Creamy Tomato Tofu Soup

This tomato soup is my trusted fail-proof recipe that never disappoints. I first had at my Mother-in-Law’s and have been cooking it ever since. The original recipe did not have tofu, but since this soup is a staple with my children, I added tofu for more nutritional value.

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Yummy Tomato and Tofu Soup

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Easy Fish Dish

This is one of my go-to saucy fish recipes and the key here is the word EASY. Any fish filet will do, but I prefer it with basa or tilapia. You will have it whipped up in no time and even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this dish. img_5576I use regular mayonnaise as the base for the sauce, but feel free to use low-fat one if you want to make it a bit more calorie-friendly (and there is no reason for vegan mayo not to work as well). Continue reading

Green Borscht with Spinach and Tofu

Have you ever heard of green borscht, the fair easy going sister of  the traditional red one? Green borscht is quite popular in Ukraine during summer time and was traditionally make with sorrel leaves  that landed the soup its delightful sour notes (hence the summer time popularity when sorrel is readily available).

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Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’ with Ranch Dip

Chicken wings are firmly on my list of favourite foods, spicy buffalo ones occupying the top spot. This recipe is a vegetarian version of them.

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So good!

I was inspired to cook up something like this after my recent visit to Ottawa’s Pure Kitchen which serves amazing cauliflower wings (I fell in love at the first bite). After browsing the internet and a few stabs at the recipe, here is what I came up with and it is very good, if I say so myself. Continue reading

Easy eggplant

This eggplant dish will surprise you, as when you are eating it you will wonder if this is actually an eggplant. Or maybe this is mushrooms?

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So good!

Anyway, it will be gone in no time as you will find yourself reaching for more. If you manage to have some leftovers, this dish is great on the next day as a deeper flavour will develop in the fridge. Continue reading

Custard Tarts and Cooking Lesson

Have you ever had a Portuguese custard tart? They are among my favourite desserts and I spend way too much money on them in the nearby Portuguese bakery.

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Amazing evening spent at Just Be Cooking class :). And you don’t leave empty handed!

As is customary with me, I decided to get my hands on a good custard recipe so I could make them at home. Enter my good friend Maria Rozynska, the founder of Just Be Cooking cooking school that teaches a variety of ethnic cooking classes accompanied by live singing from that particular heritage. I signed up for a Portuguese class taught by lovely Carla Ramos from Table to Share in Toronto. Continue reading

Curried Tofu with Cauliflower and Chickpeas

I love tofu and can actually eat strait out of package, but am always on a lookout for a new recipe. I had some cauliflower and a can of chickpeas kicking around and decided to add mix it all with some curry and see what happens.

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The result is delicious and I am posting the recipe today although I was not planning on it and there are far less pictures this time around. So sorry about that!

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Beet Leaf Rolls with Mushroom Sauce

This dish is inspired by a post from another blog, the one that belongs to the fabulous Jillian Harris. I have seen her beet rolls recipe quite awhile ago and was reminded of it recently when browsing the stalls of the local farmers’ market.

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Served with a side of tomato-cucumber-avocado salad

I used the actual beets for borscht and was left with all those gorgeous leaves that I could not make myself throw away. Some of them got shredded and added to borscht and the rest became beet rolls. This recipe seems a bit odd at first as you are wrapping yeast dough into beet leaves and baking it, but the result is simply delicious! Creamy mushroom sauce adds another level of flavour to this tasty dish and it is great as leftovers as well. I will definitely be adding it to my regular meal rotation.

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