been too long since I made some.  Baking bread requires a lot of time waiting for the dough to rise so a no knead Dutch Oven Bread was a perfect choice because you mix up the dough the night before, let it rise overnight and then bake the next day it in your Dutch easy is that?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Apple and Cheddar Scones {SRC}


Today is the day for The Secret Recipe Club reveal.  This month I was assigned Lavender and Lovage written by Karen.  Karen was born in South Africa and grew up in rural Northumbria which is in England.  Although she has lived all over the world, she currently resides in North Yorkshire and South West France.  Karen is currently writing a cookbook about British food, recipes, customs and traditions.  Browsing Karen's blog was a delight.  I absolutely love her photography.  It makes me feel like they were all taken at an old cottage somewhere.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Peach Scones


We all love to eat peaches but I rarely buy them because I find them so difficult to cut and take the pit out.  I've watched several YouTube videos and still haven't had any luck.  Today I'm sharing a Peach Scone recipe that uses canned California Cling Peaches.  I love the convenience of having good quality peaches all year long and the best part is they are ready to peeling or pitting involved!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Smashed Potatoes {SRC}


Today I am posting for The Secret Recipe Club.  This month I was assigned Karen's Kitchen Stories.  Karen lives in Southern California and works in HR.  Karen's blog is her way of documenting her recipes which is the exact reason why I started blogging!  She has tons of bread recipes so I immediately knew I was going to love her blog!  I love to bake bread and love the way the house smells after baking a loaf of bread.  But this month has been really busy and I knew I wasn't going to have time to bake bread.  So I decided to make Karen's recipe for Smashed Potatoes.

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