October 10, 2017

Creamy Corn Pasta with Basil

creamy corn pasta with basil

I have an infatuation with corn. Once summer hits, I wait in anticipation for the appearance of corn trucks that dots the city. It's the only place I buy my corn from.

corn pasta ingredients

Corn trucks, you ask? More specifically, I look for corn trucks from Sweet Ridge Farm, the last commercial farm to exist in Toronto. They produce the sweetest corn that I have ever tasted. Because the corn is picked the same day that it is sold, it's super fresh and juicy.

fresh corn

I came across this pasta recipe and was intrigued, as the corn is thrown into a blender to make a creamy pasta sauce without the use of cream. Each piece of pasta is coated with sweet, corn-y goodness.

sauteed corn

September 21, 2017

Ratatouille

ultimate summer stew

The end of summer means an abundance of ripe tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant and zucchini. These vibrant, multicoloured vegetables go beautifully together, both visually and gastronomically.

summer harvest

Ratatouille is an easy dish to throw together - a one pot meal, which is my favourite kind of meal. I've seen recipes where you roast each vegetable separately (!) before they are combined, which seems like an unnecessary amount of dishes and time. Perhaps the flavours are more concentrated when you roast the vegetables separately, though I find this recipe makes a scrumptious stew using seasonal, ripe vegetables.

vibrant colours

August 28, 2017

Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

chocolate raspberry layer cake

It's been firmly established that chocolate is my kryptonite, but do you know what makes chocolate even better? Raspberries. I love the flavour of dark chocolate mixed with the tartness of raspberries, so much that I've made a rugelach with this combination.

chocolate cake ingredients

I first discovered this complementary flavour when I was gifted a chocolate mousse cake filled with a mixed berry coulis, finished with a dark chocolate glaze. It instantly became my favourite cake and in "treat yo' self" mode, purchased it for myself on my birthdays.

cake layers

I then discovered this recipe and it was like the universe knew exactly what I wanted in a cake. Moist, flavourful chocolate cake? Raspberry filling? Chocolate ganache frosting? Check, check and check. I've made this cake several times and it has never disappointed me.

raspberry filling

July 28, 2017

Hong Kong 2017

dragon's back

I had two goals for Hong Kong: to eat as much as I can, and to do some hiking.

lion rock

When people think of Hong Kong, they think of a large, cosmopolitan city filled with skyscrapers. While this is all true, Hong Kong also has a lot of green space with great hiking trails and amazing views. I managed to squeeze in two hikes despite it being ridiculously hot and humid: Dragon's Back and Lion Rock.

sai kung

I also spent a day in Sai Kung visiting my grandfather's grave and could not believe the view. I can't imagine a more beautiful or peaceful resting place.



Here are some other memorable things that I ate:

roast goose lai fun noodle soup Roast Goose Lai Fun Noodle Soup from Yat Lok

I've eaten a lot of roast duck in my life but not goose so I don't have a lot to compare it to; however, the skin and meat on the goose at Yat Lok was tasty. Get the goose over rice if you don't want the skin to become soggy, though noodle soup is my jam, as you can tell from this list...

wonton egg noodle soup Wonton Egg Noodle Soup from Mak's Noodle

June 27, 2017

Top Five Desserts in Hong Kong

I just got back from Asia, the majority of it spent in Hong Kong visiting family, and honestly, there was not enough time to eat everything that I wanted to. Food was everywhere in Hong Kong and everything looked scrumptious. I could not stop stuffing my face.

As someone with a sweet tooth, dessert was consumed daily. Here are my top five favourite sweets I ate in Hong Kong:

steamed egg cake Steamed Egg Cake (Ma Lai Gao) from Tim Ho Wan

Possibly the best steamed egg cake I've ever had. The brown sugar gave the cake a depth of caramelized flavour, and the cake came out piping hot but perfectly moist and spongey. If only all dim sum places served steamed egg cake like this...!

double skin milk Double Skin Milk (Shuang Pi Nai) from Yee Shun Milk Company

I've been ambivalent about steamed milk pudding my whole life but this completely changed my mind. The pudding had a clean, smooth milk flavour, so light that it melted on your tongue. Get the original "steamed milk with two films" and you won't regret it.

hong kong-style french toast Hong Kong-Style French Toast (Sai Do Si) from a cha chaan teng in Sha Tin