Taste Tests

Mooncake battle

Mooncake battle

The mid-Autumn festival, which is the second biggest Chinese festival after Chinese , also known as the moon festival just passed. It’s also called the moon or mooncake festival because not only does it take place when the moon is the roundest and the brightest but it’s also because traditional mooncakes are eaten at that(…)

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(…)

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 the meat in Chinatown safe to eat?

Is the meat in Chinatown safe to eat?

Chinatown is one of the cheapest places to buy groceries in Toronto so I often shop there for produce, frozen dumplings and Asian ingredients that are less common at supermarkets. But I never buy meat because the stores are generally less clean. One day, I had some friends over for dinner and they were talking(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Homemade energy bites

Homemade energy bites

This summer I joined a cycling club as a way to help train for triathlons. The club I ride with does rides that range anywhere from 50-140km so it’s definitely endurance riding. As mentioned in a previous post that I wrote about sports nutrition, nutrition plays a key role when training for endurance sports such(…)

Hooray for hummus

Hooray for hummus

My colleagues always have hummus as part of an afternoon snack with cut up vegetables. Thinking that it was made primarily out of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), I figured it was mostly healthy but not so! It can be high in fat because it also contains tahini (sesame seed butter) and vegetable oil which(…)

Black bean flour brownies

Black bean flour brownies

I was talking with some coworkers the other day and someone started talking about black bean flour and how it’s supposed to be a healthy gluten free alternative. She reads a number of food/nutrition blogs and it sounds like it’s becoming pretty popular so I figured it would be worth looking into. Black bean flour(…)

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

Last month, I decided to have a ‘poutine party’. Well, it was really an Oscar party where one of the items on the menu was poutine so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make poutine while watching the Oscars. I love having parties like this because I find that the environment(…)