10 Ways To Slow Down and Enjoy The Moment

Living in the present. It's an ideology that many people know about but have difficulty putting into practice. I for one, am guilty of this. When life gets hectic or overwhelming, instead of slowing down, I speed up! I often wonder, what do I really gain from rushing? Hurrying and multi-tasking immediately creates stress in my body. Rushing tricks us into thinking that we’re getting more done but often it’s the complete opposite. The more we put on our plates, the more our minds and our bodies suffer....more

6 Reasons To Buy a Salt Lamp

What are salt lamps?Himalayan salt lamps are made from large pure pieces of salt which are hand-chiselled into solid blocks. They have a beautiful pinkish orange hue due to the high concentration of minerals in them. They contain a small bulb inside which generates light and heat. In essence, they ionize the space they are in, balance unnatural electromagnetic wavelengths caused by electronic appliances, and produce light waves that are known to protect your body.How do they work?...more

The Great Debate: Toddler Tube Time

Now that my son has reached toddlerhood the time has come for me to experience first-hand what I've heard other parents discussing (or more like arguing over) for years...the never-ever ending debate: How much TV time is too much?Here is the guilty party in question:(Looks pretty innocent to me!)...more

Moroccan-Spiced "Knock-Off" Shepherd's Pie

Who doesn't like shepherd's pie?!  I mean, even my (born and raised) Italian husband enjoys a good shepherd's pie every now and again!  Unfortunately for him, this time around I only made enough for my son's lunch (and my husband ended up with his regular panino with mortadella!).  Sorry, child comes first! ;-)...more

Ricotta and Bacon Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

How is it possible to eat SO much over the Christmas holidays and STILL end up with leftovers?!! I for one, love leftovers...actually, I love re-inventing leftovers.  It's amazing how much inspiration one gets (at least I DO) with a bunch of random ingredients lingering in the fridge!Take for example, the large tub of leftover ricotta (which I used to make fusilli with ricotta, peas and mushrooms for Christmas lunch) and the portobello mushrooms still sitting in the unopened package in the fridge....more

Roasted Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup

Now that I really know what a cesarean recovery is all about, I'm happy that I experimented with ths recipe beforehand AND stashed a good amount in the freezer for a rainy (or lazy) day!Yesterday's lunch was a free-for-all...leftover zucchini and saffron pasta for my husband, pre-made minestrone for my son (he'll be having this soup for dinner) and a hefty portion of this soup for me!  It's just what the doctor ordered...hearty, sweet, and oh-so comforting!...more

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coconut Granola

One yummy treat that has actually NEVER been a staple snack in my home is granola...although, that is all about to change!...more

Sauteed Eggplant Puree with Herbs de Provence

This is one of my favourite side dishes!  If you happen to have a lonely eggplant sitting at the bottom of your vegetable crisper in the fridge or if you're simply bored of the same old sautéed eggplant side dish, then here's a recipe for you!The day it finally dawned on me that I could purée this adult-friendly side dish moment this recipe became a staple "first food" for my son, it also become an instant time-saver and not to mention, saved me from recipe-inventing induced headaches in the process....more

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

If you love avocados then you'll love this quick and fresh pasta "sauce!" I nicknamed it avocado "pesto" mainly because of it's green hue.  If you really want to be technical, you could always add some toasted pine nuts for extra flavour and texture, which of course I thought of in hindsight! (The name would also have been much more appropriate!)...more
This looks so good ;)more

Chicken Potato and Dill Lentil Stew

This cool autumn weather has had me craving hearty soups and stews lately-you name the soup or stew and I've been craving it (or is it a pregnancy thing?!).  To prove that fact, in the last 4 days I've made chicken soup, pesto broccoli minestrone (recipe to come!) and this hearty one-pot wonder....more