Friday, July 7, 2017

Giveaway to Celebrate National Picnic Month

hummus to take for picnic
Summer is in full swing, bringing endless opportunities for outdoor meals and snacks to carry along on our adventures. July is National Picnic Month, and I am sure we all get a chance to do a few picnics in the summer.

Hibiscus Ginger on the Rocks

hibiscus ginger drink
We enjoy making refreshing, healthy beverages at home to enjoy during different times of the day. Mocktails, Punches and Shrubs book by Chef Vikas Khanna has many unique combinations of recipes to make a delicious array of beverages that everyone in the family can enjoy. The recipes include herbal infusions, teas, coffees, smoothies, slushies and more. I am glad this book has alcohol free recipes, and inspires to use a variety of different combination of ingredients that we don't always think of adding to our beverages.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pineapple Salsa and Giveaway

dole pineapple
I enjoy making a variety of sweet desserts and savoury dishes using pineapple all year around. Since I can't find fresh pineapple when it is not in season, we opt for Dole canned pineapple and find that they work just like fresh pineapples for the recipes I make. I always have a can of pineapple at home, you never know when you need one. As a pineapple fan, I am excited to be partnering with Dole Canada to host a Dole Pineapple kit giveaway to celebrate International Pineapple Day this June 27th.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beef Boti Kebabs and Giveaway

beef boti kebab
Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook by May Abraham Fridel, the founder of the organic spice company, Passion for Spices, has more than 140 recipes that include main dishes, sides, condiments, one pot meals, flatbreads, drinks and desserts. Four pages in the book has colour photography of some of the recipes. Most of the recipes on this book are dishes I regularly make at home, and I liked how well the author explains the recipes.

Trinidadian Gulab Jamun

Trinidadian gulab jamun
This sweet Trinidadian Gulab Jamun snacks are different from the Indian Gulab Jamun taste and texture. It is more like a soft textured cookie or sweet murukku. These snacks will keep well in an air-tight container.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Grilling with Sabra Hummus

tofu grilled sabra hummus
I adapted Chef Matt Basile's Sabra Hummus Steak recipe below by substituting tofu instead of meat. If you are grilling tofu it needs to be enjoyed right away while it is hot. If you are using tofu, marinate it for a few hours and grill it in a preheated grilling pan as it may break when turning it.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cheesecake served with Dole Fruits

cheesecake with dole fruit
Dole has launched a fresh innovation for ready-to-eat fruit. We found the new Dole Resealable Fruit Pouches to be a time-saving way to enjoy fresh tasting fruit instantly. It is perfect for occasions or places where we don't have the luxury of kitchen tools, for example to take during picnics and camping, for office snacks, and sports games. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Banana Brownie Swirl Cake

banana brownie swirl cake
I tried the Banana Brownie Swirl Cake from the book Cake I love You, which is a hit in our home. There is plenty of inspiration in this book for beginning bakers and the experienced. The tips and techniques of the decadent, do-able recipes shared by author, Jill O'Connor are useful to get delicious end results. The recipes in this book are divided by flavours such as banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel and butterscotch, citrus, spirits and spices, and garden and orchard. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Quick and Delicious Fish Cakes

clover leaf tuna fish cakes
Clearing away artificial ingredients and hard-to-pronounce additives from our diet is important for our overall well-being. Clover Leaf Seafoods recognizes the importance of fewer, simpler product ingredients and has launched a reformulation of their extensive line-up of products.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Whole New Way of Microwaving with Breville Quick Touch Crisp

breville microwave
Cooking or heating food on non-metal dishes using standard microwaves usually ends up with soggy food, as it cooks and releases steam. The Breville's innovative Quick Touch Crisp microwave changes this reality for us. 
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