22 April 2014

Eggplant and Peppers, Roasted Balkan Style (Ajvar)


It is my pleasure to announce to you, my dear readers, that today we have a guest writer (and painter: see the lovely artwork above). This writer is Yvonne Callaway-Smith, a new friend and fellow food affectionado. Yvonne was actually my Instructor for a Public Relations writing course I took recently at McGill University. We became friends through our shared love for eating, and I eventually asked her to write a guest post for Cocoa Bean. What an honour to have her as a first guest blogger!


Yvonne: I wear many hats: artist, critic, educator, house designer, mentor, madcap, restaurant reviewer. Today I'm sporting- a little nervously- a lightly tomato stained, guest food-blogger's toque. Gasp! Because star student Hilary asked me to, and I'm just a gal who can't say no.

16 April 2014

Baked Eggplant Parmesan


I think we can all vouch for eggplant parmesan. I love the creamy tomato sauce, pricked with spices, that smothers the breaded and fried eggplant discs and topped with lots of cheese. It is comfort food at it's best, especially when mounded on top of a generous serving of al dente pasta.

12 April 2014

Gin braised Lamb Ribs


You know what I had for dinner last night? Succulent lamb ribs, dripping with juices and flavoured with braised onions and caramelized apricots. It was slowly cooked in a gin broth, offering the pronounced flavours of juniper and botanicals. And it was amazing.

7 April 2014

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies


Are you devout to your favourite recipes, or do you prefer to try out variations even if the results aren't guaranteed to be better?

I, personally, am always trying other recipes just to see the difference. For example, I have already explored two very different types of brownies on this blog (like black bean brownies, or supernatural brownies).

5 April 2014

Dead-Easy Banana Chocolate Cookies


I went to the gym this morning.

UGH, exhaustion.

How is it that, when I was an undergrad, I managed to workout 4-5 days a week no-problem? And now, getting in a measly two workouts a week is draining. It literally sucks the energy out of me. I refuse to think this is because I am getting older or becoming a lazy sloth, because working out still makes me feel better and more confident. It must be a lack of energetic foods. It must be!

1 April 2014

Japanese Miso Tofu Bowl



 You know when you go to a restaurant, and weeks later you keep thinking about one dish in particular? This happened to me recently when I went to CafĂ© Falco, a Japanese coffee shop/restaurant for lunch.

28 March 2014

Lamb Apricot Tagine


I have a visiting house guest for the next two weeks. She is really fun, expressive, silly, and easy-going. But she also sheds a lot and begs for food at 5:30AM. Her name is Leela, and she is my sister Corinne's cat.

Most people wouldn't consider this the highlight of their week, but I'm not like most people. I love having someone waiting patiently at the door for me to come home after a long day at work. How nice is that? Plus, she gives really good snuggles.

24 March 2014

Blueberry Sesame Muffins



Blueberry and sesame. They aren't necessarily two flavours that us Canadians ceremoniously pair together. But they are delicious!