The Christmas cookie making begins... we started off with my mother in law’s British short bread recipe. I did a test run and it turned out amazing. Believe me, it tastes way better than it looks. In the last few years we have been taking a little tree for their grave. This year we made these cookies and took them with us ☺️
Note to self: don’t look for sustenance when making or eating cookies. Follow the recipe, and don’t try to reduce the butter from the recipe. Which is obviously what I did (🙈)and hence the cracks. But I’m going to keep it real. Not everything in the kitchen turns out perfect. Am I right?! .
So now for the recipe:
1 cup butter softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup rice flour .
Beat butter and sugar until it becomes a smooth paste. Gradually add the rice flour and fold. Then fold in the flour. Now knead the mixture with hands until they are free from cracks.
Rolls them into balls (1/2 inch thick) and press with a fork.
Bake for 25 -30 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit (slow cooking).
What I love about this recipe is that she suggests slow cooking. This process didn’t dry out the short bread the second day. I love all her hand written recipes. All 2 boxes of them. We are going to be making some of her recipes this holiday period.
Happy eating everyone!!! ❤️
Have you ever eaten from one plate because it’s fun to share? That’s what we did today. After a busy week/weekend, we needed a feel good dinner. We are always guilty of eating dinner in front of the tv. But we love Netflix a bit too much 🤣
#salmon pan roasted with stir fry #greenbeans and mashed #potatoes with fresh chives. Don’t worry we refilled the sides 😛
Happy Sunday everyone!!! ❤️
Lazy meal on this #thursday night.
Red curry #laksa with prawns, mushrooms, soft boiled eggs, sprouts and springs onions. Authentic Asian cooks avert your eyes. This is my version of laksa 🙈forgive me! .
2 cups of chicken/vegetable stock
2 tablespoon red curry paste
1 can coconut milk
3 tiger prawns
4 mushrooms chopped
1 cup vermicelli rice noddles
Boils the chicken stock, add noodles and coconut milk. Add red curry paste. Now add mushrooms and prawns.
Egg cooked on high for 7 minutes. I know typically laksa comes with a boiled egg, but I like my yolks runny so we have soft boiled egg 🤷🏽♀️ I ran out of tofu 😭
Happy #humpday everyone!
I present to you a nice juicy steak. I mean #cauliflower steak. I topped it with spicy cannelini, grilled #tomatoes and fried sage (just coz). Cauli and tomatoes – Grilled in the oven for 25 minutes with olive oil, thyme and sea salt at 410F
#cannelini beans – cooked in a little bit of sesame oil, chilli powder, salt and lemon juice. Even though I’m not a huge fan of canned beans, I opted for it this time. It wasn’t too bad.
Grilled veges have become my favourite carb free dinners these days. I eat a lot of carbs throughout the day as my training/workout is midday or in the evenings. In saying that, my meals aren’t about to get boring. I packed my lunch with the left overs and added a piece of cod and rice to this. So feel free to add any protein of your choice. The grilled tomatoes prevent the whole dish from becoming dry and dull.
#masala prawns anyone?! Made these for solo dinner last night.
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 spoon turmeric
I spoon tamarind paste
2 cloves crushed garlic
3 tablespoons canola oil
Half a lemon (optional)
Last but not the giant prawns! (500grams)
Marinate the prawns for about 10 -15 minutes
In a pan heat oil for about 2 minutes (high). You have got to see the smoke. At the point carefully place the prawns in the oil and stand back. This recipe doesn’t work if the oil isn’t hot enough. You will not get the crunchy rim. 7 minutes on both sides on medium. Remove from the pan and squeeze half a lemon over the prawns.
Enjoy it with rice, rotis, side of stir fry veges. The choices are endless.
Can I also just say how happy I am that’s it’s Friday today?! It’s been a long week! I hope you all have a great weekend ❤️
To all my lovely American friends! Have a lovely thanksgiving!! ❤️ I decided to be a pie “extra” for the day.
Apple pie. Crust recipe from #joyofbaking website. The recipe is fool proof and I love all of @stephaniejaworski YouTube videos. She is an amazing baking instructor! Have a lovely day everyone 💕
I present #glutenfree pasta with spinach and sundried tomatoes.
Sometime ago my lovely friend Lauren @theathleisureteacher suggested I try chickpea/ lentil pasta, So I went over to @wholefoodsbc to find some. As luck would have it, they were on sale so I bought 2 for $8! I have to say, I feel quite lucky that I made so many amazing friends through this platform in such a short time. I’m learning so much from each one of you.
Chickpea pasta 1 pack from @wholefoods
2 cups spinach (fresh/frozen) – chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic (optional)
1 cup sundried tomatoes - chopped
1 spoon chilli flakes
½ cup olive oil
Parmesan for garnish
Salt for seasoning
1 spoon lemon juice (optional)
Cook the pasta with a little olive oil and salt for 9-12 minutes. I had to taste it couple of times. You don’t want this pasta to go entirely al dente. It’s officially cooked 2-3 before it becomes #aldente . So definitely taste taste.
Set the pasta aside.
In a large pan add half the olive oil and heat. Add crushed garlic and spinach. Let the spinach cooked completely until all the water is evaporated. Now add the chilli flakes and sundried tomatoes. Add the pasta and fold the ingredients together. At this point I added a spoon of lemon juice for the extra zing. Garnish with parmesan. There you have it! A bowl of guilt free pasta!
Thanks again Lauren 💕 have a lovely #humpday Everyone!!
Not the best picture or lighting! But it was a good dinner in #seattle . .
Blackened salmon stuffed with crab, pilaf rice and roasted vegetables. Delish 😋
I will try to update more stories, but we have been enjoying the beautiful weather and the buzzle of #pikeplace . I’m also really glad my lovely friend @beneruler came out to meet us for dinner. I have the best friends ❤️
Peas #pulao - basmati rice cooked in chicken stock. Spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon cooked in ghee. Topped off with lots of fried onions. Our favourite addition with our Indian meals. . .
I’m off to seattle for the weekend. Much needed girls trip!! Have a lovely weekend everyone!! ❤️
I love stir fry veges. They are so simple and easy to make. It’s usually our dinner/lunch towards the end of the week, when we are in the process of cleaning out the fridge in preparation for next week’s grocery shopping. I’m planning to have this for lunch tomorrow with some jasmine rice.
This is made with #cabbage , #mushrooms and #edamame (frozen). I added some red onions into the cooking process for some additional crunch. Step by step instructions in my story.
I have decided to do more stories than writing out recipes. I feel like it’s easier to follow and thanks to #instagram we can now save the recipes under highlights. Let me know your thoughts 💕🙏
#southindian style chicken curry. I can’t quite eat chicken as a meat. I developed an aversion in the last year. But I can eat the curry without the meat though 😋
We had this with dosa (a South Indian style rice pancake - post later this week). It was delicious! Check out story/highlight for the step by step recipe.
I was nominated by my lovely friend @friendly_food1 to share 5 things about me.
1) I was born in India, moved to New Zealand when I was a teenager and now I live in Vancouver with my husband. I'm eagerly waiting for my Canadian citizenship. I’m very grateful to be a resident of 3 beautiful countries I can now call home 🇮🇳 🇳🇿 🇨🇦 2) When I'm not cooking or travelling, I work as a financial counsellor for this amazing non-profit organisation. I'm super dorky and nerdy! I was never the popular/ pretty girl in high school (or university) I actually worked in the school library. So go figure! 🤓 📚
3) I have travelled just about 20 countries. It's not a lot, but being born and raised in a little town in India I didn't think I would leave the country, let alone travel on my own. But I'm glad that I did. My 40th birthday goal is to tick off another 20. Let's see where life takes me. 🏃♀️ .
4) I have a fear of cars and driving! I got into a pretty bad accident when I was 16 (I wasn't the driver). Since then I was never able to get over it. So I will be one of those people who will be relying on transit for the rest of my life. All the more reason Vancouver should get #uber asap. 🚘 ⚠️ .
5)I grew up in an unconventional non- nuclear household. But it was also the kind of household that believed women had no say and didn’t need education. So I decided to leave behind a lot of unpleasant “family” situations and I lived on my own since the age of 19. I was in university and at work full time. So there were a lot of lonely days with sleep deprivation. But it paid off and made me an independent woman that I am still today.I know that I will have my own nuclear family some day. I have learnt that if you wait patiently, good things will come along just fine. 🙅🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️💪🏼
Thanks Marine @friendly_food1 for the nomination.
I nominate @goodfoodandgreatbooks @joy.purejoy and @theathleisureteacher 💕
Good morning and happy #sunday everyone! Long weekend #breakfast edition - #avocadotoast with #turkeybacon and over easy eggs topped with #siracha . On a slice of whole-wheat bread I made at home.
We are about to endure a 1.5 hour cardio + strength training session. I will try my best not to post too much about fitness. If I do post
about it, it will be in my stories/highlights. But my meals are going to slightly change. I will be adding more protein and less carbs. I’m training for the Camino Santiago that we will be doing August - September of next year. So I’m trying to get into a reasonable shape for that. Hope you all have a lovely day! 💕💕
#nothomemade but we had our monthly date night today. @thekegsteakhouse is our go to place for unplanned date nights.
This brownie was under their “mini eats” section. I wonder what the regular size would have looked like 😂 nevertheless it was a great #humpdaytreat .
I have to say, I’m amazed at all these connections I have made just in the last 2 months of starting this blog. You guys are so talented. I would like to know more about each of you.
So go on then! Tell me where you are from? And one interesting thing about you.
As the weather starts to get colder and the days become shorter, it’s time to whip out soups.
Here we have roasted garlic tomato soup. Made with coconut cream. .
6 medium sized tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
1.5 cup vegetable or chicken stock
2 tablespoon coconut cream
1 tablespoon paprika
Salt and pepper for seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bake pan slice tomatoes in half, chop garlic cloves in half and drizzle olive oil. Season with sea salt.
Roast for about 15 minutes. Now add the tomatoes and garlic to a food processor and blend until it turns into a smooth paste.
In a sauce pan, add the chicken stock and bring it to boil. Add the puréed tomato into the pot. Add the coconut cream, paprika and season. Cook the soup on simmer for about 40-45 minutes while occasionally stirring. Serve with grilled cheese! (Not depicted in this picture) but believe me, it was devoured with sourdough grilled with provolone cheese 😋