Menu – Week 1

Hey there. How goes the second year of this corona life? Are you getting the vaccine? I decided to do a 8 week menu series. It’s simply to get the “what to cook” ideas flowing. Hope you enjoy. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Buttermilk roast chicken Chicken soup Chili con carne Chili con…

Buttercream Icing

In this era of zoom everything: parties, bridal showers, game nights etc, what fun games have you discovered or have you been playing? We had a blast with escape room challenge. Today’s post is a simple American buttercream recipe. There are various types of buttercream like Swiss meringue (absolutely delicious), Italian meringue (don’t have a…

Rum and Raisin Cake

What book are you currently reading? My immediate family and my in-laws are all book lovers. My sister-in-law read 37 books last year. Everyone has their preferred genres. My husband’s is non-fiction and he has several going at the same time. My mother loves autobiographies but specifically of African women—lives that she can relate to…

Easy Amaranth or Cassava Flour Pancakes

Incorporating Amaranth Flour in RecipesThis one is for Cathy who requested amaranth based recipes. My research showed that one can substitute up to 25% of the flour in a cookie, bread, or cake recipe with amaranth flour. So for instance, if a sponge cake calls for 225g flour, a good substitute would be 45g amaranth…

Gluten-free Banana Oat Mug Cake

Living at a time when food is relatively abundant (for some in the world) the French seem to have an admirable, balanced relationship with food. Their diet includes breads, butter, cream, rich pastries—which they do not deny themselves—and yet they are not obese (for the most part). There are many books trying to unravel why…

Healthy Oatmeal and Honey Bread

Some are born crazy, and some are born crazier than others. Enter Nase (a.k.a Beyonce), founder of the wishful marathoner. She has found her tribe: others whose bucket list items include running a marathon (but why???). Certain endeavors need a community to keep you going. It’s an amazing group of people from a retired Stanley…

Japanese Milk Bread

Tips for enriched breads 1. Use a scale to measure ingredients by weight instead of using a cup to measure by volume.2. Schedule enough time.

Chocolate Ganache

The easiest icing for cake (though pricey) is gently melting good chocolate, and then mixing in room temperature butter (not margarine). For ages, I thought this was ganache until one day Rita asked me how to make ganache. Because I frequently second-guess myself, I did a quick search on YouTube. I am glad I did….

Confessions of a cookaholic – September

Someone special got engaged and her fiancé requested a Chinese dinner after the proposal. So in preparation I tried a few favourite Chinese recipes. Since we were going to have spring rolls for starters, we needed some dipping sauces. Manchurian Chicken Sweet and Sour Pork Chinese Cashew Chicken Honestly, I watched this and Kung Pao…