Baking, Eating In

Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Filling

February 8, 2016

As growing pregnant lady (this explains my radio silence) my cravings have steadily increased. The craving for chocolate has become quite strong, and I often have to take an afternoon walk to go get a slab of chocolate. This chocolate cake recipe which I found here hits the chocolate craving spot every time. It is deliciously moist  and decadent. Chocolate lovers be warned.

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Dinner, Eating In

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

May 4, 2015
slow cooker pulled pork taco

One of my favourite things in life, is to walk through the front door and be welcomed by the smell of dinner. The smell of a chicken roasting in the oven or a bolognese sauce simmering on the stovetop, for example, are smells that envelope and comfort me. Sadly since both Nathan and I work and are sans a live in chef so this is not something I am greeted with on a regular basis. Unless I use my slow cooker.  Continue Reading…

Dinner, Eating In

Salmon and Fennel in Paper Parcels

April 26, 2015
salmon and fennel in paper parcels

Sometimes spending hours in the kitchen is thoroughly enjoyable. Sometimes it is not. Saturday night was the latter. It’s always good to have a recipe on stand by that is fast but still healthy and is better than take out 😉 This baked salmon recipe will take less time to prepare than getting a pizza delivered.  Continue Reading…

Baking, Eating In

Mocha Cheesecake Tart with Philly Chocolate Cream Cheese

December 22, 2014
Mocha Cheesecake Tart slice and coffee

I do love a good cheesecake. My several cheesecake recipes attest to this. When I was asked to try Philly’s Chocolate Cream Cheese my mind got wandering as I thought of all the possibilities. I wanted to try something different while still staying realistic and, as I also love pastry, I thought I would make a chocolate short crust pastry with a no bake cheesecake filling. Easy as pie (sorry that was terrible). I found a wonderfully simple pastry recipe at SBS food, so it was all systems go from there. Continue Reading…

Eating Out, Italy, Travel

Sorrento Food Tour

December 17, 2014
Italian Deli



One of the things I was most looking forward to about our visit to Italy was the food. As we had two days in Sorrento, it seemed the perfect time to do a food tour. After my food truck tour in Vancouver I was very keen to do a tour that would allow me to eat like a local, especially somewhere in Sorrento which I’m sure has it’s tourist traps.

We met our guide from Sorrento Food Tours outside a beautiful old church easily located in one of the town piazzas. As it was 10.30 in the morning we started with a pastry dish that is light as a feather, beautifully crisp and filled with soft pillows of cream. Continue Reading…

Visual Feasts

Vietnamese Inspired Summer Salad

November 30, 2014
Vietnamese Inspired Summer Salad


Warmer evenings mean lighter meals are needed and, for us, that generally means more salads. This is a salad inspired by my recent obsession with Banh Mi, the Vietnamese Baguette, and features coriander and a dressing that slightly replicates the pickled vegetables found in the delicious lunch time treat.

Look out for the recipe soon!

Breakfast, Eating In

Christmas Breakfast Idea: Goat Cheese & Salmon Bagels

November 26, 2014

This year has flown by! With just under a month until Christmas (say what?) I have been thinking about some of my family Christmas traditions. I come from a family of food lovers and Christmas was, and is, always a huge event. Christmas Eve is spent eating antipasti – we eat light the night before because we know we are going to over indulge the next day. Continue Reading…

Italy, Travel

Getting Lost in Venice

October 2, 2014
Canal view

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost”. What a perfect way to describe the time we spent in Venice, exploring the canals and alleyways and absorbing the sights and sounds of one of the worlds most beautiful cities.  Continue Reading…

Dubai, Travel

Dubai: Spices and Silks

September 29, 2014
Spice Souq Dubai

We arrived in Dubai at 5.30 in the morning, luckily we were able to secure an early check-in at our hotel, and although our room is not ready, we are able to sit and have some much needed food and coffee as well as be treated to some beautiful views of the city from the pool deck. Continue Reading…