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

cashew nut chicken

Have you ever been to El Nido in the Philippines? If you have not, we recommend that you add visiting El Nido in your bucket list.  If you have, then you likely share the same love for it that we do.  We were totally blown away by the beauty El Nido has to offer.  But… Continue reading cashew nut chicken

Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka)

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… Continue reading Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka)

Pita Pizza with Prosciutto, Mushrooms and Arugula

  What do you do when you need to clean up your fridge?  Well, you make pizza of course!  We had little bits of everything leftover sitting in the fridge and so we decided to make a quick pita pizza topped with prosciutto, mushrooms and arugula.  It not only helped clear our fridge of leftovers,… Continue reading Pita Pizza with Prosciutto, Mushrooms and Arugula

Kimchi Fried Rice with Crispy Pork Belly

This dish makes a great quick weekday dinner and it’s a crowd pleaser because everyone likes fried rice! But this is not any ordinary fried rice – the addition of kimchi makes this fried rice healthy as kimchi is packed with vitamins A, B and C and lactobacilli (which helps in digestion).  We’ve never attempted… Continue reading Kimchi Fried Rice with Crispy Pork Belly