Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Orange {Dairy-free}

I like baking. Even more so since the kids are getting older. Turning on the oven means they like to get in the kitchen with me. In the winter season baking fills the house with delicious aromas and is an easy way to get dinner on the table. In the summer though it is even…

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Coconut and Cornmeal Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When I was young I heard this often from my mom. Today I find I echo my mother in so many ways, and this is just one of them. “Make time for breakfast!” Early mornings in our home are quite rushed though, and it’s a little…

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Food Rationing, Doing Without and Delicious Broccoli Stems

I grew up in India during a time of food rationing and careful spending. In the 1970s, shortly after achieving independence from the British, India was at war with its neighbours. This was a long and tough period in India’s history and the after-effects of the two wars lingered for years. Families (like mine) continued…

Thandai Recipe – Indian Festive Drink & Ice Cream {Using Almond Milk}

Celebrating Indian festivals in Canada takes some adjustment, especially in the case of food. This Thandai recipe is my take on a traditional Indian classic cold drink made kid-friendly and dairy-free, served during festivals that fall around spring and fall. Like everything else, festivals are also big and colourful in India. With at least 4…

My Food Story & Salmon with Masala Onions

“Is this Canadian food, Mama?” My 6 year old asked just as I was packing her lunch this morning. In the tiffin, I had packed whole wheat pita with homemade hummus, snap peas and cucumber, along with a couple of strawberries on the side. While a normal lunch menu in our house today, this box…

Flavourful and Easy Coconut Curry

Curry invariably gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. And even though there are thousands of variations of this one dish across Asia and Africa, it brings the flavour every time. Korma or vindaloo, Thai or Panang, I have yet to try a curry that I did not like. My favourites though are the recipes…

Classic Homemade Hummus With A Twist Of Lime

I have an 80:20 rule. If 80% of what my kids eat can be homemade and healthy, then I go easy the remaining time. Looking at this like the math nerd I am, that’s almost 17 meals and 11 snacks per week that need to be wholesome and nutritious. As a result I am always…

Mini Lentil Pancakes With Cauliflower {Dal Fritters}

Lentils are the original superfood. They come naturally packed with fibre and protein, are low in fat and have amazing cholesterol lowering properties. With these nutritional qualities coupled with a low carbon footprint, one would think that lentils would be a part of EVERYbody’s daily diet. But somehow that isn’t case. Instead of the recognition…

Indian Spinach and Chicken Curry {Saag Chicken}

I’m a fan of delicious, nourishing and FAST meals so much so that I’ve written about them here and here and here. I admit, that’s what most of us need on those fright nights during the week when we’re juggling and hustling. But once every blue moon, especially on cold evenings when I’m missing my…

Flu-Fighting Beet and Ginger Soup

I like being in the kitchen but only as long as I am pulling together something easy and delicious that I KNOW THE KIDS WILL EAT! But that’s not how this day started.  That day I was wondering how to feed my kids something wholesome that would also ward off their scratchy colds (and mine!).…

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