Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

This is the 2nd time I’ve made homemade caramel sauce and it is always a treat. I made this for the Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie I made a few weeks ago. I only needed a bit of it for the pie so we still have some leftovers and have been eating it with vanilla ice cream. Yum! Like any new recipes I try, this is a lot easier than I thought. The only slight difference I made was when I was melting the sugar in the pot, I didn’t wait until the sugar turned reddish-brown as I was afraid for it to burn and I would have to start all over again. I did make sure though that the sugar was completely melted before adding the butter. Click here for the recipe from Brown Eyed...

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

This is the season when I do most of my baking and I love it. Last weekend, we had some friends over and I wanted to make something special. I was craving for both cheescake & apple pie. I thought, there must be a recipe out there that combines the two. So I searched online and found this fantastic recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie from Brown Eyed Baker. There are 6 steps to making this cheesecake pie: Step 1: making the salted caramel sauce / Step 2: the crust / Step 3: caramel-pacan layer / Step 4: apple mixture / Step 5: cheescake / Step 6: whipped cream. When I first read the ingredients list, I felt a little overwhelmed but as I read it the 2nd time, I realized it’s all pretty easy and I had most of the ingredients at home. Anything I do for the first time takes a little longer. But it’s pretty simple to make and plan to make it again. I made it the day before the party as letting it sit in the refrigerator overnight will make it all taste better. I did the whipped cream the next day just before the party started and garnished the top with more salted caramel sauce and chopped pecans. This recipe is AMAZING. Believe me. It’s a good way to spoil your friends and yourself this holiday season. Click here for the...

Dining Out With A Toddler

We’ve been asked many times how we are able to dine out with Luna. To some parents, the concept seems unreal. How do you make a toddler sit while you enjoy a proper meal without tantrums or running around like mad? Peter and I enjoy dining out and trying new restaurants. We’ve always done it before Luna was born and continue do so. The only difference now is we have a little one joining us with the fun. It’s not always easy. She’s a kid after all and tantrums/meltdowns are part of her life. But I think it’s the way it’s handled that will determine a good dinner out or a disaster night out. We’re pretty chill and don’t totally get stressed out when it happens. I think kids can sense how we feel. As long as we stay chill and attend to her needs and shift the focus to something much happier, then a smile suddenly appears and life is good again. Here are some dining out tricks with a toddler that has worked for us: 1. Dine early. Come early before the crowd comes – 6pm is usually a good time as most people dine around 7:30-8.  This is great especially for cozy little bistros or restaurants with large communal tables. You don’t feel so squished amongst other people and it gives room for a toddler to move around and stretch their legs when they need to. Also, servers aren’t busy yet and are able to attend to your needs. 2. Order a favourite drink. Luna’s favourite is apple juice. That keeps her happy & entertained for...

Luna’s 3rd Birthday Party

My little girl is now 3 yrs old – how time flies. We celebrated Luna’s birthday party at Jump Gymnastics over the weekend. It was a fantastic day and it was so nice to see our Luna so happy. She cried when it was goodbye time. She didn’t want to leave nor did she want her friends to leave. Now, that’s a sign of a good time! We had her party at Jump Gymnastics located on Beatty Street in Yaletown. It’s a fun little place for a party and we had the place all to ourselves. The party was 1.5 hour long with 2 instructors keeping the kids entertained with gymnastics type activities. They jumped on the trampoline, dove in the ball pit, balanced on the beams, sang songs… The instructors were so great with the kids. One of Luna’s friends Cohen told his mom how much fun he was having and it was the best day ever. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? It’s so fun to spoil Luna and her friends on her birthday! It was an easy party to organize. All we had to do was invite our friends, show up and bring food. Jump Gymnastics created a program activity for the party including a 30 minute snack/cake time in the party room. The party room also had everything we needed – cutlery, plates, cups, platters etc… We literally only had to bring the food, cake and well, cute napkins. They even supplied all the balloons for the kids. Then when the party ended, we packed up and off we went. They did all the...

Food Board on Pinterest

Pinterest has become my digital food binder to store & gather recipes found online. I have a giant binder at home where I keep all my collected recipes but I’ve found it less fun going through a binder with no photos, rather, just plain printed recipes on white paper. Totally not inspiring. The delicious recipes gathered on my Pinterest Food Board accompany beautiful photos which I love as the photos inspire me to make them. I have a hard time trying out a new recipe without visual reference. It’s the photos that entice me to give them a try. Here are some of my favourites that I have tried from my Pinterest Food Board: Creamy Avocado Pasta. Photo taken from two peas & their pod Kale Pesto. Photo taken from Love & Lemons BBQ Corn With Mexican Spicy Butter & Lime. Photo taken from Eat Drink Daily Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, E Peperoncino. Photo taken from yumsugar Broccoli Kale Soup. Photo taken from For The Love of...

Inspiring Food Videos

Raspberry Tart. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. Ribboned Asparagus Salad for Kinfolk. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. The Cook’s Atelier. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. Lasagna for My Cooking Diary. Filmed by Mike Matas. Classic Pesto for Kinfolk. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. The rain is back once again and it’s been a gloomy Friday. I’m back to wearing my thickest wool socks and keeping the house warm and cozy. I think this is a goodbye to summer and welcoming colder days. Usually when Fall & Winter comes, I love gathering with friends at home for a good meal. It’s my favourite thing to do on colder days as there’s nothing more cozy than having a big pot of stew or something warm on as hearty stories are told around the dinner table. Colder days also means spending more time in the kitchen making food. I’m sharing some of my most favourite food videos that totally inspire me. I can watch these all day. I love the music, styling & production of all of them. They just make me want to put on my apron and stay in the kitchen all day. Not a bad thing to do on colder days. Have a great weekend!...