Crunchy Maple Turmeric Granola

There are two reasons why this granola is special. One, it’s incredibly crunchy – more so than your average granola; and two, it includes turmeric which adds an intriguing depth of flavour. I make a batch of granola every couple of weeks so there are plenty of opportunities for experimenting. Yet, I’ve been baking this version on repeat lately, …

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Apple & Almond Cake

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with friends and/or family. We don’t have major plans this weekend, so we’re taking the opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage and do some re-org around our place. The summer clothes got stored; the winter ones came out along with the cold weather …

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Almond Thumbprint Cookies

It occurred to me the other day that my cooking experiments began about 10 years ago, after graduation. University life can be harsh on one’s body and I was no exception. During an enlightening conversation with my mom, I had a breakthrough which led me back to wanting to eat solely whole foods. As I …

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Sour Cherry Clafoutis

You might wonder if I’ve been cooking with anything other than fruit lately and that’s a fair question. Fruit has indeed been the star of several recent posts, and I can only attribute that to the excitement I feel when I witness its abundance… right in the city. It turns out Montreal is full of …

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Carrot & Coconut Cookies

I’ll be the first to admit that baking is not my forte. The reason for that is simple. I have a problem with just about every baked goods recipe out there. Too much refined sugar, flour, or fat, to be precise. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I believe in healthy treats. So …

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Almond-Date Squares

I hope you like almonds because these (sugar-free, no-added fat) almond-date squares contain three forms of them. Almond meal from grinding the nuts, almond extract, and sliced almonds. It’s a party in your mouth, if you ask me. P.S. You can experiment with this recipe by substituting the raw almonds with other nuts. I made …

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Zucchini-Speckled Yogurt Corn Bread

Yogurt is one of the foods I can’t live without. I started making it at home 3-4 years ago, after I watched and learned from a Bulgarian master. It was scary at first, but it quickly became a habit. Every two weeks, there’s a large pot of organic milk on my stove while I’m busy …

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Whole-Wheat Cottage Cheese & Herb Loaf

  Breadmaking is an art and I am no artist. But allow me to talk about identity. Have you ever felt that someone else is living “your” life? Years ago, I came across a blog and felt that the woman behind it was living the life I was meant to live. She and her husband …

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Zucchini Spice Loaf with Toasted Coconut

    I’m constantly striving to find alternatives to sugar and I’m taking you for the ride. I hope you don’t mind. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with apple butter and so far I’m quite pleased. Sure, the end result is never as sweet as sugar or honey, but that was never the goal anyway. The …

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Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

  To all of you celebrating, Irish or not, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!    Are you going to the parade, Irish pubs, both? Apparently, Montreal has one of the oldest parades in North America (I also read somewhere that as much as 40% of Quebecers have some Irish descent), and it happens to run just down the street …

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