Adventures of Pita Pan and Falafel

In spirit of International Falafel Day… Having spent 5 years in Montreal, falafels in pita wraps are one of the many things I miss about that beautiful city. Despite the icy cold winters, you could always scout out a variety of ethnic flavours. Traditionally, falafels are made from ground chickpeas or fava beans. Most commonly…

Heart Beat Truffles

February is a month of hearts! With just a couple days till Valentine’s day, and February being heart health month, I’d like to invite you experiment a little more with pulses! They’re high in fibre, low in fat and a great source of protein. Moreover, eating more plant-based protein is not only a great way…

Pumpkin Patty

If there’s one thing about me you’ll learn, it’s that I’m a big on reducing food waste. Growing up, my family believed that you were brought into this world with a certain amount of ‘good fortune’ (‘福’ or ‘Fu2’), and as you live your life, you either accrue more, or you use it all up….

Homemade ‘Turtle’ Chocolates

Gift giving season is here. Amongst the gifts, chocolate sales seem to be off -charts. I walked into the store the other day and it was astonishing how much packaging and processing goes into these celebrations we have. From right to left, there are a boxes of individual-sized chocolate, varying in size, colours, flavours and…

A-B-C Hello Harvest Slaw

Green to orange and red. Autumn is here and that means carrots, apples and cruciferous vegetables are in season. Eating seasonally has all sorts of benefits. You’re choosing foods at their ripest – meaning their nutritionally at its best, and are fresh. They’re in abundance, and from simple economics of supply and cost, the cost…

Pesto Both Worlds

“Pesto”, or “pesto alla genovese” is a sauce originating in Genoa, Italy. Traditionally made of crushed garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and Pecorino (cheese made from sheep’s milk), blended in olive oil. It got its name from the verb “pestâ“, meaning to pound or crush, referencing to the original method of preparation –…

Herbalicious Lemon Tabouleh

Need some inspiration to start experimenting with some whole grains? Try this recipe I had created for Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month booth at a Farmer’s Market earlier this year! A spin-off a traditional Tabouleh which uses bulgur. Easily swap out bulgur for quinoa as a gluten-free option and still make a delicious and refreshing…

Two Way Banana Nice Cream

To celebrate how far we’ve come in food science, technology and innovation, here’s a quick recipe to invite Spring. Absolutely refreshing, simple and naturally sweetened by our most commonly known variety of banana (currently can be found in most urban groceries for about 60-some cents a pound). If you’re one of those people that tend to…

Go Ahead, Honey! It’s Gluten-Free…

Gluten free diets have gained substantial popularity over the last decade. These diets come and go as quickly as the shoes in the display window get replaced. From fat-free, to sugar-free, the elimination of certain foods seems to promise a quick-fix to weight loss, feeling more energetic and prevent cardiovascular disease. The reasons for reducing…