Author: cookingwithshy

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” — Winnie the Pooh   The weather here in Toronto is much cooler and the leaves have hues of yellow and orange already, nudging us that fall is around the corner. Nature’s gentle reminder perhaps, that it’s time to bid goodbye to summer. One knows that the warm and sunny days will eventually end, but it still does not make saying adieu any easier. I feel this summer just flew past really quickly. It was almost just yesterday that one was counting down to summer walks in the parks and long drives to the cottage country,berry picking and packing picnic sandwiches. This summer has had bitter sweet memories of course with the current pandemic and various cautions in place.I for one, am still holding onto the last bits of glorious sunshine and perhaps one last summer recipe here on my blog. I had been craving for flavours of lemon,blueberries and almond for ever so long! My birthday soon …

Chocolate Cake: Birthday Love

  A homemade, homebaked and handcrafted cake makes any occasion feel joyful- Martha Stewart   Any special occasion is just not complete without cake, and if you are a chocolate lover, then a a good dense chocolate cake hits all the sweet spots. Our son recently moved in with us from Montreal. His birthday in the beginning of September,marks a spate of celebrations in the family.Birthday celebrations are meant for candles to be blown and cakes to be sliced of course! Well he announced that he wanted a good steak and a decadent cake for his birthday! We thought about celebrating at his favorite restaurant here in Toronto, but then with the current situation, decided to have a quiet time at home. It is just  incredible how a moist and tender chocolate cake,doused with spoonfuls of Grand Marnier, a luscious ganache, garnished with raspberries and slivered almonds can turn into something quite spectacular and indulgent. I choose to go along with a Classic Devil’s Food Cake. The recipe calls for baking this in an eight …

Falafel Salad Bowl

  Having lived in the Middle East for a little less than two decades, our taste buds tend to gravitate to wonderful middle eastern flavours that revive memories of our stay as expats in Dubai. Our dinners quite often have a hint of levantine spices and ingredients, and my kitchen pantry is almost always stocked with  za’taar and sumac spices, pomegranate molasses,preserved lemons, sesame seeds, saffron and olive oil. The tahini sauce has also come to be a  sought after condiment and used quite frequently to accompany many of my meals. Last week I decided to make up a  Falafel Salad Bowl for a light and easy lunch. The Falafels and the Tahini sauce have been made from scratch and the recipe is as explained below. Now most often I do bake the Pita breads too,however time being of essence,I had to make do with store bought ones! I do have to admit that the vibrancy and textures of the Falafel Salad Bowl brought about a burst of flavour in every bite.The edamame,all though part …

Bircher Muesli: A Breakfast Favorite

  Breakfast is always the best time for something juicy, sweet and fresh – it just feels like the right way to open the day. There’s no right way, though, when it comes to choosing the fruit.      Yotam Ottolenghi Well a lot is said about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and while I’m not a huge breakfast sort of person, some fruits (especially berries), perhaps some oats and a strong cup of coffee is good to get me started for the day. My favorite way of making oats are soaking some in yogurt,overnight or what is popularly called a Bircher Muesli. The  recipe being created by the Swiss physician Macmillan Bircher. So what really are Overnight Oats: This is essentially a method of making oats without cooking them. The oats ( traditional old fashioned oats) are usually soaked in a liquid such as milk, fruit juice or yogurt and refrigerated overnight. The soaking brings about a wonderful creamy texture to the oats, which then can be eaten with various fresh fruits, …

Summer Fruit Picking: Mixed Berries & Chia Seed Jam

    Spring & Summer outdoor activities are synonymous with farm visits and fresh berry picking. With an abundance of  summer berries ranging from strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries and black currants, one is spoilt for choice through the summer. We visited Brooks farms located in  East Gwillianbury, Ontario a couple of weeks ago. This family run farm has vast acres of various  Berries, Peas, & Sunflowers. The sheer joy of walking through the fields and getting to pick your own berries is very relaxing and therapeutic indeed. Covid measures were in place when we arrived at the farm.One was able to buy ones baskets at the entrance of the fields. These baskets were of various sizes depending on the quantity one required. The farm also hosts a covered farmers market store that stocked on various fresh farm produce including asparagus, rhubarb, snap peas and corn. They also had a great variety of honey and maple syrup, home made old fashioned fudge and a variety of dairy and meat products.   Berry picking is a delicious …