Toronto Veg FOOD Fest!

Presenting a cooking demo last year at the Toronto Veg Food Fest was such an amazing experience for me. Being a lifelong vegetarian, I’ve never been to a festival where everything was vegan and plant based. I remember being asked countless times how I could be healthy without having any meat in my diet, so it’s really nice to see plant based diets being accepted as a healthy way of living….(click photo to read full post!)

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Mango Curd

One of the most versatile desserts to make is a fruit curd. What better fruit to use than mangoes! Use it in your favorite tart shell, in between layers of a cake, or as a spread for scones.

This is one of my son Niam’s favourite things to eat (and make)…check out the video below as he walks you through the recipe…(click photo to read full post!)

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Mango Coconut Burfi

Happy Diwali everyone! Diwali for me is a time for family, beautiful candles and lights, and of course sweets!!

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, It’s a festival that represents joy, happiness and togetherness. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. In India it is celebrated much the same as Christmas is in North America….(click photo to read full post!)

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Vegan Burger without the Patty

I've been vegetarian my whole life, which means I grew up in a time where veggie burgers were not an option when eating out! Veggie burgers were actually something I hadn't even tried until I was an adult.  Even though I don't mind a tasty veggie burger once in awhile I still prefer different types of sandwiches with a variety of protein bases….(click the photo to read full post!)

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HONEY CARDAMOM FRENCH PASTRY

OK, its time to try something a little more difficult...trust me, its worth it! 

I know what you are thinking: I don't have the time to make something that takes more than a day to make.  Well, you're right, this does take time but the experience of eating and sharing these treats fresh out of the oven is amazing!

Even though the dough takes a long time to make, it's actually the wait to chill the dough that takes the most time (...click photo to read full post!)

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Dhokla with Coconut Chutney

Dhokla is a popular Indian vegetarian food item that originates from the state of Gujarat. I always really liked the unique taste of it, and made it as part of my British Week Showstopper on The Great Canadian Baking Show (...click photo to read full post)

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What is Rooh Afza?

One of the most popular drinks in the Indian subcontinent is Rooh Afza. The translation of the name is "to nourish the soul" and the ingredients in the syrup seem to do just that! It was originally developed in India in 1906. Rooh Afza is typically used as a drink syrup or in traditional indian desserts and is very popular in the eastern part of the world.  The taste of the syrup is very unique when prepared as a drink (...click the photo to read full post)

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Egg Wash for Baking Bread

Have you ever wondered how bread gets that rich golden colour? The answer may surprise you!  Well it comes from a very common baking ingredient, the egg yolk! Although many bakers use the whole egg, in my experience using just the egg yolk can create a wonderful shine on your bakes.  This was something I learned during Bread Week on The Great Canadian Baking show! (...click the photo to read full post)

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