Pasta alla Carbonara with Bacon and Kale

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One pot meals are heaven sent on a weeknight.  I don't know about you, but  the last thing I want to do is cook a meal after a long day at work.  And fast food for us is definitely out of the question  - we're just too old for that now!  We're at peace with the fact that we are not young anymore and cannot  burn off the millions of calories and sodium in even a tiny kid's meal burger! (I know, I know, world's smallest, whiniest violin playing).   And so for nights when I am extra tired and … [Continue reading...]

Strawberry Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberries

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I remember the first time I had strawberries.  I was 9 years old and my brother was 7.  My mom, brother and I went on a family trip to a province in the northern part of the Philippines.  The city we visited is called Baguio.  Baguio  is the summer capital of the Philippines because of its cooler temperature.  The average temperature ranges from around 15 to 23 Celsius  and that might not seem cool for us here, but the average temperature in Manila is around 30+ degrees!  So back to Baguio, … [Continue reading...]

Middle Eastern Yogurt Drink (Ayran)

Middle Eastern Yogurt Drink (Ayran)

Ayran is a very popular drink in Middle Eastern countries like Lebanon or Turkey. In fact, it’s apparently the national drink of Turkey!   Each region in the Middle East has their slight variation of ayran.  However, the most traditional one consists of three simple ingredients.  What is ayran you ask?  Well, it’s  a thirst quenching […]

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Cheesy Kale Chips

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I looooooove chips! I can skip any meal and eat chips instead, but my better half keeps me from doing just that!  I would go in spurts obsessing over a flavour and lately, I’m hooked on President’s Choice poutine chips! Here’s the thing though, I know chips, chocolate, candy and all are supposed to be […]

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Tuna and Egg Salad with French Vinaigrette Dressing

Tuna and Egg Salad

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.  Fish are jumpin and the cotton is high.  Any Ella Fitzgerald fans out there? I was listening to this song while typing up this post for today because summertime  living is definitely easy especially after that winter we had! Everyone is just happier  and more lighthearted with all the […]

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Baked Plantains with Brown Sugar Glaze

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  Recently, we went on a much needed vacation to the Dominican Republic.  We stayed in a nice resort in a quiet little town and it was seven days of bliss for us! Interestingly, at the resort we stayed at, they served plantains three times a day, everyday! We found out later on that plantain is a […]

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Ribboned Asparagus & Macadamia Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Asparagus Ribbon Salad

Let’s talk about asparagus.  Anyone else think that it’s a weird sounding word? No? Okay, maybe it’s just me.  Anyway, it’s one of our favourite veggies because asparagus makes an easy side dish.  All you have to do is sprinkle some salt, pepper and lemon juice (if we want to get all fancy, we add […]

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Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping

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As a child, tilapia was on a regular rotation in our weekly menu.  Every week, my aunt would make sure we had two or three meals with fish and veggies and the rest of the time was the usual- chicken, pork or beef.  Growing up, we only ever ate tilapia deep fried served with a […]

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Chicken Stuffed with Prosciutto, Mozzarella and Basil

Stuffed Chicken with Proscuitto, Mozzarela and Basil1

These days I am all about making meals from what we already have in the fridge.  For instance, not too long ago, my family came to visit us for a few days and my mom decided to pack our fridge with giant Costco items.  She does this all the time.  She is always scared that there’s […]

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