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Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Aug. 22, 2009 1:30 pm 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009 9:14 am
Gone are the days of summer, which means no more smoothies. It also means that I am dreading my imminent return to work from a year-long maternity leave *sob*! And it means that my kids and I will soon celebrate our birthdays, because we're all late summer/early fall babies. My daughter's… MORE
Refresco de Papaya
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Mango Lassi
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From The Blog:  Eat Drink Man Woman
Spanish Moroccan Fish
Simple Scones
Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread
Banana Oat Bran Muffins
Coconut cloud pudding (yeh jup goh)
About this Cook
I love to cook and eat new foods, and I aim to cook healthy, delicious meals for my family. When I'm not working as a corporate writer or taking care of my family (1 husband, 2 small children, and a cat), I'm probably reading or daydreaming about food. I'm trying to stick to my flexitarian (i.e., mostly vegetarian) diet while cooking for my meat-loving family. I have (mostly) cooking/food blogs at and
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook most things. Love spicy stuff--especially Indian food! When it comes to baking, I'm less into the super-sweet things, but have a fondness for nuts, fruits, and spices in my baked treats.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I hope to start some more family cooking traditions with my children, when they are old enough. My son sometimes helps with dinner and (especially) desserts. I'd like to include my husband here, but he's the kind of person who'd starve beside a loaf of unsliced bread. Ha, kidding. Half.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say...making flaky pie crust, getting my husband and son to eat (and like) fish, and learning how to make yeast breads without a machine. Getting my hubby to try 'weird' food (e.g., different ethnic foods) was also a triumph. It's not that hard to get my son to try because he's young and has a mostly blank slate as far as his tastes are concerned. ;) Most of all, learning to actually like cooking is the biggest triumph. I used to despise it!
My cooking tragedies
One of the first meals I ever made was risotto. It tasted good but it was way too sticky! Oh, and there was the time I had a cake baking in the oven and no one noticed that the fuse had blown halfway through the cooking time. Last year I tried to make doubles (Trinidadian snack food with chick peas and fried bread) and it was awful. The chickpeas were too oily, the bread not enough so; it wasn't spicy enough, and the bread was weird and misshapen. Another time I was making something sweet (cookies?) and mixed up the cinnamon and the chili pepper. Thank goodness I realised it before I mixed it all in--I scooped it out and the cookies were saved.
Recipe Reviews 178 reviews
Dark Chocolate Cake II
Everyone seems to like this cake. I think it's okay--could be more...distinctive tasting? But it's a crowdpleaser nonetheless. Also--I made this into mini-muffins once and they stuck to the pan horribly. Use liners.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2013
Banana Bran Muffins
Delicious. I had oat bran, not wheat, so that's what I used.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2011
Zucchini Brownies
I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup (full recipe). It was still too sweet. I had a small piece and had to wash it down with 2 cups of milk. Next time, I'd reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup. Thank god I didn't make the frosting. Were it not for the amount of sugar, I'd give this 4 stars.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2011

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