Mooncake battle

The mid-Autumn festival, which is the second biggest Chinese festival after Chinese , also known as the moon festival just passed. It’s also called the moon or mooncake festival because not only does it take place when the moon is the roundest and the brightest but it’s also because traditional mooncakes are eaten at thatContinue reading “Mooncake battle”

The char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) cook-off

My friends and I did a char siu cook-off on Canada Day last week. The char siu recipe that we have doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and is definitely a winner. But if you don’t cook Chinese food that often, you might not have items like soya sauce, hoisin sauce and Sichuan peppercorns inContinue reading “The char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) cook-off”

The Noodle Party – Which Asian wheat noodles to buy?

Buying noodles at an Asian grocery store can be overwhelming – there are so many different types! While my friend swears by a certain brand of wheat noodle, I usually just buy whatever is on sale. What kind of Asian noodles are there? What are the main differences? Asian wheat noodles are all made from wheat,Continue reading “The Noodle Party – Which Asian wheat noodles to buy?”

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes – Skinny, regular and French vanilla

I made homemade ice cream a couple weeks ago to see if ice cream is worth making from scratch. During the process I learned that there is a wide variety of ice cream recipes out there. They all vary slightly in the type of dairy products they use but the main thing to remember isContinue reading “Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes – Skinny, regular and French vanilla”

Homemade Nutella vs. Store-bought Nutella

I am so excited to be writing this post. Homemade Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread – also known as gianduja) is something that I have always wanted to make. I grew up eating Nutella and loved the creamy chocolate hazelnut spread on bread as a snack. Nutella vs. Gianduja Nutella is a brand name of chocolateContinue reading “Homemade Nutella vs. Store-bought Nutella”

Pumpkin Pancakes – regular vs. whole-wheat flour

This isn’t the first pancake experiment I’ve done. One of the first taste tests I did involved making pancakes from scratch and comparing them to a boxed mix. Nowadays, I am constantly doing taste tests. So much that it’s rare for me to only make one version of something. When I have time, I usuallyContinue reading “Pumpkin Pancakes – regular vs. whole-wheat flour”

Homemade energy bites

This summer I joined a cycling club as a way to help train for triathlons. The club I ride with does rides that range anywhere from 50-140km so it’s definitely endurance riding. As mentioned in a previous post that I wrote about sports nutrition, nutrition plays a key role when training for endurance sports suchContinue reading “Homemade energy bites”

French fry taste test: Part 2

When I told my coworkers about the results of a French fry taste test I had done and my disappointment with frozen McCain Superfries a couple of them spoke up and said “There is actually a certain brand that I think is really good – Cavendish Farms”. Since I always try to see if there is aContinue reading “French fry taste test: Part 2”

Hooray for hummus

My colleagues always have hummus as part of an afternoon snack with cut up vegetables. Thinking that it was made primarily out of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), I figured it was mostly healthy but not so! It can be high in fat because it also contains tahini (sesame seed butter) and vegetable oil whichContinue reading “Hooray for hummus”