Home Made Oven-Baked Protein Bars

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My favourite protein bars are Clif Bars; more specifically the cool mint and the crunchy peanut butter. But I thought to myself, there has to be a better way to make a great tasting bar that is filled with more than just 10 grams of protein. Let the protein bar creation begin.

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The Crowd Comes Back for La Carnita

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For a friend’s birthday we hit up La Carnita. The casual and hip establishment on College was buzzing at 5pm on a Saturday. That says a lot about a taco joint that’s been open since 2012. What makes these loyal taco noshers come back again and again? We think we know

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Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles on Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day. To all those mothers out there, we thank you. You do have the hardest job in the world. For this years Mother’s Day, Jessica and I decided to make brunch. Today’s feature is a delicious fluffy buttermilk waffle. Perfect for a brunch or even a hangover really. We dressed the Waffles in Canadian Maple Syrup, bananas, strawberries and blackberries. Check out our past chicken and waffle sandwich post if you want to make a savoury waffle instead.

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Chocolate Orange Cookies: Soft and Chewy

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I decided to make cookies yet again because they are so good and so simple. This time, I made a very soft and chewy chocolate orange cookie. I enjoyed the taste in particular mainly because the fresh orange zest adds big flavor. These are perfect for casual snacking. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Strawberry & Blackberry Pavlova with Grated Chocolate

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I was inspired by Sorted Food, a British YouTube channel that makes online cooking videos, to make this Pavlova. I have to admit, it was a little difficult mainly because the meringue was not as stiff as it should be. So if you ever attempt meringue, here are some key tips and tricks. (1) Always use room temperate eggs, the meringue will not be stiff if your eggs are cold (2) You need to whisk at high speeds when you make meringue. Right now would be a great time to get that KitchenAid Mixer (3) As odd as this is, put in a little white vinegar to the meringue because it will make it shine.

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Bombay Bhel – Markham

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Indian cravings satisfied in Uptown Markham. If you’re looking for an authentic place to grab Indian food, you will not be disappointed with Bombay Bhel. I’ve seen many people on Yelp and Urbanspoon rave about the food, and it was the perfect opportunity to check out the place. As soon as you walk in, you can see that the dimly lit interior was decorated very traditionally.

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Sticky Honey Lemon Chicken Wings

Honey-Lemon-Chicken Honey Lemon Chicken Wings is a simple and tasty dish. You make everything in one pot. You get a fistful of flavours, the umami from the dark soy sauce, the sweet honey, the sour from the zesty lemon, and the earthy thyme. It’s time to step away from the grill or the deep fryer to try a new take on chicken wings. Serve with a side of herbed mashed potatoes for a hearty meal.

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Protein-Packed Tuna Salad (No Mayo!)

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Lately I’ve been racking my brain around creative ways to pack more protein into my meals without eating chicken all the time. Did you know a can of light tuna contains a whopping 24g of protein?! I don’t know how many dishes you can make with canned tuna except tuna salad and I try to stay away from mayo based meals as much as I can. It was by chance that I recently came across the greatest mayo substitute (hello healthy egg and chicken salads!): flavoured greek yogurt dips. I picked up Summer Fresh Greek Yogurt Dips in “Jalapeno”. They’re gluten free, full of probiotics and doesn’t miss out on flavour.

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Made In China Hot Pot – Markham

hot pot 5 As we drove into the Commerce Gate plaza to get our weekly ChaTime fix, we noticed a new hot pot restaurant that had taken over the Love Getty arcade. It was empty but somehow, we found ourselves drawn to the high end decor that was once a run down hole in the wall establishment. We were in for a surprise!

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Aka Teppan

Aka-Teppan Last weekend, I visited Aka Teppan with my friends. Recently opened in First Markham Place, this restaurant offers a novelty dish very similar to Pepper Lunch in Hong Kong. Aka Teppan’s specialty is a sizzling hot plate, typically rice or noodles, accompanied with raw meat. I ordered the classic “Supreme Beef” Plate with an extra egg. The beef comes half-cooked and surrounds the rice and toppings in the shape of flower petals. They get extra points for presentation. You can add extra toppings such as green onions, corn, cheese, butter, and eggs to your dish. It was quite amusing to mix and combine the ingredients together on the sizzling plate. Be careful not to touch it when you cook your own food.

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