About Lisa

Member since 10/27/2012
Occupation: Dietitian
City: Toronto, ON
Website: http://www.confessionsofadietitian.com
Twitter: @confessionsRD

I am a dietitian who loves food. I'm originally from Vancouver but now reside in Toronto. I started blogging as a way to document cooking experiments and for professional development. I write about various cooking experiments, the art of eating well and food adventures.

Favourite food: sushi
Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: immersion blender
Favourite cooking shortcut: batch cooking
Favourite meal(s) to prepare: anything that's quick and tastes good
Recipe that you have always wanted to make but have yet to attempt: baked Alaska

Comments by Lisa:

  • T-Fal Actifry machine
    Thanks Kiku. I'm glad that you found the information helpful. I would not recommend it for cooking tempura. The paddle would move it around too much and most of the coating would fall off and it would be a bit messy. However, with some models you can remove the paddle and just use it like a convection oven (but then it becomes the same as just baking things in a regular oven).
  • What is the FODMAP diet?
    Thanks Antonia! Glad you found it helpful.
  • My visit to a chocolate factory – ChocoSol Traders
    Glad to hear it. Yes, they offer tours on a regular basis. Be sure to check out their website for upcoming dates.
  • Panna cotta - full fat or skinny?
    Thanks Julie. I will have to try this!
  • Product review: International Delight Iced Coffee
    When I tried the International Delight Iced Coffee the first thing I thought was "This really doesn't taste like coffee. It isn't strong enough. It tastes more like a 'coffee flavoured' beverage." It also comes in a 1.89L carton which seems like a huge amount. For my caffeine fix, I brew my own coffee in the morning and in the summer, I have an iced coffee as an occasional afternoon treat. The vanilla flavour was my favourite out of the three. The mocha flavour had a bitter flavour associated with it and the caramel macchiato flavour had an overly sweet, artificial tasting butterscotch flavour. Needless to say, I would rather go out and buy a really good iced coffee from a coffee shop rather than settling for a weak 'iced coffee flavoured' beverage in my fridge. Sorry International Delight - I prefer my iced coffee to taste like coffee and am willing to pay more for the real thing.
  • Tiramisu taste off
    Both versions tasted great! But if I had to choose between one or the other I would still go with the original version. I just love the taste of the creamy mascarpone.
  • What is red palm oil?
    I used the red palm oil to make roasted potatoes and baked eggplant. I brushed the red palm oil on the sliced eggplant which left an orange hue on the eggplant and the roasted potatoes ended up with a yellow tinge. The red palm oil has a neutral taste (it doesn't taste like anything) but it's very orange. It looks kinda like chili oil or piri piri. It performed equally well compared to olive oil (which is the oil I usually use to prepare these dishes). However, the higher smoke point and carotenoids aren't enough to convince me to switch given the higher cost. My choices for fat are still butter and vegetable oil. I'll get my carotenoids from carrots and sweet potatoes which I'm okay with being bright orange.

Posts by Lisa:

Culinary school, here I come

Culinary school, here I come

I am going to culinary school! Yippee! This has been a l-o-n-g time coming. I actually wanted to go to culinary school after finishing my dietetics degree because food compliments nutrition so well. However, the timing wasn’t right (and I wasn’t ready). But this year I decided to finally take the plunge. One of the(…)

One day I will go strawberry picking

One day I will go strawberry picking

Earlier this month, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go strawberry picking up at Whittamore’s Farm. This is a popular place to pick strawberries since it’s just outside of Toronto. Of course I said yes! Growing up, my family had a strawberry patch in the garden. I was easily entertained as(…)

Master cheese class with Chef Christine Cushing

Master cheese class with Chef Christine Cushing

People often asked me how I came up with the idea to start a product review club. Well, I actually go the idea from a beauty and make-up review club that I am part of called ChickAdvisor. I’m still part of the ChickAdvisor community and was fortunate enough to attend their in-person master cheese class(…)

Teaching kid’s in the kitchen classes

Teaching kid’s in the kitchen classes

I recently decided to step up my culinary training by signing up for the chef certified course at George Brown College. I’d always wanted to go to chef school after completing my dietetics degree because it seemed like an obvious combination. I have been helping out with kid’s cooking classes over the years and ultimately want(…)

The char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) cook-off

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 in(…)

Homemade char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) recipe

Homemade char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) recipe

Like many Canadians everywhere, I celebrated Canada Day outside next to a barbecue. But unlike many Canadians, I added a Cantonese twist by making Chinese BBQ pork (aka char siu). My friends have been wanting to learn how to make homemade char siu ever since I told them about this great recipe I learned from(…)

The Noodle Party – Which Asian wheat noodles to buy?

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,(…)

Is it worth making homemade ice cream?

Is it worth making homemade ice cream?

I have always wanted to make my own ice cream but didn’t want to invest in an ice cream maker so I signed up for a monthly membership at the Kitchen Library and borrowed one of theirs. Do you need an ice cream maker to make ice cream? It is possible to make ice cream without(…)

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

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 is(…)

What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleolithic diet, or “Paleo diet”, is a popular fad diet which attempts to mirror the eating habits of early humans. This diet is based on the fact that many chronic diseases and obesity were not common concerns for our ancestors. So, if we eat what they ate, we won’t suffer from these things either(…)