red miso udon soup

Spicy red miso soup with udon noodles

A steamy bowl of thick, chewy noodles swirling in a rich, fiery broth is a good idea any time of the year. And especially now, as many Canadians are feeling the deep freeze and #BombCyclone is part of our daily lingo.   Misonikomi udon is a popular specialty in the Nagoya region of central Japan. The … Continue reading Spicy red miso soup with udon noodles

Creamy spaghetti squash pasta

In honour of World Pasta Day, I'm combining two of my favourite things: autumn flavours and loads of noodles. Early fall marks the season of the beautiful lemon-hued spaghetti squash. But the past weekend in Toronto it was glorious patio weather again, making my sunny kitchen feel like an oven. Instead of squash soup, I … Continue reading Creamy spaghetti squash pasta

Lebanese pizza

Tabbouleh eggplant chickpea pizza

Shake up your pizza game with this Lebanese-style version. The toppings are easy and fun to assemble: spread some garlic sauce, hummus, tahini or baba ghanoush (I picked a roasted garlic and onion hummus), and use whole chickpeas or crumble up some spicy falafels (below). The tabbouleh, with herbs, tomatoes, bulghur wheat and olive oil, … Continue reading Tabbouleh eggplant chickpea pizza

smoothie bowl with figs, kiwi and blueberries

Easy ways to eat fresh figs

Sweet and luscious, delicate and pretty—fresh figs make an easy, rich pairing with a variety of dishes (hello, cheesecake!). In Ontario, they're typically available from June to November due to the short growing season, but I've been finding black mission figs at grocery stores almost all-year round. Biting into a perfectly ripe and juicy fig feels like a … Continue reading Easy ways to eat fresh figs

curry pesto rice bowl with roasted eggplant

Moroccan-style curry pesto (10 minutes!)

I'm always thinking of fun new ways to bring more curry into my life. So far I've shared tips for a red curry, red lentil stew and a curry-spiced granola. For today's post I experimented with Moroccan-inspired flavours to come up with this curry pesto. If you like plenty of heat, feel free to add more spice: curry … Continue reading Moroccan-style curry pesto (10 minutes!)

beet pesto pasta

Easy beet pesto with sesame and walnuts

Feeling amorous? Beets may bring love at first bite. Lately I've been experimenting with colour, like purple rice noodles, purple cabbage and purple onion. This week I'm feeling pink, and beets hit the spot. Traditionally used in borscht (the Russian soup), beets are high in fibre, iron and antioxidants, and have detoxing benefits. But did you … Continue reading Easy beet pesto with sesame and walnuts

Asian noodle bowl

Spicy sesame black rice noodles with kimchi and cabbage

You'll never go back to white rice. It's the start of the lunar new year (#YearoftheRooster!), so today I'm wishing everyone good health and happy eating with this purple-powered Asian noodle bowl. Black rice noodles become a deep shade of purple when they're cooked. In Chinese cuisine it's known as "forbidden rice" because it was meant … Continue reading Spicy sesame black rice noodles with kimchi and cabbage

green Thai curry and spring rolls

Infographic: curry coconut soup

If you've been reading this blog, you might have guessed I have a mild obsession with curry. And soup. Today's post is an exciting union of the two, especially as I write this in the midst of a Canadian winter. Thai curry in particular—whether green or red—always transports me back to a dreamy tropical island. If … Continue reading Infographic: curry coconut soup

mac and cheese casserole

Baked cauliflower mac and cheese

January is often synonymous with "detox," launching a million juice cleanses and yoga passes. I prefer to start the new year indulging in the heartiest, most satisfying, lip-smacking comfort food—both to fill my steady hunger cravings and keep me sane during the Canadian winter. On a frigid day when my only agenda is to lounge … Continue reading Baked cauliflower mac and cheese