Last year, I rounded up my top spring cookbooks and have received some comments from you guys saying how you appreciated the cookbook round-up! I love to bake but don't always get around to it. Thankfully, the holiday season is coming up and I always find time to bake a few desserts (or more)! I thought to create a new round-up of cookbooks featuring the top Christmas cookbooks! What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to make good food?
For those hard-to-buy-for people in your life, an easy homemade gift can be a wonderful surprise. Many of the pre-made store bought herb and spice blends can be expensive and contain additives or anti-caking agents that some may not appreciate. Fortunately, spice mixes are very easy to make at home and you can make many different spice blends using only a few essential herbs that you may actually already have in your home. By making gourmet spice blends, your recipient would appreciate your beautiful DIY homemade gifts. Also, having a quality spice blend at home can make even the most picky of vegetable eaters enjoy their meal.
For quite a while, I was scared of making iced tea. I was so used to drinking store bought, I wasn't sure if making it at home would give the same effect. And yes, it's no secret that the store bought stuff is high in sugar... but let's face it: that's why it's tasty! Unfortunately, evolution has primed our taste buds to prefer sugary, high-calorie foods. Since all of that added sugar is not healthy for me, I thought I'd try making a homemade version to see how that stacks up! When I saw the DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Press, I knew it was the answer to all my problems!
DAVIDsTEA has always been one of my favourite shops to stop by in the mall. When they came out with The Macaron Collection, I was ecstatic! With Spring just around the corner, I rounded up a few things that remind me of warmer weather rather than this dreary cold that Toronto has been given. With 6 macaron-inspired teas and 3 super cute mugs for spring, you will be transported to Paris in minutes.
Every year around Halloween, DAVIDsTEA brings back seasonal teas that were well loved but discontinued "back from the dead". The Back from the Dead coffin set contains 3 teas including Maple Sugar, Stormy Night and Swamp Water. Only 2 of these teas are available separately so to get the third flavour, you have to get the coffin set. Act now since this is a limited edition set and once they're gone, these flavours might not be back next year!
Hey Toronto! I've got some exciting news!! The Food Writing Awards and I have teamed up to show you what Canada has to offer in terms of your favourite Canadian cookbook authors! Read more to see how you can RSVP for this FREE event!!
I've been really wishing for summer weather as the days here in Toronto have been super cold (where did that snow come from?!). Hey Mother Nature, I thought it was supposed to be Spring already!! Despite the snow, I've been trying to stay positive and make my favourite summer dish: pasta salad! All of those delicious flavours always work out so well and are a perfect addition to any BBQ or pot luck get together. Ever since I was young, I've always gravitated toward pasta salads and this macaroni pasta salad is no different! Made from corn and rice, this gluten-free pasta from Barilla doesn't taste much different than regular durum wheat semolina. Since I wanted something fresh and out-of-the-box, I made a macaroni pasta salad and the results were fantastic! Seriously though... look at that beauty!!
It's the new year and everyone wants to get healthy! I recently received a copy of The Planet Friendly Diet by Cat Smiley ($29.95 CAD & USD). which is a book that features some cool tips to get healthy while also staying on a budget. I love to cook and really enjoyed testing out some of the recipes found in here. These fresh recipes are easy to make and super handy when you're not able to think creatively as there is a daily guide as to what to eat and how large your portions are. One of my favourite recipes within the book was the Baked Tilapia and I never knew that cooking with fish was so easy!
You hear about it all the time and definitely know that you should... "Healthy eating is so important, healthy eating is amazing..." But sometimes you just want a nice burger or some fried chicken. Amirite?! Don't lie... Seriously though, we all want burgers. Honestly speaking, I went from eating straight up junk food every day to eating healthy in little to no time. It's so important for you to treat your body right and here's why you need to cut some of that grease out of your life!