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Blog Break

Hello, everyone!

I’ve dropped the ball on blogging, and with the end of the school year approaching, I have decided to take a break from blogging.  Fear not, for this is my FINAL YEAR in school, and I hope to have more time to improve my blogging skills in the near future.  I have high hopes for the summer and have every intention of trying to write more often.

I have been trying new recipes, so it’s not a lack of ideas, simply a lack of time.  Maybe I’ll be able to catch up on the backlog in a couple of months.  In the meantime, I hope everyone is having fun cooking and eating!

See you in a few months,



Breakfast with Jan #1

Being back home is great.  In between all the mad writing, I’ve been eating.  My mom made TONS of food (she’s cooking as I write this) and I managed to snap some pics of her food.  Unfortunately, I never did get to the chestnut cake before my sister dug into it, so I’ll have to get a pic of that next time she makes it.

This morning I went to Jan’s house for breakfast.  I missed our breakfast dates so much!  Today’s menu included scones with whipped cream and jam, baked apple oatmeal, and cafe au lait.  We had a good time catching up, and planning our next breakfast date.

Cafe au lait.

Baked apple oatmeal.

Scones, all ready to be put in the oven.

Light, crisp scones!

Thanks for the wonderful breakfast, Jan!  You never fail to impress me!


Dreaming of Christmas…eating, partying, fun

I am still going through end-of-semester madness, but with the thought of the holidays coming up, I have something to look forward to.  I was browsing through some old photos, and dug these two up from last year’s family Christmas party.

Christmas baking!  I can’t wait for the holiday partying to start (and it starts this weekend, I’ve got a staff brunch coming up!)

I do apologize for the photos; they are clearly not my best shots.  I guess I’m improving.  🙂

Happy Studying!


Hot Pot at Jen’s

I’ve mentioned hot pot before-it’s something I highly enjoy and I have some photos from the last hot pot party that Jen hosted.  She really knows how to throw a hot pot party!  (Jen, are you reading this?  Come back here and throw another one!)  It was a small group of people, but she went all out: shrimp, different meats (including my favourite: beef!), assorted veggies, mushrooms, tofu, meatballs, fish balls: it was a feast!  I also loved all the little sauce bar she had set up: onions, garlic, peanut sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce-all laid out nicely so we could make our own custom dipping sauce.


Dipping-sauce ingredients.

Assorted veggies.

Meatballs and crabsticks.



What a fun and delicious night of eating!


Byward Market

I love going for walks.  It’s my way of pretending I do SOME exercise during the school year (and a way for me to avoid writing memos and papers.)  I highly enjoy browsing food markets and the local farmer’s market.  Lately I’ve been walking to Byward Market.  I figure I better enjoy the last few weeks of local fresh produce before the long, cold, barren winter sets in.  The only thing is, every time I go, I want to buy everything I see.  There are so many good deals at the market, I have to exercise a lot of self-control in order not to overspend.  After all, the produce will go bad if I don’t use it up in time.  I did snag some good deals on carrots, spinach, and a GIANT zucchini (which will be featured in a future post.)  Yummy!



I love the vibrant colours of fresh produce!


Auntie Jane’s Homemade Salsa

I know I’ve been MIA, so here’s a quick post.  When I went home for a visit, I was at Gretchen’s Aunt’s Jane’s house.  She fed me brunch (separate post on that later) and then gave us a tour of her garden.  Her garden is awesome!  She grows a bunch of things: herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, among other things.  When I left, she gifted me a jar of sun-dried tomatoes and a jar of homemade salsa.  She grew all the peppers and tomatoes in the salsa herself!

I can assure you it tasted delicious-it was very spicy.  Loved it.  Loved it so much that I decided it merited its own blog post!


Smurf Cakes

Hi folks!!!  It’s been a while.  Summer just flew by and it’s been far too long since I’ve blogged, so it’s time that I get back to it!

About a week ago, Rachel and I got together and decided to bake.  She needed to take some cupcakes to the office, and I was all for helping out.  Apparently, there was some ongoing joke about Smurfs and the movie floating around at her office, so it was decided that we’d bake white cupcakes with blue frosting-aka Smurf Cakes.

It was super easy.  All we did was use a white cake mix and bake some mini cupcakes and regular cupcakes.  Then we took canned frosting, dyed it blue, and frosted.  Topped the minis with some blue decorating gel, and voila, SMURF CAKES!!! They were fun to make and even more fun to eat: turned your tongue blue!

Watch my blog for the next cupcake adventure coming up!


Blog Face Lift

It’s time for some changes to my blog.  I decided it needs a face lift, as there hasn’t been any changes to the layout or header pic.  Well, I’m currently experimenting with a few themes and different options, so bear with me as my blog may morph a few times in the next couple weeks.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your visit!


MANGOES! (very expensive ones…)

Alright, so in my last post, I said that my sister and I went on a mango adventure, and that it deserves its own post.  And indeed it does.

When I got to my sister’s place, she told me about Alphonso mangoes.  She had been browsing food forums and apparently these mangoes are said to be the sweetest and best mangoes of the different varieties.  They are only in season for a short while, and this year apparently the weather wasn’t that great either.  She wanted to buy a case of them (you can only get them by the case) and she was afraid they’d spoil before she could eat them all, and she figured I’d be willing to splurge on them.  Of course I didn’t even think twice and agreed right away-and then I had the sense to ask what the price was.  Cost of a case of 12 mangoes, which are imported from India: $26.  They BETTER taste good at that price!

The mangoes are available from this independent Indian grocery store in Little India, so we made the 45 minute trip there and the 45 minute trip back for our precious case of mangoes.  They aren’t ripe yet, although a couple of them looked close when we bought them.

I did have one the next day, but honestly, it was good, but not THAT good.  Maybe my taste buds aren’t refined enough?  My other theory is that it wasn’t ripe enough yet.  Who knows.  I have 5 left that are ripening so maybe in a couple more days they will be better.  I’ll keep you posted.


Blog Break

Hello to those who still actually visit my blog!!! I know it’s been defunct for the last while, but school completely and utterly took over my life, I don’t know how it happened! (Actually, I do, but we won’t go there or this will become a rant.)

HOWEVER,  I finish school on the 21st of April, and the food adventures will resume, as will the blog posts, I PROMISE!!!  Here is what you have to look forward to:

-Old posts that I never got around to putting up-possibly Christmas related and random other food photos I have in the files

-Toronto-related food adventures: dim sum, pho, ice cream, and whatever else I feel like snacking on

-New Orleans!!!  The eating schedule has already been made, thanks to my awesome sister.  And when I say schedule, I do mean schedule: she sent me a spreadsheet and it looks very promising!  Oysters, po’boys, pizza…

-and finally….drum roll please…..HONG KONG AND CHINA!!!!  I am hitting up my food paradise for over a MONTH!!! This means there will be some epic eating (my list of food haunts is over a page long) and lots of food photos (last time I went over 50% of my photos were food related).  Can you tell I’m excited?

And that is all for now folks, but stay tuned, this blog is going to explode with posts and updates in the next few months, and it will all start as soon as my exams end next week.

Until then, happy eating!