Sweet Potato Bakes

My first memory of eating sweet potatoes was of my father making this dish. I could see my father was excited about these. He was talking a lot and telling us about how sweet they were. He was smiling the entire time and we were just not that interested – this was clearly before the foodie…

Chickpea Kale Hotpot (Soup)

This is really very similar to my Chickpea and Spinach soup, however this one is completely vegetarian. I often do make the other one without the Chorizo, but I wanted to make one specifically without chorizo and which still had that same depth of flavour. Changing around the spinach for Cavalo Nero Kale was a…

Harak Osba’o (Sami Tamimi ‘s Damascus-Style Lentil Noodle Stew)

Ever since a chance encounter with the amazing Ottolenghi deli/restaurant in London, a few years back, I have been a little obsessed with the duo behind it, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. I don’t know if it has anything to do with my Mediterranean background or just my love for great food. I have several…

Death by Chocolate (Chocolate Terrine with Raspberry Sauce)

Long before the restaurant and the subsequent cookbooks of the same name, there was a talented chef, Lesley Stowe, who made desserts for some of the finest restaurants in Vancouver. This particular dessert was created for Bishops Restaurant, which for over thirty years has been one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in the…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscuits (Pumpkin Cookies)

A few years ago, my husband had an American colleague who kindly passed along this recipe from his childhood. We had bonded on our respective Thanksgiving festivities and traditions, and more importantly over the food served up over this time. My favourites are still pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake – although I am open to…

Purple Protein Açai Bowl

When I was in New York earlier this year, I was amazed at the vast selection of healthy food shops! Dotted all over the place are fabulous juice and smoothie bars, deli’s and salad shops. I got to eat some amazing food and was particularly influenced by the types of açai bowls I could find. I…

Florentines

As a child, the more elaborate the dessert, the more it enticed me! Tall glass cups filled with layers of cream and pudding garnished with sprinkles and treats or tonnes of butter-cream covering a sponge cake. They were my Achilles heel! Usually these wouldn’t live up to expectation and I would be left wanting, even…

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

When I first got invited to join Pinterest I quickly started soaking up all the amazing looking pictures of food. I came across this recipe pretty early on in my feed and was completely taken in! It took me a while to give it a try, but I was not disappointed once I did. I…

Chocolate Cake (Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe)

Not so long ago, I was invited to the house of some dear friends for dinner. They happen to be vegetarian and with my dairy issues, they very kindly served me this amazing vegan cake. I don’t think I can honestly convey how lovely this cake is. We greedily ate our servings, despite being served…

Date Squares (Oat Date Bars)

I remember the first time I saw one of these. It was in the lunchbox of my childhood best friend, her mother was known for her amazing baking, and it didn’t look like the usual tempting treats she had. In fact, it looked plain boring! I think my first taste of it would come much…

Lentil Stew with Spinach and Potatoes

We used to have some lovely neighbours from Iran who would occasionaly send over some amazing home cooked meals for us. One which stood out for me was a lentil stew seasoned with mint. It was just delicious and with fresh crusty rolls from our local bakery, we would scrape our bowls clean. I had…

Japanese Curry with Carrots, Potato and Sweet Potato

One of the most amazing things about having lived in Vancouver, is the access to the diverse Asian foods. Whilst living there, I was also really lucky to have an amazing foodie friend to help me navigate my way, she was of Hong Kong Chinese decent. She was one of the most adventurous people I…