Pumpkin Cheesecake

When the rain starts falling and the leaves change from greens to reds, I start dreaming of pumpkins; pumpkin pies, pumpkin puddings and of course pumpkin cheesecake.  I love cheesecake and I love pumpkins so this recipe is the best of both worlds. Start by making the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F….

Mid-Autumn Festival: Mooncake party

The Mid-Autumn Festival just happened this week on Oct 4. The weekend before we gathered together as a family to make some mooncakes.  I hope this continues as a family traditional. As a young child I have always loved the pig shaped mooncakes.  Traditionally mooncakes are round but modern mooncakes now come in all shapes…

Eat Like an Eskimo

I came across this recipe when I was watching emmymadeinjapan. I thought it was a very wacky and fun recipe and I really wanted to try it out.  I decided to look up a recipe on pinterest and found something I thought would be good.  I decided to make a small batch to test this…

Salmon Poke Bowl

Poke bowls are one of my favourite summer dishes on a hot day. They are really easy to prepare and to make. They are also very versatile. Start by buying ingredients you want in your bowl. I chose masago, pea shoots, seaweed salad, cucumber and furikake (a japanese seasoning). Some of my other favorite toppings…

Diner en Blanc 2017

Diner en Blanc started almost 30 years ago in Paris. François Pasquier, the founder, started this dinner tradition with a bunch of friends and now it is running in numerous places worldwide. The concept was to bring a meal and bring a friend. When the dinner was created, the venue was too small for the growing attendees…

Three Ingredient Banana Cookies

Well it is that time of year again. BACK TO SCHOOL.  To make it a little more bearable why not make some yummy treat to take to school?  I ran across this recipe and wanted to try it out.  It sounds super easy and doable. All you need are bananas, oatmeal and chocolate chips. Not…

Spruce Tip Jelly

Spruce is not something I would have considered to be so delicious. I kept imagining that it would taste very earthy and green like gin. Boy, was I wrong. I had my first taste of Spruce Tip Jelly from a restaurant called Salmon and Bannock. They served Spruce Tip Jelly with pieces of bannock and…

What’s for Dinner? Cooking for Real People Part 6: Final Post

This is going to be the last part for What’s for Dinner? Cooking for Real People.  I had fun with this series and am looking forward to start new series.  I hope you have learned something new.  As a final treat, I have made a small PDF book which includes some of these tips and…

Jamaican Beef Patties

I have always enjoyed these Jamaican patties from the Patty Shop and have always wanted to recreate them.  Well this is my first attempt at making them. They turned out alright but not the same as the store bought ones.  I will probably have to try to make them again. The first thing that you…

Leftover Congee

Whenever I have bones or leftover meat, I like making congee. Its a really simple and easy thing to do to get the most of something. Start with a cup of rice in 10 cups of water. You can substitute the water with chicken stock. Add the bones or leftover meat. Boil the rice and…

Are Bugs the Food of the Future??

My dad has always been an interesting and adventurous man. He’s eaten his fair share of strange foods from silk worm pupae to mushed up earthworms. Over the past couple years, he’s become more interested in edible insects and foraging. For his birthday, we decided to surprise him and order some edible insects from Thailand…

Fast and Easy Rhubarb Sorbet

Summer time is the best time for an icy cold treat. What could be better than tart rhubarb sorbet?  This is great cold treat and really easy to make.  It is the perfect recipe if you have too much rhubarb. Prepare the rhubarb by washing and removing the leaves.  Cut the rhubarb into small pieces…