Affogato (Ice Cream or Gelato with Espresso)

Affogato

La povertà è la madre di tutte le arti or for us English folks, we say: necessity is the mother of invention.  What does this saying have to do with today's post besides that fact that it's also Italian?  Well, have you ever had guests stopped by unexpectedly and if you are like me, these are my three worries: 1) Am I wearing pants right now?  2) Is my place clean? 3) What do I serve them?  Numbers 1 and 2 are easy to solve by putting on appropriate clothing and  shoving everything else in your … [Continue reading...]

Best Blueberry Muffins

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  There was a time there when I was eating muffins for breakfast everyday! Until one day, a co-worker pointed out that eating muffins is like eating cake and eating them everyday is like eating a slice of cake for breakfast every single day.  That was my wake up call and also the fact that my clothes started feeling tight!  These days I am more sensible with my breakfast options, but once in a while I'd treat myself to a muffin for breakfast. And thanks to smittenkitchen.com, I now have my … [Continue reading...]

Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Salad with Honey, Mint and Brandy Syrup

strawberry and blueberry fruit salad

Hosting a dinner party is a bit of a challenge for me.  That’s because I usually like to make everything myself – from the appetizers to dessert! Recently, we hosted a dinner party with two of our guests who are gluten intolerant.  I came up with the appetizers, first course and main course just fine. […]

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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 […]

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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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