5 Things To Consider Before You Go On a Diet + Chicken Soup

Diet friendly Chicken Soup

If you are first-time dieter like me, consider these things before you jump into a diet. Planning and research are key for successfully completing a diet plan. Ok, I am not a seasoned dieter and this is by no means expert advice on best and worst diets and their health benefits or side effects. This is a beginner’s checklist really. For someone like me who has never ever gone on any sort of diet and have no clue as to what it entails. A few simple things to contemplate upon before you embark on a journey chasing health and weight-loss. Now that I am on my last week of the Fast Metabolism Diet (yayyyyyy), I feel like these pointers are so important in selecting, kickstarting and sticking with a plan. What do you hope to achieve by going on a diet? Weight loss, detox, cholesterol issues, diabetes scare, heart problems or simply change of eating habits? In my case, it was primarily the last – kicking my addiction to sugar and making fresh fruits and veggies a bigger part of my regular meals. Putting down a goal helps to remain focused and not get distracted. For example, if your personal […]

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Savory Quinoa Oat Crepes

Savoury Quinoa Oat Crepes

A much healthier, gluten-free and dairy-free substitute for regular crepes. Top with whatever toppings you prefer and make it your own! Hello Hello! I am so excited today to bring this recipe because this is my first, second savory recipe that I feel proud of. Savory recipes intimidate me. I am always hyper aware of the balance of flavors, combinations and spice levels; the kind of anxiety I don’t have when it come to desserts. With desserts and cakes, it seems to flow naturally. I am confident if it is good or needs improvement or should never be mentioned again.  With savory, I keep asking “is it good”, “but is it good enough to be on the blog?” Steve is very patient in this and always gives me helpful inputs because he is definitely more of a spicy / savory person than a dessert person! This recipe actually formed in my head as another sweet breakfast option filled with luscious spring fruits cooked down to bring out their sweet juices. Let’s just say it did not translate into tasting as good as it sounded in my head. The strong quinoa flavor completely empowered the fruits. Yes, quinoa flour has quite a […]

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Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal

Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal

This Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal will make a great summer breakfast and it won’t make you feel guilty one bit since it is gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free and vegan! Things I learnt this past week. I can live without cake My brain wont die without coffee My world won’t collapse without chocolate Cooking without oil or any kind of fat is not awful Berries and nuts make as great a snack (if not better) as cookies I can be a cynical person. I have always been skeptical about diets and I never understood why and how some people can be on constant diet. Giving up good food, different kinds of food, the ability to indulge in fried / cheesy / decadent goodness in order to be thin always seemed like sacrilege! I believe in balance and being healthy and eating well. But lately, I had been at the other extreme of the leaf-eating kind, with way too much sugar and indulgence and no self-control. I follow enough food bloggers to know that they don’t sit and eat their amazing cakes for all meals. Many of you give it away to friends and neighbors or share with work colleagues. Since I […]

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Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

Chewy, nutty, crunchy, these Brown Butter Pecan cookies deserve to be stocked, so you can sneak out a couple every time you need an indulgent snack! Was it brown butter day sometime last week or the week before? If it was I totally missed it as I do with all the food days. Can never for the life of me keep track. But I did catch up on all the posts that the amazing bloggers I follow posted. I felt rather proud of myself when there were no unread emails in my inbox and my Pinterest boards were slightly fuller. There were all these mouth-watering brown butter recipes like the Brown Butter, Miso, Dark Chocolate Blondies over at The Brick Kitchen, the Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Cookies at Petit Bakes,  and Brown Butter Blueberry Crumb Muffins on Itsy Bitsy Kitchen. How awesome is that. And how is a girl not to be inspired to go brown some butter and get baking!! Now, the thing we all know is that when it comes to beurre noisette (sounds so much fancier in French) it is not a quick fix thing. Unless you want to brown the butter and drink it. You gotta […]

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Cardamom Coconut Cupcakes

Soft, fluffy, fragrant Cardamom Cupcakes topped with luscious Coconut Swiss Buttercream and crunchy Coconut bacon.               You know when you haven’t done squats in a million years, then you do 100 at a go only to have stiff legs for a week! And it hurts like hell. But it is also a kind of sweet pain because you know your muscles worked out so hard and your hurting hamstrings are like trophies you can show off while saying that you pulled off a 100 squats!! That’s exactly how I felt the last two weeks after marathon projects and assignments. After a year of vacationing filled with fun things like exploring Toronto, baking, blogging and occasional assignments from my Digital Marketing Course my brain has become slightly lazy I assume. But now my sabbatical is over (sob-sob) and job hunt has begun (which is not easy). So between, job applications, freelance marketing projects with real deliverables and deadlines and school assignments it feels like my brain is doing 100 squats and it aches!! My brain had to remember working out once again and tasks that would have taken 1 hour in my previous life, took […]

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blondies are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and make a great snack when you are craving for a sweet treat and need something quick! Don’t you think naming your own recipes is really hard? Especially if it is not as straight forward as a triple chocolate cake or birthday yellow cake. How does one name recipes? Do you just list all the main ingredients? Do you list the ingredients that you can actually taste? OR do you list the ingredients that are optimized (for getting more likes)? Now all those things can be different. Like say banana greek yoghurt chocolate chip muffin which also has peanut butter in it and is also gluten free and sugar free. I struggled with this one – should it be apple peanut butter blondies? OR almond peanut butter blondies? Or gluten free peanut butter blondies? Are they even blondies since there is no butter and sugar in there? I don’t think I want to go down that lane because then it will turn into a Sporkful episode of Is Cereal a Soup? Or Is Cheesecake a Pie? Those arguments are endless with no clear winning party! So anyway, I like short and simple […]

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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Lemon Curd cupcakes

Soft, spongy, buttery, Lemon Curd Cupcakes are a perfect way to use up a bit of leftover lemon curd. What to do with lemon curd? After you have finished making lemon meringue pie, constructed a beautiful layer cake, topped it on your pancakes and oatmeal and sundaes, added to your fruit trifles, and licked it off a spoon. If there is still a tiny bit left and you feel you can’t eat anymore, put the last bit of it in a basic butter cake recipe and eat it as a cupcake. The best part of it is that, in this form it a subdued, subtle version of itself rather that a big, bold hit of tangy, lemony which is the main reason I personally cannot eat it off a spoon. It feels like a punch in my mouth that I don’t care for. But I do enjoy the lemony brightness when complimented with other balancing flavors. This post has started off as a SEO exercise and I promise I did not mean to do that. What to do with a small amount of leftover lemon curd was what I was searching for when I had 3tbsp of lemon curd sitting in […]

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Lentil Spinach Masala

Meal Ideas for One - Lentil Spinach Masala

This lentil spinach masala is really a canvas on which you can try all sorts of variations. It is a delicious, nutritious meal for one person when you want to make the least effort but crave a warm cozy meal. I will be honest, sometimes I miss my single days! When days looked like this – wake up, go to work, come back from work, whip up quick dinner, eat while watching endless re-runs of Sex and The City or How I Met Your Mother, or a soppy movie or some brainless comedy without fear of judgement, go get late night shisha and drinks, or mint tea when feeling responsible, with my girlfriend, gossip/ bitch about work and boyfriends till the shisha embers have died, come back home, eat some chocolate, sleep with the TV on all night. If the coming back home to an empty house and sleeping in bed alone, didn’t suck, and the fear of getting old all alone didn’t get to us, we would all chose the single life. Wouldn’t we? Let’s be candid now! Single life and couple life, they have their pros and cons. Just because you are perfectly happy in one kind of […]

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Cardamom Coconut Panna Cotta and Turmeric Cake Crumb

Cardamom Panna Cotta Turmeric Cake Crumbs

A delightful dessert for two, this light, smooth, cardamom coconut panna cotta is accompanied by crunch from some leftover turmeric cake. I read the Momfuku Milk Bar book and fell inspired by Christina Tosi’s philosophy of using all sorts of things from your pantry and freezer in your baked goods. The idea of repurposing leftovers speaks to me, because I really dislike wasting food. It is one of the main reasons why I bake in small quantities as much as possible and without resorting to using 1/4th of an egg because really the quantity of egg decides how small my baking project will be. Trust me it is a pain to measure out 1 ½ tbsp of egg for something. I have tried. One of the first google searches I did when I was tinkering with the idea of starting a blog was “what do food bloggers do with excess food”, coming in after “how do food bloggers stay fit?” Well I did not find any satisfactory answers to both questions. I suppose everyone tackles it in their own way. So, I picked going small where my baking was concerned. We are two people so I had to think about […]

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Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Semifreddo

no churn strawberry ice-cream

This no churn strawberry ice-cream or semifreddo is super easy to make, creamy and delicious. The balsamic roasted strawberries make extra sauce that you can douse the ice-cream in!     When warm spring-like days arrive much earlier than they should, do you rejoice, smile like a goofball all day, instantly dig out your shorts and hit the nearest ice-cream shop or do you secretly fret about global warming? I do both! Then I eat an extra portion of dessert because ofcourse dessert is the solution for everything. That is why I make this strawberry semifreddo in mini loaf pans so I can dig into my very own cute little loaf of creamy, goodness. Fretting aside, we had a beautiful weekend here in Toronto and everyone seemed happy. We got over-excited and went for very long walks (I call it death march) then suffered from ‘feet sole’ pain! Then Steve picked up pints of strawberries because they were on sale and since I prefer to turn fruits into dessert than eat them raw like fruits should be eaten, I decided that this is a weekend for ice-cream. Strawberry ice-cream. And since I have been dying to roast strawberries ever since that first […]

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