Neapolitan Swirled Cheesecake

Neapolitan ice cream was a staple of my childhood summers spent playing in my Nonno and Nonna’s backyard. Instead of popsicles, my grandmother always had a huge tub of this ice-cream at the ready for her sweaty grandchildren to enjoy during muggy Montreal summer days. That back yard was a world of fantasy. It was…

Feel Good Quinoa Bowl

Did you know that quinoa is a seed that has been consumed for close to 7,000 years?  Well neither did I. According to archeologists, quinoa was a staple food of the Andean people of Peru who domesticated the seed 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.  The Incas considered quinoa to be sacred as it gave them more…

Best Ever Fast Food Greek Salad

  When did “salad” become a bad word?    Synonymous with dieting and completely vilified, salads are getting a bad rap. So many people have come up to me stating that they hate salad and that salad is yucky, but why? What salads are these guys eating that make them feels like cows out to…

Mom’s Famous Burgers

I was blessed with being born in the middle of summer which is a far cry from our cold months. In Quebec, the winter lasts long and hits hard, we all pass the time by eating wonderfully rich foods, enjoying outdoor winter sports and consuming our weight in hot drinks spiked with alcohol.   When…

Everything Couscous

Well, what to say? I am trying to get that winter weight off! The over indulgence was totally worth the muffin top but with bikini season coming… Just no. I just really wanted to eat something cooked instead of salad and something to fill me up so I wasn’t chewing my freaking arm off!   …

Dukkah Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Dukkah, you are seriously missing out. I was first introduced to this spice mixture out of Egypt by my parents who heard of it from Turkish friends. Dukkah is derived from the Arabic “to pound” since the mixture of of nuts and spices are…

“Cheaters” Thin Crust Spinach Pizza

      If you are anything like me, then you will understand when I say that pizza might just be the perfect food. This doughy vessel that lifts your favourite flavours to your lips while oozing a molten lava of cheese. This food fit for anytime of day, yes ANYtime. This delicious meal to…

Sweet & Spiced Apple Bundles

Everyone loves a slice of apple pie right? Well if you don’t, you’re weird.   Slightly tangy and sticky sweet with a luscious mouth feel, apple pie is a classic dessert that needs no introduction. I am not here to give you an ole’ granny’s recipe, rather, a hybrid. Using flaky puff pastry as the perfect cocoon,…

Blushing White Peach Sangria

This is my version of the Spanish/ Portuguese drink. The beverage can only be called sangria if the wine used is Spanish or Portuguese, by European law.  Sangria comes from he Spanish and Portuguese word for blood- letting because of its deep crimson colour. Another version is  sangria’s cousin, sangria blanca, because white wine replaces…