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5 Toronto Ice-Cream Shops You Won’t Regret [FOOD]

This summer I had lots of fun catering to my sweet tooth in Toronto. So many new ice-cream shops popped up in the last few years. With so many to choose from, I’ve narrowed them down to this summers favourites. Here are my 5 Toronto Ice-Cream shops you won’t regret trying. Call me crazy, but I’ll be going back to these places this Fall/Winter: 1. BANG BANG Ice-Cream Location: 93A Ossington Ave I remember the first time I came here with our dear friends, it was a cold Saturday afternoon some time in the Winter/Fall. There was a line up out the store, down the street. That should say a lot on its own of how good this place is. It’s not big inside, very minimal space to sit or stand. It didn’t matter, we ate ours just outside the shop. We went with the ice-cream sandwiches. You choose the…

Veggie Pasta in 30 minutes with Catelli Ancient Grains [RECIPE]

Veggie Pasta in 30 minutes with Catelli Ancient Grains… This yummy main dish as seen on Instagram is a very easy week day recipe! It’s so easy, that you’ll read through all the steps below in less than 2 minutes. Let’s go! Ingredients Rosée sauce Stringless sugar snap peas Zucchini Peppers Mushrooms Cajun seasoning Catelli Ancient Grains Pasta Olive oil Sweet onion Directions 1. Boil Catelli Ancient Grains pasta until cooked. Catelli Ancient Grains pasta is made with an all-natural, 100% whole grain blend of Canadian wheat. It also has quinoa, amaranth, teff, sorghum and millet. Each serving contains 12 g of protein, 8 g of fibre and 25% of your recommended daily iron intake. How awesome is that?  2. Sautee mushrooms and sweet onion in olive oil with salt and pepper for 4 minutes. 3. In a separate pan sautee zucchini, pepper, snap peas with olive oil and cajun seasoning…

Tyrrells Chips – Launch Party

An evening of innovative food infused with Tyrrells chips, live tweeting, games and meeting with bloggers. There’s some new chip flavours in town! Sweet Potato & Smoked Chili (my fave), Beetroot, Parsnip & Potato with Sea Salt & Sweet Potato, Carrot with Sea Salt. [Tweet “Tyrrells chips are all natural, home grown & hand cooked! #Foodie”] At the #exceedinglyenglish event at Rasa Restaurant😍 So many flavours!! Where do I start?! pic.twitter.com/wWBkhc8pq9 — Humara Kausar (@HumaraKausar) October 21, 2015 I’ve never been to the RASA restaurant before this event so it was nice to scope it out. Located at 196 Robert St it’s a small dark space in the same neighborhood where I went to high school.(Harbord) On the menu were appetizers infused with Tyrrells chips. YUM. These appetizers are great easy ideas next time you’re entertaining people at home.  Exhibit A: Fish & Chips – Deep fried Halibut, tartar, crispy…

Panasonic Cyclonic Launch

If you’ve ever lived in a smaller place, be it an apartment, condo or just a one bedroom shared home, you’ll know the value of space. Sometimes you don’t have room for a full oven, dishwasher or microwave. So getting products that have multiple functions and that benefit your standard of living becomes high on your priority list. Which brings me to the Panasonic Cyclonic. This microwave isn’t like your traditional one. It use’s Panasonic’s Inverter® Technology, which delivers spinning waves of power in a circular pattern. Like a cyclone. Other microwaves usually deliver energy in a straight line. This new cyclonic energy is a game changer! It ensures food is cooked evenly, no matter what size or shape! I had the pleasure of being invited to the Panasonic Cyclonic Launch hosted by Abbey’s Kitchen. At the launch Abbey demonstrated how to make 5 healthy easy recipes in…

Caramelized Apple French Toast

It’s been a great weekend with wonderful summer weather, but before this weekend I bet you couldn’t help but notice the leaves falling off trees. Fall is coming close and the summer season is ending in Toronto. This is the perfect fall inspired recipe for french toast. I think of Fall with the mention of apple pie, apples dipped in caramel, baked apples..YUM! Did you know French toast was not invented in France. French toast was around before France even existed. The exact origin of French toast is actually unknown. What you’ll need: Ingredients: 2 gala apples, peeled and sliced 3 eggs 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided use 1 cup of cream cheese 2 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar; extra for sprinkling over top 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla emulsion (or extract) 2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for frying pan a pinch ground cinnamon ½ cup whipped cream Maple-Syrup 4 slices of…

Jerk Salmon

This is the easiest and most delicious salmon you’ll ever make! I bought my salmon with it already sitting in marinade which made the process of putting together this recipe a lot faster. I bought mine from Loblaws. If you’d like to try your own home made marinade then try this quick recipe for jerk marinade: here. Rice and vegetables are the best sides for this main dish as the fish can be very filling on its own. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Brush fish evenly on both sides with olive oil and salt and pepper on the flesh side. 3. Place fish into pan, flesh side down and allow to cook for approx. 5 mins. Flip fish to the skin side and put into preheated oven. Cook for about 12 mins. Enjoy! …

Easy Garlic Chicken

If you haven’t noticed from my previous recipe posts, I love easy recipes. I work all day and come home and need something healthy, fast & flavorful. This recipe goes amazing with potatoes, steamed veggies or rice. The outcome of this recipe is a sweet, spicy (depending on whether you add spices), garlic glazed chicken. I recommend using aluminum foil on top of your roasting/baking pan for an easier clean up. Ingredients 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 4 garlic cloves, minced 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil Add spices and herbs as desired. (I used a spice rub from William Sonoma and spices by Club House) Directions Preheat oven to 450F and line a baking/roasting pan with aluminum foil, lightly coat or brush oil on foil. In a small sauté pan, sauté garlic with olive oil until tender. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional…

Honey Lemon Chicken

This is the fastest Honey Lemon Chicken recipe ever!  For all of you who live busy lives and never have time to cook. You can do this! Prep Time: 20mins You will need: Chicken (I used 3 chicken breasts) Honey Lemon Vegetables – I used broccoli, green peppers & parsley Cashews or Peanuts (which ever you prefer) Salt & Pepper for taste and seasoning How To: Cut chicken breast into slices and start cooking on medium. Season with mixed ground pepper and a bit of salt.  Just before chicken is cooked turn temperature to high and add honey to pan (Make sure you use enough honey to cover all the chicken). Cook till the chicken is golden and then add fresh lime or lemon juice on top. Cut up your vegetables and mix in a bowl. Either you can add it into the chicken honey mix and cook to desired texture…