Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a newfound glory in my life. Neither of my parents will eat them because they grew up hating them so much, so I’d never really tried them until a year ago when I tried roasting the individual petals and burnt them all (not a great introduction, but it was my fault, not…

Habanero Lentils

Lentils are ugly, but delicious. Since I’ve moved houses, my cooking situation has changed significantly. . You really don’t realize how many staples you need in a kitchen to make the basic things until you don’t have them. My mom always makes stewed lentils and I’ve never been able to replicate them the exact same…

Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Hey there readers, long time no see. I’m still alive, I promise! The past month has been crazy for me, hence my one post in the past 4 weeks. I got a new job, moved out, and have essentially been out of town or running around like a crazy person ever since. But I am…

One-Pot Brown Rice Paella

Before doing this recipe, I was looking up substitutions for saffron because of the high cost. Some people recommended turmeric and paprika for colour, but nobody had a solid solution for a replicate flavour. I sucked it up and bought saffron, and while it isn’t the highlighted taste in this dish, it definitely adds a…

Gluten-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’m done with all-purpose gluten-free flour. But…didn’t you just use it in this recipe? YES, fine. I did. And you know what? Even with fresh zucchini I grew myself, loads of cinnamon, sugar and chocolate chips, that grainy, unfortunately familiar texture was still there. That doesn’t mean all gluten-free baked goods taste this way, it’s…

White Bean, Okra and Buttercup Squash Stew

Cold weather always makes me want to sit inside with comfort food and go into a Netflix coma. Only problem is, when you live in a place where it’s cold a big portion of the year, you may form a permanent “winter layer”—not so desirable. This stew gives the best of both worlds by being…

Garlic Dill Pickles (Canning 101)

Before now, the process of canning was this big, looming mystery that I wanted to learn but was too scared to try. My aunt Nancy and I had this very overdue pickling date (for more than a year, actually) and it finally happened this past week. I’m a huge fan of basically all things pickled—cucumber,…

Pistachio, Arugula and Mixed Herb Pesto

I eat a lot of condiments. Like, a lot. I’d say 75% of my fridge at home is filled up with hot sauces, mustards, hummus, pesto, dressing…all the good stuff. So in the summer, when I’ve got fresh herbs in my backyard all the time, I like to take advantage and make my own. Pesto…

Soft Pretzel Rolls

Bread is intimidating. You have to keep an eye on temperatures, the rising of the dough, shaping the rolls, boiling and baking. That’s why when I baked these, I was surprised by how process went seamlessly, the buns came out looking picture perfect, and they tasted even better. The tutorial I’ve included in the recipe…

Mini Mixed Berry Pies in Muffin Tins

Earlier this week as a graduation present, my aunt and uncle got my a KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in an awesome retro blue colour) and I’ve been trying to make as many recipes as possible with it. I’ve never mastered a good pie crust until now, but I went with a really basic base on a…