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:

Homemade Nutella vs. Store-bought Nutella

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 chocolate(…)

Loblaws launches No Name Naturally Imperfect

Loblaws launches No Name Naturally Imperfect

I was so happy to hear the other week that Loblaws is selling discounted produce in Ontario and Quebec. It will be sold under a new No Name brand called “Naturally Imperfect” as a way to reduce food waste and make healthy food more accessible. This is just months after I watched a food documentary(…)

The cronut craze is still happening

The cronut craze is still happening

I haven’t had a chance to visit New York City this year yet but ran into a friend who was just there last week. She a dietitian and a foodie just like me and she told me about a bakery she ran into that had line ups down the street to try something called a(…)

Croissunday

Croissunday

I have a to give a big shout out to my friend Liz who told me about Croissunday (#croissunday), also known as Croissant Sunday, that happened over the weekend. This is the second year that NADÈGE Patisserie has done Croissunday where specialty croissant flavours are available for one day only. I have been a huge fan of(…)

Nutrition Month 2015 – Cooking with lentils event

Nutrition Month 2015 – Cooking with lentils event

Every year, Canadian Lentils organizes a hands-on cooking demonstration for dietitians across Canada to kick off nutrition month. This year, the Toronto event took place at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy – a beautifully design cooking studio that offers six different cooking stations for cooking events. The event was hosted by Gloria Tsang, Vancouver-based dietitian, founder of(…)

The Restaurants Canada Show 2015

The Restaurants Canada Show 2015

I’ve gone to a number of food events this year but was feeling a little underwhelmed after attending some of the consumer shows so I decided to check out a food event that was for industry only. The Restaurants Canada Show took place over three days from March 1 to 3 at the Direct Energy(…)

ChocoSol Traders – Jaguar chocolate workshop

ChocoSol Traders – Jaguar chocolate workshop

I just want to give a quick shout out about an upcoming event that is happening for people who love chocolate. ChocoSol Traders is having a Jaguar Chocolate Workshop on Thursday, March 12 from 6-9pm. I had the pleasure of taking a hands-on workshop at ChocoSol Traders last year and was blown away by how much I learned about what is(…)

Pumpkin Pancakes – regular vs. whole-wheat flour

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 usually(…)

SodaStream – sparkling water maker

SodaStream – sparkling water maker

I am seeing these SodaStream sparkling water makers everywhere these days! SodaStream promotes itself as a company that makes water exciting – encouraging you to drink more water by making water fun while being sustainable. The water it makes is just as good as the sparkling water you would buy and you can make whatever drinks and(…)

Product review: SodaStream sparkling water makers

Product review: SodaStream sparkling water makers

I have been seeing SodaStream sparkling water makers everywhere these days. SodaStream promotes itself as a company that makes water exciting – encouraging you to drink more water by making water fun while being sustainable. When I first saw these machines I thought it was a way for people to make their own homemade pop but(…)