12 November 2012

Easy Japanese Curry


Even with 5 kids running around, I made this. :) 



17 September 2012

New obsessions - Bento Boxes.

So I have been on a huge Bento Box binge. I love them. Oh, and I have started to take care of my girlfriends' two little girls. Now, I have 5 kids in my house from the wee hours in the morning until just before dinner time. Well, I guess Bento box style snacks and lunches have been keeping my sanity in check a little bit too. So and obsession that keeps me organized...I can live with that. LOL!! :)

So I have quite the little collection now. Although, I would like a couple more cute ones and maybe some character ones. I have ordered a bunch from Ebay. *Can't wait for them to come in*

Here are a few I have made so far.

Apple slices, Cheese string, Carrot, Hello Panda Cookies,
Edamame, Quail egg

Ham and Cheese sandwiches, Cucumbers, Blueberries,
Happy Panda Cookies, Cheese string, Apple sauce

Unsalted crackers, Cheese strings, Carrot,  Ham rolls,
Happy Panda cookies, Mini jam sandwiches, Grapes 

California and Cucumber Avocado rolls, Fried dumplings,
Grapes, Wasabi and Picked ginger

Ham and Cheese sandwiches, Mini jam sandwiches, Apple slices,
Baby bel cheese, Cheese string, Blanch broccoli and green beans,
grapes, blueberries 

Do you have any tips on how to keep a busy household in order?

25 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Cupcakes I made a couple of weekends ago for my kids party. Yes, they loved them. :)




20 July 2012

It's a Small World after all...

This is crazy!!

I just found out/realized one of my Twitter followers is actually someone I went to elementary school (Bala in Toronto) with.

A couple of months ago, I found out my neighbour, who we have been walking our girls to school with everyday this year, went to high school with someone I went to elementary school (in a different city).

Just goes to show how small the world really is and how we can connect it the weirdest places. :)

Although, Twitter has been a great help. I have met so many great people and have attended some fantastic events.

Have you connected with some long lost friends or family? 
How has social media affected your life? 

17 June 2012

The Burger Bar


A couple of weeks ago my hubby and I took my daughter, Kat, shopping downtown in Kensington Market. She was looking for a Grade 8 graduation dress. (My baby is growing up!) Since my husband is gluten-intolerant, we decided to try The Burger Bar, since they have gluten-free buns for their burgers. :)




I love all the vintage beer bottles around the restaurant. They serve lots of local beers, my husband and I tried the Augusta Ale ($6.25/pint), since the only gluten-free beer they carried was Nickel Brook.  :(


It was actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. It was light and refreshing on that hot and sweaty day. Also, it went well with our yummy burger and fries. :)


Kat had the Cow Poke burger ($6), which had a smaller 4oz patty. She is as much of a foodie as we are, so she also added onion rings ($2 extra) and cheese ($2 extra) on her burger. She loved it. It was so good! Good thing she opted for the smaller burger because she almost didn't finish it. :)

I ordered the Mushroom burger ($8). I loved it!! I forget sometimes, that something so simple like grilled marinated portobello mushrooms can taste so good. Of course, arugula pesto and roasted peppers also helped. :) 


My husband ordered the Bison burger ($11), hand down his favourite type of burger, but only if it's cooked perfectly. He said it was almost perfect, just a tad over done, but still good. :) He had his burger on a gluten-free bun. He said the bun was alright. He wished he would have ordered a normal bun. Talk about a glutton for punishment, right? *sigh*


Our most favouite thing we ordered was the 50/50 fries ($5). It's a mix of regular fries and sweet potato fries sprinkled with masala salt served with homemade chipotle ketchup. We devoured this bowl of fries, if we had more time, I think we would have order another one. :) ** Just a warning though, the Burger Bar only has one fryer, so those with  severe gluten-intolerance or Celiac should stay away of their fries. Sorry! **

I can't wait for the next time we go, I really want to try their Lamb burger - 6oz organic lamb, kimchi, Danish blue and dijon. (I'm drooling as I type right now. lol )

Have you been to the Burger Bar? What did you think? Do you have another restaurant recommendation in the same area?

13 June 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Yum!! Salmon Shashimi :)

10 June 2012

Brampton Rib n' Roll

A couple of weeks ago was Brampton's Rib n'Roll at Gage Park. It's our Ribfest. It was a good time, and because it's a small event the line-ups were no where as long. I think my husband was in line the longest at Jake's Boathouse, which made sense because they hands-down had the best ribs!


Even their coleslaw was good
Half Rack - $12 
The one thing that was odd with this Ribfest compared to the other larger ones was the tickets. Instead of paying cash at each rib vendor, you purchased tickets at the ticket booth. It ended up being a great idea, then the vendors did not have to worry about money, just serving hungry patrons as fast as they could. :)


There was live music, which my kids love dancing too but as with every other event at Gage Park, there is never enough seating and of course we forgot to bring our own chairs. :(

The kids always have fun at Gage Park, even without any event. Gage Park has a great playground. :)

Yum! Roasted corn on the cob - $3


I should have taken a picture of the guy grilling these bad boys, he was wearing goggles and I swear there was some beside him wiping the sweat from his forehead. lol! 


*Crabby Joes*
1/2 rack - $12
In my opinion, not worth the money. Their ribs were nice and meaty, but the flavour was not great. I love cole slaw but not this one. Just tasted like shredded cabbage. I know that's what it is, but I expected too much I guess. :(
* Louisiana Seafood & Steakhouse *
1/2 rack - $12
Ribs were never very meaty, and the sauce was a little spicy, which i liked. The ribs were fall off the bone, which makes it yummy. The rice definitely helped.  

* Smokey Mountain *
1/2 rack - $12



These ribs were huge, but not great. They were not fall off the bone, and kinda tough. The sauce was yummy, but I think I would have looked weird if I was just licking the sauce off the ribs. The cole slaw was average. I think it need some salt. 

The next Rib Fest we usually attend is the Mississauga Rib Fest at Square One, however I want to hit the big Toronto Rib Fest at Centennial Park. 

Have you been to any Rib Fests in the past? Which one is your favourite? 

06 June 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Yesterday's lunch! Doesn't Instagram make everything look better? :) 


31 May 2012

Wordless Thursday??

LOL! I guess I forgot my post yesterday. :)

23 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes, I forget what day it is. Thankfully, I have an alarm reminder to post an awesome picture on Wednesdays. Best day of the week!!  :)

 Oysters at Kinsington Market

16 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Last night's dinner. So simple, yet so comforting. :)

14 May 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!


This weekend was one of the best Mother's Day weekend in a while. I got to see one of my best friends, deliver tons of cupcakes to some amazing Moms, and even had time for my adorable nephew, Aiden, birthday. :)

04 May 2012

Cupcake Bouquet

I have seen lots of images of Cupcake Bouquets but never thought I would be able to pull one off myself. Then, a client asked me if I could make one for her. Of course, I said, "Sure! No problem." All I kept thinking was, "What have I gotten myself into?"

Well, I should have never doubted myself, because I made one and on my first try it turned out beautiful!! If I do say so myself. :)

Here's the finished product!


What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below. :)


30 April 2012

Mac N Cheese - Gluten-Free/Lactose Free

My husband loves his Mac N Cheese, but now it would make him super miserable. Well, thank goodness I figured out how to cook gluten-free pasta properly, or I would have a very depressed husband.

So I made him, Mac N Cheese. :)


25 April 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Best find EVER!! Move over Pocky, there's a new kid in town!! LOL!!
(OK, so today was not so wordless. Opps!)



24 April 2012

Handmade By Latdao

Well, I started my Etsy shop, set up my Facebook fan page...now what? No idea. I was feeling kinda lost. So, what do I do when I feel lost? I bake cupcakes. :) Puts me in my happy zone.

This past weekend I have decided to add my gourmet cupcakes to the list of "handmade" items I plan on selling. Success! I got an order to make seven, that's right SEVEN, dozen cupcakes for a baby shower. Here are just a few flavours which were ordered:

Mint Chocolate

17 April 2012

Busy Busy Busy!

I have been so busy, that sometimes I lose what day it is. I think it's the whole getting older part of life. (I know sucks, right?) LOL

Anyway, I swear I have been cooking lots, but I have been crocheting more. I finally have some knitting needles, so I might have to give that a whirl. See, if I can even remember how to hold the needles. :)

Here are a couple of my completed projects:




Oh, and I have officially opened my Etsy Shop, if you have a chance take a look. :) Not much up right now, but I am working feverishly to get some more pictures up. I also started a Facebook page, check them out. There are lots more pictures on my Facebook page, right now. :)

Do you have a small business? Do you have any tips?

Happy Reading! :)

30 March 2012

Book Review: Chloe's Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

I love this cookbook! It's written by Chloe Coscarelli, the first VEGAN baker to win Food Network's Cupcake Wars. She has been a vegetarian all her life, but has been vegan since 2005. She's gone to school in both California and New York. She has even studied Cornell University's Plant Based Nutrition Program by Dr. T Collin Campbell (The China Study). I can go on, and on about her credentials and her awesomeness, but that could be a whole blog post in itself. LOL! :)

Chloe released her own cookbook earlier this month and I bought as soon as it was released. I HAD to have it! I love all her recipes from her website: http://www.chefchloe.com/ and have had lots of success recreating many of them.

Chloe's Kitchen
This cookbook has 125 awesome easy vegan recipes and some nice pictures. Although, I prefer cookbooks with pictures of all their dishes. (Maybe next book!) Most of the ingredients are those I keep on hand, and the recipes are easy to follow. There are lots of small kitchen tips, like how to cut a mango and what a "Chiffonade" is. :)

Here are some of the many items I have made from her cookbook already! Every single recipe has been fabulous, even my anti-vegan teenage daughter loves them. :)

Jalapeno Corn Poppers

Artichoke-Walnut Pesto, Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip and
Cajun Yam Fries

Miso Glaze Eggplant

Peanutty Perfection Noodles
made with Buckwheat Noodles
Skillet Black-Eyed Peas
I hope to actually work my way through the whole book. The hard part is which recipe to make first. :) Since all her recipe look amazing! Way to go Chloe!! :)

Currently, Chloe is on a book tour promoting her book. You can check if she is coming to a town near you, on her website. All I know, is that there are NO Canadian dates right now, so there no chance of me ever getting my book signed. :(

BUT...I know we have an AMAZING annual Vegetarian Food Festival in the Summer, maybe Chloe could come do a book signing! *fingers crossed*

Do you have a favourite Vegan cookbook? How many recipes have you made from it?

Happy Cooking!! :)

25 March 2012

Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna

Tonight's dinner was especially made for my husband. His favourite meal in the whole world is Lasagna! :)



16 March 2012

Zucchini Mint Pasta

Last night I made a super simple pasta which was devoured by my family. I totally forgot to take a picture of the pasta though. Like I said, it was devoured. I used Pastore Brown Rice Gluten-Free pasta this time.

 Pastore Brown Rice Pasta 350g - $3.49
I really enjoyed this pasta. I am not a huge fan of brown rice pasta, but this one didn't actually have a heavy rice flavour. (I know weird, right?) It actually tasted like regular pasta. This pasta cooked up evenly, I did over cook it a little bit, but it fall apart like most gluten-free pasta.


Zucchini Mint Pasta

Ingredients:
350 g Pasta
1 Large Zucchini, grated
½ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup sheep’s milk Feta, crumbled
1/3 cup Pistachios, roughly chopped

Directions:
  1. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Add grated zucchini, mint, olive and lemon juice, toss to incorporate all flavours. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place on serving platter, top with crumbled feta and chopped pistachios. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan and more mint, if desired. 
Verdit
I would definitely buy this pasta again. The flavour was great and my whole family really enjoyed it. What I loved the most, was the pasta actually cooked evenly. I can't wait to try their other pasta shapes, especially spaghetti. Boy, do I miss spaghetti. :)

What's your favourite Gluten-Free pasta? Do you make your own sauce too?

Happy Cooking!! :)

09 March 2012

Gluten-Free Lactose-Free Pasta a la Vodka

After meeting all the wonderful and inspiring people at the Gluten-Free dinner/meet-up hosted by Gluten-Free Onario, my husband has decided to take his gluten and lactose intolerance seriously. So we have jumped in with both feet. No, we are not a totally Gluten-Free household. I may need a total kitchen renovation for that to happen, but I have be significantly reduced my husband's gluten and lactose intake. 

I have been having a hard time finding a good wheat pasta alternative, but have come to the realization I can't cook gluten-free pasta the same way as regular pasta. I have to watch is more carefully, it's not a forgiving as regular wheat pasta.

A couple of nights ago I made a wonderful Pasta a la Vodka. I use a pretty simple recipe from one of my favourite sites: Allrecipes.com. This has always been my go-to recipe for Vodka sauce, although I make it vegetarian. Since my husband is lactose intolerant, I subbed the whipping cream with almond milk. It was pretty good, but the sauce was a little thin. Next time, I'll use unsweetened coconut cream, for a creamier sauce. :)

Vegetarian Pasta a la Vodka
I used GoGo Quinoa Fusilli and it was pretty good. I learned my lesson last time I tried to make gluten-free pasta. I try the Spaghetti version of the brand and it fell apart, but in my defense, it was my first time making gluten-free pasta and didn't have a clue how to cook it. The time on the box was WAY too long. Live and learn, right? :)


Verdict
I'm not sure if I would by this again. The pasta itself did not cook evenly, but that could have been my fault. I may buy it again to see if I can prefect the cooking time. I don't remember the price, so that may also determine if I would buy this brand of pasta again.  For me, it would be a maybe. 

Do you have a funny gluten-free mishap while you were cooking?

Happy Cooking!! :)
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