Dondakaya Vepudu: A Delicious, Easy, Andhra-Style Vegetable Sauté

Dondakaya is a common vegetable in Andhra Pradesh (a State in Southern India). While I normally hate eating vegetables, this particular vegetable, prepared in the way my parents make it, I find absolutely delicious! If you’d like to try it, all you have to do is go to an Indian store and ask for “Tindora”…

Brainy Choconutmeg!!!

  I’ve written about the gloriousness of chocolate many, many times, including its health benefits. If there is one belief I have in life, it is this: chocolate is an elixir of happiness. Now, there’s one more study that supports my thesis that chocolate is basically magic. According to new study, published in the journal…

Healthy Palak Dal (Spinach Lentils)

I made chocolates today and I was going to sit down with a cup of Jasmine tea and write about them. When I looked at my blog home page, however, I realized that my last post was also about chocolate (in fact, a LOT of my posts are about chocolate). Also, Easter was just the…

Boozy Berries: Champagne Strawberries!

While plain old chocolate-covered strawberries are delicious in themselves (I’ve blogged about those before) some evenings or afternoons call for something with a little more Oomph; champagne gives strawberries exactly that! Making these champagne-y berries is a little more complicated than simply serving your friends some fruit, but I think they’re fun and worth the…

Heavenly Visions of Chocolate?

On a recent trip to Niagara Falls on the United States side, I came across this church:   In case it wasn’t evident from the first photograph. Here is another one that shows the board outside the church more clearly: There was no other signage of any kind, so I have absolutely no idea what…

Coconutty Cranberry Granola

I’ve never really been into breakfast; “healthy” breakfast foods have been even less interesting to me. I often just skip breakfast and eat a large lunch instead. All that changed 2 weeks ago! On Christmas eve, my partner’s Uncle came to visit us and he brought a delicious jar of granola made on his farm along…

Flourless Super Chocolatey Brownies

I had a friend coming over for tea one afternoon and since she has Coeliac disease, I decided to make her some gluten-free treats. Practically everyone I know, including this friend of mine, loves brownies, so I started looking for a flour-less brownie recipe for my first completely gluten-free experiment. I found this one, by…

The Best Brownies in the Universe

This is not an exaggeration. These are the best brownies in the universe, IF you like your brownies chewy on the edges, crisp on the top, and gooey in the centre. Of course, there are those who say that they don’t like their brownies this way. Such people don’t actually like brownies; let them eat…

Greek Yogurt Dark Chocolate Mousse!

I’ve been desperately looking for some sort of healthy way to satisfy my daily, powerful chocolate cravings. Ordinarily, I eat cake, cookies, brownies, or a chocolate bar every single day. Without exception. But recently, I’ve been trying to be healthier, which involves eating less sugar, cream, and butter. I am not saying I want to…

Spiced Banana Rum Cake

I’ve been baking a lot this week for some reason. I think the return of cold weather has put me in the mood for it: a warm oven giving off the aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg can go a long way in consoling me on these dreary grey afternoons. My latest and most exciting…

Boozy Banana Bread Served with Orange-Chocolate Butter

This is by far the most delicious banana bread that I’ve ever had. It’s a miss-mash of a few recipes I’ve tried out before, but it’s predominantly based off of Jamie Oliver’s banana bread recipe, which can be found here. Overall, while I liked his recipe the best of all the ones that I’ve tried, it wasn’t…

Farewell to a lovely bookstore

This gorgeous bookstore in a Toronto neighborhood (the Bloor West Village) shut down over the weekend. The building used to be a theatre (built in 1927) and the bookstore, for the most part, preserved the original structure and interiors. Granted, this was a Chapters branch, and I am generally a fan of small local bookstores…