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Simple Lunch

I had a lot of fun catching up with one of my friends back home today over the phone.  I was telling her about all my plans to cook and bake new dishes, and we made plans to cook together when I go home for a visit.  She has a wonderful kitchen with lots of fun tools and gadgets-except she doesn’t use half of them, because she doesn’t really cook.  I suspect she doesn’t know what half of her gadgets do.  I keep telling her one day I’ll just go shop in her kitchen and take what I need-she told me she wouldn’t even notice if stuff went missing.  Haha.  So, this post is for her, because she wanted something easy to make and requested that I send her something.

This is a simple bagel-wich and salad that I had for lunch.  My friend made it for me when I went to Montreal for a wedding; he’s an excellent host and  cook.


  • romaine lettuce
  • assorted berries
  • salad dressing of your choice

Mix all ingredients and you’ve got a tasty and healthy salad!



  • bagel, toasted
  • sliced tomato
  • lettuce
  • butter or mayo
  • smoked salmon

Assemble all ingredients as you would a sandwich!  Super easy!


It was a very tasty meal!



Let the Holidays BEGIN!

Hello!  It’s bright and early (too early, even for me,) and I’m waiting to board a plane to get home.  I wish I could say I am on  full-blown vacation mode, but I still have a few papers to write.  BUT I will be doing this at home, and my mom will keep me well-fed.  Besides, I figure even if I don’t churn out quality writing, I’ll just ride the curve and get through the semester that way.  🙂

Well, I’m excited to say that I have big plans for the holidays, and well into the new year.  I’m sure I’ll be backlogged with posting, but I will definitely make an effort to make sure to get stuff on here.  I am spending the holidays at home and then I will be spending a MONTH in my favourite city: Hong Kong.  I will be doing a legal internship with a barrister, and I fully intend to eat at all my favourite restaurants while I am there.  Alright, I’m not going to lie.  I set up the internship so I could go to Hong Kong to eat and shop.  The other option was to take a three-week course in mortgages.  No, thank you.

The fun starts right away: my mom has already started her holiday baking, and I have breakfast with Jan tomorrow, and a pho party in the evening with Thanh and Jodie.  The annual Christmas Foodganza and Sleepover commences on the weekend, and there will be plenty baking and cooking with friends and family.  I have a few things I would like to try to make in the next couple of weeks, and this includes:

  • French onion soup
  • gingerbread squares
  • cast-iron skillet mac & cheese

To start things off, here’s an easy recipe for chicken.  I tossed it together the other night, and it’s delicious

Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken

  • chicken thighs
  • garlic (to your own taste, I use about 3 cloves per thigh, but I love garlic): finely diced
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil

Marinade the chicken thighs with just enough sesame oil to coat them, some soy sauce, and a liberal amount of garlic for at least an hour in the fridge.  When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 F.  Bake until cooked through, about 35-45 minutes.

I love this recipe because it’s so easy and I love garlic.  When you bake the chicken, take the garlic from the marinade and put it on top side of the chicken when baking-it gets very crispy and  tastes fantastic!

Happy studying and writing!