Year Of The Ram

Do you know Chinese tradition celebrates lunar new year for half a month? Last Thursday we officially kicked off year of the ram but it is still not t... [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Smores Valentine

Like many people, I feel equal parts of love and hate for Valentine’s Day. The commercialism and elevated expectations make the occasion feels disingenuous. On the other hand, I love an excuse to show my friends how much I appreciate them ....more

Elusive Hokkaido Milk Bread

Enriched bread is my guilty pleasure. Made with white flour and enriched with eggs, milk, and butter, it is the dessert of bread family. It doesn’t necessarily have the complexity of sourdough or the depth of crusty country bread ....more

Dark Chocolate Gelée & Caramel Panna Cotta Verrine

My ideal Valentine’s Day dessert is a contradiction. I want the decadence of chocolate but I don’t want to be weighed down by cream. I want intensity and clarity of flavour but I don’t want to sacrifice delicate balance ....more

Trippa alla Parmigiana: Inspired By Porzia Toronto

A couple of weeks ago my girlfriends and I enjoyed an amazing dinner at Porzia, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Parkdale. With seven of us at the table, we ordered the whole menu without hesitation. In between catching up on latest news and plenty of giggles, we heartily enjoyed the parade of comforting rustic Italian dishes ....more

Nasi Lemak: Malaysian Breakfast

I am far from an expert on Malaysian cuisine but I enjoy it since I was a child in Hong Kong. A cosmopolitan city at heart, Malaysian restaurants are common and a popular choice for dining out in my family. After I moved to Toronto, I was disappointed that authentic Malaysian restaurants were few and far between ....more

Bumpy Road To Korvapuusti

Many of us experienced Pinterest Disappointment before. You come across an enticing pin. You carefully follow the recipe ....more

Learn, Candy, Learn

One of the most important lessons for me in 2014 is the quest to keep pushing myself out of my culinary comfort zone. Cooking and baking with unfamiliar techniques, ingredients, and equipment forced me to learn many new and wonderful things. ‘Tis the season for resolution so I resolve to continue trying something new in the kitchen at least once every week in 2015 ....more

A Look Back At 2014

I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to push myself out of my culinary comfort zone. In 2014, I tackled unfamiliar cuisines, challenging baking projects, and childhood favourites that I thought I could only indulge while dining out. And let’s not forget I jumped feet first into the world of confectionery! ...more

Healthy Holiday Supper

Holiday celebration is often synonymous with decadent food consumption, especially for those occasions which food plays a central role. This year, I defied tradition and designed a menu for Christmas supper that did not sacrifice taste for a healthier twist. It was every bit as enjoyable and I looked forward to leftovers even as I finished the last bite on my plate ....more