Posted at 7:36 am , on February 28, 2014
Creamy lentils, caramelized onions, garlic, cumin seeds with a burst of intense Indian flavours? Oh yes! How good does that sound?
I was delighted after taking the first spoonful of dinner last night. I really love a good soup! I was left with a spicy tang that kept me wanting more…and more! I must say thank you to my kitchen friends: Indian spices, fresh lemon juice and hot peppers.
I’m actually going to cook another batch today. I know it’s an exceptional recipe when eating the same meal two nights in a row seems like the best idea ever!
Lentil soup is quite filling and wholly satisfying. One bowl would definitely serve as a main dish for most people. I didn’t need that second bowl but I’m a real sucker for Indian inspired food with some heat!
The level of spice depends on how many hot peppers you add. If you prefer mild, you can cut the hot peppers in half (or even leave them out). When I reduce the hot peppers by half, the soup is mild enough for my children to eat but still has a subtle heat.
Posted at 7:34 am , on February 24, 2014
Winter can have a tendency to leave people feeling dragged down. I often feel as if the bitter winter will never end. On our way to school each morning my son has begun asking “When is spring going to come?”
Spring where are you?? I’m pretty sure most of us are ready to say goodbye to Winter for another year. Even my five year old is fed up with the cold weather and short days!
When winter has me feeling run down (or I’m worried that I may be coming down with a bug), I often turn to a homemade tea. Tea can be so soothing and comforting. Continue reading
Posted at 3:41 pm , on February 11, 2014
Dark chocolate is definitely one of my favourite indulgences.
Is there anything better than a hot sip of coffee followed by a bite of rich dark chocolate? It immediately melts into a smooth and creamy moment of pure bliss!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there is no better time to make some handcrafted chocolate. What’s a more fitting way to say ‘I love you’ than with a gift of homemade Dark & Decadent Chocolate Bark?
I’m delighted to skip the expensive chocolate stores and inflated prices of Valentine’s Day merchandise. I also get to avoid all of the iffy ingredients (refined sugar, preservatives) found in store-bought chocolate.
You can get quite creative and personable with this gift. A classic tin lined with wax paper or parchment paper always makes for a pleasing package.
I’m considering heading to the craft store and picking up some clear gift bags. I’d love to secure the bag closed with some cooking twine and attach a personalized gift tag.
This bark has a mere 3 ingredients for the base. The toppings are optional and customizable to taste.
- Raw cacao powder (or coco powder)
- Raw cacao butter
Posted at 12:16 pm , on February 4, 2014
Is there anything better than the smell of fresh-baked cookies? Aside from eating them of course! The aroma of baked nuts, melting chocolate, vanilla and sweet maple syrup combine to create the perfect harmony for the senses. Once the oven door opens, the aroma fills the house and it won’t be long before my kids and husband start sauntering over to the kitchen.
Everyone loves cookies!
This school year is the first time I’ve had to send my child to school with a packed lunch. While it may seem a simple task, it can actually be quite a challenge if you want to provide your child with healthy and yummy homemade food. Continue reading
Posted at 7:20 am , on January 27, 2014
Have you ever slow cooked dried beans and had them refuse to soften after hours of cooking? I have and it’s not fun.
I can remember more than a few occasions when that has happened to me. However, I think I now have the proper method for cooking perfect beans and I’m happy that I will no longer have to suffer through a sub-par bean dish!
“Most legumes range from 17 to 25% protein, roughly double the protein of grains and higher than that of eggs and most meats”. Rebecca Wood of The New Foods Encycolpedia
That’s a pretty substantial source of protein! I’ve been told that when you combine beans with whole grain rice it becomes a complete protein source for your body. Continue reading