Cherry-berry pie

With restrictions finally lifting in Toronto, I was excited to finally be able to host real live people again in my home. And what better way to mark the occasion than pie! I wanted to try a novel filling, and I realized I had never really worked with cherries before (unsurprisingly because they’re so pricey)….

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Thai beef salad

Salads have never been something I’ve gravitated towards, but when done well, they can be quite delightful. Refreshing and often complex and dare I say healthy! My mother’s Thai beef salad (“salat nua son”) has always been a favourite of mine–savoury and a little sweet, with a mayonnaise-based dressing (always a plus for me), so…

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Pear chai scones

Over the last few months, my condo has undergone some major renovations, including a complete gut of the kitchen. While I’m super excited about my beautiful new kitchen, the one major hiccup has been my range. Within a day or two of being installed, the stovetop starting throwing an error at me. While I wait…

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Peanut butter banana muffins

One of my favourite flavour combos: peanut butter and banana. And an overripe batch of bananas on my kitchen counter begged to be peanut buttered in muffin form. Recipe from 750 Best Muffin RecipesMakes 12 muffins 1¾ cups all-purpose flour¼ cup wheat germ1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder½ tsp salt¼ cup packed dark…

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Chicken fingers with brown sugar and rum

Some nights it’s about keeping things easy and looking through the cupboards to use what you’ve already got. I found myself with chicken that needed to be used up and thought I’d try a recipe from the hilarious parody cookbook Fifty Shades of Chicken someone had given me, riffing off of Fifty Shades of Grey…

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Mini cheesecakes

I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake, but they can be a bit of an ordeal to make. But cheesecake in miniature in only a third of the bake time was music to my ears. Plus, they would make for a nice portable dessert, easy to bring and share at a socially-distanced picnic. Recipe from…

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Butter Chicken

It may be prosaic, but my go-to dish when ordering Indian food has always been butter chicken. So I’m always on the hunt for a recipe that best approximates what I can get from a restaurant (easier said than done). I’ve tried other versions, some of which are even on Gastrofare, but it’s never been…

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Chocolate date caramel cups

My go-to dessert for many years has been pie. I love pie–it is versatile and delicious, and there’s one for any occasion really. But I find myself wanting to diversify my dessert repertoire and branch out to new formats. One of my other great pleasures, beyond pie-baking, is perusing new recipes. It’s fun to think…

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Moussaka

This is one of my absolute favourite Greek dishes–my go-to order any time I’m at a Greek restaurant. I’ve only ever tried to make moussaka once before, and while a serviceable freshman attempt, I was struck by the desire to try for an even better sophomore effort. Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit6 garlic cloves, finely…

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Orange cardamom scones with orange glaze

I’m always eager to be finished with a long work week to finally be able to have time to do a little bit of weekend baking. I haven’t made a scone in many moons, and I liked the look of this flavour combination. Recipe adapted from Pinch Me I’m Eating2 cups flour⅓ cup sugar, plus…

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