watermelon and basil salad

I have a love/hate relationship with summer.  I hate the hot, humid days of summer, but I love all the fresh produce summer offers like plump, sweet Ontario strawberries, luscious, ripe peaches and of course, juicy, sweet watermelons! You know it’s summer in Toronto when you see bins of watermelon in your local grocery store… Continue reading watermelon and basil salad

juice cleanse – why, how and what to expect

Has this ever happened to any of you – your gut tells you that what you’re eating is a bit dodgy, but your mouth doesn’t seem to get the hint and just keeps opening and chewing and a few hours later, your gut decides to take revenge on you for not listening in the first… Continue reading juice cleanse – why, how and what to expect

Passion fruit – facts, nutritional benefits and recipes

Passion fruit plant is believed to have originated from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and Spanish explorers are credited for its name and for its spread around the world.  Usually, passion fruit is either yellow or purple.  The most common variety we find up here in Chiang Mai is the purple kind.  Passion fruit plant is… Continue reading Passion fruit – facts, nutritional benefits and recipes

Lanzones

What is lanzones you ask? Well, lanzones (lan-so-ness) fruit is a tropical fruit commonly found in Southeast Asia.  Lanzones are round or oval with yellow skin that is easy to peel and translucent segmented flesh.  They grow and are sold in bunches like grapes, but they are much bigger in size.  When it’s ripe, the… Continue reading Lanzones

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

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.… Continue reading Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Salad with Honey, Mint and Brandy Syrup