I have been craving pumpkin spice cake lately even though it’s not Fall. Maybe it’s the Indian summer we had in the peak of winter in February, or maybe it’s because our cool rainy winter temperatures are back in March – just like in Autumn when our temperatures fluctuate from warm to cold, and back to warm and cold. Whatever the reason maybe, one doesn’t need a fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin spice cake, a can of pumpkin flesh will do just fine. On a cold rainy afternoon a pumpkin spice cake with a hot cup of tea ☕️🍰 is the perfect feel good treat 😋. Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake
Cream of celery soup with creamy hazelnuts? Yup, that’s what makes this soup so yummy and unique. I had this delicious celery soup at my friend Shalini’s home when we met for lunch one afternoon. Creamy celery soup accompanied with a faro salad, some roasted Brussels sprouts on thin pita strips with mint chutney, along with fresh fruit and a cheese board – this lunch was wholesome, nutritious, and packed with flavor. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup
Happy Lunar New Year!
The Year of the Dog
Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in China. Originally it was tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was celebrated over 15 days. During this time families honor their household, heavenly deities, as well as the family’s ancestors. It was also a time to bring families together for feasting. Continue reading Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles
A lemon almond cake made with fresh lemons has a taste onto it’s own. I decided to play around with a couple of alternative flours in this lemon cake and the end result was positively delicious. Almond meal and shredded coconut add a wonderful crumbly and crunchy texture to this lemon cake, while the addition of sour cream keeps the cake soft and moist. Truly, I was so surprised how awesome this cake turned out. Even the family thought it turned out great, each person had 2 slices 🍰🍰 😋. Continue reading Lemon Almond Bundt Cake
I’ve wanted to make this carrot cake ever since I saw the recipe on a blog I follow called the dutch baker thedutchbaker. She raved about her carrot cupcake recipe describing it as “Super moist without being overly soggy or mushy with a nice fluffy texture to the cake.” Since I was making this carrot cake for a Christmas dinner gathering with my cousins I decided to make the cake in the shape of a wreath so I could have some fun decorating it. Continue reading Carrot Cake Wreath
I had a delicious salad recently made by my friend Donna that was positively outstanding. I love all salads, but once in a while it’s nice to have just a simple salad made with crisp lettuce tossed in a light vinaigrette. This lettuce salad hit that craving for me. Continue reading Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese
I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola? For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola
This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made. I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake
Green on green on green on green, with some white is how I describe this salad. All the vegetables are green – sugar snap peas, brussels sprouts, salad greens, even the pistachio nuts, then add a sprinkle of garlic and a little dressing, and what you have is a very filling and satisfying salad. Serve the roasted brussels sprouts and sugar snap peas as a side dish, or turn them into a leafy salad by adding salad greens. Continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas Salad
One of my favorite fall-inspired salads to make especially when fresh figs are in season is a big spinach salad with fresh figs, Gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts; all tossed together with a sweet fig dressing.