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A cake for the Weekend: Rose Water and Orange Blossom Cheesecake A cake for the Weekend: Rose Water and Orange Blossom Cheesecake

A cheesecake is one of my favorite cakes. I have baked so many different recipes until I got bored. In this recipe I tried to make things more interesting by adding rose water and orange blossom water which I buy at a Mediterranean store. They are so fragrant and add a complex flavor the cake. […]

Cool tool: Tea infuser Cool tool: Tea infuser

Definition of tea infuser in Wikipedia:A tea infuser is a device in which loose tea leaves are placed for brewing. The infuser is placed in a cup or pot of hot or boiling water, allowing the tea to brew without loose tea leaves spilling into the pot or cup. A rod or chain is commonly […]

Artichokes Artichokes

Makes 4 servings 4 medium size artichokes* 2 tablespoons salt 1 small lemon, juiced, halves saved 3 sprigs thyme, optional 2 garlic cloves, slightly smashed, optional 2 tablespoons mayonnaise Soak artichokes in water to clean. Shake them in the water to take the dirt out. If a lot of dirt comes out, rinse 1-2 more […]

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I made this cake with my son (5 years old). It was easy and fun. Kids can measure ingredients, pour dry ingredients, sift the dry ingredients, crack the eggs, and make the streusel, turn the mixer on/off – they love that! – but you need to make the rules and explain about safety, stand next […]

Back to School - Lead in Lunchboxes

From The Center for Environmental Health web site: Since the summer of 2004, CEH has purchased and tested over 200 children’s soft vinyl lunchboxes and found that many of them contained high levels of lead. Lead was usually found in the lining of the lunchboxes where it could come into contact with food. In addition […]

Crostata with Summer Fruit Crostata with Summer Fruit

Summer fruit are so wonderful. They taste so good that I usually don’t like to do anything to them, just eat them fresh as they are. Or, the worst thing I’ll do to them is make a fruit salad. This crostata is an exception. The buttery and flaky dough makes it so much fun to […]

How to spend more time with your kids AND have a daily home-made meal How to spend more time with your kids AND have a daily home-made meal

Since becoming  a mom, my priorities have changed. Family and kids come first, food second. In the summer I much rather spend time outdoors and play or watch them play. Dinner still needs to be at the table at a reasonalble time though. So, I how do I do it? It all starts with having […]

Cookies for the weekend: White and dark chocolate chunk cookies - fun to do with kids Cookies for the weekend: White and dark chocolate chunk cookies - fun to do with kids

This was a fun and very easy project to do with my son (5 years old) on a Sunday afternoon.The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy”, and it is dedicate to my friend, Sharon, who checks my blog every day, and who told me that I inspire her […]

Farmed Tilapia eating what???

I have just returned from a vacation in BC, Canada, where I read this article in the local Globe and Mail newspaper.This is another example of how people play with nature, in this case feeding animals what they are not supposed to eat. The result is a food product that is not as healthy for […]

Roasted chicken with orange-mustard marinade, yellow jasmine rice, steamed broccoli Roasted chicken with orange-mustard marinade, yellow jasmine rice, steamed broccoli

I know this photo is not pretty either, but there was no time for food styling. I had 20 minutes to make dinner and 5 minutes to take a picture before it was dinner time. But this is another easy meal to make. My kind of food – very home style, simple to make, and […]