Raspberry and Apricot Smoothie

Raspberry and Apricot Smoothie1

Every breakfast is pretty much a smoothie breakfast for us!   Sadly though, I am a total amateur when it comes to making smoothies. I like to go rogue and eye ball everything and so when I make our breakfast smoothies, it's a real disaster!  One minute, my smoothie is too thick and so I add more liquid and next it's too liquidy and so I add more fruit and the cycle starts over and next thing you know, I've made enough servings for an entire bus load of kids!    Our expert smoothie maker is my … [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 drink made from a combination of  water, yogurt and salt.   Okay, okay, I admit it, at first this drink sounds far from being a thirst quencher, but trust me this … [Continue reading...]

Cheesy Kale Chips

Cheesy Kale Chips1

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

Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping2

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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Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka)

Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka)1

Russian apple cake is a traditional cake made with very little ingredients.  The process of making it is so easy that just about every Russian knows how to make it.  When Arkadi and I first  just started dating, I went over to his house one day to meet his grandma (or babul, as he affectionately […]

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Mexican Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Guacamole

Mexican Chopped Salad

  We usually have salads for our weekday lunches and although it’s fast and easy to put together, sometimes it’s hard to come up with something creative and new.  If you’ve read my other posts, you’d likely know that I get into a rut a lot when it comes to lunch ideas.  For a while, […]

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